(Closed) Bees who work from home, what do you do?

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Ninteenthchance:  If there are any responses to this, I’d like to see them!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

What are you getting your degree in?  I work from home part time doing consulting work. My Darling Husband also works from home – he’s in technology sales.  Even though we work from a home office, neither of those positions lend themselves to watching young children while working – and I’m not sure many that would.  When you’re on the clock and getting paid, you’re expected to be working as you would be in an office.  I always feel the need to be extra productive and efficient when working at home to prove that I’m actually doing work and not slacking off.  I don’t like being home all the time which is why I go into the office often. My Darling Husband has pretty much always worked from home and he enjoys it. Though, with sales he is often out traveling anyways.  He does miss the office setting though – being around his co-workers, etc. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Ninteenthchance:  I work from home 2 days a week and I’m a Computer Programmer Analyst with releasing testing as a side (release testing is done as over time from home)

 

My work would NOT allow me to be a primary care giver for a child. The most I could get away with is hiring a “mother helper” who would simply watch the child, I would still make the meals etc. on my breaks.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

In my experience, most companies that allow working at home do not allow it when it involves taking care of kids. You are usually still required to put in your 8 hours and work as you normally would, just in a different environment.

I have worked at home in the past and pretty much everywhere I have worked has had some kind of work at home option, and it’s not as easy as you would think. It takes serious discipline and motivation and adding children to the mix would make it even harder. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I’m a marketing communication manager and I work from home a few days a week. I make over $100,000. I do go in the office 2+ days per week, but I’m fine with that arrangement.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My degree is in Industrial Engineering, and I work from home for a consulting company.  I spent three years with them traveling 100% and asked to cut down on my travel, so now I am home most of the time.  My new title is Technical Engineer (which is about as vague as it gets), but I basically do database administration/quality control for several of our major projects.  My salary is very comfortable, but I agree with previous posters, I would not be able to watch a kid and continue to work full time.  My company is pretty flexible, but they expect me to complete 40-50 hours of work a week just as I would in a real office.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I know a few people who do customer service for insurance companies, and work from home. They have to have an internet connection and are basically on the ohone all day, answering calls. Not something you could do if your kids are at home as they are strictly monitored with regard to productivity.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i work from home 1 day a week right now, but our office is moving into a 2-3 days per week telework.

we have to sign an agreement that teleworking is not to be used for child care.

i am a software developer.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I work for a local web design company but we all work from our homes.  With the kind of work I do, I would only be able do it with no interruptions.  Kids (I don’t have any) would keep me from getting anything done without a helper in the home.   

I work part-time by choice.  

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My husband is an IT manager at a big east coast hospital. I love that they let him work from the west coast!

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Ninteenthchance:  I used to work customer service from home, but I had to sign a contract specifically saying I would NOT care for children during working hours. A coworker was caught (a customer heard her baby crying) and fired. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MexiPino:  I can see that. If I was calling a customer service number for a particular reason the last thing I want to hear is inappropriate noises in the background. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

I originate mortgages from home.  It’s strictly commission work, so no one cares about my hours as long as my loans are getting closed.  I do take care of my baby during the day, though his dad is home too, so I’m able to hand him off when I really need to buckle down, or make phonecalls without babbling in the background. 

Because it’s commission, my income varies, but I make about $65-$90k per year.

If you want a flexible work from home job that you can do with kids, you might look into real estate sales.  It’s not for everyone, but it can be a really enjoyable and fulfilling job if it’s up your alley.

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