s/o Commuting Time; If you work at home what do you do?

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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:05:17 PM
I noticed on the commuting time thread that there is a significant number of people working from home. Can I ask you what you are doing?
I am looking in all kinds of possibilities to find a job so if you are a SAH(M); sorry no offense but I am looking for ideas for jobs that pay the bills.

The ones I have seen up to now are either MLM jobs (something I just can't do) or scams...



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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:11:15 PM
I worked from home for 6 years.

I worked for the company 8 years and then DH took a job 2.5 hours away. The other person who was cross-trained in my job put in her notice...so they decided to keep me on and let me work from home. It was a wee bit lonely...especially moving to a new city and not knowing anyone. But, it was also wonderful in many ways.

I'm now at almost 15 years with the company. In June we moved back to the area and in July I started coming back to the office again.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:13:16 PM
Many Fortune 500 Corporations let their employees telecommute. I've been working from home since 2005.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:14:32 PM
I work from home for a major health insurance company. I work customer service and take calls and help with claims. It has been a God send! I am diabetic and newly on a pump and it is so comforting to be at home. No commute, no having to get "dressed". I have been with the company for 4 years.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:14:50 PM
I work from home for a major health insurance company. I work customer service and take calls and help with claims. It has been a God send! I am diabetic and newly on a pump and it is so comforting to be at home. No commute, no having to get "dressed". I have been with the company for 4 years.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:18:15 PM

Many Fortune 500 Corporations let their employees telecommute. I've been working from home since 2005.

This. I work from home part time. To answer your question, I am a PMO Lead.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:20:03 PM
I'm in publishing -- a lot of editing and coordinating of content; Internet-based stuff I can do from anywhere so no need for an office. My boss has about 7 employees.

A lot of people transition from a regular desk job to telecommuting.

If you just want to pick up extra $ from home, try Elance or Odesk.

It really depends on what your skill set is, I think.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:20:22 PM
I own my own cake business.

I have a separate, health inspected, commercial kitchen in my basement. It has a separate entrance from outside into the space, so clients never have to be in my home.

I'm very fortunate to live in an area where this is allowed. 20 minutes down the road it is not allowed, even with the separate space. I know just how lucky I am!


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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:42:48 PM
I am a software analyst for a company that writes health care management software. About half my time is spent fixing broken software and the other half is spent writing new code. I worked at the office for a year and then my husband got orders so my company let me go remote when I moved. January will be seven years with them.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:44:06 PM
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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:55:03 PM
I work outside the home full time but I also work part time from home. I do graphic design.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:59:50 PM
I wear a lot of hats for a small property management company -- mostly HR, benefits, payroll, tax forms, tech on a specific busines-related software system, and financial and business analysis....

My DH was transferred and when I told my bosses at the small company, their first response was "you can work from there". I had worked with them about 5 years, so they knew my work ethic and my trustworthiness.

Years ago, I also did work at home for a large HR consulting firm 1-2 days per week. Again I had worked for them for 4+ years and ended up working from bed while on bedrest. I proved that I could and would get the job done.

So both of mine evolved from prior work relationships.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:01:53 PM
Try West At Home....they are legit, although very popular and it takes months to hear back sometimes. They staff many kinds of telecommuting jobs.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:09:04 PM
I am an account rep for a financial services company (Fortune 500 company). I used to work in the Seattle office but they closed that in 1998 and let the employees work virtually. We have major offices in SLC, NYC and Phoenix. But a significant number of us work from home. When the kids were younger I had a nanny, even though I was at home working. I have a separate dedicated office.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:32:21 PM
I'm a project manager for a furniture and technology company.

Typically, I work in the office, but have the ability to work from home. I've been in a management position for the past year though, so I'm mostly expected to be in the office to over-see other people on a day-to-day basis.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:38:21 PM
I work for an online auto parts store. I used to work full time in office but have scaled back to part time from home. I only go in for meetings now. Even when I commuted I was only about 7 minutes from work but I wouldn't go back to it now, I love working from home on my own time.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:40:39 PM
I have my own business transcribing - all kinds - legal, medical, law enforcement, meetings, films, etc.

I'm also a scrapbook consultant.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:30:58 PM
I am a software support engineer in the semi-conductor technology sector. This has been my career for 25 years. In 2001, I was recruited to join a startup company and the position allowed me to telecommute full-time. I've been telecommuting full time for 12 years.

Our little startup company was acquired, and then acquited again. I now work for a multi national organization headquartered in France. I live on the West Coast but work virtually out of our Waltham Mass office-site. "Going into the office" requires that I board an airplane.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:01:29 PM
I scan and rename legal documents for a well known technology company. I'm a sub contractor. I get paid very well (more than I have ever made) and have a flexible schedule. Some days I work part time but get paid full time. I fell into the job.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:40:27 PM
Quite a lot of companies let their employees work from home - especially if hired from a different city. My DH is currently working from home (but is setting up an office soon because he likes the atmosphere better) and in his job prior (he's in IT), could have chosen to work at home as well.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:50:24 PM
I was a supervisor for a call center that handled multiple wine clubs. When my husband and I moved out of state, I was offered the option to continue my work from home. Instead of supervising employees, I handled escalated customer service issues, reporting requests, and special projects. It was great to be able to continue to do something that I enjoyed, and since it was a wine job, I never felt bad enjoying a glass while researching an issue.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:12:19 PM
I've been a technical account manager for 12 years with two different companies. Both jobs have the benefit of working from home. The expectations are higher on me to perform that my other peers but I have less distractions than being in an office and can get more done during the day.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:19:48 PM
I work from home about 18 days a month and typically go in 2 or 3 days a month.

