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    Quote Originally Posted by JonV6 View Post
    I feel it's unfair to judge all these people for either needing, or even wanting, to wind down slightly around Christmas time. For business that have staff, like Freelancier said, they may genuinely be very understaffed in the run up.
    I wouldn't say that we're judging these people for taking some time off. It's more of an observation that we've observed over the years. As for the list I made, it was more of a tongue in cheek statement than anything else.

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    For some industries or sectors things really do stop completely for a week or so. If that's the case why should you be open or have your staff in twiddling their thumbs?
    This is the perfect time for maintenance, retooling, training, etc. It's a lot easier to do these things when the workload is light.

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    And of course, when it comes to small business owners, some of them work so hard the rest of the year that they want a bit of a rest.
    I remember being told one time that "when you're in business for yourself, you need to be working when everyone else is taking time off".
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    I remember being told one time that "when you're in business for yourself, you need to be working when everyone else is taking time off".
    I've spent a few Christmas holidays working at a client's manufacturing plant, because that's when they were "down" and available for upgrades and testing. Just the way it is.
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    I'm not judging people for taking time off by no means. I just find it funny that people use "The holidays" as a catch all excuse from around November 10th through January 2nd, and then for the entire month of January it's "We're still trying to catch up after the holidays". Really? You didn't do anything all of Nov and Dec because of "the holidays". Catch up from what?

    So think about it. Out of a 12 month year, people like this are completely ineffective and unable to put in 100% for a full 2 months. 20% of your year is slow or low productivity because a holiday is coming up or has passed.

    And that's just Thanksgiving and Christmas. How much productivity do these types loose throughout the year lurching from one holiday excuse to the next?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold Mansfield View Post
    So think about it. Out of a 12 month year, people like this are completely ineffective and unable to put in 100% for a full 2 months. 20% of your year is hobbled with an ongoing excuse about why you can't get something done quickly or make any decisions because a holiday is coming up, or has just passed.
    I worked at a place that was always 2-4 weeks behind. When our customers went on shutdown during the summer and over Christmas (most of them which was over 80% of of workload) we would go on shutdown as well. Rather than getting caught up and staying ahead of things, we would shut down completely. The worst part with all of this, is that when we got back, we lost anywhere from a 1/2 day to a full day performing maintenance due to having things seize up.
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    This is a great 'get caught up on BS week like rebuilding my computers. Phone doesn't ring much.

    On payments, since I do a lot of Net 30 deals (which are usuall paid in 45 to 60 days) that's cool. B2B companies will try to use up extra budget money before the end of the year. Door kickers are on vacation, and I get enough of the late payers who want to get the payment in this calender year to keep good cash flow during a slow time in my industry.

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    I'm looking forward to the down time right now and getting a lot of things done to hit the ground running the first of the year with no interruptions. I expect and count on this week being slow just to unwind too.

    Before I started working for myself I worked in Hospitality, so I rarely ever had holidays off. Holidays were "go time". In my old life those were the busiest days of the year for me.

    So I guess I'm still not used to other people who aren't in similar industries moving slow for weeks surrounding a holiday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold Mansfield View Post
    I'm looking forward to the down time right now and getting a lot of things done to hit the ground running the first of the year with no interruptions. I expect and count on this week being slow just to unwind too.

    Before I started working for myself I worked in Hospitality, so I rarely ever had holidays off. Holidays were "go time". In my old life those were the busiest days of the year for me.

    So I guess I'm still not used to other people who aren't in similar industries moving slow for weeks surrounding a holiday.
    Welcome to the club Harold. Just gotta manage that cash flow thing

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    When I worked retail, holidays were obviously the busiest. One year, the manager said we could have unlimited overtime (expecting people to log 1 hour of OT per day instead of the usual cap of 1 hour per week). I took advantage of it and worked 6AM to 11PM through December (pesky 7-hour rule got in the way).

    When I worked in IT support at a school, I had two paid weeks off. It was nice to be able to take it easy, get the house caught up, and go into the school to do maintenance work that was much, much easier without anyone there.

    Working for myself, it's mixed. I do a lot of e-commerce work and hosting, so the holidays are busy and stressful from that, but I also have more time available to work on internal or personal projects, so it's a bit of a breather.

    Interestingly, I get a lot of new inquiries via text message around Christmas. Seems my number gets handed out at get-togethers. Usually, I'd go ahead and respond as usual, but this year we're hosting for family so I've been asking to do next week instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold Mansfield
    I just find it funny that people use "The holidays" as a catch all excuse from around November 10th through January 2nd, and then for the entire month of January it's "We're still trying to catch up after the holidays"
    Like I said, I think it's just a convenient excuse this time of year. In February the same people will have a different excuse for why they can't get to something. I don't think the holidays are adding to the excuses. More people are just using the same excuse, because it's convenient.

    I tend to take the time off too. I guess I'm just wrapping up work today. (It's 4:45 here). Can't say I worked very hard today though. I like when the holidays fall on Tuesday or Thursday, because it's easy to skip work the day between it and the weekend. Next week I'll probably work a little Monday through Wednesday. Mostly on some projects for myself, though I'll be available to clients if they need something. I doubt I'll work hard, probably half days at most. It's a good time to get in a vacation and home and recharge my batteries for the coming year.
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