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Tom Paronis Works Remotely

20
Years Remote
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Brooklyn, NY
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Founder
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Self-Employed
*All figures approximate as of October 2016
Tom Paronis
Interview with Remote.co

I started in the 1990s because I was living in New York and working for people in Chicago. I also had a customer in NY who I worked for from home (this was at the dawn of the internet era).

You’d better be quite disciplined and motivated. Also, when you’re working, avoid distractions like background music, radio, etc.

I’m a self-employed consultant so that was never an issue.

No commute and the ability to work at times that suit you best. For example, I got into the habit of working weekends when the weather was bad. I tried to avoid working late in the evening and usually succeeded.

You can become a bit isolated. I think the ideal arrangement is a mix of onsite work and telecommuting.

I’ve never kept a fixed schedule but I developed a pattern of front loading the week and taking it easier later in the week and on weekends. When my career was going full tilt I would often work long, 10-hour days on Mondays and Tuesdays and knock off early on Fridays. My last consulting situation, which ended in May 2016, was a 3-4 day a week proposition so I had Fridays (and sometimes Thursdays) off. At my age (58) I found that ideal.

I learned to shut out the outside world. I found that the early start helped as well. These days it’s easier because I’m an empty nester.

I never noticed a pain point and found, in fact, that when I would work on site I’d get roped into many more meetings, most of them somewhat pointless.

I shared an office with some friends in the 90s and that was nice, but mostly from a social point. In terms of productivity, working at home is probably the best.

I have a laptop in my living room on a portable table. That’s my office.

Email and cell phone; VoIP for overseas co-workers.

Not commuting and having a home office (with the home office tax deduction) can both save you real money (and time). So can eating lunch at home but I like to go to cheap places in my neighborhood for lunch these days. It serves as a nice break.

I’ve always worked with very small teams of, at most, 4 people and have been extremely fortunate to work with people who were on the same page as me regarding the workload. I know that’s not always the case, which is why I stress that I’ve been lucky.

Various websites that cater to online work.  I think that writing software may be more amenable to remote work than most professions.

I’m a self-employed software consultant who has logged lots of time in the financial world; primarily trading systems and money management/asset allocation systems.

I’m in the 4th quarter of my career and greatly prefer remote, but if the right situation came up, wouldn’t mind going to an office. Again, the ideal would be 1-2 days on site and 2-3 days at home.

I’m a longtime performing musician and have lived in NYC since 1992 so that keeps me as connected as I want to be.

I’m getting an MS in CS at night so that keeps me exposed to new stuff in the field like AI and Big Data and I have some long-term programming friends and acquaintances.

It’s improved it because going to the same office day in and day out for years would definitely have killed my spirit; it did for the few years in my 20s that I followed that routine.

I don’t think it has one way or the other although, if you have kids at home, you’d better have a quiet space where you can work undisturbed.

I don’t give it any thought but, from the early 90s until about 5-6 years ago, I worked some pretty long hours and have no desire to go back to that. The 32-hour European week is more my speed these days.

I exercise almost every day; biking, swimming, etc.

Remote work doesn’t impact my diet.

I hang out with musician friends and party a bit more than I should when I’m feeling too isolated.