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#26 josh2003

Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:45 PM

QUOTE (mummy_emily @ 04/01/2012, 09:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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

This is why some employers won't allow work from home arrangements - many people can't be trusted to work the hours they are supposed to. I'm sorry if I've misunderstood what you've said here, but if I haven't, then if you ever own your own business, how would you feel about paying someone to work for you, when they're actually off doing their housework etc?

#27 howdoyoudoit

Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:48 PM

josh2003...soo true! I thought the same thing....

I have a friend who is a sales rep and gets paid 9-5 and is always home by 3.30 when her son is home from school...she does her targets which I guess is why she gets away with it  but still if I was her employer I would be peeved..no wonder a lot of companies o/s are putting gps trackers in the cars....and catch their employees out at home

#28 Leafprincess

Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:57 PM

I'm a corporate Learning and Development Consultant and work from home.

Thought this might be useful for some ideas: http://www.freelancer.com/

Also consider tutoring, I know some high school maths & science tutors who are paid $90 per hour, students come to their house. Good money if you are Maths/Science inclined!

#29 Happy98

Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:06 PM

I currently work from home doing tutoring of Primary School Children.  I currently work two afternoons a week and I do three children in each afternoon.  I have three children of my own two school aged and one almost three year old.  My DH is home one of the days to take care of our children and the othr afternoon my mum helps out.  I have never advertised I think I could work 5 days a week if I wanted I have a waiting list of children who are wanting tutoring.   I charge $40 for 45 minutes.

#30 crayons

Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:32 PM

I was working from home doing bookkeeping/tax accounting work for the organisation that employed me prior to maternity leave. It was very flexible I would take a file home and return it as soon as I could. The only problem was I wasn't very good at it, I would get motivated for awhile and do quite a bit then slack off and feel really bad looking at the files sitting there in my cupboard. So I have now changed and go into the office to do the exact same thing once a week in the evenings and sometimes on during the week when DS is in childcare. I still do all our family books from home though but only cos I can't slack off on those original.gif

#31 Heffalump

Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:58 PM

HR - I used to work 3 days in the office 2 days at home, but I have recently changed jobs and now work 4 days in the office with flexible hours, and 1 day (for my previous employer) from home.  Mainly policy / agreement writing, contracts, investigations etc.

#32 Mandy1980

Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:35 AM

I am currently in the process of setting up my own Bookkeeping business from home.  

I am due back to work in April after 2 years mat leave but the thought of having to organise 4 kids, travel an hour each way to the office and run a household is overwhelming. I went back after each of my older 3 were only 6 months old, but I just cant do it again.  Plus I am really enjoying being a SAHM for the first time.  

So, I have cleared out my toyroom and created a great office, I enrolled in the Cert IV in Bookkeeping and am looking forward to all the challenges ahead, which will hopefully give reward down the track.

Good luck with what you decide to do.

Mandy

Edited by Mandy1980, 10 January 2012 - 11:42 AM.


#33 It's Me

Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE (howdoyoudoit @ 09/01/2012, 08:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
josh2003...soo true! I thought the same thing....

I have a friend who is a sales rep and gets paid 9-5 and is always home by 3.30 when her son is home from school...she does her targets which I guess is why she gets away with it  but still if I was her employer I would be peeved..no wonder a lot of companies o/s are putting gps trackers in the cars....and catch their employees out at home


See - I'm a sales rep too, and I can sometimes find myself at home earlier, or leaving home later.  Yep - it has it's perks.  But I'm also on the laptop or the phone (time differences) at some crazy time of the night at least a few nights a week, so I think it all evens out in the end!

Edited by It's Me, 23 March 2012 - 10:07 PM.


#34 Rach42

Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:04 PM

QUOTE (Mandy1980 @ 10/01/2012, 11:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am currently in the process of setting up my own Bookkeeping business from home.  

I am due back to work in April after 2 years mat leave but the thought of having to organise 4 kids, travel an hour each way to the office and run a household is overwhelming. I went back after each of my older 3 were only 6 months old, but I just cant do it again.  Plus I am really enjoying being a SAHM for the first time.  

So, I have cleared out my toyroom and created a great office, I enrolled in the Cert IV in Bookkeeping and am looking forward to all the challenges ahead, which will hopefully give reward down the track.

Good luck with what you decide to do.

Mandy


This is what I am thinking of doing... I am currently 16 weeks pg and unemployed so have been trying to come up with things I can do at home, and possibly out of home down the track when bubs is older.  Have you started your course at all Mandy?  Do you have bookkeeping experience already?

#35 shellycs

Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:36 PM

I quit my job to start my own business just before I found out I was pregnant. I used to work for an international company looking after marketing across Asia Pacific so there was always very long hours, 5am meetings and lots of travel. I have been able to work from home for a few years which is why I put up with the sometimes 17 hour days and stress of the job for as long as I did.

My business now is about helping people find their passion and turn that into a successful business. It's about creating multiple streams of income so you are creating a business not another job.

#36 cosmic79

Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:55 AM

I have a small transcription business that I run from home.  I absolutely LOVE it, and consider it a bit of a hobby as well because I enjoy it so much.  I probably work nearly double the hours that I would do with an office job, but I wouldn't change it for the world!

