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Poll: Do you work at home?
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Jan 9, 2012

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
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No. I live in my office. Jan 9, 2012

Don't ask me why - I have become allergic to the phrase "working from home". Sounds like a house wife making some money on the side by stuffing envelopes or baking cookies.

No one who has ever worked in this profession - more than full-time and with all the times-zones involved can ever imagine that your home stops being your home as soon as you work there. You can never, ever go home from work and close the door behind you.

We moved into a larger house two years ago. Office space is taking up three rooms by now. Telephones everywhere. Wireless network seeping through the walls 24/7. I don't know if this is healthy. Every corner of the house screams: Work! Work! There is no privacy as long as you don't turn off the machines and the phones.

Wow, my grammar sucketh at this time of day. But I won't edit anything. It's 3:20 am and I am at work. At home or at the office?

[Edited at 2012-01-09 11:43 GMT]


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Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
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Office (dining room) Jan 9, 2012

My office is my dining room and when someone asks me "Where do you work"?, I answer that I work in my own office (which is located where my home is).
I don't work from home: I work in my office and the fact that my office is at home is a natural consequence.
The little desk in the centre of the room is full of Cinderella and Mermaid stuff and also of Translation and Semiotics and Communication texts. But it is OK (till now).


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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A combined environment Jan 9, 2012

Nicole Schnell wrote:

Don't ask me why - I have become allergic to the phrase "working from home". Sounds like a house wife making some money on the side by stuffing envelopes or baking cookies.

No one who has ever worked in this profession - more than full-time and with all the times-zones involved can ever imagine that your home stops being your home as soon as you work there. You can never, ever go home from work and close the door behind you.



I couldn't agree more with Nicole.

My home is my office, and my office is my home. The only way these two can be separated is when I close the living room door, because then my office space is "looked out". But that hardly every works.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Yes Jan 9, 2012

Thanks goodness!

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Oleg Osipov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Always at home when I am in Jan 9, 2012

A cozy study with everything I need + a sofa.

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reem07
Egypt
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SUCCESS Story Jan 9, 2012

Yes,Thank God.I can be a working Mom and a freelancer!!.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Yes ... Jan 9, 2012

... but there's nothing "homey" with all the associated home distractions - kids and cats crawling around my feet - in my office.

It's a small office/home office without the cubicles but filled with all the paraphernalia needed to run a business - office furniture, bookshelves, storage cabinets, computers, router, hubs and cables, server, network printer/copier/fax, heaps of other hardware, and more importantly, a fridge stuffed full of cold ones to sip back on after a hard day's work.

It's my study, my territory and I've rigged it for maximum working comfort.

Happy translating!


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Helga Lemiere  Identity Verified
France
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SUCESS Story II Jan 9, 2012

Pacsed - Mom - Housewife - German Teacher - Freelancer.....I am Super Woman in my Super Office (12m2) in my Super House

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Yes Jan 9, 2012

but in a separate office in the cellar where I have my peace and quite - with daylight windows, so not the dark and cold cellar, but a freindly and warm one.

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Jenn Mercer  Identity Verified
United States
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In my happy place Jan 9, 2012

Years ago, working in an insurance company, I would joke with a coworker about going to my "happy place" whenever the latest unworkable edict came down. Now, I work in my home office. Like Michael Harris, mine is the lowest level of the house, but not quite a basement. Outside my window I have a view of a bird (and squirrel) feeder that gets customers all day long. In place of the steel desks and grey cubicles, I have solid wood furniture and a view of my freshwater aquarium. I have added LED lighting and decorated the wood paneling in my own eclectic style. Sometimes, I even have a beer in the afternoons - gasp!

This poll is a good one to remind us all that the work can be hard, but the freelance lifestyle has definite advantages.


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Yes Jan 9, 2012

in what used to be my daughters old bedroom (by then I had a rented office).

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Chun Un  Identity Verified
Macau
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Yes Jan 9, 2012

It's my study where I have everything I had when I worked in an office plus a sofa bed where I occasionally sleep. It's heaven!

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At a room Jan 9, 2012

I work at a room in my house.
In my house there is a room to sleep, another room for my guest to sleep, and another room to lounge, read and watch TV, another one to cook and dine, and lastly (hooooray) a room where I do my freelance translating works.
Question is where I spend the longest of my any given day? Answer -- the room I mentioned last. This room has bookshelves and daybed, and of course computers that connect me to the world. How wonderful


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Denise DeVries  Identity Verified
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and I have an outside job Jan 9, 2012

I also work in an office part time so I can eat while waiting to be paid for translation work.

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