RE: telecommuting - advice needed

Subject: RE: telecommuting - advice needed
From: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: "'Elaine Garnet'" <2egarnet -at- rogers -dot- com>, <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 18:11:19 -0400

Elaine Garnet wrote:

"I have to make a point of telling my son and my well-
meaning stay-at-home Mom friends that I am 'at work' and have
deadlines."

My late father-in-law used to come over EVERY DAY to tell me that I needed
to get a real job. The fact that I made more that he ever made was not
relevant...I needed a job with bennies. Best thing I ever did was ignore him
and lock the door.

"There is a temptation to work outside on the patio, but I only do that
when calls are not likely to happen."

Get a wireless phone. I work in my home office, in the Living Room in front
of the fireplace (great on cold, wintery days), or out on the deck. I try to
keep my deck time to a minimum, because nature has a way of destroying
concentration.

"My biggest challenge is email. I spend way too long browsing when I
should be deleting. Trouble is, as a virtual business, I live and die
by email."

I write hardware and software manuals, so virtuality is a relative thing for
a couple of customers. I connect to their servers, but I still have to go to
the occasional status meetings, and I make it point to be at the customer's
facility a couple of days a week for photographs, procedure debugging,
engineer bugging, and morning doughnuts....okay, forget the doughnuts (I'm a
Diabetic).

Al Geist
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Office/Msg: 802-872-9190
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E-mail: al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com
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References:
Re: telecommuting - advice needed: From: Keith Hood
Re: telecommuting - advice needed: From: Chris Morton
Re: telecommuting - advice needed: From: Elaine Garnet

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