Does anyone here telecommute?

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Does anyone here telecommute?
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 8:47am
I'm new here and I was just wondering if anyone has found the best of both worlds - telecommuniting? All the "work from home" adds say everybody is doing it but what are they doing? I want to find a reputable company with a long term employment opportunity. I currently work full time with three children (7,5 and 7 months) and I would like to have more flexibility with my schedule. I'm a professional and I feel like I could do just about anything.

Anything you know would be helpful.

Thanks!

Pam

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 9:06am
The general feeling I get from people on this board and IRL is that people move into telecommute set-ups after establishing themselves in a job. Unless you already have a track record with the boss, it would be pretty hard to get paid for something you are doing at home.

DH's job allows work from home 2 days per week, but he'd still have to go into the office 3 days. And he has to document that he has a room set aside solely for work purposes, maintains the computer set-up required, and has childcare covered for the time spent working. He rarely works from home, unless there's a blizzard or something, because it's mostly a tremendous PITA.

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 2:03pm
I WAH for a while. I was involved in a pretty high profile project when I went in and resigned because I was moving from NY to FL. I was offered the opportunity to work PT, from my home. I continued for 2 1/2 years, but was recently laid off. I loved the setup. From what I understand my boss was very happy as well, but when he was told he had to lose someone he chose someone who worked PT outside the office.

I was not heartbroken about it and we do not need the income, but if you really need the income you bring in I would think twice about working from home all the time. I think most legitimate WAH opportunities are either self created (start your own business) or a result of someone with an established track record making a change. I think it is really hard to be hired right off the bat for a WAH job.

Jenna

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 3:15pm
I am a technical writer - writing documentation for various high tech companies for almost 15 years now. I can work from home two days/week if I want too. I've been lucky in that most of the companies I've worked for offer telecommuting as an option. But yes, you still need at least 3 days/week in the office to really keep up with what's going on. Right now, they've given me a laptop, so I can take it home with me. But I have had to use my own PC with other jobs (copy files to disk and bring them home).

Note - working at home works "best" if you have school-age kids. My kids head out to school, and by 7:30am, I'm working. I'm pretty much done for the day by the time they get home at 3:30. If I had a 3 yr. old, this wouldn't work so well. Lots of Barney videos and hopefully a long nap for the kid in the afternoon . . . When my kids were younger, I found myself doing lots of work once they were in bed.

But I'm less stressed at home. I don't dress up . . . I don't worry about traffic (extra 1/2 hour in traffic today). Definately a plus.

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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 8:32am
Honestly, I'm not sure why so many people consider wah "the best of both worlds." I suppose it could work well if you have school-aged children who are gone a good part of the day (which it sounds like 2 of yours probably are). However, most of the women who post questions like these have babies or toddlers and are looking to avoid daycare for one reason or another. I don't see how anyone can get much work done under those circumstances. And I've tried. I'm currently on maternity leave with my second child (the first is 3 1/2 yo), and I've been working on a couple of projects from home. I was up until almost 4 a.m. the other night trying to finish a brief because I could only work on it when they were asleep. That isn't "the best of both worlds" IMO.

Also, I agree with the other posters that most successful wah arrangements either started as traditional woh situations (I'm doing a little of that) or involve starting your own business (have some friends who have done that). Is there something that you are already trained to do that you could do on a freelance basis from home? Also, I have seen some offers for wah medical transcriptionists and such that seem to be on the up and up, if that would interest you at all.

Good luck!

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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 8:52am
It is probably dependent upon personality,but I wouldn't do wah very well.To me,the best part of working is going somwhere else amd being around people.I will also admit that I am shallow enough to like an excuse to wear nice clothes.
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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 9:08am
LOL ~ ITA! I've been on leave since the middle of November, and I went to the office for a few hours earlier this week. It was awfully nice to put on a pretty outfit with no spit-up on it and see all of my work friends! And as great as it would be to lose the commute time, etc. I would miss the social aspect of working in an office if I were to wah all the time.
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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 9:33am
HA!! Me, too! I enjoy the whole getting dressed up & going to the office thing. In my current job, it's really the only satisfaction, other than the paycheck, that I get from working.LOL I just love the whole outfit-planning, accessorizing, pantyhose-matching thing. And then of course there's shopping for or making that perfect missing piece. Yes, I will confess.... I'm a sick, fashion-absorbed pup!

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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 12:24pm
I think I just need to get up every morning,get dressed up,get coffee,drive around(I like driving),stop and chat with someone,and then come home!
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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 12:31pm
That could work. There's something about drinking coffee from somewhere besides home that's very comforting to me. Driving is good, too. Especially alone! ;-)

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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 12:35pm
Yup ~ except I can't afford those Starbucks lattes every day unless I go back to work!

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