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How about a feature to set office hours on our profiles :)

solangebas2013
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Solange B Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
1 of 9

Hi!

 

I have been in Upwork for some years now and I would love to be able to 1) Display working (office) hours on my profile 2) Set up an automatic reply for the weekends. My clients of course know what my hours and availability are, but I think this would be super useful with prospects and also would also help scare away people who think we're all desperate and therefore available 24/7.

 

Would any other freelancer find this useful? Thanks!

2a05aa63
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Viacheslav K Member Since: Sep 9, 2015
2 of 9

Might be useful for some people, but I think more freelancers are working without a fixed schedule. For weekend emails, better hire an assistant. Nothing worse than receiving automated emails.

a_lipsey
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Amanda L Member Since: Jan 23, 2018
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I actually would find it somewhat useful, just to let them know that I don't work weekends and I work a fairly standard office schedule. But honestly it wouldn't change how I do anything. I simply ignore invites and messages until I'm back "in the office". If they expect me to answer them, a stranger, in 5 minutes of first seeing my profile, then that's not a client I want anyways.
petra_r
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
4 of 9

Solange B wrote:

Set up an automatic reply for the weekends. 


You can set up an auto-responder in messages.

 

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lopezdp
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David L Member Since: Jan 22, 2019
5 of 9

I would absolutely love it and find it useful in helping to take clients from people who display their status as CLOSED or OUT OF OFFICE. 

When you sleep, Im working.

When you're on vacation, Im taking your clients.

Welcome to the Jungle.

I love UpWork and the FreeMarket.

Im open for business 24/7.

gilbert-phyllis
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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
6 of 9

David L wrote:

I would absolutely love it and find it useful in helping to take clients from people who display their status as CLOSED or OUT OF OFFICE. 

When you sleep, Im working.

When you're on vacation, Im taking your clients.

Welcome to the Jungle.

I love UpWork and the FreeMarket.

Im open for business 24/7.


Re. prospective clients who require rapid response to their cold call on a weekend, you are welcome to all of them. 

lopezdp
Active Member
David L Member Since: Jan 22, 2019
7 of 9

And this is why I stay busy. I hope people who are complaining about not getting enough jobs on UpWprk find my post here. I hope this helps others understand the mindset it takes to get work on this platform.

gilbert-phyllis
Community Guru
Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
8 of 9

I would find this useful at times. If they could implement it without breaking something else; and if they could get it done without diverting resources from fixing things that are more important (to me), then it would be great. Otherwise, I'd as soon work around it by simply not responding when I'm not available and then training each client to have appropriate expectations about my availability and responsivness.

moonraker
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Jamie F Member Since: Mar 7, 2010
9 of 9

 Is it also possible to integrate something like this? 

https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/pst-to-thailand-bangkok

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