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Old 08-16-2011, 10:46 AM   #1
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So, how many of you work from home and how regularly?

Since we moved 2 weeks ago I've been working from home a lot more and I cant tell if I like it or hate it.

Now I'm 30 mins away from the shop VS 10 mins, so its not exactly a quick drive down the road anymore (I should hardly complain though because her ride is now over an hour each way).

I find myself distracted often and I need to force myself to stay at the computer. Between the dogs, food, COD, bowl packs, random handyman house related projects, emails, phonecalls, etc., its easy to wander off.

Its not 100% regular for me yet and might not ever be, but with all the rain we've been having I cant paint and they don't need me to pour any concrete, so the computer it is.....
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I'm coming up on my 20th year. Wife has been doing it for 8 years. We recently built out our basement into a dedicated office, which is nice since it's removed from the rest of the house and more conducive to working. There are few things that drive me to get the work done from home - 1. no work done means no money 2. no money means I have to go work for somebody else 3. working for somebody else means commuting. Most people in metro areas will laugh at your "30 minute commute".

If that stuff above is keeping you from working, you either need to remove it from your work environment, or remove your work space from that environment.

For me, the real joy is the flexibility. IF I need to run an errand I can usually do it during work hours and then just make up the lost time that night. I know I'm far more productive at home, alone, than I was in an office environment. I was in a management position before and was basically a target for every question anybody had- it was just a matter of walking in and interrupting me. At home, it's usually an email I can view at my discretion.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:06 AM   #3
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I was doing it every friday then got a new job. I'll be starting that again very shortly.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:09 AM   #4
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as of october, i've been working from home. it's a trade off...
solitude vs boredom.
i'm starting to hate it, but i love the liberties.
i can cook.
i can ****.
i can sleep.
but like i said, i miss seeing people, talking to people...
i'm super ******* bored.
my office is 3000 miles away. i'm contemplating going back.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:16 AM   #5
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Working from home ever since I lost my job to the recession (May '10), building Megasquirts for a living. I don't like that I force myself to work everyday, including weekends, long hours (usually from 9am to 10pm). Loving everything else and wouldn't go back to working as an employee, unless I was making at least 3x of what I am making now.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:19 AM   #6
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cats, video games, refridgerator.

what more do you want?!
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I have the same 30 min. commute to work, and work at home about once or twice a week. I absolutely love it. I don't have to get dressed, when I have no work to do I can sit and play video games until someone calls/emails me.

it's also pretty handy when I'm hungover on monday from drinking too much watching football on sunday.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:20 PM   #8
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Well, contrary to what everyone else is saying it just didn't work for me. I started my biz and worked at home for about 3-4mos and then decided to get an office away from home and have been there now for 13+ years. Part of the reasoning was that I could better compartmentalize work if it was away from home, as I was so freaked out about making enough money as a newly self-employed person that I was too wrapped up in it to really relax. Also figured it would ultimately be a liability (I'm a jeweler) to have lots of expensive materials/customer's items at home...might as well have painted a big target on the front door. Plus it is way more professional looking for a customer to come to an office downtown than to visit my home.
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Between ... bowl packs ... its easy to wander off.
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:28 PM   #10
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i miss a commute sometimes. I used to "read" a lot of books that way. I'm 15 minutes in traffic now.
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I work in the office about once a week, and it's a 45 minute one-way commute for me. I prefer working from home because our office is about as lively as a morgue these days. Everybody seems chained to their desks and nobody really interacts. So I really prefer not to waste an hour and a half of my day to face that unless I really have to. I don't mind sitting at home, listening to the radio with my dog, working my *** off.
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i seldom have **** to do. if i were actually working my *** off, it'd be another story, but i work for about 2 of the 8 hours i'm clocked in.
i really do miss the human interaction as well.
and i miss office drama/politics
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I occasionally work from home, and I definitely prefer working in the office. Way too many distractions.. Mostly from my wife asking me if I'm done yet... constantly.
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:13 AM   #14
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When it comes to working from home, the trick is to get into "work-mode", which can be difficult. A dedicated office, with a door that can be closed and respected by the rest of the family is a must. Then take the normal brakes that you would do at work - coffee break at 9AM, lunch at 12 and coffee at 3PM. Don't cheat.

At my old job, I worked from home every friday. The somewhat insane boss had his teams weekly meeting placed perminently in the calender at 5:30PM on fridays. I was sometimes calling in with a beer in hand...
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I work from home. When i wake up till DD starts (daddy duty). then I hang with kid till bed time then work again. This week hes off school so i have him full on, double rainbow styles.

I love working from home, freedom is worth something. I game with my friends in the morning if I am up early enough, work, kid, work / game. Some days i do nothing but work, some days i do nothing but go for walks with the kid and play monster trucks.

If you offered me more money a year to drive downtown to an office, i would say no thanks.
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Rick, you already make plenty of loot as it is. How many people here know another dude with his own helicopter and a yacht to land it on?
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Rick, you already make plenty of loot as it is. How many people here know another dude with his own helicopter and a yacht to land it on?
AH-64 Apache bro...come at me
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Various military commands I've worked at have expirimented with work-at-home. We "practice" it a couple times a year in case the base is on lockdown and nobody can come in we don't completely shut down operations. I'm on staff duty now, so 90% of my day is spent plugged into OUTLOOK or pouring over PowerPoints. I could easily do my job from home with nothing more than a laptop and forwarded phone... but the internet through the Navy server is on ******* fire, so work>home.

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sam,

US Navy has nothing on CDN gov job.



Go Canada!
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Go Canada!
Canada sucks, even Rick agrees. If he paid his taxes for one year, he'd fund your gov't sponsored medical program for centuries but he keeps that **** offshore, like a boss.
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