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Old 02-14-2019, 10:58 AM   #26
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It's super pricey but my Herman Miller Aeron was the best chair I ever had and I kick myself for not shipping it down with me.
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:10 AM   #27
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For the last year or so I've had a 'real' wfh job, where I'm working for someone else. Before that I was basically freelance.

Most of my coworkers also work from home, and most of them have gone to (powered adjustable) standing desks. I think it was also only a couple hundred bucks. They all love them.
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:15 AM   #28
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I quasi worked from home for years (prior job).

I did software implementation...spent maybe 60% of my time on-site with clients and the rest working from home.

I did this from two different homes...a house and an apartment. In both instances my work area was in the living room.

I have no kids so that wasn't an impact.
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Old 02-14-2019, 02:10 PM   #29
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My wife is a software engineer (different than a coder) and has basically worked from home for a major computer company (everyone would know it....) for something like 20 years. She started with them early '80's, started at home after 1st kid....
Now and then she has to go into the office, mostly for certain meetings. Travel is like 30 miles, but over a major NJ/NY bridge.
She used to use a headset over he house phone, now it's more sorta "FaceTime" over Windows.

I have been sorta self employed for 5 years, some email, data analysis, cell calls. I also do some travel for site meetings or onsite support (read in the "incompetent employee" thread).

Kids have basically been out of the house for 2 years, daughter is last semester of college at away school, son was working a few years before moving almost 2 years ago.

Wife now has office in son's old room, I am flexible although I need to convert a laptop to a newer Windows for some stuff.

My only issue really, many systems,I look at are still dialup, try Frikkin to get a REAL copper analog phone line to a residence.
Yes, I know it's 2019, but some sites would need dozens of special network cards and lots of cabling (plus firewall access, etc.) for me to gain access remotely.

No, I can't do software emulation over VOIP due to timing issues. Does. Not. Work.......

She has her routine.....up early, check email, status checks....coding......she also deals with groups around the globe, so she is on the phone middle of the night. As stated before, as likely no as work moves along and is good, no real complaints from management.

Me, I deal with a lot of the US, so I have to keep in mind the west coast, both me contacting them as well as being available.

A notebook of what needs to be done when can help.
Being available to most peeps during "regular hours" helps.
Most of my calls are via cell, so I am almost always available.

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Old 02-14-2019, 02:57 PM   #30
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I work 2 days/week from home.
I use the computer/study room. There are 2 desks. One has my work monitor to which I plug in my work laptop, the other has the "kids' PC." It is a small room, but when both desks are occupied, we are sitting back to back.

Kids do use the PC during the day for studies/games, but they do not bother me. They know I am working and they leave me alone. Same with the wife. I could use a better chair, though since I spend about 6--7 hours sitting.

As long as you have a routine and plan your day ahead, reply to emails/messages in a timely manner, and get your work done, the management is OK with it.
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Old 02-16-2019, 01:08 PM   #31
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Full time WAH and a decent amount of travel for me.

Iím struggling with it because HQ is in Frankfurt so I often start at 7 am and canít help get the kids ready or take them to school. The plus is that Iím done at 3:30 or 4 pm.

Iíve been doing it for more than three years now and almost left last Fall because of it.
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:35 AM   #32
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By the way, I plan to start my own business. I have some ideas, but it need to be properly formatted. How to write a business plan?
And I want to order law essay writing through Edu Birdie. What do you think about that? I do not have time to do it myself.

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Old 02-18-2019, 09:01 AM   #33
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All good testimonials and suggestions, thank you

We ordered a desk, tried out and bought a chair, started organizing the room, got the dual monitors in (were on good sale ). We have time, she doesn't start until beginning of March, but trying to do stuff as it comes in. Next thing on the order list is a small color Laserjet. It's not a necessity, but we've wanted one for over a year and now we have a justification for buying it Trying to find a small footprint one, she doesn't need anything fancy.
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Old 03-06-2019, 09:42 AM   #34
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Wife started today. Office isn't completely together due to a few factors (Desktop came smashed from shipping, printer was delayed in shipping) but it feels mostly like an office. Went with a Hp LaserJet M254dw as it seemed pretty small as far as laser printers go. We also need to handle out a landline/VOIP setup as she doesn't want to use her cell as her main line.

