The joys – not not – of telecommuting

For me telecommuting means I am able to work, so it’s wonderful and liberating.  I do miss the office though and the sort of team dynamics that develops only when you work with people day in day out for years.  For anyone contemplating teleworking I have only a little advise:

  1. Live somewhere you love, so that you don’t get tempted to stay in the house all day
  2. Meet up with colleagues whenever you can, I like to go out for lunch
  3. Create a great working environment, one that you really enjoy working in – remember your employer is no longer in control and that this is a room where you will spend most of your waking hours, so treat it with that level of importance
  4. Put the money you save in fuel in the bank and spend it – without guilt – on improving your home working experience
  5. Make sure you go into it with a positive attitude, it’s not perfect, but the more energy you put into making it so the better it will be
  6. Don’t give up on it,  technology is moving at breakneck speed and the social down side of working on your own will rapidly decrease as high definition video, combines with high speed networking and multiple large screen displays

There are lots of books on the subject, but I recommend reading the comments on this post from lifehacker and this one from Joel on Software.

and no, the house isn’t mine!

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

1 Response

  1. Anonymous says:

    Steve,

    Some great words of advice. Can we upload this, with due attribution, at http://www.enterprisenation.com – a portal for homeworkers? I know this would be of interest to a great many of our readers.

    Emma

    emma@enterprisenation.com

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