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  • Joining the ranks of the telecommuters

    Just accepted an offer to be a contractor for an audit firm in Tulsa, while living in KC

    any wheaters telecommute? I need to figure out my home office situation

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    Do you have to be located in KC? Sell everything, buy a luxury RV, and hit the road for 3-4 years. Work your 9-5 while parked at Zion NP or near a beach in Alabama, surf in the mornings, hike after work. Read a bunch of John Muir and behold the healing power of nature.
    Last edited by KUGDI; 10-30-18, 01:37 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by KUGDI View Post
      Do you have to be located in KC? Sell everything, buy a luxury RV, and hit the road for 3-4 years. Work your 9-5 while parked at Zion NP or near a beach in Alabama, surf in the mornings, home after work. Read a bunch of John Muir and behold the healing power of nature.
      It has occurred to me that I could do a lot more traveling and work while I travel....which has never been an option for me

      It feels like a weight has been lifted, honestly...being tethered to a desk is really soul crushing

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      • #4
        Congrats! KUGDI has a great idea...maybe something to look into while you are single and un-tethered.

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        • #5
          I’d look into a Hololens as your primary PC. That should save you a ton of space.

          In all reality, the single biggest thing people struggle with in Telecommuting is discipline. It’s so easy to get distracted by cat videos, or taking a nap, or watching replays of the game. Personally I try to keep my workspace separate which helps.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KUGDI View Post
            I’d look into a Hololens as your primary PC. That should save you a ton of space.

            In all reality, the single biggest thing people struggle with in Telecommuting is discipline. It’s so easy to get distracted by cat videos, or taking a nap, or watching replays of the game. Personally I try to keep my workspace separate which helps.
            I hear that, and honestly, it's something that's crossed my mind. I will have to be intentional about staying on track. I will say, as a contractor, I only get paid for billable hours worked, so if the work's not getting done, I'm not getting paid

            edit: and Lifer, that's a very good point. When I left this company before to go to my current job, there was no travel involved and I thought I'd be ok with that. I miss traveling a great deal and that will be back on my list of responsibilities....but, for instance, I'm headed to Scottsdale in January and would have had to have PTO for that; however, now, I can take my laptop and work remotely during the day when I'd be lounging anyway...all those nice days that I said, "man, I wish I could work outside", well, now I can...this is really a huge deal for me...I know a lot of people have been in the working world a lot longer than me (11 years), but we were not built to sit at a desk for 40+ hours a week, IMO

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            • #7
              I telecommute most of the time. My boss is in Chicago and teammates scattered from NC to CO, so you could say that I telecommute even when I go to the office. I converted a small bedroom into an office when we bought the house. It gives me separation and a dedicated work space. The main downside is that it gets a bit warm when the door is closed. Don't know if you will be doing video, but if you do, keep in mind how the lighting works.

              Big thing - know when to quit working for the day. It is very easy to keep working when at home versus being at the office.

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              • #8
                Also, I know you’ve been working out and losing weight. It’s really easy to put weight on while working from home. Every snack you want is there and “free”. You won’t walk as much, etc.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by KUGDI View Post
                  Also, I know you’ve been working out and losing weight. It’s really easy to put weight on while working from home. Every snack you want is there and “free”. You won’t walk as much, etc.
                  Yeah, that's something I'll have to watch as well, but as of now, I get up at 5:30 and am out the door by 6 so I can be at work by 6:30 and home by 4:15...at least now, rather than rushing around to get ready, I can maybe work out in the morning...there's just so much more freedom now

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                  • #10
                    That's awesome, way to go!

                    I could do a good 70% of my job from home if they let us, but they only allow it in extenuating circumstances such as weather or needing to be home with sicks kid or meeting a contractor, cable guy, etc. and you don't want to take PTO.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by NoPantsChico View Post
                      That's awesome, way to go!

                      I could do a good 70% of my job from home if they let us, but they only allow it in extenuating circumstances such as weather or needing to be home with sicks kid or meeting a contractor, cable guy, etc. and you don't want to take PTO.
                      Thanks, NPC!

                      Yeah, I'm the same way. I understand we need to be in the office for certain things, and I'm fine with that, but it's such a bullshit requirement when these companies preach about being green. If they let their employees work from home it would save on commutes, electricity in the office, tons of time, etc

                      Instead, they need people to be here for micro management purposes...I am way more productive working from home in my own environment, so I'm looking forward to getting to make this change....I realize how fortunate I am to get the opportunity

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                      • #12
                        Some random thoughts as someone who has mostly worked from home (I'm now in an office 4-5 days/week).

                        A big challenge for me was having my SO at home too, especially when we're at our place in NY since we definitely don't have a dedicated room there for me to work in. If there's anyone else at home I think you really need a dedicated space (valuable to have either way) and for people to understand that the workday is the workday and just because you're there at home it doesn't mean you're free. For the work I do, even just a pop-in to ask a question is gonna add 5 minutes to my workday because of the disruption in focus.

                        Try to keep a routine, even if you're not a routine person. I had one job I wasn't motivated in and I would often end up working from bed until noon or later which is a disaster. The "get up, shower, and get dressed like you're going to work" struck me as kind of lame for a long time, but it's spot on imo.

                        I found it pretty isolating over time. Definitely make sure you're getting out there and socializing, especially if you're like me and a bit more introverted to begin with.

                        I also find that for all the talk about traveling, working outside, etc most people never actually do it. Trying to squeeze vacation and work into the same timeframe is just inconvenient enough that I rarely ever chose to do it. And that's with flights costing me next to nothing thanks to my SO. I think if you actually did just pick up and go permanently on the road it'd be a blast and, in a way, a lot more manageable than just trying to fit in trips here and there.

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                        • #13
                          I'm the sort that would absolutely never want to work from home. I believe there should be a separation between work life and home life. If I have problems at home, work is where I can get away from it all and vice versa. I don't see the positives of ever mixing the two.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Spirehawk View Post
                            I'm the sort that would absolutely never want to work from home. I believe there should be a separation between work life and home life. If I have problems at home, work is where I can get away from it all and vice versa. I don't see the positives of ever mixing the two.
                            I go around and around on this. My prior life, I had to be in the office. I met with clients a good part of the time and worked closely with the big dog on his projects and our technology was shit. Didn't mind it.

                            In my current life, I could do 90% of it from home. I probably average about four days a month from home, and they'd let me do more than I already do. When I work from home, I love that I save like an hour and a half of my day not driving, but I have to be very intentional about treating it like an office day though (e.g., ensure I spend copious amounts of time on message boards and don't go on pornhub). Very easy to get distracted at home, which is sometimes a challenge. Especially when the kids come home at 3:30. Nothing gets done after that.

                            Plus, I've learned I'm a social animal; I'm the rare person that actually enjoys my office neighbors and miss talking about Patty's granddaughter's soccer game when I'm not in for a while. I work with some pretty great folks and would miss their community if I never came in.

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                            • #15
                              I’ll second everything LARPHawk said. Especially the SO parts. And all too often even if they “know” you’re working, they still think you’re suddenly available to do whatever during the day because you’re at home.

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