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#1 jmag

Posted 03 December 2011 - 03:50 PM

I am currently on Mat Leave and unfortunately my job doesn't allow for me to work from home due to the nature of 'Patient Confidentiality'

Even so once Mat Leave is up I couldn't commit to 5 day per week!

What could I do from home? What do you do?


#2 jmag

Posted 03 December 2011 - 08:17 PM


#3 delli

Posted 03 December 2011 - 08:22 PM

At one point I was doing Acc Rec for a company from home.  I would go into the office once a week to pick up / drop off.  Very flexible.  Everything was commincated via email so that made it much easier.

#4 *mylittleprince*

Posted 03 December 2011 - 08:22 PM

What is your speciality or skillset?

#5 TheAP

Posted 03 December 2011 - 08:25 PM

This question was asked only a couple of weeks ago. I think in the WDYT section.

I'll link it later if you don't find it first.

#6 mintpatty

Posted 03 December 2011 - 08:25 PM

I do a barrister's word processing from home.

#7 Leggy

Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:58 PM

I'm not doing it now but in the past I did freelance journalism from home. The catch it that I got my "in" by doing a month's unpaid internship at a magazine.

#8 Maniacal_laugh

Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:01 PM

I work for a local govt which prides itself on being family friendly, so I do one day from home and two in the office. I believe some other government depts may also have the same conditions. If you had a skill set that would translates to a government agency, it might be worth looking into.

#9 ohwow

Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:35 PM

I work  2 days in the office and 1 day at home. I work for a small family business and i do accounts works and wages. To be honest the reason i go to work is because i find it hard to stay focused when at home. While at work i find i get more done.

I also take my baby to work as i have my own office away from all the commotion. it did make my decision on returning to work a lot easier knowing that i could take her with me.

#10 Unatheowl

Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:38 PM

In my other life, when I was at uni studying Vet I still worked for a family lawyer, I used to take 20 or so files home and churn out legal proeedings like Statements of Claim etc.  it was great work.  I had all the forms on my computer at home and would just emai them to my boss to print out and file.

#11 2 Gorgeous Girls

Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:41 PM

I don't do it but I know you can do sub-editing for newspapers from home.

#12 Mpjp is feral

Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:44 PM

HR, 1 day a week from home, rest in the office.I use the day to draw up contracts, preso's, job ad's complete reports etc etc etc.

#13 hollysmama

Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:46 PM

I'm an accountant and I started doing that from home as an employee when I finished mat leave.  I then started my own bookkeeping business which I do solely from home. I only have one client who I see on site.  I love it, it's so convenient and flexible, but can be a little isolating at times. It beats working for someone though.

#14 My3Squishees

Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:51 PM

QUOTE (Leggy @ 14/12/2011, 01:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm not doing it now but in the past I did freelance journalism from home. The catch it that I got my "in" by doing a month's unpaid internship at a magazine.

Marketing / PR for a couple of small businesses in my local area. I quoted Leggy because my 'in' was also doing unpaid work experience for one business who then was happy with me and didn't want to lose me so put me on the payroll, and then a couple of others saw my work and word spread original.gif I do have to go in on the odd occasion for meetings etc but most of my work can be done from home.

Sometimes with these things you have to go out and approach businesses and be prepared for a few dozen knockbacks (I got so many knockbacks while looking for experience that I was getting really downhearted), you just need that foot in the door - once it's there you are set. With modern technology there are so many jobs that can be done from home these days, apply for normal jobs and at interview stage tell them that you are looking for flexible working options - it might be something the organisation hadn't considered but willing to try for the right person original.gif

#15 Lagom

Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:52 PM

I work for our family business every now and then - not consistently but will do so once DD2 is a bit older.  I receive deliveries of stock from OS and send spare parts to companies all over Australia.  When I work, I do all the mail, filing, accounts etc.  We had a turnover of 3/4 million last financial year so there's a bit to do.   Not too much though wink.gif

I've also done some editing for a University but that was also because I knew someone.

While looking for work to do from home I found that it is more about who you know that can introduce you to something/someone rather than 'finding' it the conventional way of searching 'wanted's.

Good luck!

#16 reng

Posted 14 December 2011 - 02:25 PM

I run my own business doing research for the horse racing industry.  I have 5 major clients that I do various tasks for - data analysis, writing for a magazine, ghost writing a book, marketing research, etc.  Most of it is done by sourcing information from various places online (some publicly available information, others from subscription databases) and compiling it into useful reports depending on what people are looking for.