I am a Senior Program Manager for a large international financial institution and I specialize in Wealth Management projects. As SPM I oversee several projects; their PMs, budgets, allocations of internal resources and hiring of outside consultants, strategy alignment, track CBAs, authorize hiring, provide leadership updates, make presentations and work closely with project sponsors and workflow architects.

I absolutely LOVE what I do and appreciate that I can work from home all but a few days in the average month. I had to go in for 5 days in a row this quarter and it was exhausting to add the extra time to my day. I really do not think I could go back to being 100% in the office. Or even 50% in the office.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:28:17 PM
Another one in a computer field...........I am a software programmer/analyst. I have been working from home for a little over 11 years, I think. If my job can be done from India, then it can be done from my office in the states. LOL

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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:36:48 PM
I'm a photographer. I've been doing that for 5 years now (doing really well at it actually). Before that I worked at a glass shop in the city, but before THAT I worked for West at home. It was a pretty decent job. Didn't make a killing but kept me and 2 kids afloat for a year while I got my head together. It was a really good training program in customer service. I can handle people yelling at me a lot better now than I could before. LOL.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 8:42:23 PM
I'm also IT. I configure and install laboratoy information systems. Most of my job is done at the client's lab, but when I am not on site, I work from home. I go in to the office 3-4 times a year, but the office is a plane ride away.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 8:46:58 PM
I work for an online supply company doing customer service. Been at company for 13+ years but only been at home about 2-1/2 years.

I asked if I could work from home when the company was bought out.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 9:23:08 PM
I don't work for an EHR company. Our software is a third party application that receives interfaced data from the hospital and helps with clinical decision support, compliance, risk, credentialing, bed management, and a host of other things.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 9:50:21 PM
I've worked virtual office from home for the last 8 years. I work for an international consulting and outsourcing IT firm. Almost all the U.S. based employees that I work with on a regular basis work from home. Most of the people that I work with are scattered across the U.S., though some are international. As long as we have access to conference calls, web conferencing, and instant messaging, there's no reason for us to be in an office together.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 9:53:25 PM
If you total all the years I worked at home, it would add up to about 17 years. Generally, I supported our family on my salary alone. For 12 of those years, I worked as a freelance toy designer. (I'm currently working full-time at a toy company, so no longer working from home). 5 years I was a freelance advertising illustrator. I LOVED it and would do it again in a heartbeat if not for some family financial/ insurance issues. Looking forward to doing it again. I'm pretty fortunate to have the kind of skill set that I can work as much or as little as I want and still make decent money. But freelance is not steady income, so that's the rub. It would be awesome to have a regular paycheck, and work from home.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 11:10:16 PM
What I do probably won't help you out with what you are wanting to do but, I didn't want to read and run.

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I own a trophy/engraving business. We bought the business from our neighbor. The business came with "some" client base but was geard more towards her "club" interests.

After we purchased the business, we attended a couple of trade shows in LasVegas, and upgraded to all laser engraving. Our client base has totally changed since we purchased in 7 year ago.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 11:42:49 PM
I work in HR and do phone interviews as well as process background checks for management candidates throughout the US. I've been home for a few years now. Before that I did work from an office and had to drive at least an hour to work sometimes close to 2 each way

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:44:06 AM
I am a recruiter. I've been working from home for almost 10 years now. I don't believe I could ever work in an office 5 days a week again unless my family was starving.



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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:21:39 AM

I work from home for a major health insurance company. I work customer service and take calls and help with claims. It has been a God send! I am diabetic and newly on a pump and it is so comforting to be at home. No commute, no having to get "dressed". I have been with the company for 4 years.

I was going to say insurance companies! We run across lots and lots of insurance companies who let their employees work from home. Claims processors, customer service reps, internal auditing, etc.



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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:28:57 AM
I work from home, 2 jobs, about 65 hrs a week. I'm a social media content moderator. I work moderating for 1 company, on their site, and then separately for a moderation provider. We moderate everything from kid's games, to corporate facebook pages, youtube channels, brand run contests, etc.. I love my job, but of course, it has it's drawbacks like all do. Sitting @ home that many hours a week gets old too, LOL

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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:50:40 AM
I was a photographer before I moved. So while I did my editing and design at home, I had to shoot on location.

Now I will be looking for a job with benefits in my new city, and would LOVE to be able to work from home at least 50% of the time.


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Posted: 12/8/2012 1:03:25 AM
I work in the insurance field and work from home.

I find there are more & more people transitioning to telecommuting in our field.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 1:56:29 AM
Interesting thread... i am a finance manager and just convinced my boss to allow 1 day a weekwoek from home. I love ir! Wish I could do more.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 2:29:00 AM
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Posted: 12/9/2012 4:24:40 PM
I'm an HR manager and I also own a small business geared toward the homebirth community. For my HR job, sometimes I have to go to the client site, but mostly it's from home. I drop DD at school, the nanny comes to watch the littles , I go upstairs and work. Love it! I don't have a 2+ hour commute everyday and I love what I do!

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