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some strategic thoughts

Saturday 12 August 2006 - Filed under Radish

Now that our little girl Alicia has gone off to college, I find myself with an empty nest thinking about what my actions will be for the next 3 years.

I’m pretty happy now. I guess I am just thinking of ways to shake it up now that I am halfway comfortable.

Being at the coast last weekend with the ocean air clearing my thoughts also helped with this “what to do, what to do” strategic thinking. By labeling this “what if?” daydreaming as “strategic thinking” I am hoping to give these thoughts more validity to see if there really is something in there. I started talking a little bit about this business a few posts ago.

While at the beach I think I was stuck in the moment. I was convinced that moving to the coast was the greatest idea ever and a magnificent goal for the Noodle family. I think it was just the clean ocean air making me wacky. I mean, sure everyone wants to move to the coast, but what happens once you get there?

We were thinking that central to southern Oregon coast would be where we would head. A tad warmer? We would probably sell the house here in Portland and take that cash and try to put a payment down on something as close to the ocean as we could get. K keeps saying she wants a goat (I don’t understand it), so we might have to find some land with enough room for that.
So lets just say for sake of discussion that we actually did find the perfect spot and we could actually afford it. Then what?

With this move to the coast fantasy there is always the annoying matter of money, work and employment. We can afford to live in Portland, shouldn’t we be able to afford to live on the Oregon Coast where the cost of living is cheaper (I don’t know if that is a fact or not. Still researching)?
One would need a job. While at the coast I couldn’t figure out what all of the people living there did for a living. Ah, here’s a report I just found. Maybe I’ll read that later.
Seems to be a lot of retail and service jobs. Dealing with tourists.
I guess there was a giant natural resources economy on the coast that has long since dried up. Logging and fishing aren’t as big as they used to be.

K is a teacher and part of the education profession. So she could get a teaching job. Alright. According to K, teaching jobs on the coast come with substantially smaller salaries.
That’s okay though we’ll make due.
Now we have some beach front property, a goat, and K is working. That just leaves me to find a job.
That gets me to start thinking about working from home.
Why can’t I do the work that I am doing at the office at home? This is a great idea. I could live on the Oregon Coast and still have my Portland job. Portland salary with an ocean view. Nice!
The work I am currently doing at the office really doesn’t require me to be at that physical location.

So there we have it. Living at the beach. Two dogs, a cat and a goat. K is a teacher at the local elementary school and I am doing digital photo production work, graphic design and web work from our home on the sand.

Okay, okay. That’s great.
My lust for coastal living has worn off a bit. We probably won’t be moving to the coast within the next 3 years. That fantasy world that we imagined for ourselves did leave me with an interesting idea and thoughts about direction though.
So even though the ocean living idea is scrapped (for now), I am still thinking about the whole working from home, telecommuting thing.

I’m just starting to look into it.

I found this article by Rich Karlgaard during my web surfing. I see that lots of other people have found it also. I discovered lots of links going to it. In the article he basically lays out my whole move to the coast and work from home fantasy. It’s funny because Portland is mentioned as a cheap place to move to, work from home and get paychecks from LA or NY. I’m already in Portland!

What did we ever do before the internet? I have found tons of information on telecommuting and teleworking. How to convince your boss it’s a good idea, how to set up your home office.
An awesome site that I had been to during school but I had forgotten about is quintcareers.com. They have excellent tips on resume writing, proposals, interviewing techniques and other business related topics. The page on teleworking will be my first stop on building up my research and telecommuting strategies. It’s all there.

Let it be known I’m totally satisfied with my current office situation and don’t mind going in there. I love you guys. I’m just asking myself why? Why don’t I work from home? Why don’t more people work from home? This is the 21st century. We don’t have the jet cars that the Jetsons and Buck Rogers promised us. Why not at least be spacey and high tech with your career?

So now I am researching, writing notes and working up a business plan.

The first step I am going to take is getting my computer room cleaned up. I know I have been talking for years in this journal about cleaning the laboratory up, but I’m really going to do it this time. If I am going to do this, I need to get serious about having a home office. That room will no longer be a place for us to set our clothes and junk we don’t want to put away. Once I have a proper workspace I think that will totally spur me to get going. As the messy room sits now, I don’t even go in there.
I should start cleaning today.

So that is something I can work on during the next 3 years. Get to the spot where I am working from home 100% of the time.
I’ll keep updates going here to let you guys know how it’s going.

2006-08-12  »  Noodle

Talkback x 3

  1. Dru
    14 August 2006 @ 8:42 am

    I, for one, encourage this train of thought. Since I don’t get in to Portland to see you much anyway, this would give me a reason to head to the coast more often! Make sure you get a house with a nice guest room.

  2. Noodle
    14 August 2006 @ 9:00 am

    Yes a little bungalow for guests would be sweet.
    You can stay in my guest house if I can stay in your guest house.

  3. steve
    14 August 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    I believe my previous reply was deleted ……..

    …….. this was obviously an act of terrorism and the Department of Homeland Security has been notified