I have a mathematical background and when I quit full time work to have babies I started out writing for the mag (an industry specialist publication) and it's grown from there.  It works out to about 20 hours a week atm - but can fluctuate depending on the time of year.  Some parts of the racing season are more intense than others (especially the sales season which is about to start: Jan-Easter).

#17 yayool

Posted 14 December 2011 - 03:09 PM

presumably you work in the medical industry given your work place won't allow you to work from home due to "patient confidentiality"?

I work 4 out of 5 days from home (only 1 in the office) for a specialist.  Phones transferred, logged into server at work, report typing etc.  I also have 2 other admin staff on site for patient contact etc.

I also do medical report typing for 3 other specialists "after hours".  If you have a similar medical background put the "word" out that you can type from home and set up with the software.  Easy money. Plenty of people out there looking for fast, efficient and accurate typists. Most doctors use digital dictation now and email the voice files.  

Good Luck!

#18 josh2003

Posted 21 December 2011 - 04:28 PM

I run my own business from home - I create programmed Microsoft Office templates.

I suggest that no matter what you're thinking of doing, it will take a few years to build up into continual work.  I started about 8 years ago, and I have a employing a part-timer starting in January, but in the first few years, I could go weeks without having any new jobs come in and you start to get a bit nervous.  Thankfully DH's wage is enough for us to survive on, but without my income we can't do anything extra.

Mind you, I did one single day of cold calling (which was soul-destroying!), and from that one day, I have never had to do any marketing or spend time trying to get work.  It's all word of mouth and the snowball effect - one job leads to another!  But it does take time to get to that.

Now I can't go a single day without new jobs or requests for quotes coming in... which is a whole other problem.

By the way, working for yourself is not all it's cracked up to be.  Yes, I do have a certain amount of flexibility to tend to my boys' needs, but my type of work is very timeline driven, and when you have big companies pushing you to turn around an urgent job, it can be quite stressful, particularly with no one else to fall back on.

My friends are always saying that I'm so lucky because I can work from home, but they don't see me sitting at the computer at 1am trying to get something in by the morning.

Of course, it does have it's upsides too... I was able to work as soon as DS2 was born, and I can earn the equivalent of a full-time wage whilst only working part-time.

I second PP suggestion to look for some medical dictation type of work.  I get the odd non-medical dictation job every now and then and just give it to one of my friends to do with my machine.  

Good luck.

#19 PrizzyII

Posted 30 December 2011 - 06:54 PM

I like the sound of customised templates PP. Please tell me more.

#20 josh2003

Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:12 PM

QUOTE (PrizzyII @ 30/12/2011, 07:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like the sound of customised templates PP. Please tell me more.

I customise mostly Word and PowerPoint templates for companies so that their documents look the way their corporate brand guidelines specify.  I also program/automate them so that the more complicated and repetitive tasks are done via a click of a button, so users can produce professional looking documents without needing to be highly skilled in Word or PowerPoint.

I work mostly for large corporates, but occasionally smaller businesses also.

#21 Tecopa

Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:22 PM

I write porn lol! Great conversation starter!

#22 ~A Poetic Winter~

Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:22 PM

I work from home, choose my own hours (provided my work is done), and it allows us to be a two income household while still essentially as SAHM. Its getting bit harder with DS being so busy now so he goes to CC 2 days a week so I can knuckle down and get more done.

I work for an online retailer.

And no, we have no other vacancies to fill  cool.gif

I found my job through seek.com.au

#23 howdoyoudoit

Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:31 PM

Im a travel consultant who is mobile. I work from home logging into the remote desktop. I love it...can work during the day or 10pm..doesnt matter as long as I get it done.

Edited by howdoyoudoit, 04 January 2012 - 05:31 PM.

#24 PinkSocks

Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:34 PM

I have a Facebook business making childrens clothes. I also do two data entry jobs from home. Means I have no spare time (except EB time :-P but I love it original.gif

#25 NoMoreGuilt

Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:50 PM

I'm due back at work in 26 days after my year of mat leave and have negotiated working one day from home. I'm a business banking manager looking after a portfolio of clients, so a role that requires alot of client contact face to face and on the phone. So I consider myself quite lucky to be able to work one day from home. I will remote in from home and have a blackberry and plan to mianly catch up on emails and admin that day. My office phone will most likely be diverted to my assistant.

To be honest, I plan to spend a few hours on my work at home day doing housework..like grocery shopping...so that I have the whole weekend free with DS. wink.gif

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