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Posted: 8/24/2004 7:07:30 AM EST
I used to work from home, except on days when I had meetings or I had to do an installation for a client. 85% of the time though, I was at the kitchen table planning out my installs.

Now I am on a Residency, and I have to drive to the customer's site every day. I'm going on my third year.

I miss working from home.
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 7:09:12 AM EST
Can you add a "not yet, but I plan to" choice? It's one of my personal goals to be a full-time telecommuting software developer ASAP.
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 7:11:59 AM EST
I have worked from home full time as a software engineer for the past 2 years.

I HATE IT!

Incredibly isolating, I find I feel guilty if I don't work extreme long hours, I can't ever put the job away and "go home".

It's the worst thing I ever did for my career and my health.

I'm moving back in 3 weeks so I can work onsite again.

Since I know there will be folks saying telecommuting is great and wow you sure are lucky, all I can say is try it yourself for a year.
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 7:13:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By livefreeordieNH:
I have worked from home full time as a software engineer for the past 2 years.

I HATE IT!

Incredibly isolating, I find I feel guilty if I don't work extreme long hours, I can't ever put the job away and "go home".

It's the worst thing I ever did for my career and my health.

I'm moving back in 3 weeks so I can work onsite again.

Since I know there will be folks saying telecommuting is great and wow you sure are lucky, all I can say is try it yourself for a year.



Can I have your telecommuting job?
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 7:22:30 AM EST
One of my three jobs, yes. the other two, no.
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 7:24:01 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 7:26:31 AM EST
small home business
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 7:28:49 AM EST
Every day.
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 7:34:17 AM EST
I clicked YES before I saw "Self Employed".
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 8:02:36 AM EST
I have to show up full time at the office, but I used to do a lot of additional work from home via VPN (I'm IT). But the company came out with a drug & alcohol policy which states that working on company stuff while being in possession of drugs or alcohol is grounds for termination.

I keep beer in my fridge. Therefore my time at home is 100% mine now.
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 8:08:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By BlammO:
I have to show up full time at the office, but I used to do a lot of additional work from home via VPN (I'm IT). But the company came out with a drug & alcohol policy which states that working on company stuff while being in possession of drugs or alcohol is grounds for termination.

I keep beer in my fridge. Therefore my time at home is 100% mine now.



LOL blammo I like the way you think
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 8:27:25 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 8:34:34 AM EST
I can work from home and do sometimes. I like being in the office rather doing it fulltime. Bob
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 9:02:40 AM EST
In Mid October I am going to start my own business - freelance web/graphic design.

Soooo -anyone needing that kind of work PLEASE let me know!

mister44@interkan.net
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 5:40:34 PM EST
Wiggy, mind if I ask what is the nature of the business? I'm curious.

livefreeordieNH, my boss called the corporate VP of HR to get clarification after I pointed out the ass-hattedness of the policy. To illustrate my point, he asked her if she ever picks up a bottle of wine at the store on her way home from work (knowing that she does AND that she has a company vehicle). She confirmed that she does and he pointed out that she's in direct violation of her own policy. Made no difference. Policy stands.

Many corporate policies exist for the sole purpose of selectively hanging employees.
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 5:44:48 PM EST
... Missing a category.

Performs some work from home, some on site
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 5:47:37 PM EST
My office is in my home. I'm always "at work".
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 5:56:53 PM EST

Originally Posted By livefreeordieNH:
I have worked from home full time as a software engineer for the past 2 years.

I HATE IT!

Incredibly isolating, I find I feel guilty if I don't work extreme long hours, I can't ever put the job away and "go home".

It's the worst thing I ever did for my career and my health.

I'm moving back in 3 weeks so I can work onsite again.

Since I know there will be folks saying telecommuting is great and wow you sure are lucky, all I can say is try it yourself for a year.



+1

I've worked from home for the past 3 years. At first it was nice and the "commute" was great, but like livefreeordieNH says, it is isolating. You do have freedoms such as running some errands and such, but you do wind up putting in a lot of hours and you are never really "away" from work - it's always in the next room. I get calls at all hours to do things because people know that I'm "always" at work... I suppose it's partially my fault, but it does get old.
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 5:58:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By ovrtym:

Originally Posted By livefreeordieNH:
I have worked from home full time as a software engineer for the past 2 years.

I HATE IT!

Incredibly isolating, I find I feel guilty if I don't work extreme long hours, I can't ever put the job away and "go home".

It's the worst thing I ever did for my career and my health.

I'm moving back in 3 weeks so I can work onsite again.

Since I know there will be folks saying telecommuting is great and wow you sure are lucky, all I can say is try it yourself for a year.



+1

I've worked from home for the past 3 years. At first it was nice and the "commute" was great, but like livefreeordieNH says, it is isolating. You do have freedoms such as running some errands and such, but you do wind up putting in a lot of hours and you are never really "away" from work - it's always in the next room. I get calls at all hours to do things because people know that I'm "always" at work... I suppose it's partially my fault, but it does get old.



This sounds like me. Also three years now of working from home. Same issues. Looking for "regular" work right now.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:28:42 AM EST
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