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Fed up with crappy pay for working from home and not feeling fulfilled

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MumOnaMission Wed 25-May-05 14:14:54

Before I had dd I worked as an IT Trainer. I always said I would be a career person but going back to work after maternity leave broke my heart so I left a few months later. I've done loads of different stuff since then but I just seem to wind up doing bits of this and that to make money and it's starting to do my head in now. For one I'm not making enough to make ends meet. DD goes to the school nursery atm and starts school in september. I want to stay flexible so I can always go to school events etc and pick her up from school. All the jobs I've found either don't pay enough or i don't feel I can do having been out of IT for nearly 5 years. I don't feel fullfilled either. I think it's because I know I can use my brain and I'm not doing. I'm becoming lazy as well and I used to be such a hard worker. Aaaargggh. Please someone come to my rescue and tell me what to do. Oh and I can't afford to retrain either.

moondog Wed 25-May-05 14:23:02

I don't think there is any answer. Bit work pays very badly apart from in exceptional circumstances.I had a specialist job within the nhs before i moved abroad,where I don't work. Do a bit of freelancing when I go home (which is frequently) but the money is so shite it's laughable. I do it just to retain various contacts and keep my hand in.

Bummer isn't it?

MumOnaMission Wed 25-May-05 20:59:09


elsmommy Wed 25-May-05 21:00:22

Be a sex line operator

MumOnaMission Wed 25-May-05 21:03:58

is that wot u do?

motherinferior Wed 25-May-05 21:06:37

Could you face working, say, three days a week - and just go for those jobs in IT which you might not feel up to, and see what will happen? Or what about seeing if a job (local government is good this way) will let you work until say 3pm? It is difficult, I know, and I think most of us have to make some sort of compromises. I work freelance, but I can't finish at 3pm - I just wouldn't make enough money.

morningpaper Wed 25-May-05 21:08:37

I would probably go to a few local training companies and ask if you can help them out part time. Alternatively have you tried going 'properly' self-employed as a trainer, setting yourself up a website, business cards, and targetting local small businesses etc?

elsmommy Wed 25-May-05 21:09:40

Might do soon after reading the other thread

elsmommy Wed 25-May-05 21:10:42

Is there a refresher type thing you could do?

morningpaper Wed 25-May-05 21:11:22

What kind of training did you specialise in?

MumOnaMission Wed 25-May-05 21:24:44

I specialised in Microsoft Office programs. back in a min - being shouted down for my takeaway mmmm.

morningpaper Wed 25-May-05 21:26:25

I ran a training course last year on PowerPoint 2002 - despite not having known anything about pwoerpoint since about 1989. It's all much the same. Just have a fiddle around with it and run through your course materials beforehand. You'll always know more than 100% more than your students and that's all that matters.

MumOnaMission Wed 25-May-05 21:54:09

by 'eck that were good.
Tbh i haven't seen any microsoft office trainer jobs advertised - they all seem to be network engineers & web developers & sql specialists etc. MP did you run a course off your own back which you advertised or did you go to a training company and offer your services? MI I could handle 3 days or even 4 if it was flexible which days I did but I can't seem to find anything like that.

morningpaper Thu 26-May-05 14:35:06

I ran the course off my own back - I'd done some other computer work for a small local charity and they asked me if I'd be interested. Whereabouts are you in the country? I've noticed that where I am (South West) a lot of jobs are part-time but this is quite rare in IT jobs - which I suppose are usually aimed at men.

Steppy1 Fri 27-May-05 11:17:53

Hi Mumonamission. not quite sure where you're based but I'm looking to expand my "Funky Mamas' business. You need to be organised and reasonably outgoing.......but it is something that you can fit around the children and earn a reasonable amount of money doing so. If you wnat more info then look under the jobs section under small ads.......happy to talk through in more detail. By the way I was like you before I had children, very ambitious, was going to go back to work but couldn't face the thought of it after I had DS who is now 4 (also have dd who's 2) This fits in perfectly !!!

MumOnaMission Fri 27-May-05 21:00:36

That's so wierd steppy. I just responded to your ad and then came here to see if there were any replies and there you are! Sounds very interesting. I'm based in West Yorkshire. I've placed an ad in a paper today offering my services as a computer trainer for office programs and also to help beginners get going with setting up their computer and getting on the internet etc. I'm starting off at £40 per hour. Do you (anyone) think this sounds like something people might go for?

Steppy1 Sat 28-May-05 16:20:33

Hi should have received my email then. Interestingly I visit Yorkshire every few months as my folks moved there 15 years ago (take the little one's up to Nanny and Grandad !) but they are in East Yorkshire (or Humberside according to their post code !)

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