People always ask how to work from home. What's the big deal?

@Reeta02 (136)
United States
December 3, 2008 11:59am CST
I constantly see articles, advertisements, and discussions about working from home. What is the big deal about working from home? Is it that much trouble to go into an office?
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• United States
3 Dec 08
No I do not think it is that much trouble to go into the office. However so many companies are looking to hire customer service people that work from home, that do not actually work for them. It relieves them of benefits, that cost a company so much money. Getting in one of these jobs is great, for the internet wave of the future. Plus you have no one telling you what to do, work the hours you want, wear what you want. If you have small children, you can be a stay at home parent, and not have to pay the expense of day care, plus save gas and wear and tear on your car.
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@Reeta02 (136)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I would agree that job like customer service with a decent salary would be great, but can you really be effective in your job and serve the needs of customers will small children at home? I also see your point with more flexibility--having the ability to work in your pajamas, if you so desire, and not having to pay day care. Thanks for your response.
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• United States
4 Dec 08
You would have to work evening or over night hours, when children are with dad, or sleeping.
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• United States
4 Dec 08
It certainly can be a big deal to get into the office. Families with little kids who can not afford daycare expenses, lots of families depends on one income and stay-at-home-moms who still wants to help pay the bills while staying at home taking care of the kids. The struggling economy has caused lots of huge companies to go out of business and thousands of people to loose their jobs due to this. A company saves lots of money by hiring people to work out of their home, as they will be contracted and will not have any benefits. People are getting creative in their way of making money and unfortunately they are on their own in order to pay the bills and put food on the table. The benefits from working out of your home is to save on gas, no need for fancy clothes to get to work, often you are allowed to work around your own schedule, there's also a good tax benefit from working out of your home as a contractor or just being self employed as you will be able to deduct many of your expenses. Just my 2 cents -
@Reeta02 (136)
• United States
10 Dec 08
You are right. I really didn't even consider stay-at-home parents. Working from home would definitely have a big advantage.
@bendy113 (36)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I been for working for a call center from home for about a year and half now and have saved alot of money on gas, work clothes and make-up. I love working from home! I dont have to drive on frozen streets in the winter time and I can take my breaks on the glider in the back yard and enjoy the outdoors in the summertime. My checks are on auto deposit which makes it really great. Hope that explains the posotive side of working from home a little better.
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@Reeta02 (136)
• United States
3 Dec 08
Bendy...that's great! You are very fortunate! I guess my "working from home" definition was a little limited. I was only thinking about things like online surveys, writing articles, and other "Internet-based jobs." Thanks for your response!
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@weasel81 (2502)
• Australia
3 Dec 08
i milk cows for a living, and also have an online business. i'm a country girl and things are getting hard for us here, so i need to try and do something else to earn extra money. if i lived in town i would work there, but i'm in the country. i enjoy milking or i wouldn't be there, i also help out at my parents place doing jobs round there. thou when the animals muck around and don't do what they are supposed to do it makes you wonder why you work with them. i plan my day round work and school times for my son, cause i realy only work am and pm. i've been lazy on doing my online stuff lately, so have to get moving for that. a lot of the social websites are paying, you to bring people to them now. well worth the look. pm me if you'd like yo know more about that.
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@Reeta02 (136)
• United States
3 Dec 08
We're all looking for ways to earn extra money--probably the reason why we're all on this site, huh? :)
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• United States
3 Dec 08
For some people it is a big deal to go into an office or hold a normal job. People like this include mothers of children, pregnant women, the elderly, the disabled, or those with mental disablilities such as bipolar and agorophobia. It is more convenient to work from home as well. You can set your own hours, dress comfortably, and be able to multi-task better. Most jobs on the internet however offer very little income and many are scams altogether. It is best to look for actual companies in your area that are looking for people to work at home, either by doing computer work or phone work.
@Reeta02 (136)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I see your point, Creativedreamweaver. What is agorophobia? It would be great to have a job where you could work from home, but still earn a substantial salary. I wonder if a lot of companies are leaning towards offering online positions only? It definitely would save them money--less expense for benefits and corporate real estate!
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• United States
4 Dec 08
Agorophobia is the fear to go outside of your own home; even to go out onto your porch sometimes. There are differing degrees of agorophobia...some may be able to go outside at their own home, while others may not be able to set foot outside their house. Hope this helps.
@Reeta02 (136)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Thanks for the info...I learned something new today!
• United States
8 Dec 08
no, it isn't that big a deal to go into the office. I am a mother of four. while I was working I had 1 child in daycare and had to pay before an dafterschool expenses for 2 children. I also had one child that was old enough to be home alone for the hour and a half until I got home. The problems arose whenever any of the kids would get sick, or forget things they needed at school, or when my husband was unable to help me take them to their various doctor appointments. My job assumed that you should only have an emergency where you would need to miss work one day per month. I would love to have a chance to make money at home, but even then you are running the risk of being scammed.
@Reeta02 (136)
• United States
10 Dec 08
There are definitely risks involved with the "make money at home" websites. However, from some of the posts to this discussion, there also seem to be a lot of legitimate opportunities with "brick and mortar" companies. From the perspective of stay-at-home parents, I definitely see the advantages to working from home. Thanks for your response.