Post # 1
anyone on here work remote from home? I would love to be able to get a job working from home as I really am starting to hate my current executive assistant job as well as the commute. I don’t really want to find a new job with all new coworkers etc. was thinking of trying to find a remote job I could do from home for similar pay. Any advice from anyone who did the same thing? I’d need to be making at least 55k a year. I also hate talking on the phone. Any experience or ideas from people who made the switch would be awesome.
Post # 2
ladyjane123 : If you hate talking on the phone, it might be hard to work from home in most capacities. I work in HR and occasionally work from home and when I do i’m typically on the phone a decent amount.
Post # 3
Anything in the tech industry can be done online, you may wanna check out upwork.com and just browse there available gigs, it would give you an idea what how your current skill sets can be applied to a remote position. I would do a skills list and see if there is any overlap into other fields.
Product Management and Social Media Coordinator that may be the easiest transition but I mean you also may be able to find an executive assistant position also, I have certainly seen jobs like that on the remote boards.
For solid work at home jobs, I always recommend tech, like systems administration or development but that may be a full on career change for you. Both of those will likely pay about 20k over your current salary after you establish your self though. Both of those are also skill based so you can get away with a quick boot camp or working with a mentor to build up your skills sets to get into an entry level position.
When I made a career change I made a huge like and dislike spreadsheet and then cross references that with a list of my current skill sets, that gave me a really solid idea as too what I could do, what I would want to do, and were my skills gaps are. Then I just matched those gaps with educational solutions like mini bootcamps and online courses.
Seeing what’s out there is also a good idea. As far as job boards, weworkremotely.com is another good one, but you can merely google remote job boards and browse job description to find a good match to what you wanna do.
Hopefully that is helpful.
Post # 4
I know an IT consultant and a lady in customer care who work from home, but they both spend quite a lot of time on the phone.
Post # 5
I think you need to set some realistic expectations for working from home before pursuing this avenue.
Post # 6
I work in an office, but when we were undergoing renovations at work, I worked from home full-time for 3+ months. I spent very little time on the phone most days, but my job isn’t super customer-facing and my colleagues and I use Skype at work.
I’m an editor by trade, so my work was easy to do remotely – all I need was a computer with all my software, a quiet place to work, and Internet access. I’ve freelanced from home before (part-time), as well.
It sounds great in theory, and it works really well for some personality types, I’m sure. I’m somewhat introverted, but I still got lonely being alone ALL day with just the cat for conversation. I missed the face-to-face interactions and joking around with coworkers. The commute was awesone, as was wearing jeans everyday, though – and I got more done every day.
If you have a knack for writing or editing, some companies offer those jobs as remote options.
Post # 7
I made a career change last year to medical coding and work from home full time and I love it. I only have to be on the phone for meetings, which are infrequent. I did have to work in the office for the first few months for training, though. It can be difficult for new coders to find jobs if they don’t have medical office or billing experience, though that can depend on location. You also need to pass a certification exam.
Prior to this, I worked for a large health insurance company and worked from home a few days a week, and some departments/teams worked from home full time. The department I was in didn’t require talking to customers on the phone.
Post # 8
The only way that I personally know of to work from home and not have new coworkers is to freelance (which is what I do). I’d do some research into being a freelance virtual assistant, since I think the duties might align with what you do now. Going from working at an office to working from home is a big adjustment, and it might be easier if you’re doing so in a similar field.
I agree with LadyBear : though that working from home is not for all personality types. You need to be focused in spite of household chores, the dog boring a hole in the side of your head with his stare, and the sweet sweet call of Netflix. That said, I enjoy working from home. I like being able to control my environment and not having my social energy drained by people being five feet from me for eight hours a day. I will add that I’m extremely fortunate to have regular work from a handful of clients and starting freelance from scratch is HARD.
Post # 9
I work from home as a freelancer doing writing and editing for a content marketing firm. I do not have to interact with any humans on the phone for the most part – just occasional conference calls with some of the other editors and my boss. It’s not the most glamorous work, but it pays decently for what it is. I found this position on indeed.com by searching for remote editorial work. I already had a portfolio of similar type pieces that I’d written (mostly blog posts for various company websites), which I had built through freelancing for very low rates on Upwork. That low paying work paid off though cause that work allowed me to land my current position.