I'm not self-employed any more but I was for a long time and have owned several small retail type businessess (sp?). Since my business revolved around seasons, I worked when the work was there to be had which would range any where from 6 hours up to 15-18 hrs in a day. During down times I didn't work as much but my business or potential business was always on my mind. Ime, you work a lot more when self-employed and the pay off was higher then a "normal" job...at least a normal job I could get at the time.
I work for myself - and I work part-time from home. I work when I feel like it, but since I mostly enjoy what I do, I work regularly - usually three days a week for 3-4 hours, and one evening in a class setting. I'm an oil painter, and so I have to manage my inventory for months in advance.
I am a freelance writer. I have a desk at home where my computer sits. I communicate with my editors and developers via email, and that's how I send out my projects too. When I have a lot of projects, I usually start work as soon as I get up and quit sometime mid-afternoon. If I'm doing noncomissioned work (like the novel I'm writing) I work whenever I feel like it, and usually review my day's writing before bed. If I don't have any projects and don't feel like working on my novel, I play Warcraft all day.
I mostly work when I feel like it, except when there's a tight deadline, then I have to work when I don't feel like it. I usually work about 4 hours a day, 6 days a week, when we have a job. Sometimes, when the deadline is approaching, I'll work 7 days a week, 6 - 8 hours a day.
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