Commonly, a business day is any day of the week except Saturday, Sunday, and other national holidays. However, the definition of business days varies by region. Every country could have different business days in a week. Business days can also be used as a term to describe a time length, more info here on Wikipedia. But how long actually is one business day? How long should we wait when a delivery says it takes between 7 to 10 business days? Below are the explanations.
1. One business day length
A business day is widely considered any day from Monday to Friday, between 9 AM and 5 PM local time. Therefore, if you order something at noon on Monday and you see that you will receive the item within one business day, you can consider that you will receive the item on Tuesday. However, if you place an order on Friday, then you can consider that you will get the product on Monday as Saturday and Sunday are not business days. So if you place an order on Friday, and it is said that it takes one business day for the delivery, it will basically take 3 days to get the product.
2. Two business days length
Two business days length means two of any business days (Monday to Friday) with the exclusion of Saturday and Sunday. So the length of 2 business days could vary from exactly 2 days or 48 hours, or it could be longer if you have Saturday and Sunday within the period. For example, 2 business days could mean Monday and Tuesday (2 normal days), or if the period starts on Friday, 2 business days mean from Friday to the next Monday (4 days long).
3. Three business days length
Generally, the 3 business days length means 3 calendar days when the business is officially operated. Therefore, if the 3 business day period starts on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it will be three consecutive days from Monday to Friday. However, if the 3 business days start on Thursday or Friday, then it will be carried to the next week because Saturday and Sunday are not business days. So the 3 business days period can take up to 5 normal days if it starts on Thursday or Friday.
4. Four business days length
Generally, 4 business days length means 4 consecutive work days or 32 hours of office hours. However, 4 business days can also mean almost a week long. For example, if you place an order that takes 4 business days for delivery on Monday, you must expect to get the product on Thursday. But if you place the order on Wednesday, you will get the product the next Monday, because you must exclude Saturday dan Sunday. Therefore, 4 business days length can mean 6 consecutive days including Saturday and Sunday.
5. 3 to 5 business days length
Since business days are weekdays from Monday to Friday, 3 to 5 business days long means 3 to 5 consecutive weekdays excluding Saturday and Sunday. Therefore, if you place an order on Wednesday and it takes 3 to 5 business days for delivery, the soonest you get the product is on Friday the same week, and the latest is on Tuesday the next week. So the 3 – 5 business days could mean up to 7 days long. However, if you place the order on Monday, you can expect the delivery from Wednesday to Friday of the same week.
6. 7 to 10 business days length
Seven to 10 business days long means a 7-10 days period without Saturday and Sunday. If the 7 – 10 business days start on Monday, the time span ends on Tuesday to Friday next week. Remember to add 2 extra days since we must exclude Saturday and Sunday when counting business days.