Any Bee's that work from home?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I do. I had a regular part time work form home job that allowed me to do this, as well as some freelance gigs. However, I’ve never been able to make a proper living at it: $20,000 per annum is the most I have earned since doing it, and since I lost my main gig I’m only earning maybe 13K per year. So the money has been truly awful.

It’s just extremely hard to find a flexible from home job that pays well, or even a living wage. Many of the flex sites are dominated by people from Asia who are willing to work for the same jobs at exceedingly low rates, so contractors are constantly undercut. Now, maybe I’d be in a better position if I’d had 20 years experience when starting out (rather than 5 years), but it is still very tough. I do know some contractors who make $50K doing similar work to me, but they have a lot more experience than I do. They also had to do the peanut money jobs at the start though.

Sadly, I have a lot of health issues, which is why I have stayed working from home for so long. However, the money issues have become so bad that I may need to go back to school and re-train for another career.

In short, working from home is fine if you really only need to earn pocket money OR if you work in a specific career where the rates are decent.

I am a writer and editor BTW…

 

Post # 5
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2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am currently, but will no longer starting in mid Sept when my contract ends. 

I am a brand manager and moved so I kept my job even though I am across country. I could cont to do my job, but my company is an old school company and doesnt like the idea of a remote employee so I am just working until they find a replacement.  If I had a different boss I could keep this situation.

Many work-from-home positions that are lucrative evolve into it and dont start as a work from home in my experience.   I worked this same position from home several days a week before my company got bought out and I started working (same job) for a new company.  It evolved that way over time as I demonstrated I could do the work at home and I discussed the option with my boss.

As for money, its good money. 

Post # 6
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1555 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have worked from huome for a few years and love it most of the time. I work for a PR and Marketing company – it is a full time position – great salary, benefits, etc. My company is entirely virtual, meaning we don’t have an office. I have a few clients in the area, so I usually work from their offices once a week – just to get out of the house and be in an office setting again. 

To work from home full time, you need to be a very motivated and organized person – there’s no one around making sure your getting your work done or helping to motivate you. If you are looking for telecommuting positions, check out flexjobs.com – its a paid job board, but they are all legitimate positions – not the “work from home scams” 

Post # 7
coyoteBee
2051 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

I don’t work from home, but DH does as a software developer. He makes great money with benefits and all that, but he went to school for computer science and had 5 years experience in his field before he was hired for his current job.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I work from home. I teach ESL online. The money isn’t great on the surface, because it’s part-time; however, it’s a govt-funded program (so still better $$ than private school) and since I’m not paying for a work wardrobe, lunches/coffees out, and the fees associated with traveling to a school everyday, I’m able to do pretty well. It wouldn’t be enough to live on as a single salary, beyond living a “serious basics only” life, truthfully.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I work for home, have for almost two years now. I help increase the size for a database helps non profits gain more donations. It ends up being about 30k a year, it works fine for me because we have almost no rent to pay, my father owns the house, we save on so many expenses, lunches out, work clothing, and a second car. Plus, when we TTC, there will be zero childcare costs. 

Post # 10
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551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@chercee:  do you mind me asking where you find legit jobs like this?  would this be a good job to have while being a SAHM? 

Post # 11
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729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@amandasouthcarolina:  My job is federally-funded, so I had to jump through a lot of hoops. In Canada, to (legally) teach ESL, you need to have an undergrad degree and also the post-grad ESL teaching program (“TESL”). Of course, there are shady places that don’t care, but they also have poor job security and pay nothing.

When I am a SAHM, I will still be able to keep this job, which is awesome. I hope you can find something that works for you!

Post # 12
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802 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

I work in consulting – my degree is in sociology and psychology. I have been working from home since 2009. I’m not really comfortable sharing my salary – but I do make a great income doing what I do. I would have a really hard time moving into a workplace setting as I enjoy the freedom of working from home and setting my own hours. I generally work 9-5 M-F though!

I am not sure what’s happening after December of this year as one of our long standing contracts might be coming to an end, but we have other things in the works hopefully. 

I kind of fell into this job straight out of university, if I moved on I would have no idea how to find a work from home job again!

I want to add – I used to travel a lot for this job as well – so it’s not all from home (which I think changes it up) and I’m on the phone and skype A LOT. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I love working from home.  I’ve had good years, ie $200K, average years, $80K & terrible years, under $20k.

I don’t have kids, so it’s easy for me.  I also recently realized that I’m at my most creative at 3 am, so that’s when I get up & work.  Why fight what feels natural if I don’t have to?

Otoh, I’m pretty worthless at night.

I’ve been self employed so long, I don’t know if I could really adapt to working in an office again.

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