(Closed) Any bees work at home?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I’m a grad student so I end up doing a lot of work from my home office when I’m not in the lab doing research.  But this isn’t a “career” as much as a stepping stone towards my career.  So probably not the answer you were looking for.  I’m also curious to see what the work-at-home Bees have to say.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I run my own etsy shop. I just started making hair accessories one day. I went to hobby lobby and bought some supplies and sat down at the table and started working. I don’t really know how long it takes…There is the actual making of the items, then photographing them, then listing them, then when they’re bought I have to package them and mail them. Photography probably takes the most time…if I have 15 headbands to photograph it will take me probably a couple hours. It’s definitely not full time work, but I try to work hard at it. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I do. I sell on eBay – I’ve been doing it since I was 15 (so over 8 years), but full-time since I graduated from college last May. I started out by selling my old soccer cleats and other stuff that I no longer used, and used that money to buy some clothing items on super clearance (70 cents – $1) at TJ Maxx. I turned those around and just kept on going! I went from that, to mostly selling Ralph Lauren kids clothes, to now mostly selling brand name outerwear and active wear. I can work as little or as much as I want, but I’d say I probably devote about 30 hours a week to it on average. Sometimes more, sometimes less. It’s definitely a learning curve, and takes time to build up a good base of feedback, but there aren’t any qualifications and it’s pretty easy to start up by selling things you already have around the house, or doing consignment for friends and family (once you get a bit more familiar with it)

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I run an Etsy shop too. I probably spend a couple hours a day either making orders or tooling around thinking up new stuff to make. It really depends on how busy I am (varies based on the season). The last couple of weeks were crazy and I was doing 8-10 hour days, but right now it’s VERY quiet (and I’m not complaining). I’m going to be putting on a push soon to make some new items, so I’ll ramp it up and get back to probably 5-6 hours a day.

Qualifications? I have a college degree in interior design and a BA in architectural design. Life takes you funny places 😉 I’d like to take some graphic design and letter press courses soon. I’ve taken a few photography courses to buff up my skills and improve my shop.

I love it because it gives me TONS of flexibility and a creative outlet for all my DIY energy post-wedding. I can work as much or as little as I want really. I keep all my earnings in my Paypal account and I’m putting that towards Christmas shopping this year 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

For those of you who run Etsy shops, how do you work taxes if you don’t mind sharing?  I am hoping to open my own shop later next year when Darling Husband and I move with the Navy, but I am still not sure how it all works with taxes and such.  Do you find that you make a decent amount after taxes and expenses are factored in?  I’m assuming so or else you wouldn’t do it 🙂

 

OP, I am working on becoming an online tutor as well.  I have a few more steps to work through, but I am excited about that possibility.  Most places require that you have a state certification in education as well as experience teaching.  However, some do not, and if you have any experience in writing or editing, look into doing that.  I have my elementary cert, but I also have lots of experience in writing from working in my college’s writing lab for 3 years.  I just edited and proofread, but it helps.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I work from home most of the time. I’m a Realtor so I set my own hours mostly but also work a lot on my clients’ schedules. I definitely work less some weeks and more others but in the end it all averages out to probably 40 hours a week.

In Ontario to become a Realtor you need to take courses, pass exams and register with a board as well as a brokerage. I’m assuming it’s similar in most states.

I actually did my undergrad in something totally different (languages) and then tried to break into a crap field (non-profit). After 2 years of volunteering and interning without any sort of income I finally decided to start taking the courses. I guess it wasn’t so much as decided as my mom forced me to so that I could be her assistant & then eventually register myself.

It is definitely not a career I would have chosen on my own as I am absolutely not a risk taker but I have my mom’s support in many ways, she has been a tremendous help. There are a lot of costs incurred at the beginning and while the payoff can be great it is also uncertain. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@piglet_625: In Ontario you have to make $30k before you start charging sales tax, and I’m not there yet, so I’ve avoided it thus far. Maybe next year 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I currently work at home Mondays and Wednesdays but will be a part of a pilot program in November for 3 months where we will be at home full time. I work for an online university doing Academic Advising. I have a BA in Psych with 3.5 years of work experience. I’ve been with my company for 19 months

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m a life insurance and retirement agent. I’ve been doing it for 7 years, and I started with this company a few months ago. Its hard for me to stay on topic, but I am lucky that the majority of my work isn’t on the computer, so I just stay away form the computer when I am working!! Right now, I can average anywhere from 30-60 hours a week, depending on how much I want to work. I got my BS in Business Admin and Management, and I am licensed by my home state, as well as other states around the country I work in. I have to do continuing education classes and renew my licenses every 2 years

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I do! I have for over 4 years, I am a call center operations manager and I live about 1000 miles from the company I work for through the magic of telecommuting. I also promote a health challenge which I LOVE LOVE LOVE. The first one, it’s a great job and how I got into it was years and years of call center work at brick and mortar sites, Quality Analyst and manager experience and then several years taking calls for the company that I eventually went in-house to work for. The company that I promote the health challenge for, I actually drive a free BMW because it’s taken off so quickly, I have been doing that for 7 months and had no intention of doing it really, I lost a lot of weight on the products and it just kind of happened. There are jobs you can do from home, but there are a lot of scams out there too so be careful before giving out too much information or getting involved in something, do your homework!

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