Work from Home - Morrisville,PA

Updated on May 30, 2017
L.S. asks from Morrisville, PA
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I had recently asked about side job ideas and realized how I was specific enough! I have no clue how to edit a post so I made a new one.

I am looking for work at home tye jobs or something similiar. I work part time on the weekends and my husband works full time during the week. Another job outside of my house would be hard for me to get simply because of scheduling around the two kids.

I am free during the days with the exception I have my one year old all day. We do not wish to put him in daycare. I don't have a whole lot of skills. I did daycare for 4 years. I can type pretty well.

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas. It would be a great help! Looking online you never know the scams you find.

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answers from Santa Fe on

Hmmm. I always hired someone to watch my little ones when I worked from home. Or I did my work when they were in nursery school/preschool. Now they are both in school so I have tons of time. I'm not sure what you could do. Start a blog? Are you a good writer? Webpage work if you can get it. Child care? Pet sitting and dog walking? What I did was say to myself, ok self, what skills do you have? Since I have a graduate degree and at the time I had 15 or so years experience doing science research I found a job I could do from home (mostly) doing science research and writing. Then I found a job doing science editing from home. Then a job doing webpage work, writing, and proposal editing for a science research company. Look at your skill set and think about what you can do for someone that can be done from home. For me working from computers works great...but I have a lot of skills with data, writing, and research. You say you don't have a lot of skills. What if you watch one other baby about the same age as yours? When I first started working I hired a mom who had a baby the age of my son and she watched him while I worked part time. It was great for both of us.

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answers from Dallas on

Be careful around work at home things. Lots of stuff out there are scams. Never pay money for an opportunity.

Those of us who do work from home have earned that priviledge. It's hard, takes a lot of self motivation and discipline.

There are no jobs out there that will pay you to work from home if you have children and sometimes pets in the home. You would have to get daycare in order to work from home which would defeat your purpose.

If you're experienced in day care, why not take in 1-2 children to care for, after school care, etc, that sounds like your best bet plus you have experience from a child care center.

You would need to make sure this does not conflict with your husband's schedule or your family time.

Also look into budgeting. You might surprise yourself at what you can actually cut back and do without to save money for a period of time.

Best wishes to you

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answers from New York on

I work full time and from home three days a week, commuting into the office the other two. My employer had me sign a contract whereby some other adult would be responsible for any children under 10 during my working hours.

That said, you might be able to do "piecework" hem pants, water plants, walk dogs, organize rooms or closets, care for kids inside your home, be a companion for an elderly person, give language or music lessons, get certified in medical billing, make diaper cakes and other special party centerpieces. These side hustles take some effort to get established but can be done. Good luck to you.

F. B.

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answers from St. Louis on

They are all scams because it doesn't exist. Do you realize how little someone would have to pay you per hour to make it worth the work being secondary to your child? No one would take that type of job so it makes it easy for scammers to come in.

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answers from New York on

Some stay-at-home mothers do not realize how much "work" they are really doing!! "I am free during the day with the exception I have my one year old all day" - that sounds like plenty of work!

Also, do you clean your house? Do you cook meals? How old is your other child?

If you are just hoping to make a little more money and have a little more activity during the week, maybe one idea would be to wait til the one year old is in preschool and try to get a job in retail (for example at a childrens clothing store, which might also give you an employee discount on clothes for your children).

As others have said, though, employers generally believe that stay-at-home mothers spend a fair amount of time caring for their children, so they tend to have rules requiring SAHMs to make childcare arrangements before allowing any work from home. So you might as well just figure that *any* job you get - from home or not - will require you to make sure that someone else is watching your children while you work. (Unless you are doing childcare work, like running a playgroup that your children participate in.)

