Weekend Discussion

Friday February 25th, 2000

Most of our readers have jobs doing computer-related work. Not all of those readers find their jobs enjoyable. If you could have your ideal job in a computer-related field, what would it be? If you are in your ideal job, tell us why it is ideal. Related to that, how many hours a week do you work, and do you think it's reasonable? What would you consider a reasonable work week? We're interested in getting an international cross-section, so if you live outside the US, we'd love to hear from you as well.

#17 Work at home...

by offwhite <>

Saturday February 26th, 2000 9:22 AM

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Well, I had a couple of jobs where I worked the old 8 to 5 work period with a small group of people building websites. I am a programmer/sys admin type and often had to work with people who did not understand the basics of the technology which was our bread and butter. I left the first job and got fired from the second one where I stabalized the system on Unix servers only to have the president decide one day that he like Windows NT overnight.

So I interviewed and found nothing I really found better than I had before, I chose to simply do freelance since I had plenty of work there. Now I work at home, start around 8:30 and work as long as I like.

I make more money that I was before and have total control of my development path. If I want to focus on learning Java Servlets, I can do that. If I choose to work on my skills in Perl and apache I can do that as well.

I work for one company on retainer, 20 hours a week and that pays my bills easily and do other work to augment it taking me beyond my previous salary. And as you can expect, when you work out of your home you can take long lunches, go shopping during the day and work at any hour of the day. You just have to make sure you keep your clients happy.