Let's talk about WAH

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Tue, 01-13-2009 - 4:29pm

If you have or had a job that could be done from home, was it productive?

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Tue, 01-13-2009 - 4:40pm
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Tue, 01-13-2009 - 5:07pm

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Registered: 05-22-2008
Tue, 01-13-2009 - 5:28pm

When Savannah was an infant, I worked PT from home. For about 9 months.

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Registered: 08-31-2008
Tue, 01-13-2009 - 5:48pm

I have worked at home for the past 8 years, 5yrs pt, 3yrs ft. I also have a very flexible position that does not require 9-5 hours. In fact, since I work with a team from all around the world, it would be impossible to do my job if my hours were only 9-5 est. I like having part of daylight hours free to do what I choose, e.g. workout, shop, watch my kids sporting events et al, and I don't mind getting up early or staying up late to do some work.

I work in technology, and there has been an evolution in tools that supports remote teams, email, im, web teleconferencing, screen sharing and whiteboarding, voip like skype, web cams, team rooms, smart phones.

I've always been a very disciplined worker, when I focus on the work, I don't hear anything else, so I'm not easily distracted. My kids are 9, 11, and 13 so they know when I have to work and when I can be interrupted.

The main downside is the isolation, as I wah and live in a very small town. The work-related downside is that I have to work a little harder to prove my ROI to the bosses, because they can't "see" me do it.

I can't imagine ever working in a woh job again, the flexibility I have is just too valuable to give up. My dh has a similar job to mine, but he can not productively wah, he goes into an office 2-3 times a week. Different strokes.

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Registered: 11-08-2006
Tue, 01-13-2009 - 6:11pm

my sister has been a wahm for quite a few years. She loves it -- and gets to work in her PJs, LOL! She used dc for her dd because she couldn't work with her under foot.

As for me, I'm a teacher and LOVE being in a classroom teaching kids new things. Quite impossible for me to wah.

eileen

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 01-13-2009 - 6:25pm

I worked pt from home last summer, and it worked out fine. However, because I didn't have childcare, it meant that I worked late some nights. I tried bringing my laptop to the pool while the kids were at swim team, but there were too many people around for me to concentrate, and I just ended up chatting with other people.

In my regular job (during the school year), I can work ah anytime I'm not meeting with students. I like going into the office for the interaction, but I often get more done from home because nobody interrupts me. So I do sometimes work from home. I can throw in a load of laundry or whatever without getting distracted, and face time is not a huge deal at the University.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 01-13-2009 - 7:19pm
my SIL is a WAHM and works in her pjs,too - i've actually witnessed this because of the times they've had us over for the night. her next day once was quite flexible in that she was on a conference call in her 2nd floor office while her nanny prepared a gigantic breakfast for us :),

 

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Tue, 01-13-2009 - 11:33pm

From experience, I have found that I needed to set myself a schedule. I work from 9-2 (give or take either way, depending on deadlines) and again from 7-11 in the evening. I run errands and do some housework, pick up Dylan from after school care, dinner, etc. between 2 and 7pm. I also let voice mail pick up the phone when I'm working. When I'm at a stopping place, I'll listen to voice mail and call back if warranted. I don't really need or want people around me when I'm working. I find it distracting. Even at the bridal shop, the good days are days when I have no fittings and can just hang out in the back, sewing. My biggest distraction at home is the computer and this board.

Chris

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 01-14-2009 - 3:27am
I tried it ages ago, thinking this was the perfect thing. So I had grand ambitions that I would work when the baby slept, but quickly gave it up. It was not efficient, it was not predictable and unless I had made 150 bucks an hour also not very lucrative. I decided that in order to work, I would need childcare and that if I had to have childcare I would really prefer to work somewhere other than where the baby/child was. I knew people who worked at home with a nanny to take care of the kids and I did not like the dynamic of that.
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