Consulting for a four-day work week

As a consultant, you can enjoy a more flexible lifestyle than people stuck in regular jobs. But could you have a four-day work week? Business technology consultant Mark Shead suggests consulting can lead to a shorter work week.

Although I haven’t had a compressed work week for a while, I definitely worked a shorter week for many of my consulting years. I rarely worked Fridays, at least not if I could help it. I admit that I still checked my email and sometimes responded, but I often took the entire day off to go to the beach, the bookstore, the park or some other fun place.

Today, I work an extended work week. I work almost as many hours, but I wedge work time around family obligations. Same work, same effort, different time of day and week.

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