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There is a wah job that just opened up where my husband works and I'm thinking about going for it because though I love my job, it pays more and would have me "working" the same hours I do now since the travel time is very long for my job now. I'd be working longer but home the same amount. So, wahms, do you like working from home? Is it harder than woh? Do you still need childcare (I belive this job involves using the phone with customers, though I'm not sure)? What are the pros and cons? I'd like to be a little more informed on the life before making the decision to apply <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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A lot depends on the type of job you'll be doing, so you might talk to others that have done a similar job for that employer.<br><br>
I've been working at an outside-the-home job from home for 2 1/2 years, and it's worked out well for the most part. I usually hire a babysitter for the mornings, and that plus dd's nap give me a solid 6 or so hours to work. I find that I often also work in the evenings after she's asleep. If it's an e-mail intensive job you'd be going to, I'd strongly recommend getting (or asking that you be supplied with) a Blackberry. It's a godsend for when you have to leave the homeoffice but still need to be in touch.<br><br>
It's not a perfect gig, though--the initial transition was difficult (me being in the house but not playing with dd), but she picked up on what was going on pretty soon and now understands what happens. It's easy to get distracted from work by household chores, and I feel more responsible for getting things like laundry done since I work from a home office.<br><br>
And there are times when my life would certainly be easier if I were in an external worksite. There are times I miss interacting with colleagues in person, instead of on the phone or through e-mail. And those work calls that crop up when you don't have a sitter, and your child decides that it's the perfect time to have a tantrum or loudly demand to nurse.<br><br>
I think another important consideration is the job you'd be leaving--you say that you love your job. If you're wanting more time with your child, you might consider trying to work with your current employer to see if you could work from home 1 or 2 days a week or go to a 4 day work week. Chances are, they like you, too, and might be willing to work with you.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I think it does depend heavily on what kind of work you will be doing. My hours are extremely flexible - the contract has a set number of hours, and I fit them in when I choose - but I find I have to be focused about making sure I get all my hours in. The flexibility is great, but it does take some planning.<br><br>
I keep my little guy with me in the mornings. I work when he goes down for his nap, and then when he wakes up, he spends 2 hours in the afternoon with a sitter. I pick him up, make him supper, and then when he goes down to bed (pretty early, around 7:00) then I get back to work.<br><br>
In the interest of full disclosure, I should let you know that my house could be a lot cleaner, and my dinner menus are not always the most healthy :), but I like my job, and I like that I have lots of time with my kiddo. I also don't miss my commute, or having to spend clothes money on an official "work" wardrobe.
 

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Hi,<br><br>
I work from home and love it! I have done it part time without childcare for four years. (Well actually DH helps a lot.) I have worked for Sylvan Learning Centers Online for four years. I’m interviewing for a better job now. Both jobs have audio. So here are my tips. First get a laptop and a wireless set up. You can work on the floor or in the backyard. Also get a cordless phone with a good headset. You need a mute button. Next learn to use your slow cooker. I use do this when I'm working in the Evening. Next you can work during naptime. Be willing to work early in the morning or late at night. Another time for me is to work when DH comes home. DS loves to play when he gets home.<br>
Remember if you work from home you don't have pay as much gas,lunches and clothes. Also chances are you will not have to pay for daycare. You can also write off part your home office, internet,phone on your taxes.<br><br>
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I work part time from home, and after DD was born I couldn't do it by myself anymore. DH works part time now and is home when I'm working. I know other people do it successfully, but it never worked for me after I had two children (and after DS stopped napping). The kids hate for me to be on the computer, even a laptop with wireless. If I sit away from them they want me to be with them, and if I sit down with them they want to play with the computer. I found myself putting DS in front of the TV when there was something I absolutely had to get done, and not getting any work done otherwise. Eventually I decided that this was not better than daycare for the children, because they really weren't happy at all when I was working. And I was just a big ball of stress.<br><br>
Sorry to be such a downer. I think it can work, but I it depends on your children, how well they play on their own, how well they understand when you tell them not to interrupt, etc. Also, if your DH can help with the kids in the morning or evenings, then that helps, too. My DH has a really long commute, so that was never a good option, although I did work after the kids were in bed a lot.<br><br>
Now, if you can have a babysitter/mother's helper for a portion of the day, then it is much, much easier. I did this a few times and it helped a lot.
 

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I work from home and love it but I *had* to treat it professionally and get a nanny for (many) of the hours I work. So I didn't save there but with the commuting time, etc., gone it still makes a big quality of life difference.
 

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I work from home, probably about 20-30 hours a week right now. I'm not on the phone much so it's okay. I don't currently have a nanny but will probably get a mother's helper or nanny in the near future, and I did have a full time nanny for a while. My work can happen anytime, so it's flexible. My two girls usually play together without distracting me much for a few hours in the morning, and then I work at night once they're in bed. My husband takes them all day Saturday to various relatives so I can get in even more work time. I've been keeping my hours the past few weeks and it seems I only get about 3-4 hours billable time in a day, but that's enough. My computer is in the living room in full view of the playroom/DD1's room, so when I DO work with them home and awake, I can see and hear them.<br><br>
I love it. It's hard. Balancing has been the hardest. If I have a project due soon I find it hard to get off the computer and spend more time with my girls. They're too easy on me, too. But it's working for us right now.
 

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Yes, I like working from home.<br><br>
I think it is easier than working out of the home, but that is just me. I like having no commute, being able to schedule much of my work hours the way I want. Actually, I have to say, I do have to go to my fitting room in town 1-2 times a week to meet clients (I'm a dressmaker), but I can schedule those times to coincide with errands and such.<br><br>
Yes, I still need childcare. I have to have fittings with clients and I need to really concentrate and sew. Sometimes I am working on complex garments or dresses and I need to be able to do that without worrying if my 2yo is getting into something, or if my 4.5yo is bonking the 2yo on the head. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I have a nanny 4 days a week. This fall I will be getting a live-in nanny/household manager to really run my house and keep things in order so I can focus on work and my girls. When I'm not working, I want to be with them, not running to the grocery store or doing laundry.<br><br>
Pros - no commute, flexible schedule, can turn down work if I'm going out of town.<br><br>
Cons - need to keep the kids OUT of the work area - the office and sewing room, be vigilant about this - there must be seperation, otherwise you will end up wasting so much time re-doing things, putting things back where they belong, etc.<br><br>
I really like it, overall.<br><br>
DH also works at home. We love it - love this lifestyle.
 

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Thanks for all the input! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I found out that the job is a customer service one where everything rests on phone calls. So, I'm going to wait it out and hope a data entry wah job comes up with the company. Thanks again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Your responses really helped cement my decision.
 
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