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?