Is it possible to make good $$ from home

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Is it possible to make good $$ from home
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Tue, 07-21-2009 - 9:05am

Is it REALLY possible to make decent money working from home? I'm not talking about those of you who have employers who let you telecommute, nor am I talking about those of you who are attorneys or accountants who work from home some or even most of the time. I'm talking about all the myriad of WAH ideas I see scattered all over the place.


I've done direct sales. I did pretty good at it, but I never worked my way up. I ended up quitting because the company made a change that would've cut into my profits even more, and I didn't feel that I could continue to make money at it. And even though I did "pretty good", it wasn't anywhere near enough to "replace your job" as they so often claim. And then I do psychic readings on LivePerson when I'm home. I do well--good ratings and a pretty good flow of clients--but I still might only earn $500 or so a month. That's great for extra cash, but it's by no means enough to replace a full-time income.


One of my girlfriends does one of those remote call center gigs. When you call to place an order from a magazine, your call is routed to people like my friend, who work from home. She makes about $500 a month--again, not too shabby, but certainly not a full-time income.


You look all around the Internet and you see thousands of offers wanting you to "work from home", but are any of these actually legit? Can you actually earn a full-time income from home without any professional skills (and by "professional", I mean like a doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc.)? The only women I've ever known that truly DID make a "full-time income" from home were adult entertainers (webcam girls and phone sex operators). I know that in any business, there will be those women at the top who are earning lots and lots of money, but those are the exception to the rule.


The reason I bring this up is that I encountered someone this past week and we had a conversation. I said that I wished employers were more accommodating of the needs of their employees, particularly those who have children or are caring for aging parents. He said that in a market economy, if your employer is not treating you right, you go somewhere else. If your employer loses enough people, he'll wake up and start implementing more family-friendly policies. My response was that almost EVERY employer treats their workers like wage-slaves and the only way to get away from it would be to WAH. I don't think that many people can WAH and make the same as they would WOH. He said that it is possible to make just as much WAH as WOH. I disagree. Who is right?

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Tue, 07-21-2009 - 9:24am

I think that without a solid skill of some kind, it is difficult to make a decent FT income working from home. Even with such a skill it can be a challenge to find clients and make sure your clients pay.

I must say, though, that I think it is pretty enterprising of you to do the psychic readings thing, and as you say 500 bucks a month is at least some kind of money.

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Tue, 07-21-2009 - 11:03am

In a lot of ways, wah is much harder than woh, even with dc and the commute. You must be self motivated to get work done (and to leave it unfinished when it's family time) because there isn't a time clock to let you know when it's work time. You never leave work; it's there staring you in the face all the time. It's hard to be at home and still not available to your children.

My wah business provides about 1/4 to 1/3 of our combined income. I could earn more if I promoted myself more and worked harder. There are times I work 40+ hours a week (like now) but usually it's around 25-30 hours a week. Even though I wah, I still used dc and after school care. I took my passion (ok, obsession) and skills and turned them into an ah business.

Chris

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Tue, 07-21-2009 - 11:24am

"It's hard to be at home and still not available to your children."

Absolutely! I think that is one of the more difficult things about WAH. Although I do a bunch of work that can theoretically be done anywhere, I often end up doing it in my office (which is not in the house).

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Wed, 07-22-2009 - 2:40am

Is it possible? Yes. Is it easy? No. Common? No. Standard (more WAHM income than WOHM income)? No.

But it's possible.

I don't know if this helps you at all, but this article was on my local news website today: http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=88719&catid=189

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Registered: 02-06-2009
Wed, 07-22-2009 - 10:40am

I know of some people who make a fair living teaching bellydancing from home. Of course that depends on where you live and if (like my teacher) you have an outbuilding you use as a

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Wed, 07-22-2009 - 2:24pm
When I think of WAH, I tend to think of people who do stuff like freelance writing or graphic design or web design. It always seems like it would be a lot of work to do the writing or design stuff and build a customer base.
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Registered: 07-23-2009
Thu, 07-23-2009 - 9:02pm

I just don't know....I have tried many offers but they required payment for certain things and ALSO us posting signs about free insurance, free mattresses...just odd and it didn't do anything for us ( except upset my husband but at least I was trying:)

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Sun, 07-26-2009 - 7:03pm

I think it's possible if you have a special skill, like web design , photography, or writing, and a reliable, established client base, but beyond that, there's not much opportunity for making a living from home

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Registered: 02-20-2007
Sun, 08-02-2009 - 12:10pm

These types of jobs are easily outsourced. If its not now, it will be soon. Also, medical billing, medical transcription, and data entry jobs are the main types of work that are outsourced. I hear women say all the time they want to do data entry at home, where are the jobs? They are in India and other countries, that's where. Also, over 90% of the "work from home" opportunities that you see advertised, are scams, nothing more.

Lots of people want to do easy work from home, but that is not realistic. Your easy, work-from-home job has been outsourced.

A better idea is for a person to go back to school, learn some real skills and get a job.

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Registered: 02-20-2007
Sun, 08-02-2009 - 3:35pm

I agree when it comes to specialized skills - especially photography. Things that can't be easily outsourced.

But typing, data entry and taking phone orders aren't specialized skills. Anyone can do them.

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