Working From Home – Huge Benefits

One of the greatest things about being your own boss is that you can have a home office. I call it Bagwell Studios, but it’s really just a second bedroom that I converted into an office to work from home. All of my work is on a computer, and I mostly work alone so more and more of my jobs are remote work situations.

I think it’s great because it seems like a waste of money on the part of the people hiring me to have to pay the overhead for an employee that doesn’t need to physically be there.

Easier Than Outsourcing to Foreign Locations

People have complained a lot about how US companies are outsourcing work to other countries, but I don’t understand why they don’t just let people work from home and lounge on their gigantic bean bag. I suppose some people just like to complain, but the solution seems pretty obvious to me. If the work can be done remotely by someone overseas, then certainly it can be done by a home based employee a few miles away in the comfort of their home. You don’t have to pay for a desk, office space for them, or someone to manage them, because they work from home. If they don’t do their work, that can be easily quantified and you can have a talk with them about it.

remote work better

More Productivity, Not Less

I have actually found that working from home is more motivating than having someone looking over my shoulder all the time to make sure I’m “being productive”. Maybe I’ve just had bad bosses in the past. However, I think that people who have to be micromanaged are just bad employees whether they work from home or in the office. They are probably going to suck the life out of other workers there and rob them of their joy of working there. Those people should just be fired, not watched more closely.

On the other end of the spectrum, employees who are self motivated (or at least given the chance to do so) are far more productive working on their own.

I use myself as an example. I do much better work and am far more productive when my motivation is internal, not external. I think that makes me a good employee.

So, to summarize, I believe that a good worker is a good worker whether anyone is watching or not. In fact, good workers are even better when given the freedom to do things their own way. Studies have proven that people perform far better and are happier when allowed to take ownership of the end result of a project they are working on. And, if you have to micromanage them, you should just fire them. It’s not a good use of resources to have people whose sole job is to chase after people and make them do their work.

My Favorite Parts of Working From Home

No commute. This is a giant one. Not only does it save me about 2 hours a day, which is huge… but it saves me the frustration of dealing with traffic. Who decided that everyone should get of work at 5pm? So, you have empty streets all day long except from 8 to 9 am and then again from 5 to 6 pm.

how is this acceptable?

How is that efficient? It isn’t. Skipping the whole thing will transform your life. Imagine what you could do with 2 extra hours per day.

Comfort

Another great thing about working from home is I can make my home office look however I want. I can work at my stand up desk which has my main computer. Then, if I want to check my email on my tablet I can jump onto one of these giant bean beds I got. I really like this bean bag, as you can see from my Twitter.

I can set the lighting however I want. I can play music, eat when I want (and can make actual healthy food because my kitchen is ten feet away and I don’t have to rely on brown bagging it, or subjecting myself to cafeteria or lunch truck food), etc. It’s great. Having full control over your work environment is truly an amazing thing for both enjoyment and productivity.

These are some of the few benefits I enjoy from working from home. If you have any of your own or even just want to disagree with me I am open to it. Leave me a comment below.

 

Resume

SUMMARY
5 years programming and application development experience.
OBJECTIVE
To obtain a position that utilizes my creativity, my problem solving skills, and further develops my
programming expertise.
TECHNICAL SKILLS
Languages

Proficient in: HTML5, PHP, Jquery, HTML, CSS, Javascript, MySQL.

Familiar with: Xcode, Java, C++, Flash, MEL.
Software

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, Xcode Programming Environment.

Other Software Proficiencies: Autodesk Maya, Pixologic Zbrush, UV Layout, Adobe After Effects,
Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Studio
WORK EXPERIENCE
Web Developer, Mobile App Developer
2008-Present
The Wizard LLC – Sub-Contracted

Primary responsibilities include using HTML5 to create interactive websites and apps associated
with the Wizard Mobile Apps and the Wizard Network websites.

Design and build mobile device targeted web apps and interfaces using HTML5, PHP, Jquery,
HTML, CSS, Javascript, MySQL. These apps include:
– iWizard Forex: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iwizard-forex/id426348141?mt=8
– iWizard Pro: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iwizard-pro/id367954881?mt=8
– iWizard DJ 30: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iwizarddj30/id323251120?mt=8

Creating login and user authentication functionality for the iWizard app series.

Working with a team or alone to create functional aesthetically pleasing websites while meeting
strict deadlines for investors, launch dates, promotions and other time sensitive events
Sub-Contracted Web Designer and Developer
2007-Present

Bean Bag Unboxing Video

Thewizardoffers.com/ibfx
Designed and built website landing page, and a series of html promotional emails for the Wizard
Offers website.  Meeting strict deadlines for promotions and launch dates.

Thewizardoffers.com
Worked with a team to build a website for The Wizard Offers.  Meeting strict deadlines for
promotions and launch dates.

Ashevillebuildingconsultants.com
– Designed and built website for Asheville Building Consultants.
– Setup a wordpress blog system for the company to use and incorporated an RSS feed to show a
preview in a section of the main website.
– Used php to create an auto-mailer contact option.  Modified a script to create a dynamiv photo
library page.  This script generates thumbnail previews from a folder of images, resizes images
to fit in a picture viewer, and automatically updates when new photos are added.
– Meeting strict deadlines for investors, launch dates and promotions.

Appeldoornlandscapenursery.com
Designed and built website for Appeldoorn’s Nursery and Landscape Company.
Assistant Store Manager
2000-2005

Eckerd Drugs – Asheville, NC
Manage and delegate tasks to 6 employees.  Using problem solving skills to schedule and manage
payroll, resolve customer service issues and general responsibilities of running and maintaining a
retail store.
EDUCATION
University of North Carolina at Asheville
Fall 2007 – Spring 2010
Asheville, North Carolina

Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts and Sciences

Emphasis Areas: Web Development, 3d Animation and Video Production

UNCA Juried Student Show – Best in Show Installation Emerging Artists (2010)
-Group project my role was to create code generated audio detection influenced visualizations
using the program Processing

UNCA Juried Student Show – Honorable Mention 3d Animation Knot Walking (2010)
-Walk cycle with a character I modeled, textured and rigged using Autodesk Maya and Zbrush

UNCA Juried Student Show – Best in Show 3d Modeling Chainsaw Series (2009)
-Series of still images taken from a chainsaw I modeled in Autodesk Maya

UNCA Juried Student Show – Honorable Mention 3d Animation Invasion (2010)
-An animated short consisting of 2 characters I modeled, textured and rigged in Autodesk Maya
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Fall 2005 – Spring 2007
Asheville, North Carolina

Major Area of Study: Computer Science

Dean’s List 2005, 2006
REFERENCES
Jesse Jones
Lead Developer
The Wizard LLC
828.242.6076
jesse@thewizard.com
Lei Han
Professor and Director of Multimedia Arts (now called New Media)
University of North Carolina at Asheville
828.251.6600 ext. 4567
828.350.4567
lhan@unca.edu
Wray Bowling
Colleague and Project Manager of Esc 3d Mapping and Projection
Installation Project for Senior Capstone
Web Developer
Intuvoe
919.334.8695
wray@wraybowling.com