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It is often suggested that a minimum of three-months' emergency fund is required:
As a freelancer, you really need to be aiming for 12-month's emergency fund so that you are covered for non-working periods which are inevitable. Two-weeks without freelance income needs to be just a bump in the road that you don't notice because of the fantastic suspension.
Not really, because the contract is with the current widget making company and the end client only has access to the substitute widget maker via the current widget maker.
AIUI, the court knows which cases are likely to be protracted and allow individuals to opt out of such cases.
On the form I had, I could request to defer and would have had to give my reasons, and I was also asked, if my request to defer was approved, to provide 3 more dates when I would be potentially available.
Would this help your friend OP as he could then possibly re-jig his work commitments accordingly?
@SensibleSarah - the info I got said you can use electronic devices while in the waiting area but would not be allowed to take them into the juror deliberation room. Lockers are provided.
Thankfully never had to pull in a sub but have been the sub and really wouldnt have wanted the job even if they'd offered it.
I feel for the OP's situation though - having to manage something like jury duty if you're mid-contract must be a challenge. 10 days notice to make arrangements for cover doesn't feel like a long time to me as I usually have 3+ month lead times on new projects, but I suppose that will vary with different industries.
I have the work I do and sometimes there is too much of it.
I have two or three good subs I can engage to take up the overload - I know who has the best skills for each type of task and will pull in as required.
The subs I use also sometimes get too busy and will draw me (or one of the others) in to support.
I also have some specific tasks that I will only quote with one or two of the other subs and we present a joint bid as our individual skill sets can't offer the whole package but as a team we can. There is one sub that I only work with on these joint projects as I never do anything similar any other way.
We all know not to go after each other's clients.
We all know which clients we need to nurture as a team and not as individuals.
It really is having this team of reliable and trusted subs that avoids the very issue the OP was mentioning of the customer preferring the other widget maker.
I am struck that the system is flawed, no-one should be financially penalised for doing their civic duty. That's surely not right or fair.
Thank you everyone for your views and advice.
This thread doesn't read very nicely as it's been very heavily moderated but glad the appeal process has worked.