Post # 1
I was wondering if any of you are working from home?
I have been working in corporate environments non stop since I graduated from Uni in 2006. Got married this year and not TTC yet, but definitely want to start family in a few years. I am not very happy with my work situation and looking into other options. Be it other employer or starting freelance etc…
But, I would LOVE to work from home and make decent money (not a lot is ok), particularly once we have a child. It would be ideal to do something I enjoy doing and make some money out of it.
Anyway, for those of you who work from home or doing freelance, what do you do? And if you don’t mind me asking, how much do you make?
Post # 3
I’m a software engineer, travel ~30% of the time, work from home the rest. I work for one of the big software vendors. My husband works for one of the big telco’s, as a network architect, also works from home although he doesn’t travel for work. We each make a nice salary.
Post # 4
@gramgeek: My friend is a customer service rep and works from her house. However, its not a job that is conducive to having kids around. Like if your kids were home, it would detract from your job since you are bascially tied to the phone all day.
Post # 5
I’m a freelance illustrator, been doing it for about 2 years now, and I’m really lucky my husband has a real job. I love what I do, but don’t make enough to support us by any means – I work part-time at my family’s business to earn a little extra money.
The hard thing about working from home is to stay motivated. You don’t have peers or a boss looking over your shoulder, so it’s hard to be productive. I ask my husband to turn off the internet during the day now because it helps me focus on my work more.
Post # 6
I work from home at a very unique job (it’s complicated to explain, but it’s not something someone else could do). Anyway, my point in posting is just to mention that working from home with kids (at least young kids) is REALLY HARD. If my mom weren’t around to watch my little guy at least part of the time, I would not be able to actually do my job. Just a thought. I’ve actually thought about doing childcare share just to get some work done, but still avoid daycares.
Post # 7
Thank you so much for your comments!
We are new to the world of having young kids around (our friends just started having families as well) so I didn’t know about the difficulties.
Post # 8
I work from home. It’s company that sells a database to non profit orgs to help them increase their donations. I make my own hours, and work my own days, I love it. As long as you’r able to motivate yourself to actually do your work, then you’re set.
I can work for 4 hours of a 7.5 hour shift and have all my work done, and spend the other few hours doing housework/running errands if I feel like it. I don’t make great money, about 32k a year. But the money we save on gas/lunches out/sick days is worth it IMO.