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answers from Norfolk on

Working from home is WORK without the commute.
You would need a baby sitter to watch the kids while you work.
You are not going to be feeding/changing/chasing kids while trying to type or talk on a phone (telemarketer jobs).
Working from home is the golden fleece that everyone looks for - and there are jobs out there - BUT you have to have a proven track record with an employer who then gives you permission to work from home.
You have to work your hours, be available for teleconference calls, make dead lines, etc.
I worked in an office environment for 15 years before I could work from home.
I enjoyed being a business analyst for 8 years before my job was off-shored.
That was 4 years ago and I have not been able to find another job like it.
I think you are going to have to do some home day care/baby sitting because that's the only way you'll be able to make some money while watching your own kids.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

Here's what I said before and I'm going to say it again.

Your husband works nights. HE NEEDS TO SLEEP DURING THE DAY, that is HIS nighttime.

Work at home means that you have set hours when you are on THEIR clock, you are not allowed to go change a diaper, fix lunch for the kiddo, hold them on your lap while you work, you have to put your child in child care when you work from home.

You need to put your child in childcare and get a job.

Don't you think we'd all be working from home if there were actual employers that allow mom's to have their kids at home when their working at home?

No employer will pay you to watch your child at home and shuffle their work around so you can go play with your little one every little bit.

So no, there isn't any sort of job like that at home. Not from an employer outside of your home.

Things you can do to make money at home are hard to come by and I can tell you, those women put their kids in childcare and they work regular shifts.

You can't do childcare in your home to make extra money because your husband is sleeping and extra kids, if his own doesn't already, will keep him awake or wake him up.

Questions like this one set us off. Sure, who doesn't want someone to hand them money so they can sit at home with their kid? That's not the real world.

The real world means you have a child, you have a husband who works nights, you want more money. It's not going to happen unless you find childcare and go fill out applications for part time or full time employment. Your husband can't watch your child. If you don't have a friend or family member in the area you live that will watch your child for your, at a comparative rate you'd pay a child care facility, then you have no choice except to put your child in child care like millions of other moms do and go to work in the regular workforce.

If you sew or have other crafting skills you could spend a lot of your household money and buy stuff to sell online. My sister has an Etsy shop and she's in the black every year. BUT she was in the red for a few years getting started and buying up fabric, embellishments, and more.

When Hobby Lobby has things on sale that she uses she stocks up, that's not income, that's spent money that she had to pull out of the household income. So you'd have less money for a few years but in the long run you would be able to get an order, fill it immediately and ship it out that day or the next.

I make jewelry. I have stones that I want to cut into slabs, slabs ready to be cut into Cabochons, some stones already cut and polished, silver, copper, a little bit of gold but I don't like gold overall so I just hate working with it, and all my tools ready to go. If someone wants a piece I draw up a design and show them the stones I have ready, if none of those work I look to my slabs, then we agree on a design, I give them a price, and I make it in a day or two and ship it to them.

I go to rock and mineral shows all over the central USA and buy slabs and I also go out and pick up stuff on digs that I find and like.

I work all the time at jewelry. I watch for sales on silver and other metals, I check prices per ounce on those things all the time, I am always "on the job" mentally. I have to save up to buy big tools like my saws, my Pixie, my faceting machine, and all the stuff that goes along with that.

If I was doing well enough at this that I was actually able to see profit and have extra money I'd probably set up a savings account to buy a concave faceting machine. I LOVE how those stones look. I have a few that were purchased at rock and mineral shows but I haven't found a set that does them justice yet.

Work at home jobs are work. They are not stuff to do when you feel like it. The employer expects you to be working and available every minute of your day and your child is in the way. They will expect you to have her care set up.

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answers from Houston on

Sweetie you do realize that working from home is working right but out of your house? Most people I know that work from home started in an office and was able to transition to their home office. Do you have an office that you can use? If not, that will be an issue.

What do you propose to do with your one year old? If you are answering phones or something, are you going to have a screaming child in the background?

Honestly, I think your expectations are unrealistic. My husband works from home most of the time and let me tell you he works. There would be NO WAY that he could work and take care of a one year old.

I agree with Wild Woman. Perhaps going back to school to learn a skill or trade would benefit your family. However, if yall need money, you might need to look at a full time job and putting your child in daycare.

