Like many here, I work at home. I have a nice cosy (read, quite small..) office upstairs overlooking the garden. On sunny days i can choose when i want to take a couple of hours out, at least to a certain extent, and do something like walk the dogs on the beach or play with my daughter, and on dreary days i can choose get up late and work late.
Currently, in "the office" i have
- 2 desktops, my main one running Gentoo, and a glorified radio player running Windoze
- A small sofa, just big enough to lie down on if it's been a particularly tiring day sitting around in me pants checking rss feeds
- Optionally, a cat and two dogs that like to hang out here from time to time
All of that, bar the animals, is housed on a big L shaped desk with one shit chair (i really need a new chair..)
All communications can be handled from here, from voice to text to fax if really needed, and i've managed to make this little space an *almost* complete communications hub. My business is online, so my communications are mostly online. On the rare occasions that i have to leave the house on actual business, it always feels a bit weird - im a bit reclusive by nature and i've become very accustomed to biz being done in this room, and everything else happening out of it, though this could change a bit when the new laptop gets delivered heh.. For me, that's close to perfect.
There are drawbacks to working at home aswell as benefits though. Some of those include:
- Being shouted at from downstairs to come help with something
- Working to your own schedule. Sounds great in theory, but you either do nothing or work 16hrs+ a day, i tend to the latter but have also slid toward the former on occasion.
- No cameraderie with fellow workers (this could also appear on the benefits list as far as im concerned though..)
- A tendency not to get dressed till lunchtime (again, take your pick which list that goes on..)
Overall though, i could no sooner picture myself wearing a suit again than I could jumping out of an plane (im dreadfully afraid of heights, and jobs) so it suits (heh..) me well.
I work too many hours most of the time, but the important thing for me is that it's my choice to do so.
Home or Office?
So, are most of the folks here working at home or office, and why?