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I am interested to know how many of you are the same and how many of you work in a business with two or more people on the premises?
I have always worked relentlessly solo.
At home my options are more limited, although I have considered building a 'garden room' to work out of occasionally.
In fact, I'm a bit of a nomad when it comes to desks - I've been at 8 different locations within this one office in the last year. Now I'm sat opposite the other developer here (actually a guy I was at uni with), alongside a couple of pseudo-techie managers. Been like this for a week now, and it's working well.
On the odd occasion I work from home, but now I only do that if I'm forced to - after the solitary-confinement that is studying software engineering at uni, I now love working with other people around me. Not too noisy though, but being able to look up and make eye-contact with someone else is just...great.
It's weird - even on my most stressy days, where I may barely speak to anyone else, I know it would be so much worse if I was on my own - just having people around me helps.
All in all, I love working alongside other people!
We finally had to decide if we were going to keep the business there or grow. We decided to grow about two years ago. We opened an office about 2 minutes from the house and now have 2 more folks working with us and have our eyes out looking for about two more.
I used to hate working at an office, I've been careful to make sure we keep the right kind of environment in this one. People get paid well and we keep it upbeat, and spouse and I do not either bring home problems to work (not that we have any to bring) and we don't send mixed signals about chain of command.
So it's not quite as nice as working from home with spouse, and I spend more time managing, but it's still not bad. I've got a huge office window that overlooks the historical downtown of the quaint little town we live in :).
Previously, 8 years - room in my home dedicated to work area, definately an office space (without the "O" face.)
Currently - back office area in an unrelated business. The other people on the premises are not related to my work.
In both cases, I guess it's "solo" but I sure don't feel like it's solo. I work with writers, designers, and clients from around the world and many of them I've never even spoken to on the phone. I've known many of them for years, it's like we're old friends . . . but we've never met.
May be a bit creepy to some, but it dispenses with the whole interoffice politics and dynamics, allows me (and the people I work with) to wrangle over what an idiot I/they are being, get over it, and get the jobs done. :-)
Just back from about 5,500 miles of business travel by car in 28 days. But those trips involve a fair amount of interactions with my target audience so there's actually more contact with the outside world when I travel.
I think a lot about sharing office space with non competing web workers. Could be good for all of us.
I have had homes in many different countries over the years, so it has kept the socialising a bit more "exciting" (hmmm, is that the right word?). By socialising I mean nipping out from "the den" to get a pack of cigarettes or an alcoholic drink (depending on the stats!).
It also means I have had to learn other languages (apart from PHP, PERL, etc ;o) ), which I guess has kept it fresh.
In my experience it can be a bit of a trap when working for yourself, by yourself, it becomes too easy to be engulfed in your work.
Sometimes I feel it might be better doing the old 9 til 5 routine, leaving the work, etc at the office. But I'm not sure how long I would last in that environment, the grass is always greener, etc.