Post # 1
Hi bees! I’m having some career issues as of late. The issue being that I am an AmeriCorps VISTA who works for free. Well, kind of free. I get a monthly “stipend” to cover basic necessities. This works out to about $800 a month, but since I commute an hour each way to work, gas and tolls eats up literally 90% of my stipend. Because of this, I’ve asked my boss to work from home one day per week. I haven’t gotten an answer yet, but it got me thinking about how much I’d love to work from home.
I’m in marketing for a nonprofit, with a degree in Journalism, specifically magazine writing. For bees that work from home or have an SO that works from home, what do you/they do? How did they get into that line of work?
Post # 3
Do you have a backup plan if your boss says “no?”
Can you commute to work? Public Transportation?
Or move closer to your work?
Just to save yourself a bit of money. 🙂
My girlfriend was a VISTA in WI for a bit, but she wasn’t able to work from home while she was doing that.
I think working from home just requires strict financial budgeting, especially at first.
I’ve also heard that time management becomes a big priority, as it’s very easy to get distracted.
I don’t work from home but like you, I find it an appealing prospect. It’s just not practiced in my field. :
Post # 4
@CakeyP: My backup plan is to keep commuting every day like I do, haha. I just thought it would be great to save myself some money every week, and I constantly need my laptop anyway, because it’s the only one that has Adobe InDesign.
I do worry about getting distracted, but my progress is measured largely in deliverables, so I think that would keep me on track. 🙂 Thanks for your reply!
Post # 5
@QueenOfSerendip: I do work from home, but I think you already know that. I can tell you more about how that happened in a PM, but I don’t like posting those details publicly (which you also know, lol).
Post # 6
I work from home 3 days a week, go to the office 2 days a week. I work in telecommunications and what I do is not “customer-facing”, but rather technical behind-the-scenes stuff for commerical accounts. I essentially keep orders on track and make sure service gets installed on time, etc.
Sounds exciting, huh?!
The company I work for is just structured this way. Only a select few positions (mainly customer service-type) are in the office full time. In fact, they are the minority as far as I know. I was working in education before this, but was miserable. I was working for a for-profit tech school as a registrar, and the terrible hours, terrible boss, terrible all around everything was stressing me the hell out. A good friend told me her tennis buddy was looking for some ‘fresh blood’ so I jumped at the opportunity. I’m learning a lot about a new field and I really like working on the more technical stuff- its a challenge.