Post # 1
I was thinking about people who manage to work from home, or start up home businesses, and wondering if any of you have been successful doing it? I really like my job and for the most part, like going into work. But I also love the idea of working from home, not commuting, being more productive in work + other areas… and especially for when I want to have kids, I think it would be great to be able to be at home with them, if I was doing something where I could juggle both.
Just wondering if anyone knows of any great home businesses or if you have a job that allows you to “telecommute”. Really interested in hearing any success stories or advice… or other people out there who dream about this!!! 🙂
Post # 3
My Darling Husband and I started a successful business from home. We now work in an office with 3 employees, but we started just him and I out of his bedroom lol! We are a web design company located just north of Toronto.
In the end, we had to grow, so working from home is no longer a possibility. However, it’s really great to be able to have flexible business hours since we’re the bosses (and all the other perks that come with that)
When we have children, I will probably continue to work for our company part time from home.
Besides starting your own business, I know some companies hire “off site” secretaries. My mom was a secretary for a pet company and did it from home.
Post # 4
I just posted in another thread about this 🙂 I dream about working from home a couple of days a week, at least, if not the entire week. My Fiance is lucky enough to work for a company that valued his work enough to let him work from a different city at home.
I work in Information Technology and easily could work from home most days. I like being in a office sometimes for face time, but I waste so much time and productivity with my commute. I also dislike my job, so I think if I was able to work in the comfort of my home it would help.
Post # 5
I work from home for the clothing department of HSN & QVC. Basically, there is a warehouse in my hometown that receives all of their clothing inventory. I pick up boxes of it at a time, take it home, and have to quality check all the inventory, enter it into a database, write up descriptions/pricing, and upload it to their online store/website. When I’m finished, I just return the boxes to the warehouse and the online orders ship from there.
I absolutely love my job. I can make my own hours, don’t have anyone watching over my shoulder, work at my own pace, leave to go grocery shopping/doctor’s appointment/whatever. You just kind of do your own thing. You definitely need to have high motivation (since you’re working right next to the couch/television/bed/etc!) And I don’t have any benefits but get them through my husband’s job so that’s okay for us.
It is going to be the absolute perfect job once we have kids though. I’ve been really lucky to find a legit work from home job!
Post # 6
I work from home currently. It’s a data entry business for a laywers office so I read legal documents all day and input the data into an excel spreadsheet. It’s not interesting at all. I really like to be challenged when I work, and this is just the same thing over and over and over…
My advice to you is to find a job that you really love doing, or at the very least, have excellent time management skills. I put off working for hours so I can do other things that need to be done around the house and end up only getting 6 hours of work done when I was aiming for 8.
I wish I could spend the day focused on my little Etsy shop, but it doesn’t provide the income I need, so it’s still just a hobby for now. Eventually I hope to work from home doing that though, it isn’t hard staying focused on something I love doing!
Post # 7
Thanks for sharing! Looks like there’s lots of people out there doing it. For me, I DO get bored really easily. I don’t think I’d be too good at doing data entry, or transcribing all day or something like that. It would have to be something where I could still be a bit creative (I work in broadcasting now), or have clients that I meet with sometimes, or that sort of thing. I just can’t really imagine what it would be, would just love to make it work somehow! But it might be totally unrealistic, not sure.
@MrsMaine: What you said about not having anyone look over your shoulder… I think that would be one of the biggest draws. I’ve never liked having to report to someone or feel like I’m being judged/watched… I work really well independently and probably 10X as fast.
Post # 8
For those who are working from home, how did you find these opportunities?
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I work from home. I have two jobs: My role here at WB, and I have an Etsy shop. Like the PPs have said, I love being my own boss, determining my own hours, not having someone breathing over my shoulder. I almost took on a third work from home job, but ultimately decided I didn’t have enough time for it in the capacity that they were talking about (it would have been full time and I couldn’t have balanced that with my current jobs!). I have other income, so the bit of money I make via my current positions is nice to pad my bank account, but I couldn’t live off it at this point. I’m trying to grow it though and I have high hopes!
I’ve found the jobs I have (and the one that I didn’t take) just happened organically. I wasn’t seeking them, it was just the right fit at the right time and I was approached. Except my Etsy shop, that was all my excess post-wedding DIY energy that needed an outlet, LOL!
The downsides are that a lot of people think that because you’re home all day you don’t necessarily work as hard, or you have time to do favours, visit relatives, go for lunch, etc. You also have to be fairly disciplined in making sure you meet your deadlines, don’t get distracted, and get motivated to work each day. I’m sure a lot of people have a more regimented work day than I do, I’m not scheduled down to the minute, I just work off a “to do” list and keep trucking through it.