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: 04-22-2009
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 4:12pm
my sister works in the insurance industry. I'm fairly sure that it's a 9-5 (or similarly houred) operation.
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Registered: 06-27-1998
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 6:29pm

What do the other children do while you work?


PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 6:30pm

How do you fit homeschooling for five children,

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 01-24-2005
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 6:48pm
Homeschooling.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 10:16pm
Educating your own children instead of sending them away for 7 hours a day so that someone else will do it.









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Tue, 08-18-2009 - 10:55pm
Maybe if I were a qualified teacher I would have thought about it but as I am not they go to school.
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Registered: 02-24-2009
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 2:28am
You mean you have others care for them? You don't feel that is abdicating your responsibility?
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Wed, 08-19-2009 - 8:22am

You sound as if you have had some bad luck in the job market or maybe you are naturally cynical that people want to share something positive.



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Registered: 04-22-2005
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 10:06am

Just because you're not certified doesn't mean you're not qualified. Elementary subjects are pretty easy to grasp, and there are plenty of curriculums and resources (both academic and social) for homeschoolers, such as homeschool associations. Since you're so passionate about staying with your children, I would highly recommend looking into it. I know plenty of people who homeschool, including a good friend of mine who has homeschooled all four of her children all the way from pre-k through 12th grade.

Check out the homeschool board for more info. It's pretty interesting. http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-pphschooling










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Registered: 01-24-2005
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 10:41am

I believe that teachers attend college for a reason and that is to be qualified to teach.


I am passionate about being there for my children but also for preparing them for a life in society and that includes schooling.


I have embraced the American school system as a way of introducing the children to America as they were all originally educated in England, a big difference adacemically but I would rather they lose in education then be isolated at home.


Thank you for the information however I may well look into it for my 5th who wont start school for a couple of years.

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