Bradley M. Kuhn

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I'm experimenting with telecommuting which for years worried me because I was terribly bad it during my graduate school days in the late 1990s. I'm nearly 20 years older than that now, so I guess I can probably do it.

One thing I've noticed, though, I've become one of those people whose dogs can sometimes be heard while on professional conference calls. I don't think this is preventable, at least while I live in a very tiny one bedroom apartment in NYC.

I also note that this now makes me have something significant in common with Larry Rosen, as I remember hearing his dogs on conference calls going back to the early 2000s, and as recently as two years ago.

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I've done worked remotely for most of my working life in some shape or form, and the shapes and forms have changed a lot in 20 years. I had no problem with it myself, but problems did occur when I had to work with others who didn't take to interacting remotely. My experience is that most folk can adapt but, alas, not quite everyone.

mcnalu at 2013-09-19T18:42:13Z

Funny, adopting dogs was my proximate trigger for switching from telecommuting to cow-orking. The conference call thing put me over the edge.

Jeff Gehlbach at 2013-09-20T10:57:35Z

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But now you won't sound like a golf announcer, speaking in a low voice so your coworking space mates can't hear something sensitive ;-)

johns at 2013-09-20T14:19:41Z

I have been working remotely for 8 years now. It has its pro's and con's like everything, but at least it lets me to spend more time with the family.

So far my company has been good with that.

Some things to watch out:

  • Remember to go out and exercise or at least go to the library to change your surroundings and not get bored. 
  • Try not to eat where you work. 
  • I cannot say much about the dog though. I have cats at home :)
Good Luck!

Luis at 2013-09-22T02:28:00Z