After seven years working from home I've resigned from my position at Bytemark.
Why? A combination of wanting to do something different coupled with the desire to reclaim my second bedroom, which is currently tied up as an office.
Working in an office in the future will be weird ("You mean I have to get dressed every day?!") but hopefully not unduly burdonsome.
My two-year plan still remains in effect: Pay off this flat as soon as possible, then purchase another and rent this one out. Giving me some income of my own, which I will need.
The "five" year plan involves me quitting work, so that I can stay home and raise children. That makes sense because sometime next year I'll become the partner who earns the least amount of monies, and I'll also be the partner with the lowest upper-bound on salary potential (short of moving to London/similar which I've always ruled out).
Having rental income for myself means I'm not utterly dependant on other money, and all being well this place will be 100% paid off within 18 months.
(After that lots of saving will take place for a deposit for the second place. We did bid on a couple of places locally, which were outstanding, but it is perhaps for the best we didn't win them. No more looking at ESPC!)
Bytemark now becomes a company I recommend 100% for hosting in the UK. In the past I've always said nice things, but I've not strongly recommended them/us, because I'm too biased.
All my personal hosting, except for one virtual machine, will remain at Bytemark indefinitely. Lovely, flexible, and great.
(I have one outside guest for the purposes of diversification. That currently lives at Mythic Beasts.)