Is it possible to make good $$ from home

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Registered: 06-23-2009
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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Registered: 02-20-2007
Mon, 08-17-2009 - 6:01pm

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If what you are doing is truly worthwhile, you wouldn't be recommending it to anyone, because it would encourage competition in your business. So, you must be in multi-level marketing. Just be forewarned that you can NOT advertise your MLM on this site. Your post will be reported and deleted.

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Registered: 01-24-2005
Mon, 08-17-2009 - 8:27pm

I had to laugh at the thought of multi-level marketing, not sure what it is but it sounds complicated.


I work in customer service and sell nothing.

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 2:46am
If you put in 35 hours a week, when do you do that, given that you have 4 kids?
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 9:34am

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So what do you do? Administrative assistant? Supply chain coordinator? Sales rep? Dispatcher? What do you do in customer service from home that makes $2000 a month and doesn't require childcare?










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Registered: 04-22-2009
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 9:52am

my sister works from home as some sort of insurance rep -- although she worked in their office for many years before that.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 10:35am
my SIL is in sales for a large,well recognized corporation.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 10:38am

i don't want to make that kind of money WAH.

 

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Registered: 01-24-2005
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 11:00am
Okay.
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Registered: 01-24-2005
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 11:03am

Actually I have 5 children.


I work evenings when the youngest ones are in bed and that takes care of 21 hours of my week.

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 11:11am
Sorry about the miscount, and thanks for the explanation. Where will your oldest be off to now that he is of age?

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