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answers from Sacramento on

I have worked from home for 16 years. It was impossible to have the kids at home when I worked when they were younger. Honestly, it isn't that great when they're home on school breaks and they're 10 and 14 now. Kids, no matter what age, demand attend. Forget it with a child that isn't even school-aged. I had daycare when I worked from home when they were younger. Clients would not have hired me if I'd had a child at home distracting me from my work or screaming on important phone calls.

Working from home seems ideal on the surface, but as others have noted, it's simply moving a real job from an office to a home. You're going to need to be 100 percent focused on work, which means any child at home will be neglected.

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answers from Washington DC on

You realize that working from home is WORKING right?

I've been working from home for 15 years. When my kids were younger? I put them in day care because I was WORKING.

I would suggest instead of looking for a "work from home" job? you go back to school and get educated and skills in a field that you enjoy and will be happy to do. Your counselors at the school can help you find what sparks you and also give you leads to companies that allow remote work.

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answers from Boston on

To edit a question, go to your account/profile and scroll down, where you will see your prior question(s). Scroll down below your most recent posted question and you'll see "edit" and then you can either
a) add "ETA" at the bottom (Edited To Add) without changing the content of your original question, or
b) click on the "So What Happened" button and put your details there.

Re this new question, you still haven't posted anything about your skills and work history, so we don't know what you are good at, experienced at or bored by! So everyone is just guessing wildly at what you might know how to do!

People are suggesting that you do child care, but it seems to me that your husband works the late shift and may be sleeping during the day. You also, for best results, would want to be licensed (which takes time and money and compliance) unless you have a bunch of friends who know you and really want you to watch their kids.

I work at home and know lots of people who do, in many fields. My husband has worked at home for 20+ years. But none of us try to do it with young kids at home, either distracting us or making noise. So you need day care for your child, and that means that you need to make enough at your 2nd job to cover those costs.

You could consider being a school bus driver, a job that allows you to put your 1 year old in a car seat if there are seat belts on the bus. Advantages are that you work the school calendar and have snow/vacation days off. But you need a stellar driving record and have to be able to handle a large vehicle (and you need a special license as well as a physical/doctor clearance plus things like a TB test).

As mentioned on your prior question, gyms and YMCAs often need babysitters for their members who are in exercise classes or using the pool, and you can bring your toddler. But they depend on you, so you can't just bail out every time your little one is sick (and you can't bring a sick child there either).

If you have other skills (proofreading, sewing, etc.), great, but you have to have a way to market yourself and advertise your services - and that takes time, creativity and often money. If you do court transcription or medical billing/coding, that can be done sometimes once kids are in bed - but if you had those skills, I assume you'd know about the requirements and how to find the jobs. You can get some training for things like billing/coding, but that costs money and you need child care while you go get trained. And any jobs like these are based on short projects - so that means there are times when there is no work, so you have to budget accordingly.

Doing crafts to sell requires an investment in materials and then fees for booths at fairs and so on - and those book out way ahead of time, and many are juried so you have to be unique and more skilled that someone else doing something similar.

So here we are, back to the beginning - what do you know how to do?

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answers from Columbus on

I worked as a search engine evaluation for a crowdsourcing company. (Lionbridge, Leapforce, etc.) It's a legitimate job that paid about $15 per hour, and you can work the hours that are most convenient for you. You could probably do it with a one year old at home, but it is detailed work that requires some thought. You need to have a decent computer with high speed internet.

After you apply for the job, if you're application is accepted you're sent a qualifying exam packet. It took me about 5 hours to read through the packet and take the exam. A large percentage of people don't pass it, but you're usually give the opportunity to retake it.

After passing the exam, you can start working. You're an independent agent, and you're responsible for tracking your time and submitting a time sheet. They pay once a month, and I never had an issue with getting what was owed to me.

The caveat is that they do have auditors that monitor the quality of work. And it makes sense that they do. After all, it's a legitimate job and they need to maintain quality levels so that their clients continue to use them. However, if there was ever an issue with my work (for example if I was misinterpreting directions), they always let me know and gave me the chance to rectify the situation.

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