What is your work situation?

MarcTwoSix

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I'm super stoked.

Yesterday I had this young fella, super nice respectful kid but only 22 years old. On his skills test he failed but only just. He had on his CV he worked at this Fred in a shed repair set up for 4 years so a bit under experienced.

I told him he needs to gain a few more years experience if he wants to work in Australia.

Then he tells me he started working after school in his dads garage sine he was 12 years old and shows me his YouTube channel. This kid with very limited equipment was doing some awesome work.

So I called a guy I know and asked if he would give the kid a go and If so I would give him a very experienced guy to help mentor the kid..............bang the kids getting a chance and he is going to Australia.

Then tonight his mum shows up at the hotel to thank me. Apparently his dad died and as the oldest kid he needs to support the family. the mum was in tears.

To be honest I got a bit emotional, he never mentioned about his dad and this will be life changing for his family.
Good on ya mate!
 

MarcTwoSix

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We are bringing over 50 donated backpacks for Ao's old elementary school
So I decided I need to bring a big bag, so will throw my PC box in there, buy a monitor and set up for a few days at Ao's new house as a test run to see how it goes

Really should be no difference than when I do it in Boston
 

Bacon

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A wee sinus complication I've had for a long while has finally fucked off on its own. Don't know what it was, but stopped me from diving properly for like 3 years. I was good at 25 metres no probs, so I'll be fine past that.

March trip still on the cards, but it interferes with our company awards night and GM wants me to be there, so it's kind of up in the air. Hopefully he lets me go. It's my 15 year anniversary though, so I've got a feeling they've planned something and kind of need me to be there. Otherwise I won't get a chance till late May as I'll be busy as fuck.

Anyway, there's a good international PADI shop on Ko Lipe. I'm thinking of using up my time there to go for my first responder search and rescue certification as I'm qualified to take the course. I could do it at home.... But I don't want to.
 

OZZYGUY

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A wee sinus complication I've had for a long while has finally fucked off on its own. Don't know what it was, but stopped me from diving properly for like 4 years. I was good at 25 metres no probs.

March trip still on the cards, but it interferes with our company awards night and GM wants me to be there, so kind of up I'm the air. Hopefully he lets me go. It's my 15 year anniversary though, so I've got a feeling they've planned something and kind of need me to be there. If not I won't get a chance till late May as I'll be busy as fuck.

Anyway, there's a good international PADI shop on Ko Lipe. I'm thinking of using up my time there to go for my first responder search and rescue certification as I'm qualified to take the course.
Can you move your trip a week or two.
 

Bacon

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Can you move your trip a week or two.
Got birthdays and camping on either side. Same as Easter. Spending time with people at home. Then got business planning in May for EOFY crap, but I finish with that shit before June. The bean counters take over after that. Sacrificing chickens or whatever the feck it is this mob does.
 

MarcTwoSix

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A wee sinus complication I've had for a long while has finally fucked off on its own. Don't know what it was, but stopped me from diving properly for like 3 years. I was good at 25 metres no probs, so I'll be fine past that.

March trip still on the cards, but it interferes with our company awards night and GM wants me to be there, so it's kind of up in the air. Hopefully he lets me go. It's my 15 year anniversary though, so I've got a feeling they've planned something and kind of need me to be there. Otherwise I won't get a chance till late May as I'll be busy as fuck.

Anyway, there's a good international PADI shop on Ko Lipe. I'm thinking of using up my time there to go for my first responder search and rescue certification as I'm qualified to take the course. I could do it at home.... But I don't want to.
Did you book flights already?

We are going soon but it is almost impossible to change dates for your flights if we wanted, it's uber expensive

Ao wanted to change her return flight to come back sooner and even 2 months out, she basically can't because it would cost 1500-2k
 

Bacon

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Did you book flights already?

We are going soon but it is almost impossible to change dates for your flights if we wanted, it's uber expensive

Ao wanted to change her return flight to come back sooner and even 2 months out, she basically can't because it would cost 1500-2k
No, I always book the hotels I like where free cancellation and pay later options are available and leave flights for last minute. Last minute being when I'm sure I'll fly. Be that days, weeks or months prior. I do try and get in early for booking, upgrades etc, but only care about sitting upfront on the Perth to Singapore leg and I've never had it full so not fussed.
 

OZZYGUY

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Was doing this part time recruitment stuff, great job as it is flexible, part time and I get to help people.

But It sort of revolved, still doing it but as always my mind thinks too much.

Now have a small rapidly growing team of Virtually estimators. So guys in South east Asia doing online estimates for Australian repair businesses. Like a call center and employers pay us fortnightly subscription by direct debit and we pay the estimators.

Have a Aussie guy in Melbourne that runs the team, training and on going support to estimators and employers and gets a cut. He basicly does most the work with no ownership.

