Originally Posted by capnwes
I also have to handle large format printing. That would be tough from home. I'm the only one at the company who does what I do, so I don't even have anyone to handle what comes out on the plotter.....or even make sure it has paper in it. Quitting altogether just seems like the better option.
In this case, since you are the only one who does it that makes you either valuable or a layoff target... If you are serious about getting out, you should talk with your boss about setting up a home office for you. Tell him that you don't feel safe, the drive is stressful and you have been thinking of moving on. I did something similar, and wound up with a small budget to outfit my house with a router with built in VPN as well as a phone that mirrors my desk number. They also bought me a $2000 Mac 30" monitor. Tell them that sending the printer home with you and you can either drive in one day a week and drop off the printouts, or do the printing at the office one day a week.
Just a thought, but life is just too short to do something you don't like. I am on my 5th career in the last 12 years and have been very happy with all of my moves. From hardware engineer to QA engineer to Sales engineer. All with the same company. If you dislike your job, it adds stress to your life. Whenever I started to dislike a position I noticed my wife and I fought more, I yelled at the kids over stupid things. Changing jobs always increased marital harmony, and it keeps me interested since I am always learning something new.
Good luck man, I know it is a hard decision giving up something steady that pays the bills. Especially in this economy.