Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Joys of Telecommuting

I telecommute. I live in Massachusetts and work for a company based in Philadelphia. I actually started working for them when we lived there, and when I told them I was going to be moving they said they would allow me to work from home.

I LOVE working from home. I'm actually one of those people that gets more work done from home than I did when I went into the office. Far fewer distractions. One of the best things about working from home is that "home" can be anywhere. Last week I went to Pittsburgh with Rebecca, and didn't have to take any time off work. I worked from the hotel, then went out and explored Pittsburgh in the evenings and on the weekend.

Actually, the trip to Pittsburgh was doubly enjoyable because it was a business trip for Rebecca - she was attending a conference - and so most of our expenses were covered. We paid for my airfare, my food, and any additional shopping.

By the way, Pittsburgh is a beautiful city. It was clean, the people were friendly, and the weather cooperated nicely. For some reason, I had imagined it would be dirty and run down - maybe it's because I associated it with an ailing steel industry - it was not at all what I expected.

Back to telecommuting - one of the other things that I like about it is that I get to see Rebecca on the days that she doesn't have to go in to teach. We often get to have lunch together and chat during the day.

$3.78/gal for regular unleaded. 'Nuff said.

And then there's the time I gain from not having to spend it commuting.

And finally, there's the fact that we think we will be able to get away without having to get daycare for the potato next year, despite both of us having full-time jobs.

I LOVE telecommuting!


Rebecca said...

Hee. You are too cute!

BTW, I just had a conversation about this topic today. A colleague said that he believes that--especially with the soaring costs of gasoline--telecommuting is the way of the future. I suspect he's right.

Go you! :)

yamsey said...

You made several good points, but I have to say I liked it better when you worked in Philly and lived in Philly, too.