“For a while I felt guilty, like I was ripping the law-firm off, but eventually I convinced myself that as long as everyone is happy there’s no harm done.”
If you work, you can put food on the table, if you don’t work but still want to eat, you just need to automate the whole job, then sit at the office for 8 hours and receive a paycheck at the end of the month. That is the working style of redditor nicknamed Throwaway59724 for more than 1 year. Based on his knowledge and programming skills, this guy has made IT job with an income of $90,000/year more leisurely and easier than ever.
“I work for a mid-size lawfirm that hired me as an IT specialist to handle all of their digital evidence for trials. The law-firm was in the process of changing their evidence managing system to Cloud based and wanted me to to be the only person with admin access to the Cloud, everyone else would be limited to view only and would work on a local network drive. Sounds great, but I quickly realized this was the only task they expected me to perform in my 8-hour shift. This was in no way an 8-hour job, so I was stuck pretending to work at the office most of the time.
Then COVID happened and I was asked if there was any way I could work from home. I set up a remote workstation, tunneled it to my house, and that’s when the real fun began. In about a week I was able to write, debug, and perfect a simple script that performed my entire job. It essentially scans the on-site drive for any new files, generates hash values for them, transfers them to the Cloud, then generates hash values again for fidelity (in court you have to prove digital evidence hasn’t been tampered with). I clock in every day, play video games or do whatever, and at the end of the day I look over the logs to make sure everything ran smoothly… then clock out. I’m only at my desk maybe 10 minutes a day.
For a while I felt guilty, like I was ripping the law-firm off, but eventually I convinced myself that as long as everyone is happy there’s no harm done. I’m doing exactly what they hired me to do, all of the work is done in a timely manner, and I get to enjoy my life. Win win for everyone involved. Plus, I’ve already decided that if they ever try to get rid of me I’ll just get rid of the script. I’m running it on equipment that I own so if they lose me, they lose the work. Creating my own job security.”
Moreover, Throwaway59724 added: “Why did I feel guilty, they’re lawyers lol? I know it doesn’t fit most posts here, but I don’t hate my boss. He’s actually really nice, albeit not tech savvy at all. I don’t actually work with or see the lawyers, I fall under administration since they don’t have an IT department.”
“Why am I lazy / why am I wasting my life? I don’t feel like I am. I do have a passion project that I work on during the day, but it’s not relevant to the discussion. Hence the “whatever” portion of “play video games or do whatever.””
Currently, Throwaway59724’s post has attracted more than 80,000 views, nearly 5000 comments on Reddit and received 88% of upvotes. It is not known how long this young man can maintain the process of automating his work, but it is clear that this is a very interesting, bold, somewhat cunning idea that few dare to think about.