Work At Home Jobs

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Registered: 12-31-2008
Work At Home Jobs
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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 10:47pm

I wasn't sure where to put this, in the debate section or the OT section. I wanted some opinions, but would like to have everyone's input, pros and cons discussed.


Are there any legitimate jobs a person can do from their home? I know some ppl work from their homes. Can you discuss the pros and cons of working from your home? If a person wanted to work from home, what field of study would be appropriate.


A few years ago, a local community college offered some certificate programs and job placement for medical transcribers, which included working from the home. They no longer do this. Some ppl say now, employers would rather you work in the office or at best, you have to work for years before an employer will let you work from home.


At this point in my life, I am considering going back to school. I do have a degree, but unless I go on for my masters, this particular degree won't do much good. By the time I earned a PHD, I would probably be ready to retire. Plus, I would rather work at home because I do not have family nearby that I can count on to help me during school vacations or illnesses.


I do work from home now for our business so, I am also a bit torn. I want to out around ppl, yet, I am not sure if that is practical at this point in my life.


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Registered: 02-22-2007
Fri, 04-03-2009 - 3:40pm

My P/T moonlighting job is WAH. I love it. If I could make it my F/T job I would in a minute. I didn't need any special training or education.

I used to consult P/T and work P/T, and for that I obviously needed training and skills in my field. I learned some of those on a previous job, some from volunteer work I had done, and from a few continuing education classes.

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Registered: 10-07-2004
Sat, 04-04-2009 - 11:44am

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I work from home for legitimate companies. I don't want to violate TOS by pointing you out to non-iVillage WAH resources, but maybe this will be safe (FWIW, one of the companies I work for Liveops which is on that list):

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Parenting/story?id=5522191&page=1

The pros and cons of working at home?

The pros are easy. I have a five second commute. Getting dressed is optional. I have a very flexible schedule - I can juggle my daily goal around to best suit my needs and the needs of my family. I can fold a load of laundry on a break, or light a stinky candle in my office that real-life co-workers may not appreciate. I can stand up at my desk and stretch and dance around if I feel like it. I can prop my bare feet on the desk and no one cares. I can take a 2 hour lunch if I want to, and walk a mile and feel nice and refreshed when I get back. No one tells me that my office space is too personalized. I don't have to go sing happy birthday to anyone. My meetings are webex teleconferences. I don't get hit up by co-workers for their kids' school fundraisers. Last month I went on a business trip with my husband for a week, came home and had an upper respiratory infection for a week, and just when I thought I was ready to start working again, I ended up with laryngitis for 4 days and couldn't work. Know what? In the WOH world that would have really impaired my employment. In my WAH position, it had no impact on anything beyond what I would have earned.

The cons? I've been doing this for a year, and I haven't found many, though at first friends and family treated my WAH like a hobby and wanted to drop off 3 year olds for the afternoon or ask me to run errands or offered me advice on how to get a 'real' job, because they just saw me as a SAHM with kids in school all day. Now that this assumption has waned, it's a little easier. The only other con is that often times, you are your own IT department. You either have to be computer and net savvy or know someone who is.

Before you go jumping into medical transcription classes, check into the opportunities that exist first. I don't have a college degree, just a little customer service/sales experience and a little enthusiasm and I'd be willing to bet I earn as much, if not more than your average work-from-home transcriber.

I researched for months before I applied to any WAH position because I was so skeptical. Search, search, search. You'll find the information, it's out there!

Hope that helps... good luck!

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Registered: 12-31-2008
Sat, 04-04-2009 - 11:13pm

Thank you very much! :)


If you ever wanted to email me privately, I would love to hear more about what you do and how you went about doing it. I understand if you are not comfortable with that.


