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Poll: About how many sick days do you usually take per year?
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May 13

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Sick days? None May 13

I don’t take sick days: I’m a freelancer, not an employee. The last time I didn’t work for health reasons was in 2018: I had a pelvic fracture in January as a consequence of a fall at home, it wasn’t serious and though it was extremely painful and it took a long time to heal I could go on working, except for 2 or 3 days (as a coincidence I had no work). Otherwise, I can’t remember being so sick that I couldn’t work (at least since I started freelancing again in 2006)...

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Tom in London
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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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As many as I need May 13

I don’t buy into that whole “you can’t take time off if you’re self-employed” thing.

Yes, you can.

That said, I don’t think I’ve ever pushed back a deadline due to illness. The trick is not to overcommit.


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Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Strange question May 13

Such things as sick leave, vacation, holiday, etc. are inapplicable to freelancers

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Jeanne Dumas  Identity Verified
France
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freelancer life May 13

I remember working hard in my bed while I had a fever. I would never had gone to work in such circumstances as an employee.

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Tom in London
United Kingdom
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None May 13

ProZ.com Staff wrote:

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "About how many sick days do you usually take per year?".

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None. I am self-employed. Sick days do not exist.


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Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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None May 13

Probably closer to 0 than to one, so I selected none.

And being self-employed has nothing to do with it. When I was an employee it was the same – I probably lost one day every two or three years due to sickness.

I don't buy into the whole 'freelancers can't afford to be sick or take holidays'. When you are sick you are sick – sometimes you can continue to work, at other times you will want to stay in bed or will even spend a few days in hospital. Losing one or more
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Probably closer to 0 than to one, so I selected none.

And being self-employed has nothing to do with it. When I was an employee it was the same – I probably lost one day every two or three years due to sickness.

I don't buy into the whole 'freelancers can't afford to be sick or take holidays'. When you are sick you are sick – sometimes you can continue to work, at other times you will want to stay in bed or will even spend a few days in hospital. Losing one or more working days is equally inconvenient for employees and the self-employed but it is not a problem.
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Francesco Toscano  Identity Verified
Italy
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silly question May 13

Freelancers do not take sick days, the question should be rephrased.

Teresa Borges
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Maria da Glória
Brazil
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None May 13

Freelancers, you can even take a vacation, but you need to be aware that the days when you don't work don't get paid.

neilmac
Muriel Vasconcellos
 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Member (2003)
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I rearrange my schedule May 13

I probably take more time off than I am aware of, but I never note it as time off sick. I am a freelancer after all!

Even with medication, I cannot work when I have a migraine attack, but I can usually deliver on time anyway.
I have once or twice contacted a client and asked for a little extra time, or delivered a job that needed proofreading with a note that it should be carefully checked before delivery to the end client. Good clients usually understand that we are only hum
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I probably take more time off than I am aware of, but I never note it as time off sick. I am a freelancer after all!

Even with medication, I cannot work when I have a migraine attack, but I can usually deliver on time anyway.
I have once or twice contacted a client and asked for a little extra time, or delivered a job that needed proofreading with a note that it should be carefully checked before delivery to the end client. Good clients usually understand that we are only human!

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Edith van der Have
Netherlands
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Freelancers don't take sick days in the strict sense May 13

Teresa Borges wrote:
I don’t take sick days: I’m a freelancer, not an employee.

Exactly what I thought when I read the poll question. Sometimes I'm a bit sick and can deal with ongoing work, if needed with help of paracetamol. Actually I probably dealt with COVID-19 this way in March; I was extremely tired and had a headache for 24 hours while my husband was very ill with typical symptoms for almost two weeks. Anyway, if I'm ill, I stay in bed and don't try to do my work - it would only be mediocre anyway. Fortunately I have not had this situation since I've been a freelancer, but I have several trustworthy colleagues who could take over assignments that really can't wait.


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Question for in-house workers? May 13

Sometimes the questions posted in this forum are clearly meant for other publics.

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Lincoln Hui  Identity Verified
Hong Kong
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None May 13

The only legitimate illness I've suffered these few years is recurring stomach inflammation, which is mostly kept in check now by prudent eating habits, but which flares up every now and then. It has occasionally resulted in me being completely out of action for hours, but if I'm not actively vomiting my guts out I'm usually working rather than doing something else, since lying down makes it worse, and if I'm just sitting down I might as well have something to do to distract myself.

 

Bora Taşdemir  Identity Verified
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I Don't Know May 13

Well, I don't really remember when was the last time I took a sick day-off, but I certainly take a day off if I feel too overwhelmed and the urge to take a break. I do this to keep the high quality of my service and avoid a burn-out. I also take weekends most of the time off (I don't really believe that you should work over the weekends just because you're freelancer and/or work from home), so I don't really need to take a sick day-off in general.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 14:42
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None May 13

Unless of course, I am actually sick. By which I mean too sick to work. Which isn't often. And I no longer suffer from the customary hangovers of a misspent youth.

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