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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Registered: 06-27-1998
Thu, 08-20-2009 - 11:59am

So then what's the issue with 3rd parties and admiring parents who can turn over responsibility of their children to 3rd parties?


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Given that not so many posts ago you asked me what homeschooling was...what is the basis for that opinion?


PumpkinAngel

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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 12:24pm

but if a teacher asked you for payment in schooling your kid would you pay her?

 

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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 12:37pm
I have paid the following teachers, directly or indirectly (i.e. to the school rather than the teacher personally): preschool, K-6, German teacher, violin teacher, art teacher, ballet teacher and most recently the cram school. Apart from that, we do of course, all pay for public school teachers through our taxes. Now, in my homeland, we pay for a good chunk of daycare the same way. So what exactly is the difference?
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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 12:39pm

Huh? I DO pay teachers - via tax dollars if public and via tuition if private school.

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But the duties of both can be fulfilled by parents, and neither is a requirement (education is a requirement, not school), so why choose one and not the other? Why is it so important for children to stay home with a parent and then suddenly not? What changes besides a sudden sense of personal doubt?










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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 2:39pm

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We do pay teachers, they aren't unpaid workers.

PumpkinAngel

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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 5:56pm
I pay teachers for my children all the time.
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Fri, 08-21-2009 - 1:06am

You PAY for teachers for your children???? I'm so glad I live in a place that taxes us so heavily we don't even have to THINK about paying our teachers!!!!

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Tue, 03-02-2010 - 10:13am
reported.
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Tue, 03-02-2010 - 12:16pm

 

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Tue, 03-02-2010 - 12:18pm
You post violated TOS. It was unpaid advertising and spam.

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