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Poll: Would you like to work in an office (outside home)?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Would you like to work in an office (outside home)?".

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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Outhouse Apr 28, 2011

Ideally I'd like to have a separate building to use as an office, maybe a converted garage or something, on my own property. Unfortunately this dream is a long way off.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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No Apr 28, 2011

I only wish proz rules allowed me to express myself in my customary flippant and what I like to think of as inventively sweary style. In my home town of Glasgow, the appropriate riposte to such a query would be would be "ye daft pal?"

Seriously though, I think the asker's query may be motivated by lack of amenities in her home working environment, be they internet/telecommunications infrastructure, hardware printer/scanner/PC and other devices, stationery... etc. As long as my internet connection stays up and running (not a given), I am lucky enough to have all I need within easy reach of my teapot. Others may not be so fortunate...

[Edited at 2011-04-28 08:59 GMT]


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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With ya, Neil. Apr 28, 2011

neilmac wrote:
... "ye daft pal?"


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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Not a chance ... Apr 28, 2011

And lose out on all the advantages of working from home. No way.

I can't see a single benefit of working in an office. I can see many from working from home. Not least the fact I currently have a cat curled up next to me ...


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Judith Anne Smith  Identity Verified
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No, thanks Apr 28, 2011

That's why I chose this job. It has its obvious drawbacks, of course. But my priority is being able to earn money to make ends meet, while still being able to take care of my daughters. Other working mothers don't have this luck.

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Dewinta Maharani  Identity Verified
Indonesia
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No, thanks Apr 28, 2011

Working from home is my dream come true. I still can work and earn money without putting any make up on my face.

[Edited at 2011-04-28 10:23 GMT]


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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I put 'maybe' Apr 28, 2011

I have two free-lance colleagues who rent office space. Both feel that they get more done with fewer interruptions.

It wouldn't be practical for me because I have too many little obligations during the course of the day, but I don't think the idea is crazy.


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Ricardo Gouveia  Identity Verified
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Home sweet home Apr 28, 2011

Despite agreeing with most of the comments above, there is nothing like working from home, and as a freelancer that depends on me. I don't need to dress up all formal, get on crowded buses and metro, or get caught in the traffic - if I use the car.
However, unlike people who don't work from home fail to understand, there are obvious downsides too.
Surely, I need to exercise and get fresh air, which I do, I do sports and like to walk a lot. Other than that, vocal socializing is very important, so, I can take my netbook to a coffee shop, and work from there and eventually some known face appears.


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Erika Pilar Pancella
Italy
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a room of my own Apr 28, 2011

I'd like to have a room of my own, but I'm absolutely happy to work at home for the above reasons:

- proximity of the teapot
- no need to dress up and make up
- time to take care of my daughter
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I don't think that you work more or more efficiently from an office: at home you don't have time restrictions and you don't waste time on traveling to the office!


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Gallagy
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alone all alone Apr 28, 2011

I wrote "Maybe" because I think I'd like to work outside part-time as the obvious downside to working from home is the solitary nature of this work. Up to now I have been teaching full-time (translating part-time) and really miss the conviviality of colleagues at coffee breaks and lunch (and the sheer energy of the teenagers) now I am no longer in school. I do NOT miss the commute though, last year I had to drive for an hour each way on bad rural roads to get to the school.
I am now fulfilling Simon's dream as I've just bought a 5m by 4m log cabin and it is now being wired and plumbed to use as a home office in my garden (I have a half acre), so I'll have the sound of birdsong to keep me company. I find working in my small house has too many distractions of chores to be done and yes, two cats wanting to climb onto my lap or curl up on the computer! So, I'm hoping having a dedicated office space will make me more focused. And like Neil, as long as the computer doesn't crash all will be well. I use a mobile broadband and find it great:-)


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ikeda45  Identity Verified
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No thanks Apr 28, 2011

I'm happy I don't have to wake up early in the morning and use rush-hour trains to and from Tokyo anymore.

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Caroline Lakey  Identity Verified
France
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Not for much longer! Apr 28, 2011

I currently have an office in town 10 minutes from home. When I started as a freelancer 2 years ago, my partner and baby son were at home full-time, so working there would have been completely infeasible, especially without a spare room to use as an office.
Now my son is at nursery and my partner is back at work, and in 2 months we are moving to the other side of town. I'll have a dedicated office at the far end of the house and I can't wait! No more moving files backwards and forwards when I need to work in the evening, and on days like today, with 2 sick children at home to look after, fitting work in around other commitments will be so much simpler.
The only thing that worries me is whether I'll be able to resist the lure of the biscuit tin!


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E. Novesky  Identity Verified
United States
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Absolutely! Apr 28, 2011

Judith Anne Smith wrote:

That's why I chose this job. It has its obvious drawbacks, of course. But my priority is being able to earn money to make ends meet, while still being able to take care of my daughters. Other working mothers don't have this luck.


Worked in an office for the first 3 years of my son's life (in a different, miserable job!), and was absolutely miserable. I quit to do this from home. He's 4 1/2 now, and I have never been happier than working from home and seeing him grow up at the same time!


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Dave Bindon  Identity Verified
Greece
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Nope! Apr 28, 2011

In winter, I never have to get cold and wet on the way to work. In the 40C heat of summer, I don't have to get sweaty on the way to work.

Whenever I have a break I can sit on my balcony, surrounded by my beloved plants.

Any admin work that doesn't require a large screen can be done out on the balcony.

I don't need two sets of dictionaries, two kettles, two printers etc etc.

I can dress however I want to (if I want to!).

And, perhaps best of all, when I decide to stop work for the day (as I have now done) I can get a cold beer out of the fridge and sit in the afternoon sun before the PC has even finished shutting down!


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