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Hey guys and gals,

Is there such a thing as Xmas holidays?

I'm planning on taking the 24th - 27th off?

I would work Xmas Eve but my wife thinks nobody really wants a window cleaner at the windows in Xmas Eve , so wondering how your all working and how you work it?

If you take the week off, do you set that week back (which means setting every week back) , or do you just tell them customers unfortunately it's fallen on there week and they will have to wait until the month after?

Like always, appreciate all your comments,

 

Bongo

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Ive worked my nads off since i started my journey im finishing Friday 18th (this friday) and im going back Monday 11th. Yes its a long long break but i deserve it i think.   My customer

As a former civil servant (😁) I never worked between Christmas and the New Year.  Ain't going to start now so I will finish on 22 Dec (my eldest boy will turn 11 on 23rd) and return on 4 Jan.   I

I’m finishing on 23rd Dec and return on 4th Jan. When I take time off I just move the whole schedule forward by the time taken off. I do the same for bad weather. Customers soon get the hang of it and

I’m finishing on 23rd Dec and return on 4th Jan. When I take time off I just move the whole schedule forward by the time taken off. I do the same for bad weather. Customers soon get the hang of it and I’ve had no complaints.

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I work for a company and we are off from the 24th to the 4th and my understanding is we are just going to pick up from where we've left off after the break. I had someone last year who cancelled on me because I was a week late but hey ho, most of them are intelligent enough to understand why.

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Taking 25th-4th off here too. Cleaned christmas eve last year and will do it again this year. Though hopefully not as late working as last year, was helping someone else out on their round to catch up a bit, finished cleaning at 5pm😂 Nocturnal window cleaning at its best.

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Hi @Bongofish
 I think your wife is probably right.  For sure we won't be working Christmas Eve. We'll be stopping from the 23rd Dec to the 4th Jan.

We'll just put the work that would have been done back, to start again on the 4th and continue as normal. Ie: everyone goes back the same amount of time.

That means no-one has to wait six or seven weeks, and all the scheduling remains in the same order in our diary.

We do exactly the same for work time delayed due to : weather, holidays, vehicle maintenance etc. Everyone has to work around other stuff going on. Us and the customers.

Keep it simple. Don't make life more difficult or complicated than you need to. That's my advice.

Davy😁👍

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1 hour ago, Pjj said:

We finish 24th December and go back either on the 5th or 11 th of January I haven’t made up my mind which yet 😂😂😂

Have a rest, mate! Stay off till the 11th. I'll sign your time sheet. 😁👍

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47 minutes ago, Bongofish said:

Hey guys and gals,

Is there such a thing as Xmas holidays?

I'm planning on taking the 24th - 27th off?

I would work Xmas Eve but my wife thinks nobody really wants a window cleaner at the windows in Xmas Eve , so wondering how your all working and how you work it?

If you take the week off, do you set that week back (which means setting every week back) , or do you just tell them customers unfortunately it's fallen on there week and they will have to wait until the month after?

Like always, appreciate all your comments,

 

Bongo

What's a holiday? I keep working, last year I worked up to 6pm Christmas eve and back out boxing day. Window Cleaning, retail cleaning to make use if the available funds. 

 

Christmas shut down in my opinion is ridiculous and unproductive.

Crazy how some so called religious event turned into full on financial hell 

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13 minutes ago, Apw1210 said:

What's a holiday? I keep working, last year I worked up to 6pm Christmas eve and back out boxing day. Window Cleaning, retail cleaning to make use if the available funds. 

 

Christmas shut down in my opinion is ridiculous and unproductive.

Crazy how some so called religious event turned into full on financial hell 

Money is only worth so much, earnt more 20 years ago then I do now but I now can have time off.

Use to ring work from payphones on Spanish beaches, shoveling Pesetas in as if they'd gone out of fashion to make sure everything was ok during my 1 week a year family holiday.

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For residential work, parking and access around homes will be nightmare whilst most people are off work, plus no one wants anyone round when they are having time off over xmas,

Not sure if I will work xmas eve or not I might do a half day but I will be off till the 4th Jan as I like my chill out time.

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30 minutes ago, Part Timer said:

Finish this Friday, go back 4th of Jan 2 weeks of doing sweet fa.

Same here - in spite of the fact I'm currently two weeks behind schedule.

I've found this is also a good time to move jobs around the schedule if you need to so the round is more efficient for next year.

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im finishing on tuesday 22nd and going back on the 4th jan.....a nice 12 days off.....my brother has booked a 10 bedroom house in wales for 9 of us for xmas eve,xmas day and boxing day.....looking forward to it!

ill have had enough of xmas by the 4th thats for sure!😁

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35 minutes ago, Apw1210 said:

What's a holiday? I keep working, last year I worked up to 6pm Christmas eve and back out boxing day. Window Cleaning, retail cleaning to make use if the available funds. 

 

Christmas shut down in my opinion is ridiculous and unproductive.

Crazy how some so called religious event turned into full on financial hell 

You sound like a right laugh 👀

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1 hour ago, Bongofish said:

Hey guys and gals,

Is there such a thing as Xmas holidays?

I'm planning on taking the 24th - 27th off?

I would work Xmas Eve but my wife thinks nobody really wants a window cleaner at the windows in Xmas Eve , so wondering how your all working and how you work it?

If you take the week off, do you set that week back (which means setting every week back) , or do you just tell them customers unfortunately it's fallen on there week and they will have to wait until the month after?

Like always, appreciate all your comments,

 

Bongo

What with all this ‘setting a week back’ nonsense?

Why have such a tight schedule?

Just finish on the 23rd and running up to that date tell your customers you’ll be a couple of weeks late next time.

Then you just pick up where you left off. This type of freedom is the whole purpose of being self employed 🙂👨‍🦰

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10 minutes ago, Cookie said:

Same here - in spite of the fact I'm currently two weeks behind schedule.

I've found this is also a good time to move jobs around the schedule if you need to so the round is more efficient for next year.

You're right, it's a good time to tidy up the round planning and the scheduling. We tweek a bit nearly every year though it's working pretty well at the moment. It got easier over a bit of time. A lot of it is down to the confidence we gain over a while of dealing with customers.

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3 hours ago, Pjj said:

We finish 24th December and go back either on the 5th or 11 th of January I haven’t made up my mind which yet 😂😂😂

Lazy sod🤣.

You working for the fire service during that time?

3 hours ago, Davy G said:

Hi @Bongofish
 I think your wife is probably right.  For sure we won't be working Christmas Eve. We'll be stopping from the 23rd Dec to the 4th Jan.

We'll just put the work that would have been done back, to start again on the 4th and continue as normal. Ie: everyone goes back the same amount of time.

That means no-one has to wait six or seven weeks, and all the scheduling remains in the same order in our diary.

We do exactly the same for work time delayed due to : weather, holidays, vehicle maintenance etc. Everyone has to work around other stuff going on. Us and the customers.

Keep it simple. Don't make life more difficult or complicated than you need to. That's my advice.

Davy😁👍

Exactly the same with me Dave.

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