#37 Mummy Duck

Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:06 PM

I sell online baby/childrens products. We have a website and also sell via ebay. Depending on time available I can work 1hr to 8 hrs a day. The more I work the marketing side the more I sell.

The down sides are it took a little bit of capital to buy the stock to get started and it took time to pay that stock off etc. The upside side is that its a great part time business. Its all online apart from posting orders. If my time is tight I can work an hour in the afternoon when hubby is home and pick/pack the orders and take them to the post office. If I have more time I can work on our fb page and other online marketing efforts.

It has taken time but I wasnt in it for a quick buck. It was a plan to take 2-3 years to establish the business so it would be a long term viable source of regular income, so far so good. With our 4th child on the way and all the issues that come with having a large family child care, being home for a sick children etc we thought it made more sense to focus on one parent being able to stay home and have more flexible work.

#38 malibu71

Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:32 PM

I work for a insurance call centre from home, using their equipment on scheduled hours... I'm not a huge fan of the call centre part but the work from home part is hard to knock back that's for sure!

#39 threelittlegems

Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:25 PM

I run an accommodation business from home. It can be very intense, and needs a dedicated five or six hours per day. Plus there are all the last minute problems to solve as I am the 'on call' person for the guests.

Over the years I have done a lot of things from home - I had an ebay store in 2004 and then my own online store selling handbags. I could have made money, except I didn't have the money or skill to establish a good supplier who wouldn't let me down.

I have also ironed from home, that worked out to be okay - in 2006 I earned an extra $300 week cash doing that.

When I went back on mat leave, way back in 2002, I had excellent admin skills, and still do, but there wasn't anything available to utitilise my skills from home. Not that I found anyway.

My SIL has just started a job from home. She is a registered nurse and she will be working eight hours per day, being a diabetes educator over the phone for a health insurance company. It isn't something you could do with a child around, as her calls are monitored and she only gets a small break of 60 seconds between phone calls.

In my travels, I have noticed that a lot of mums with graphic design skills work from home.






#40 Let_it_Rain

Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:36 PM

I do customer service for a bank from home. I worked in office for 4 years before having to opportunity to work from home.

My company advertises internally and you have to be in certain roles to work at home, as well as meeting targets. Due to a restructure I have had to change roles and retrain while at home which was very hard.

I have to work to a set roster, but I was able to basically choose my hours so was very lucky with that.

ETA: I am not allowed to be the carer for DS while working so my shift is split between times he is at daycare and when he is asleep. DH can deal with him waking up but if he was home and active during my shift he wouldn't understand/cope with the stay away and be quiet requirements.

Edited by WinterDancesHere, 04 May 2012 - 12:39 PM.


#41 niggles

Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:51 PM

I've done Science and Maths tutoring (but not for $90/hr wink.gif).

I have the option to work from home this year. It would be writing teaching and learning resources. This sort of work comes through my job - when I'm not on mat leave. I've done it in the past but this resource would be published by an outside agency so the deadlines are tight. I have to work out whether it will be viable.

It's pretty ideal other than the deadlines. I longed for this kind of opportunity when my DD was small.

#42 notjustyet

Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:07 PM

I put in a commercial kitchen in my garage and started a gluten free cake business. So far I sell at a local farmers market and to some cafes.

So far there's not much profit in it and it's a lot of long hours but it's something I love and it means I can stay home with the kids.

It was a lot of work setting up the kitchen, getting council approval and appropriate insurance etc but hopefully it will be worth it original.gif



#43 3Cutiepies

Posted 03 June 2012 - 11:11 AM

I work for a non-for- profit organization uploading content to their website. I work approx 6h a week. It was great with a baby as i was able to do it while the baby was being held and breastfeeding. I did my housework while the baby slept. Now that my baby has become a toddler it is a bit harder so i have a friend babysit while i do my work. I got the job as I did some work for this organization few years back so when they needed someone they called me as I was already familiar with the organization and had some experience with them.

#44 sikchic

Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:50 PM

i run my own home cleaning agency,  its great, very busy, make my own hours, work school hours,
meet lots of people, nothing like a clean house!!

#45 cecily

Posted 13 October 2012 - 02:52 PM

i am a medical transcriptionist and would love to set up something from home.  I have done some work for big transcription companies but am unsure how to gather local work.

#46 ~*Sharon*~

Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:20 PM

These days I do odds and ends of product photography for a couple of ongoing clients.  It is sporadic, but it helps pays the bills when it comes in!

#47 Monket

Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:30 PM

I have been doing some mystery shopping!  Not great pay but the freebies can be awesome and it is something I fit into my regular shopping/lifestyle.  I also do admin/marketing for our business and I am just about to start doing some web stuff for a UK based business.....very flexible and pays ok!

#48 kay11

Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:38 PM

I'm an engineer and work from home up to 2 days a week. I pick and choose which days I spend in the office and which I spend at home. It's nice to have the flexibility.

#49 Ferelsmegz

Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:00 AM

I do bookkeeping as a PT job from home.

I also have a FT job.

#50 Wishing2011

Posted 12 February 2014 - 09:14 AM

how do you girls find work from home data entry type jobs. Everything I see on seek seems office based :shrug:




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