The part I'm loving is a fair few of the team are working in the middle east, they now get to fly home and be with there family's working from home. They get paid a bit less than in the middle east but a lot more that if they worked from there own country. Great opportunity for them and one guy emailed me this morning saying thanks and due to time zone difference he now gets to finish work at 2pm from home and spend the afternoon with his wife and kids, said how much it has changed his live and no longer needs to work away in Qatar.

Most are Sri Lankan, Filipino and Indian........... The Sri Lankan guys are awesome dudes to work with.
 

Bacon

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I've been very patiently working on a side-shift that's finally starting to come to fruition now.

I'll shortly be transitioning back over to a more operational role as a Coding Analyst, working for HQ which is in a different State. My one condition was that I didn't want to move to a different city and that was agreed on. So effectively a full remote job. It'll be a slow transition as I can't just let go of the business here, but effectively by the end of the year I should have fully transitioned.

The downside is I'll be doing actual work again, but the flexibility it'll offer suits me just fine. I actually don't mind the role, it'll be fun. Especially from a nice, warm beach somewhere... This bit I've been very quiet about for now as people are baffled why I'm doing this, as it's effectively a sort of demotion, though I get to keep my current package.

That said, I have no intention of permanently relocating anywhere. More like a month on a month off in Samui type of thing. All winter, that's for damn sure.
 

OZZYGUY

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I've been very patiently working on a side-shift that's finally starting to come to fruition now.

I'll shortly be transitioning back over to a more operational role as a Coding Analyst, working for HQ which is in a different State. My one condition was that I didn't want to move to a different city and that was agreed on. So effectively a full remote job. It'll be a slow transition as I can't just let go of the business here, but effectively by the end of the year I should have fully transitioned.

The downside is I'll be doing actual work again, but the flexibility it'll offer suits me just fine. I actually don't mind the role, it'll be fun. Especially from a nice, warm beach somewhere... This bit I've been very quiet about for now as people are baffled why I'm doing this, as it's effectively a sort of demotion, though I get to keep my current package.

That said, I have no intention of permanently relocating anywhere. More like a month on a month off in Samui type of thing. All winter, that's for damn sure.
Congrats Bacon, working remotely is the way to go.

Will you have set hrs? or just do your own thing.
 

Bacon

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Congrats Bacon, working remotely is the way to go.

Will you have set hrs? or just do your own thing.
My own thing. It'll be assignment driven, and I'll be reporting to one chill dude who I've known for years and get along with real well.

I currently work from home a day here and there when it's too hot/cold or I can't be fucked, but I'm going to solidify that by setting a schedule soon. Thinking Mondays and Thursdays initially, and then expand.

Might go to Bali for a month in July or August as a pilot exercise. Not sure yet, will see.
 

OZZYGUY

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My own thing. It'll be assignment driven, and I'll be reporting to one chill dude who I've known for years and get along with real well.

I currently work from home a day here and there when it's too hot/cold or I can't be fucked, but I'm going to solidify that by setting a schedule soon. Thinking Mondays and Thursdays initially, and then expand.

Might go to Bali for a month in July or August as a pilot exercise. Not sure yet, will see.
Bloody cold today guess you staid home....555

Working from home IMO you need a good schedule.
 

Quarky

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What are you doing these days?
Supporting a company as a sort of helpdesk for IT issues. My personal venture with SEO is still there but with mum the way she is I don't have time to invest in it further at this stage. The support role started as a 6 month contract... but keeps being re-newed... it's perfect for me currently as isn't too stressful or demanding.
 

MarcTwoSix

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I've been very patiently working on a side-shift that's finally starting to come to fruition now.

I'll shortly be transitioning back over to a more operational role as a Coding Analyst, working for HQ which is in a different State. My one condition was that I didn't want to move to a different city and that was agreed on. So effectively a full remote job. It'll be a slow transition as I can't just let go of the business here, but effectively by the end of the year I should have fully transitioned.

The downside is I'll be doing actual work again, but the flexibility it'll offer suits me just fine. I actually don't mind the role, it'll be fun. Especially from a nice, warm beach somewhere... This bit I've been very quiet about for now as people are baffled why I'm doing this, as it's effectively a sort of demotion, though I get to keep my current package.

That said, I have no intention of permanently relocating anywhere. More like a month on a month off in Samui type of thing. All winter, that's for damn sure.
I would take half my pay to be able to do that

But even if I were able to work remotely I still need to be at my desk between certain hours

Being on assignment and on your own time is so frigging ideal

Congrats
 

do ron

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Supporting a company as a sort of helpdesk for IT issues. My personal venture with SEO is still there but with mum the way she is I don't have time to invest in it further at this stage. The support role started as a 6 month contract... but keeps being re-newed... it's perfect for me currently as isn't too stressful or demanding.
I think Money for Old rope is the expression you're looking for
 
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