Post # 1
if you have a work from home job, how did you get it? what do you do/how much do you make per year/do you love it? pros and cons? i would love to find a healthcare position that i can work from home that pays well….is this a dream?
Post # 2
I work from home but I own my own business so I can’t help you on the job seeking front.
Pros – basically everything, ever. It’s awesome and I’d never willingly go back.
Cons – sometimes work life bleeds into personal life and vice versa, but I like it like that. I don’t really have defined work hours so much as I go back and forth constantly between work-work and personal stuff like running errands. Sometimes I’ll spend the whole morning doing my own thing and then just sit down to do some work after dinner.
Some people get lonely but I’m a bit of a loner so talking to customers and employees is more than enough for me.
A family member of mine works from home as a medical transcriptionist. She is not paid very well but she enjoys it and it’s fairly flexible. Plus, PJs all day every day.
Post # 3
I’ve worked from home in the past, doing writing. One unexpected pro was that it actually saved me a lot of money. When you add up the costs of commuting, lunches & coffee out, and professional work attire, it’s significant. That’s something to consider if you’re looking at potentially lower-paying jobs.
Post # 4
I’m a self-employed consultant and often work from home. You can find me on the Bee when I’m procrastinating or waiting for information that I need to move forward on something.
While I do not earn what I did in a full-time position* I do enjoy the ability to turn down work I don’t want and the flexibility to be available for my children.
*asterisk because my expenses are also lower as my childcare costs have decreased substantially and I don’t have to dress up every day. There is something to be said for cranking through a to-do list in “soft pants.”
Post # 5
I work in the tech division of a large company and make a comfortable wage. I work in an office but many of my colleagues do not. I do have one day a week that I can WFH and can flex time as needed as long as I hit 40 hrs (I am a contractor so get paid hourly). E.g., if I have to leave early for an appoitnment and make the time up later from home, my boss is good about that.
I would be so lonely if I worked from home all the time, so that would not be the dream for me at all. But I do love my current set up. 🙂
Post # 6
i work from home 2-3 days a week. my company started offering telework. at first it was one day then they opened it to 2 and 3 days.
i am in IT and make a very good salary.
pros- no commute, can get stuff done around the house like laundry during breaks and conference call, dog doesn’t have to go in crate, can go to gym at lunch and not worry about showering
cons – using my electricity during the day, less interaction with people, dog in crate all day
i like the mix of working from home and in the office.
Post # 7
bgumby: I used to work from home about half the time, and hated it. It was too difficult for me to separate home and work and I missed human interaction.
I don’t know a ton about it, but my girlfriend is a social worker and her plan is to become an insurance care coordinator or case manager. You work from home and advise on people’s medical stuff. I guess they are looking for social workers and nurses so if you are one of those, you have a shot. She says pay is around $80-90k.
Post # 8
I work remotely, meaning my job is based in one city but I live in another and work from home 98% of the time. I travel to the city where my job is occasionally, for presentations, meetings, whatever.
I was allowed to do this because I worked in the office for 6 years and then said I was moving but would like to keep doing my job. They said ok.
It is awesome becaues I have young kids and my hours can be very very flexible — I just have to get the work done & be online for meetings. But it is also lonely. I miss chatting with folks at the office and the face-to-face interactions.
Sorry. I’ve gone off on a tangent, I realize this is probably not that helpful re your specific situation. 🙂
Post # 9
I have a similar situation to a pop – I work from home as a lawyer but occasionally have to drive to a major city a few hours away for work. I sort of created this position by finding a super awesome firm to work for and then asking if they would be ok with me working from home when my then-fiance and now husband took a job in another city. I don’t mind not having to have fake convos with randoms in the elevator and it gives me flexibility to run errands, go to the gym, or work from somewhere else on my laptop. Plus, my husband has a really weird schedule so my flexibility will help a lot if we have kids. A person needs to be pretty disciplined to work from home, though. Before I worked from home, I was treated like an adult so nobody expected me to be in the office during a certain time as long as I got my work done. The transition to working from home was pretty easy for me but could be a shock for others.
