An Ideal Working Environment

Now that I am a freelance worker, I have much more control over my working environment. This can mean many things such as noise level, distraction, human interaction, daily routine, equipment and clients. The proper atmosphere can make a huge difference. This is something that I know all too well.

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Distraction

I have worked for one company which had a very cheerful environment. Music always played, people were friendly and very sociable. That was great, but it was also very hard to get work done. The constant carnival environment provided distractions and led to unnecessary pressure when crunch time came.

I have also worked for a company that had the opposite problem. There was a quiet environment provided, but it was too much quiet. The place felt eerie, sterile, inhumane. It lacked personality.

Naturally, I am striving for something in between. No one knows your ideal work environment and preferences better than yourself. Some people can not work with any distraction, others thrive. Still others like a bit of background music. This is just one metric of office satisfaction. The more people sharing the same office space, the less likely that everyone is or could be satisfied.

Social Interaction

The philospher Sartre said "Hell is other people", while it has been said that "No man is an island". Working by yourself is not for everyone. Though developers are generally fairly intrinsic and introverted, we are people nonetheless. To compensate for the removal of office banter, I plan to attend a few large conferences this year - I went to OSCON in July and it was a very positive experience. I also plan on going to more local events - professional related and non-professional ie) music events, joining a club, going to the gym, maybe try my luck at standup comedy, etc.

It has also been my fortunate experience in the last year to find that remote communication can actually be much more open and cordial than a local office environment.

Ergonomics

I just turned thirty, and have had back issues for a few years. I know that one of the main reasons for this is that I spend many, many hours hunched over a computer. At past jobs I did not always have great office equipment. Sometimes I had downright awful equipment. An ergonomic desk setup is essential to the profession I am in, or any profession that involves sitting at one.

I have dual monitors with an adjustable stand and am getting a good office chair soon (something that I am excited about). Picture to follow in another post.

Some Homebased Work Advantages

I am finding new advantages of working for myself all the time, such as:

  • It is very easy to make a fresh, simple meal at home while working. I have a fridge and oven right by the office. No more wasting 20 minutes in traffic to pickup something to eat.
  • Speaking of lunch time traffic, no more daily commute : )
  • At the same time that I am freed from monotonous local travel, I am free to do more long distance travel. I could ssh in from anywhere and get my job done.
  • No uber-micromanagement.

I firmly believe that I have made a great choice in trying a home based business and am very happy with it so far : )


Great mood

I am in a great mood. Things have been "Coming up Milhouse" for me the last few weeks.

This is terrific way to approach the age of 30, which I will turn on Friday.


Business Owner

I am very pleased to announce that I am now my own boss! I have received a business license to work from home and have two very good clients.

This is something I am very excited about and so is Tressa. I have done a lot of research into tax information, accounting, the whole rigamarole and know that it is not only a viable option, but actually should increase my earnings and flexibility. I know that I have the discipline and skill necessary to be successful on my own business.

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Will keep you posted on further developments.


October News

Hello everyone. I am very busy at the moment, but here is a quick update of my goings on.

Yesterday, Tressa and I went to a Kings of Leon concert. We both thought it was pretty good but not exceptional. It was very nice to get out and take in some live music.

I am currently finishing a single chapter as a collaborative author for the upcoming book HTML 5 Games Most Wanted. This project looks very cool as it discusses several very distinct and current topics. The book does not yet have a cover image. My chapter will be entitled "Beginning WebGL" which is the Web Graphics Language.

Here's a hodgepodge of stuff: Wedding planning is going fairly well. I turn 30 on October 21st. Looking forward to Halloween - seeing Tressa's M&M costume and the Pipster's costume (whatever she is gonna be). And I hope to have some interesting news in a few weeks (no it's not a child)...


End of Summer

After the big event that kick-started the summer, the rest of July and August went by fast and without much excitement. We are busy preparing for next year's wedding and tightening up our chequebook. I went to OSCON in Portland, Oregon for a couple of days which was a great experience and Tressa went to Rocky Mountain House for a family visit. That is about it though in terms of travel.

Tressa is back at school teaching and enjoying it very much. I just finished a technical review of the upcoming Apress book Foundation HTML 5 Animation with JavaScript.

We are trying to get the most out of the beautiful weather while it lasts, going for some nice "strolls" in the evening and discussing houses along the way that we would hypothetically buy.


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