Any input on a good comfy headset she can use for conference calls? Bluetooth wireless is the goal.
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Old 03-06-2019, 10:06 AM   #35
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One piece of advice... DO NOT USE VERIZON "ONE TALK" FOR VOIP. Good god that service is awful.
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Old 03-06-2019, 10:09 AM   #36
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Any input on a good comfy headset she can use for conference calls? Bluetooth wireless is the goal.
After trying a few, this is the one we settled on for our staff:

Sennheiser MB Pro 2 UC
https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Pr.../dp/B00JPFUVXW



Pricey, but comfortable all day with great range and sound quality. And it has the dongle included to add BT to the VOIP phone (ours are Polycom)
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Old 03-06-2019, 01:45 PM   #37
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After trying a few, this is the one we settled on for our staff:

Sennheiser MB Pro 2 UC
https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Pr.../dp/B00JPFUVXW



Pricey, but comfortable all day with great range and sound quality. And it has the dongle included to add BT to the VOIP phone (ours are Polycom)
Ooohhhhh... Can I work for you? **** these Plantronic coathanger wire, slimjim, back-alley abortion surplus peesa**** headphones.
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Old 03-06-2019, 06:04 PM   #38
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I use the PXC 550 noise-cancelling Sennheiser ones, not really a headset but they work great for both listening and talking.
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Old 03-07-2019, 02:29 PM   #39
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I'll be working from home starting later this month. It won't be every day as I'd travel to sites approximately 50%. I in a small 1 bedroom condo, so I am planning on setting up a work area in the corner of the bedroom. I'll use my 22" TV as my second monitor in addition to my laptop.
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:46 PM   #40
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After trying a few, this is the one we settled on for our staff:

Sennheiser MB Pro 2 UC
https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Pr.../dp/B00JPFUVXW



Pricey, but comfortable all day with great range and sound quality. And it has the dongle included to add BT to the VOIP phone (ours are Polycom)
I'll toss out another positive review on these. Sound quality is great. The charge is great.

The only complaint I have is that after a good year or so, the mute button has gotten a little finicky (you have to push the volume up / down toggle, which normally functions back/forth upward, which mutes it).

The quality is great though, so I deal.
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:30 PM   #41
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After trying a few, this is the one we settled on for our staff:

Sennheiser MB Pro 2 UC
https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-Pr.../dp/B00JPFUVXW



Pricey, but comfortable all day with great range and sound quality. And it has the dongle included to add BT to the VOIP phone (ours are Polycom)
Honestly, I love Sennheiser products, I've bought 2 different headphones from them and love them. I think that's a bit of a reach price wise, but looks great. It's on a maybe list, we've spent a bunch putting the office together so trying to pinch pennies for a bit.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:07 AM   #42
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Update: Wife is in week 2 of job. She is doing all training so not really into what will be her normal workflow yet, but she is happy with setup. The company ended up sending her a headset that we didn't know they were going to send, so that is one less thing to think about. She received a broken desk top surface but we taped it up for function sake, and the replacement top still isn't here, but it is workable. Once we get the new top replaced, we will place an arm for monitor mounting, and finish up wire management.

PS - the Hp LaserJet M254dw is a good little laserjet printer. Quality of text and color is more than sufficient for general use.
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:01 AM   #43
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I'm working from home for next few months. Company was nice enough to let this happen since we have a baby I'm taking care of and told them a 1.5 hour commute time into the city + day care isn't going to work right now.

I'm in the process of making the unused den into my office, which sounds like the right idea to have a dedicated work space. I'm currently setup at the unused dining room table which gets me easily distracted and unorganized.

Picking out a cheapish chair if anyone has recommendations. Just looking for something rolling. I won't be sitting for long stretches so don't have to have something too comfortable, plus I find myself leaning back/poor posture if the chair is too comfy. Amazon has some decent looking chairs in the $120 range.

Biggest concern is my computer setup. I have a MacBook Pro from a few years ago. It should be good enough to get the job done even though it hangs up sometimes, but I'm more worried about the small monitor becoming a hindrance to productivity. Is there a way to hook up a bigger monitor? Or am I better off just spending $500 for a new desktop. Haven't been in desktop market in years, but I'd be willing to consider one in that range. Ideally if I can also throw a few games on it.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:25 AM   #44
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I'm working from home for next few months. Company was nice enough to let this happen since we have a baby I'm taking care of and told them a 1.5 hour commute time into the city + day care isn't going to work right now.

I'm in the process of making the unused den into my office, which sounds like the right idea to have a dedicated work space. I'm currently setup at the unused dining room table which gets me easily distracted and unorganized.

Picking out a cheapish chair if anyone has recommendations. Just looking for something rolling. I won't be sitting for long stretches so don't have to have something too comfortable, plus I find myself leaning back/poor posture if the chair is too comfy. Amazon has some decent looking chairs in the $120 range.

Biggest concern is my computer setup. I have a MacBook Pro from a few years ago. It should be good enough to get the job done even though it hangs up sometimes, but I'm more worried about the small monitor becoming a hindrance to productivity. Is there a way to hook up a bigger monitor? Or am I better off just spending $500 for a new desktop. Haven't been in desktop market in years, but I'd be willing to consider one in that range. Ideally if I can also throw a few games on it.
If you're going to be working from home for the foreseeable future, I strongly recommend investing in home office hardware--specifically a good desk, chair and peripherals. Consider buying a docking station for your laptop and external monitor(s). In my opinion, the docking station is the game changer because it expands the laptop's capabilities.