Post # 10
Darling Husband works from home now. He used to work in the office, but when we moved out of the area, they let him telecommute. His work is computer based, which facilitates the telecommuting, and he calls into meetings and things. Every once he has to fly out to his previous office, but it’s not been too bad.
What are you doing in healthcare now? I’ve heard of nurses who do case management from home. Coders and transcriptionists also often work from home. I saw a House Hunters International episode of an American doctor who did telemedicine from her home in Paris. That was pretty cool.
Post # 11
bgumby: I’m a freelance writer and I work from home. Most of my work is copywriting. As other bees mentioned working from home does significantly decrease your work related expenditures. I work part time, about 3 hours a day, and make around $20k a year pre-tax. I turn down work every day. We also save a lot of money because I have time to do all the housework, bargain shopping, cooking (and lunch packing), etc.
I worked for years as a watiress, bartender, and later as a software trainer with a pretty decent salary. I didn’t mind the service industry but I hated working in an office. I’m also just a naturally domestic type of lady. I cleaned daily and cooked elaborite meals even when I was single so being able to be home and do that stuff along with a few work projects a day is a great fit for me.
There are a couple of things to ask yourself about the reality of working from home to figure out if it’s a good fit:
1. Are you introverted? I am and I don’t at all miss daily interactions with co-workers, but I’ve met more than a few people who hated working at home because they missed that social aspect.
2. Are you self directed? You have to be able to manage yourself, sell yourself, and motivate yourself without much direction or feedback.
3. Do you like a separate work and home life? If you do working at home might not be for you. I personally like working for an hour, going grocery shopping, working for an hour, cleaning the house, working for an hour, making dinner. I don’t have the same distinction between work time and personal time (or weekday vs. weekend) that office workers have. I personally prefer this type of balance but some people really hate it.
Post # 12
swonderful: Would you mind detailing how you got into copywriting and working from home? I would love to transition to something like that and would appreciate any pointers you can offer! 🙂
Post # 13
I work from home because I have my own business. Well, actually I work from home most of the time, but maybe twice a week I meet a friend who’s also selfemployed at a cafe and we work together. I’m in the media/online sector and my salary greatly varies, depending on how much I work and my projects. Some months I make 20,000$, other months just 3,000$. There are pro’s and con’s: I love what I do, and I love being my own boss. I love being able to work when and from whereever I want. The negative side is that I love being around people and talk, so sometimes it feels a bit lonely being at home all day not talking to anyone. I miss having colleagues and meeting them in the kitchen for a coffee.
What exactly do you want to work in? What do you want to do?
Post # 14
swonderful: how does one get a copywriter position? What credentials would you need and how would you find work? I’ve been looking for an at home writing job. Thanks!!
Post # 15
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I started working from home a few months ago (applied for a job with an organization that is 100% telecommuters) and I loooove it. The salary is low but they provide healthcare and reimburse a bunch of expenses, like internet and software costs. Maybe I’m a loner but I don’t really miss having to make small talk with people I don’t particularly like/am forced to be around anyway. Plus, saving time from not having to commute means I have time to hang out with friends in the evenings now instead of spending the whole evening cooking/cleaning/catching up with Darling Husband. I can set up my own workspace with natural lighting and a temperature I’m comfortable with (omg how I hated my old freezing office and horrible flourescent lighting) and can take a nap during lunch hour if I need to. Having privacy, being able to wear comfy clothes, not feeling judged because I was the one person who brought their lunch every day and couldn’t afford to eat out, hanging out with our hedgehog, getting chores done during the day instead of during Darling Husband time or weekends…good stuff. As for discipline, it hasn’t been a problem for me since my office is constantly in touch over email and chat, so it’s pretty obvious when I’m not working or not getting my things done.