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Are there actually any genuine work from home jobs available?

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SoftKittyWarmKitty Thu 19-Oct-17 11:42:52

I'm currently self-employed but business is very slow this year and I'm struggling, so I'm looking for employed work. However I'm a single parent with no childcare, which limits my options somewhat. My DS is 11 so can entertain himself while I work at home but he's not really old enough to leave for a full day while I'm out working in an office or whatever, so I'm looking for either term-time only or a WFH role - yep, I'm after the holy grail of jobs! I've been looking everywhere - from all the main job sites like Indeed and Monster to places like Gumtree - and the only WFH jobs seem to be Avon, MLMs, or just sound totally dodgy ("earn £5k per month working just 10 hours per week").

Does anyone have any suggestions of potential employers that offer genuine WFH roles? It doesn't have to be full time but ideally I need a regular number of definite hours per week, so I can budget properly. I have a spare room home office space and nearly two decades of experience in Marketing and Admin, so I'm raring to go. smile

whitehorsesdonotlie Thu 19-Oct-17 12:18:00

There are about a million thread on there abot this already. Why not search some of those?

KadabrasSpoon Thu 19-Oct-17 12:21:20

Try a specialist job site like time wise or one of the parent ones. Linkedin also good.

justme93 Thu 19-Oct-17 12:22:29

If you have admin experience I would suggest looking at board clerk roles. They offer flexible wfh with the occasional f2f meeting monthly or in some cases every three months. These type of roles tend to be on governing bodies for schools or councils / town councils and government bodies. They pay quite well and do give you the flexibility your looking for.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Thu 19-Oct-17 12:25:41

I have searched them, and am still doing so. Seems to be lots of MLM 'recommendations', which I'm not interested in, and piecemeal work on places like Fiverr which won't pay my rent, hence starting my own thread.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Thu 19-Oct-17 12:27:51

I've looked on Linked In but I've never heard of Timewise so I'll have a look, thanks for the heads up.

Board/Clerk roles sound great, thanks. I'll have a google and see what comes up locally.

KadabrasSpoon Thu 19-Oct-17 12:48:15

I never find advertised jobs on LinkedIn it's more about keeping in touch with your network and posting regularly so that when people have something suitable they'll think of you.
There's lots of freelance bloggers and Facebook groups with tips on getting started with this.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Thu 19-Oct-17 15:00:10

Thank you, I'll look up some of those Facebook groups. smile

HughLauriesStubble Thu 19-Oct-17 15:09:07

What is your area of work and is there any way you could branch out and do it freelance? There are sites like upwork and freelancer, and although they do charge fees per job, they are a good starting point for just trying your hand at it.

If you have experience running your own business then you would probably make a good virtual assistant, which there is a growing demand for.

HughLauriesStubble Thu 19-Oct-17 15:10:20

Just saw you have marketing experience too. Lots of demand for those skills as a freelancer!

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