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ImASillyBilly Fri 07-Mar-14 15:08:24

Hi all

Is anyone employed on a working-from-home basis? I am struggling on what to do. My SMP runs out in a months time. I cant go back to old employer due to hours / shifts & partners work. I have looked into going back full-time elsewhere, Mon - Fri, but childcare is going to cost approx £50 per day - £1000 per month! We dont qualify for any childcare help. Any advice? A job from home would be ideal but I just cannot find anything!

Anyone worked from home for a sales company or collecting data? Any recommendations on where to look?

Thank you

Hoppinggreen Fri 07-Mar-14 23:06:48

No suggestions but it is going to be hard working from home without childcare. If you need to be on the phone it's really hard. My children are 5 and 9 and I can't always rely on them to be quiet when I'm working

MrsMargoLeadbetter Sat 08-Mar-14 21:29:08

I would agree that most employed jobs where working from home is offered would expect you to have childcare in place. Once they start moving and talking it will be very difficult to do anything with a toddler present.

An obvious point...but have you done a spreadsheet of all your essential outgoings and then income from DP (assuming you have one) and child benefit (if you get it) and then look at different incomes/childcare set ups to see what works. What do you need to earn? I mention this shouldn't you just be looking at your income and childcare, it should really be the family income and expenditure.

Working from home part-time could enable you to use a childminder rather than a full day at nursery so that could save you money that way.

Timewise jobs (part of the Women Like Us social enterprise) offers pt roles. There are often jobs on the MN jobs board. And all jobs board offer pt roles, I like as it searches most boards for you.

If you want to earn money with no childcare then a small pt job might work if you can be flexible when you work eg during sleep time/at night. The NCT pay their antenatal course admins about £5k a year - I think - (or they did when I was involved in volunteering) to set all the courses up, deal with bookings etc. Not a fortune but if you can do without childcare etc. Or maybe some of the selling franchises Avon etc but I do question how much you make.

You will be surprised what sort of small jobs are out there when you look. When I contemplated trying to work without childcare I saw a paid evening moderator position for a cancer support board and a 5.30am - 8.30am receptionist job for a local builder.

Could you freelance in your current field? That would allow you to work around the best value childcare set up. I now freelance. When thinking about earnings think in terms of 1/3 of your time delivering paid for work and then rest is admin, business development, marketing etc. So your fees need to take that into account.

I have lots of empathy, our childcare bill for 2 (4 days a week) is £1300 a month.

Good luck.

Teeshah Fri 18-Apr-14 23:58:33

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crashbangboom Sat 19-Apr-14 00:08:57

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fidelineish Sat 19-Apr-14 00:25:41

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lifechangermum Sun 20-Apr-14 19:57:24


I am a working from home mum! I was in a similar situation as you and wanted to still be able to go to all my child's sports days and activity days at school so chose that option. It was the right choice for me and I feel fortunate to have found a great company. I choose my own hours and I am part of a lovely group of fun other 'mum's

cella123 Sat 26-Apr-14 23:55:13

Hi Everyone,

I am also looking to work from home, I have tried NCT but no vacancies at present for homeworking.

Anybody know of any companies I can contact other then Avon/Kleenez etc?

Many thanks


lifechangermum Sun 27-Apr-14 10:19:16

I can tell you what I do?

cella123 Sun 27-Apr-14 13:59:41

Hi, life changer mum, thk you for your reply. I have tried to email you but your email adrress keeps showing as an invalid email address!


Soveryupset Sun 27-Apr-14 14:49:23

Agree that working from home will still require some form of childcare. I work from home a lot and even now my youngest is 4 is hard work when they are sick and I have to work and look after them.

(Happened only last Friday but luckily she slept all afternoon and DH was at home in the morning so we managed between us and a DVD...)

lifechangermum Sun 27-Apr-14 21:02:03

That is the correct???

Supermum222 Sun 04-May-14 19:27:23

Why don't you train as a childminder?

HaroldLloyd Sun 04-May-14 19:30:29

I'm self employed and work from home and you NEED childcare for sure.

What I find I can do though is have less childcare, and cram some bits in evenings or weekends, so it does save money.

HaroldLloyd Sun 04-May-14 19:31:40

There is a website called people per hour which advertised a lot of home working sales etc jobs.

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