How to cover up personal time

Someone recently asked how to explain to clients that they’re heading to a movie, taking care of their children, running errands or otherwise busy during certain times. Don’t say anything. Just say you’re not available.

Unlike employees, consultants are not obligated to keep certain hours, explain absences or otherwise account for their time. If you’ve got a short-term contract at a client’s site, you may need to be there during key times, of course. But, for most work-from-home consultants, it’s possible to just say you’re booked if a client wants to schedule a meeting when you’re busy. No need to explain. You’re a professional.