My setup:
HP laptop
HP USB C dock
Wireless Mouse + KB (dongle connected to dock)
two 23" HP monitors (both connected to dock)
external speakers (audio cable connected to dock)

Buy the docking station that is designed to work with your specific laptop. Once you've identified the model, check out eBay or Amazon for the best price. I would advise against using the "universal" docking stations by Kensington or other 3rd party companies--not saying they won't work at all, but may be inconsistent performers.

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Old 03-15-2019, 10:57 AM   #45
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+1 on the dock. My work gave me an old POS laptop and dock since I VPN to my actual work PC in the server room back at base. So my laptop is kind of just a modem and input device. Even being absolutely ancient (non-HDMI), having two 22" monitors, wireless mouse/keyboard, my 5.1 speakers and several USB ports available for peripherals is clutch.

This laptop has to be from 2012/3 but is a total workhorse and doesn't really skip a beat. I'm already planning ahead of what to do when it ****s the bed, though. I have another crappy laptop that my sis was gonna throw away but I just replaced the battery and it gets the job done. For a device that isn't going to be taken on the go, it would be fine to dock permanently. Worst case, I have a new proper laptop that I hardly use but is at least reliable.

Finding a good sized "L" shaped desk with leg room in the center was also challenging but I got lucky and Office Depot was having a BOGO on desks and chairs right when I mvoed here so we got identical setups here in this weird oversized rec room we call our office.
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+1 on the dock. My work gave me an old POS laptop and dock since I VPN to my actual work PC in the server room back at base. So my laptop is kind of just a modem and input device. Even being absolutely ancient (non-HDMI), having two 22" monitors, wireless mouse/keyboard, my 5.1 speakers and several USB ports available for peripherals is clutch.

This laptop has to be from 2012/3 but is a total workhorse and doesn't really skip a beat. I'm already planning ahead of what to do when it ****s the bed, though. I have another crappy laptop that my sis was gonna throw away but I just replaced the battery and it gets the job done. For a device that isn't going to be taken on the go, it would be fine to dock permanently. Worst case, I have a new proper laptop that I hardly use but is at least reliable.

Finding a good sized "L" shaped desk with leg room in the center was also challenging but I got lucky and Office Depot was having a BOGO on desks and chairs right when I mvoed here so we got identical setups here in this weird oversized rec room we call our office.
My MacBok Pro is from around the same year, so good to know im not the only one rocking old tech. Going to look into the docking stations as I never considered that in the past, so this is all new tech to me. I feel such an old fart already.
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Yes x2 for docking stations and getting the same brand docking station.

My WFH setup I tried to minimize the clutter of wires and docking stations.

Have my work laptop on a stand that connects to a USB-C Dell monitor with wireless mouse/keyboard. Lucked out since my work provides the laptop. Keeps clutter to a minimum and the monitor will keep the laptop charged through the USB-C.
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Old 03-18-2019, 09:33 AM   #48
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As previously said, a docking station is big. Sturdy desk, cheap or not. Cheap usually just means light weight or sharp edges, but make sure reviews state the desk is sturdy. It's annoying working and the desk moving around making it feel less than safe for your stuff to be sitting on.

Depending on your work, 1 or 2 24's is ideal. My work requires 2 24's to be efficient and convenient, my wife will end up with 3 monitors once she starts her actual workflow. If you aren't sure, you can start with 1 24, and set the laptop as your primary screen, and the 24 as your main workspace screen and see how that feels.

Finally, gotta weigh cost vs. time you'll be at home. 24" monitors are fairly cheap these days. Heck, get a no-name Chinese brand if it has good reliable reviews, especially if there is a possibility you will only be using it for a few months. Same for keyboard and mouse if the company is not providing any. Chairs, any Staples/Office Depot usually has sales on chairs. I tend to steer clear of any pleather or vinyl surface chairs, as the vinyl dries out and breaks up in 2-3 years. All mesh orfabric is the way to go. Also, don't underestimate the importance of the arm rests on each side. Hard plastic will annoy your elbows after an hour or 2.

Good luck
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Old 03-18-2019, 09:54 AM   #49
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I've been working from home 2-3 days a week for about 6 years now. Last year I was 100% teleworking for several months while on a special project.

I have a home office complete with 2 24 inch monitors, an nice desktop, etc, but almost never use it. Instead I just use the work issued laptop and work in my living room with my dog.

Since I commute in on Tuesday and Thursday I still get the social aspect of work, even though I get a LOT LESS WORK DONE on the days I go into the office.

For a while I had an issue where I was working way longer then 8 hours a day, as I did not have anything in place that made me stop. 10-12 hours days were common. I make sure now not to let that happen, and go out of my way not to even check email on my phone when the day is done. Otherwise I find myself going down a work rabbit hole instead of spending time with my kids at night.

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Where the hell is everybody finding this work? I am a recently retired (and rapidly getting bored) professional (MA degree, long experience in supervisory and working independently roles), and would love to find a way to continue to contribute while working from home (since I am now living in the south - set your watch back 50 years).
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