Anyone Work At Home?

Good evening my lovely ladies!  I wanted to see if any of you work at home and if you do, what is your line of work? 


I am a Medical Language Specialist (I listen to what doctors dictate and transcribe it out online), which is slowly but surely being phased out.  I also assist my husband run our online radio station and website stuff. 


If you work at home, do you find it difficult to juggle work and home stuff?  I didn't really experience this until we moved into our home and now I just get frazzled sometimes trying to schedule everything.  Any suggestions on how to better organize myself would be greatly appreciated.  : )

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm
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ME! [raises hand]


I work from home for a very large commercial real estate firm. I'm a project coordinator, so I do everything from graphic design to research to writing to creating full scale marketing campaigns for investment properties. When DH found out he would be stationed in South Carolina for the Air Force, my office in Texas very graciously allowed me to keep my job and do it remotely.


It is absolutely wonderful having the ability to work from home, but it definitely presents unique challenges that I wasn't prepared for.


The most important things I do to stay organized are 1) keep set hours (9-6 for me, which allows me to stay in touch with the central time zone) and 2) keep my work separate from my home life. I have an office now, but in our old house, I had to carve out a special space in our living room. I think it's really important to have a space that you don't use for anything else other than work, so that it's easier to remain in "work mode." And it's also easier to shut it down at the end of the day.


I don't really let myself do any "home" stuff during work hours and vice versa. It is so easy to let everything overlap, and it takes a real effort to turn it on and off every day. I always tell DH to pretend that I do not work from home. No, I can't make an elaborate dinner, do your laundry or take the dog to the vet during the day. I work too -- just at home :-)


I don't know how it works for anyone else, but that's what I have to do to keep myself from getting overwhelmed!

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm
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Thank you Deb!!! I'm going to try and do this.  For my one job (the MT work) I can do this without any problems, but my side business (Avon) I find it very difficult to leave that in the office (we too have a separate room in our home now) because that is almost a 7-day thing. My hours for the MT work can fluctuate, but I'm striving to get on a schedule. 


"to pretend that I do not work from home."


That has to be the BEST quote and I say it all the time.  Many friends and family up here (I had my family and friends down in FL trained - LMAO) just assume that because I work at home, I am available for them all times.  I think they are slowly learning.  : )

Posted on May 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm
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I do!  I have 2 work-from-home jobs, so I'm pretty much here all the time.  I work as PW's Community Coordinator, and I'm also a Director with Thirty-One.


I'm in the process of getting officially diagnosed, but I know for sure that I have ADD.  I have the hardest time staying focused and jump around from one thing to another constantly.  I'm lucky that my jobs are flexible, but it's still so frustrating.

Posted on May 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm
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@Becca: Maybe you could dedicate a couple hours a day for Avon stuff? Tell yourself that you will check/return emails, place orders, etc. during that timeframe and then don't get tempted to work on it any other time!


@Laura: One of my biggest challenges working from home is getting distracted. Sometimes it is very dangerous having a job that requires me to be on the computer all day (with no one physically looking over my shoulder). I would SO much rather be on PW, Pinterest or just browsing the web. Many times, I end up doing that anyway when I have work to do. It's horrible!

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm
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@Laura - I have ADHD and I can definitely relate to having a hard time staying focused, jumping around from thing to thing.  I'm currently researching other opportunities that allow me to work at home, as the medical transcription thing seems to be at a lull. 


@Deb - That sounds like a plan.  I can definitely relate to not having anyone looking over your shoulder to make sure you are working.  I'm pretty good at that.  My downfall sometimes is that I've always been a workaholic (a way to cope with family issues) and it is hard for me sometimes to take a step back and have down time.  I'm learning though. 


 


This are awesome suggestions and thoughts!  Thanks so much ladies!!!

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 4:04 am
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This probably doesn't count but I'm going to start working from home one day a week in June lol I already laid the ground rules to the FI. No home stuff during work hours! He understoon but we'll see. Everyone says its not as good as it sounds at my job who does work from home once a week lol We shall see!

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 4:44 am
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Ugh...I literally have 13 tabs open right now.  And that doesn't include the Word and Excel documents that are minimized at the bottom of my screen.  I really need to get a handle on this.  :-/

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 5:24 am
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That sounds like me sometimes, although I am being forced to look for other work, as my MT job has slowed down barely to a trickle.  If anyone knows of anything work-at-home, please let me know.  I would appreciate it!!!

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 7:31 am
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I would love a work from home job - I've been trying to find one for the past few months but it's proving difficult at the moment.  I currently work two jobs in completely different areas.  I can understand all the distractings that you have from working at home though, even when I do paperwork at home, I still get easily distracted!!

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 1:13 am
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One of the biggest problems I have encountered over the years is that some people think that because I work at home, I'm available to watch their homes, watch their adult children (long story), etc.  I always make a joke with DH that my friends and family in Florida were so much easier to train that even though I was at home, I did have a job and was not available 24/7.


It is taking a little extra for my neighbors up here and the in-laws, but I am starting to think that if I just ignore them, they will eventually get the hint.  LOLOL

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 5:41 am
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I would love to work at home and actually that is my eventual goal so hats off to you Becca! My ideal is to have my own crocheting business making children items, I just have to stay focused. When I get in my zone, I get so many orders I have to say no! People don't even think I make the stuff, so I know I have a good chance of this becoming a success. I kind of lost my mojo when I found out I couldn't have kids. I think I always knew in the back of my mind that I couldn't, which is why I found comfort in making the items. I can make just about anything, I just prefer making items for children newborn to five years. I am getting some of my zest back and I actually have some orders to fill. Keep your fingers cross that one day you will see my business bloom!

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 7:50 am
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That's awesome Tressy!!! I have been asked by a few friends to make things for them, so I'm crossing my fingers for both of us!!!

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:18 am
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It has been a dream of mine for quite some time, but you know, sometimes life gets in the way and we forget our dreams. . So yes, cross your toes too! Lol.

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

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