Thoughts on work styles in Los Angeles

I spent a few hours today walking up and down Venice Beach and reminiscing on life. I’ve always preferred heat to cold and so I appreciated being out of the Boston weather. I doubt I will ever choose to live so far north again after I graduate.

All of my friends out here are hired for jobs that last a few weeks, a month, or just a couple of days. My mom has also recently picked up this style of employment. Being raised by a salaried father, I realize I haven’t been exposed to the contract worker lifestyle, which is a lot different. Each week brings something new and the days off might be the weekend one week and weekdays the next. Not sure if I would prefer the randomness of this style or the regularity of a salaried Monday-Friday job.

Either way, it’s looking like I’m headed toward the entrepreneur lifestyle, which seems to be some weird mix of the two. Each day during the day I ought to be expected to contribute some real value to the company, anywhere from product design to keeping on top of everything else that’s going on. But when something big hits outside of the normal hours, there’s still work that needs to be done, sometimes on really short notice.

In a way, it’s a lot more work, but I love the diverse challenges, the freedom, and the do-it-yourself attitude, so I should be fine.

Author: Grant Hutchins

Ruby developer at Pivotal Labs Electronic musician

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