What does “business days” mean?

Q. When I see a message like “allow 5-7 business days for delivery”, what does that mean?

Adam answers:

Business days refers to days that most businesses are open. In other words, any weekday that is not a national holiday.

So, if you order something online, for instance, and you are told it will take 5-7 business days for your package to arrive, you should calculate the possible delivery date based on weekdays only. If there is a weekday holiday in the near future, do not count that day.


You place an order on a Wednesday and are told it will take 5-7 business days to arrive. The first business day after you place the order is the next day, in this case Thursday, and the second business day would be Friday. Saturday and Sunday are NOT business days, so don’t count them. Monday would then be the 3rd business day, Tuesday would be the 4th business day, Wednesday would be the 5th business day, Thursday the 6th, Friday the 7th. So, you would expect your Wednesday order to be delivered either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of the following week.

Using the example above, if the Monday (or any other weekday) after you place your order is a holiday, add an extra day because that holiday is NOT a business day. In that case, your Wednesday order could show up the following Thursday or Friday, BUT it is possible it would not be delivered until the following Monday — a full 12 days after you placed the order, because that Monday would only be the 7th business day.