Thanks! :)

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Sun, 04-05-2009 - 2:22am

I haven't read the rest of the thread but here is my take on wah. I'm a wah. I run a dressmaking business in my home for over 8 years now. I started when my son was 3. He has always gone to dc even when I started wah full time. IMO, wah will require some type of other care if you are going to serious about it and make enough money to make a difference in the family budget. In one sense, wah is the same as woh--it's a job. You need to focus on working instead of your children during "working" hours. That can be hard for children to understand. To them you are at home but not paying any attention to them. Wah is also harder than woh. You must be self disciplined and not let family and friends distract you from your work. I have set working hours and let voice mail pick up the phone so I'm not interrupted while I'm working.

Chris

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Registered: 12-31-2008
Sun, 04-05-2009 - 7:41am

Hi Chris,


You are right. WAH with children around has been really tough. OTOH, I could be very flexible, like finish my work when dh comes home or working weekends to catch up. In the summer, I can do what needs to put done and catch up in the fall. However, I know I won't be able to do this if I am working for someone else. They boys are all in school now. My only concern would be the youngest and his school does have an after school program. Vacations, illnesses and appointments would still pose a problem.


Up until now, paying someone to care for him made no financial sense. The past two summers, I looked for care and the providers I would consider wanted like $70 a day for less then half time. The rates went down for PT/FT time care, but for one or 2

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Mon, 04-06-2009 - 12:04am

Here, the Boys and Girls Club is $60 a year. At least, that's what I paid last June. The one here also will bus the kids from school to the club for $75 a month. They are closed for certain national holidays but then a lot of businesses are also closed those days. Illnesses, vacations, and appointments are handled just like if you had a woh job. Vacations and appointments are known and planned for in advance. You will have to have contingency plans in case of illness. Whether it's you, dh, your child, or your mother. But then you would have those plans if you were a wohm. The schools require them when you enroll your child.

CHris

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Registered: 12-31-2008
Mon, 04-06-2009 - 12:34pm

We don't have a boys and girls club or a ymca nearby.


My dh works.


My mother is 45 minutes away.


Yes, I do have friends willing to pick up a sick child from school, if I am not immediately available, but I don't know anyone who would

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Registered: 02-04-2009
Mon, 04-06-2009 - 11:25pm

Yes, I do have friends willing to pick up a sick child from school, if I am not immediately available, but I don't know anyone who would care for a sick child at their home.

that's a shame. 99% of the time, ex and I were able to provide for sick coverage, even WOH as we did, fulltime. On the extremely rare occasions we couldn't, however, we had lots of family. Even now that our son is grown, I've done sick-call duty for the ex and his wife with their two kids who are still young. Most recently, the day the ex was scheduled for some out-patient surgery, their daughter came down with strep the night before, so I fixed up my spare room and laid in a supply of freezie-pops and juice and DVDs and we had a girls' day in (except for the side trip we made to PetSmart because I had the two Meezers scheduled for their annual checkups that day).

They brought her down the night before because the ex had to be at the hospital at 5am for his pre-surgical stuff, and I drove her home after lunch--once her Mom had the ex home and set up in his own sick-room space to recover. Even made a side trip to pick up some groceries and dinner for them so she didn't have to juggle cooking for them after all of that.

And I know when my condo was flooded out last December, my sister and BIL offered to come out their their big truck and trailer to help haul out furniture if I needed to (fortunately my unit wasn't as badly affected and that wasn't necessary, but considering I live in Maryland and they live in downstate IL *and* it was December 23, that was a pretty generous and most appreciated offer on their part.

I try to offer help to others when they need it because I know what a blessing it is to have someone ready and willing to step in and offer when you badly need it.

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Registered: 07-17-2007
Tue, 04-07-2009 - 6:31am

This is *one* of the reasons we have chosen the sah/woh arrangement. Albeit, a minor one. We don't have family nearby, we have friends who can step in during an emergency (like when YDS was hospitalized or if we are not available when the school calls)) but not to take care of a run of the mill sick child. When I was working, DH and I generally shared the responsibility and- for the most part- we had flexible work arrangements.

If this were our biggest "issue", I would probably still be working and we would work it out on a case by case basis. It is not the deal breaker/decision maker, but it is a plus in the sah/woh column.

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Registered: 02-04-2009
Tue, 04-07-2009 - 6:49am
Hey, makes total sense to me!

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