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: 03-31-2003
Thu, 04-02-2009 - 11:16pm

Okay....first some questions for you and then I will be better able to figure out good answers.


1) Do you have small children at home?


2) What do you really want to do?

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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 11:47pm
If you have a degree in either math or science, you could try online tutoring.
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Fri, 04-03-2009 - 12:20am

I think you said you kept the books for the company?


What about going back to school for an accounting degree and working as a bookkeeper out of your home?

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Fri, 04-03-2009 - 3:44am

What is your degree in? How old are your kids? What is the work you do now for your business?

There are many freelance jobs that can be done from home. My brother is a graphic artist and worked from home for a long time. Many jobs related to publishing, editing, copy editing, translation, indexing, are often done by freelancers, but it is poorly paid and it can take a long time to build up a clientele.

If what you do now is the traditional wife jobs of basic book keeping and collections (I always thought it was funny that the sex supposedly weak in math nonetheless always get stuck doing the book keeping, but I digress) you could try doing the same thing for others in the area. Many small business cannot afford a FT book keeper and do not need heavy-duty services, but they do need some help.

Then you could sub at the school and take courses for a master's in teaching at the same time. You would get your foot in the door, and 2 years down the line you would be able to start teaching.

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Fri, 04-03-2009 - 6:08am

I have a teenager, preteen and a 6 year old.


I handle all the bookkeeping, payroll, promotions and advertising for our business. It is really hard to work and have a young child running around. It's still hard for me to get all that done when he's home for vacations.


I do some volunteering as well and I help out some family members with various chores around their homes. I do miss adult interaction, but at this point, I really don't have anyone nearby to help out with my youngest if he was sick or home for vacations. My oldest can help somewhat, but he's now looking for a job too. :)


If I could do anything, I would want to do something in the medical field. I am thinking though, that since any real work experiences is accounting/bookkeeping, maybe I should fine tune my skills in that area?


Thanks! :)


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Registered: 12-31-2008
Fri, 04-03-2009 - 6:14am

My degree is in psychology.


My children: 1 teenager, 1 preteen and 1 6 year old.


Thank you, you have some good ideas.


That's funny about the math.

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Fri, 04-03-2009 - 6:32am
No thanks. :)

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Fri, 04-03-2009 - 7:00am

In that case, you could also go for a master's in counseling which would give you the opportunity to work in a school.

It is very hard to get any real work done with kids around, IME. It seems like a good idea, but is hard in practice. OTOH, the 6yo won't be 6 forever. Are there any vacation day camps in your area? Where we used to live, the city ran a camp like that and it was cheap as well as fun for the kids.

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Registered: 02-05-2009
Fri, 04-03-2009 - 10:47am
Every successful WAH parent I've known (quite a number of them, myself included), has taken a "regular" job and turned it into a WAH job. They've either started their own business (or freelanced) doing what they did at a WOH job previously, or they've gone to the bosses at their WOH job and made a case for doing that job at home.
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Fri, 04-03-2009 - 10:59am
That has been my experience too.

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