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To think there are no real, enjoyable ‘work from home’ jobs?

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AnneTwackie Tue 14-Jan-20 21:47:16

I’d like to reduce my hours and do something different working from home. Everything I see looks like a scam.
Tell me your happy/horror stories.

CosmoK Tue 14-Jan-20 21:51:39

I'm a university academic and work from home 60% of the time ( more during holidays)
Obviously it's a very specialised job though and not classed as WFH job ....it's just a huge benefit.

FuzzyPenguin Tue 14-Jan-20 21:53:44

I love my work from home job, I am a content marketing manager which basically means I run the social media and other marketing for the company I work for. I do have set hours but these are flexible as long as I don’t take advantage which is great when DS is ill or I have some school thing I need to attend.
Downsides it can get lonely and I tend to find I spend my lunch breaks sorting home jobs rather taking a break but on the whole it’s really working for me.

QueenofDestruction Tue 14-Jan-20 21:54:31

I have a real.job that is home based.

hotcrossbun83 Tue 14-Jan-20 21:56:49

I work from home and go to the office one day a week. I work for an events company. I had lots of experience and contacts in the field and then when someone wanted to hire me I negotiated this - if you are looking for something new then I think it’s hard to find decent jobs at home, you need to find a company that want YOU so are willing to compromise

AnneTwackie Tue 14-Jan-20 21:57:02

What is it @Queenofdestruction?

Mrskeats Tue 14-Jan-20 21:57:34

I have a real home/based job

CloudsCanLookLikeSheep Tue 14-Jan-20 21:57:41

I have a job I enjoy which is home based and well paid. Its buggered up my career though, as not many jobs in my field are home based. I cant progress in my current role and am too scared to go back into an office environment if I look for another role.

iismum Tue 14-Jan-20 21:57:53

DH is a software developer and works from home on highly flexible hours. He loves it - good money too. I wouldn’t though, I don’t focus well on work when I’m at home and find I’m much more productive in my office. Plus I like my colleague.

Surfskatefamily Tue 14-Jan-20 21:58:24

My mum used to pack things at home...but those sortve jobs are outsourced overseas a lot now 😪

Doing something creative as a self employed person could work. Making something and etsying it. Takes a while to get up and running tho.

Soap makers seem to do ok. It depends how much money you need to make too.

Mlm stuff doesn't really make you much. Like bodyshop, scentsy etc. Seems better of you want discounts I guess rather than a wage

speakout Tue 14-Jan-20 22:00:05

Yes to working at home slef employed- I make and sell craft.
Full time.

ArthurShelbysTash Tue 14-Jan-20 22:00:09

I have 2 part time jobs. One is office based and the other is very flexi so I can work around the kids.
My WFH job is admin/social media based.
I know I am very lucky, I wouldn't want to do either full time I don't think!

suitepea Tue 14-Jan-20 22:01:10

I work from home doing a craft based job, earn lots of money and love it

Caribbeanescape Tue 14-Jan-20 22:02:16

I work part time from home as a piano teacher. I enjoy it.

Hingeandbracket Tue 14-Jan-20 22:04:20

I work in IT. I have spent most of the last ten years working from home. It happened more by accident than design but it can happen

MonsterRehab23 Tue 14-Jan-20 22:04:42

I’m in a civil service job which has the flexibility to work from home once you have passed the probation period. In my office we can work up to 3 days from home. I dont know what kind of work you do but in my office all grades have the ability to wfh across various roles.

I work 4 days with 1 wfh day. This gives me the flexibility to pick up my kids at 3pm then I do a few hours later in the evening. I’m a caseworker so when wfh I find I get actual work done and I can put tv/music on/ put washing on etc. It’s also good if you are feeling a bit unwell but can still work- helps reduce sickness leave. Also if kids are unwell as have flexibility to work in evening.

The drawbacks for me are: if I need help with something- I can’t always talk to the right person face to face which can affect how much work I can do. Also it’s harder to switch off as I feel sometimes like I’m constantly working.

Hope you find something that works for you.

MsTSwift Tue 14-Jan-20 22:07:22

I have such a job. Work for myself providing a professional service. Love not being in an office and being there after school

lastqueenofscotland Tue 14-Jan-20 22:08:50

Most people I know who work from home were offered it as a perk after a long period of service and excelling at a company

Taxiparent Tue 14-Jan-20 22:10:19

I teach from home for an online school, love it!

Eloisedublin123 Tue 14-Jan-20 22:11:41

I work in property and from home

BrieAndChilli Tue 14-Jan-20 22:13:25

I think a lot of ‘proper’ WFH jobs are at the higher end of the pay scale, and often when someone has worked for a company for a while and has a proven track record.
WFH lower paid ‘jobs’ tend to be MLMs or zero contract stuff eg picking assignements and getting paid £5 etc

I have however had 2 lower paid WFH jobs that were actual proper jobs, employed by a company with set hours and pay etc.
One was for a virtual call centre for sky broadband. Doing first level technical support eg have you turned it off and on again, going like tests etc and passing faults into engineers.
The second was for a travel company helping thier business travel sales consultants with invoicing and reports etc and reconciling company credit card. The office was in my local city so I popped in once a month. I did only get that job because a friend of mine was the operations manager and knew I was looking for work when my youngest went to school, she worked from home mostly too so I did a lot of my training at her house. Otherwise I think the job would have had the person working from the office.

jellycatspyjamas Tue 14-Jan-20 22:13:46

I run my own business from home - definitely both a proper job and nicely paid.

speakout Tue 14-Jan-20 22:13:56

Most people I know who work from home were offered it as a perk after a long period of service and excelling at a company

Really?

My 5 closest friends all work from home, and are all self employed with their own start ups.
I met all of them before they became self employed.

MsTSwift Tue 14-Jan-20 22:15:14

Same speakout that’s my situation too. Actually turned out to be more lucrative than a conventional job

GhostHoward Tue 14-Jan-20 22:15:50

I get to work from home when I need to (school holidays/when a child is ill/expecting an important package etc.) I MUCH prefer being in the office, but the flexibility is amazing. I know how lucky I am.

It's all on the computer, and I take my work laptop home with me.

I think the "trick" is to find a real job that can accommodate home working. I was lucky that I worked for the company when it was starting out and didn't have a premises. I worked part time from home, and it grew into full time in the office, and holidays working from home most of the week (I still try to go in at least once a week in the school holidays.) Don't rely on MLM/Pyramid schemes!!

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