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After having played the Sims 2 and 3, I've come back to the Sims 1 (my main computer broke).
One thing has been bothering me a lot: my sims never seem to have a day off—it's never weekend!

Am I missing something? How do my sims get a chance to socialize when they have to go to work every single day? Or don't they?

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To keep his/her job, your Sim has to work at least every other day. If your Sim misses work two days in a row, he/she will be fired.

On the other hand, if you pursue an alternate career, your Sim can work as much or as little as you like. Alternate careers (depending on what expansions you own) include:

  • Painting
  • Gardening and selling the vegetables.
  • Canning
  • Churning butter
  • Beekeeping
  • Sculpting/carving garden gnomes or gargoyles

With any of these, you can set your own hours, though some are more difficult than others. Making gnomes or gargoyles pays very well, potentially netting you 2000 simoleans or more per day, whereas with painting you'll be lucky to clear just shy of 500 per day.

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My sims in question are about level three in creativity, yet their paintings still sell for about five simoleons a piece. I can't find any details on the maximum income for a painter. I didn't even realize growing vegetables was possible in the original game. – oKtosiTe Jun 7 '12 at 14:52
Paintings sell for 166 simoleans each at maximum creativity level. And no, growing vegetables isn't possible in the original game. It became possible in The Sims: Unleashed. – Kyralessa Jun 7 '12 at 17:10
Oops, should have read that the first time around. :-) Guess my sims will keep their day jobs until they're more creative. Thanks. – oKtosiTe Jun 7 '12 at 20:35

There wasn't a concept of a "work week" in the first Sims, Sims indeed had to work every day.

Later expansions modified this by allowing your Sims to go on a vacation, letting them have a few days off.

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They work every day of the week, including bank holidays (boooo!). You work the same hours every day for every job. Of course you can skip work but there you have it. It actually baffles me how no-one said during development, do they not have days off?

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The game was designed by EA... I doubt those poor souls had days off. – Halfwarr Jun 6 '12 at 22:05
@Halfwarr Touche – jumping_code Jun 6 '12 at 22:07

You don't have official days off, but you can always skip work once without any consequence. Of course, don't skip it twice in a row...

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