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« on: September 29, 2006, 11:05:54 PM »

Are there even any work from home jobs out there anymore? Something where I can sit back and type/file reports/do whatever via the comfort of my own laptop? I'm frankly tired of the 9 to 5 going nowhere job I have now and I need to get out of it before I go insane.

Even some Google searches would be a start. Apparently my Google-fu is lacking right now.
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2006, 12:04:35 AM »

I see commercials on TV for work at home jobs and the people claim monthly salaries that would put their annual income at $100,000+ while still working "part-time".  And then the announcer says to visit some website like 94job.com or 97easywork.com  The whole thing seems very suspicious.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2006, 12:18:36 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2006, 12:42:51 AM »

Quote from: ScubaV on September 30, 2006, 12:04:35 AM

I see commercials on TV for work at home jobs and the people claim monthly salaries that would put their annual income at $100,000+ while still working "part-time".  And then the announcer says to visit some website like 94job.com or 97easywork.com  The whole thing seems very suspicious.

One of my problems indeed. What's legit and what's not? Short of lots of Google searches, anyway.
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2006, 01:00:24 AM »

I used to do data entry from home for one of the CD wholesale companies.  Was a pain in the ass and tedious but easy.  I'd go pick up a few days worth of work from a local distribution place, then just type it all in, save to disk and take it all back.  They paid per piece and you had to really get some serious speed going to get any kind of good hourly rate.  I'd imagine any work at home other than a 'real' job that just lets you work from home wouldn't be a very good deal.
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2006, 01:58:41 AM »

Quote from: Harkonis on September 30, 2006, 01:00:24 AM

I'd imagine any work at home other than a 'real' job that just lets you work from home wouldn't be a very good deal.

Know of any 'real' jobs then that allow one to work at home?

Methinks I just need to hit the want ads this weekend and look around.
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2006, 12:49:08 PM »

Quote from: Destructor on September 30, 2006, 01:58:41 AM

Know of any 'real' jobs then that allow one to work at home?

Methinks I just need to hit the want ads this weekend and look around.

It's rare to be hired into them.  What usually ends up happening is that you work for someone for a while and do such a damn good job at it that you can spring "you know, with all of my family requirements these days I'm thinking about retiring/cutting back...unless perhaps we could work something out where I could work from home?"  If you are indespensible enough to the company and the job really doesn't lose anything by not being in an office, a lot of employers will oblige. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2006, 01:08:35 PM »

You could sell real estate. Many agents I know have nicely equipped home offices and only need to go into the "main" office once a day for an hour or so.

Of course, your weekends and evenings are shot to hell, but at least you're out and about and not tied to a desk.
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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2006, 02:57:35 PM »

There are some, but I doubt they'd be entry-level. For instance, in the financial services industry, there are a handful of "branch" employees that are specialists - mortgages, small business, investment - that spend half of their time working from home, and the rest in-branch or on-site. But they're specialists, they've been in the industry for years.


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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2006, 08:40:07 PM »

I talk pretty for the tech industry and can work from home just about any day I want.  If I was at a company that did not have an office 1 hr from my Condo, I'd home office it 100% of the time.

That being said, there is also the trade off of lots of travel to meet customers and the whole "sales" rigmarole, but overall I feel quite fortunate with my job and wouldn't trade it for the world.
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« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2006, 09:24:16 PM »

Quote from: Destructor on September 29, 2006, 11:05:54 PM

Are there even any work from home jobs out there anymore? Something where I can sit back and type/file reports/do whatever via the comfort of my own laptop? I'm frankly tired of the 9 to 5 going nowhere job I have now and I need to get out of it before I go insane.

Even some Google searches would be a start. Apparently my Google-fu is lacking right now.

If you find one, let me know.. My contract ran out, and frankly, nobody seems to be hiring anymore.  Michigan is even worse, layoffs and firings, no hirings.  122 resumes later, and well, nothing.  thumbsdown thumbsdown  It's dead jim.
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« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2006, 04:12:28 PM »

Quote from: Kobra on October 02, 2006, 09:24:16 PM

If you find one, let me know.. My contract ran out, and frankly, nobody seems to be hiring anymore.  Michigan is even worse, layoffs and firings, no hirings.  122 resumes later, and well, nothing.  thumbsdown thumbsdown  It's dead jim.

My contract ran out on Friday and I'm playing Michigan roulette: sending out tons of resumes and not getting a single bite.  It's a sad time to be an IT guy around here.
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« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2006, 10:48:47 PM »

One of my good friends is an IT guy, the company he worked for closed up a couple weeks ago, no warning, no severence, nothing...  He was contract based there, so he is unable to collect unemployment. 50 resumes later, not even a single call. My sister owns a Molly Maid type cleaning company, they've lost 30% of their customers, and she was forced to lay off 11 cleaning ladies that work for her this month.  If it keeps up, she will be forced to close up the company. Things are dire here and worse, I just heard that GM might announce closures again, they had a closed meeting today and reports are, not good.  Sales were down 12% company wide this month.

I am really at a loss at this point, it seems like employers are taking advantage of the desperation around here, and paying shit salaries, and requiring an obnoxious level of experience and college..  For example, one that fits my expertise and college, but;

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Account Manager/Business Executive
DMS - (Direct Marketing Services)
Base Pay: $41,800

REQUIREMENTS
Must have 10 - 15 years related experience and training.
Master's Degree required.
Must possess thorough knowledge of Equifax products and solutions.
Must display proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Must possess in-depth knowledge of the industry and marketplace.
Must demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills.
Must have ability to work independently.
Must be well-versed in consultative selling skills.
Must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

10-15 years experience?  Masters Degree?  Knowledge of some obscure product and solution?   Then you want to pay them 41K?  I did the same thing a couple years ago and made 100K.  Yeah, thats being realistic..  Roll Eyes  Thats the kind of shit I am running into around here, employers are being real pricks about the market.
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« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2006, 01:59:54 AM »

What I love is the hand-wringing about the technically-skilled people leaving the state.  Michigan isn't doing a good job at handling its transition from a manufacturing state to...whatever it's going to be.  There are a lot of people with a lot of skills and Michigan just doesn't have anyplace for us, so employers find cheap labor--and plenty of people are willing to do it. 

Here in Grand Rapids they're trying to change the city from furniture and manufacturing to a medical mecca.  I hope it works, but it'll be too late for me.  I have 2 weeks and then I'll have to start looking for a job in another state.  Might as well start now, I guess.

The alternative (and this is my attempt at dragging this thread back to its subject) is to stay in Michigan but abandon the IT field: inspired by http://www.wellfedwriter.com I'm firing up my long-time plan of kicking off my freelance writing/speaking/training business (after I redesign the website) and a little side project that just might keep us afloat.  Time will tell.
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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2006, 04:31:12 AM »

I have no idea if this would be a worthwhile (paying well) proposition, but for a brief time, after becoming disabled and having too much time on my hands, I considered - proofreading.  Try adding it to a search for the heck of it, maybe it would work, I really didn't follow up on it, so I have no clue if it is even feasible anymore, or would pay enough.

On the other hand, having a disability and staying home all day playing Final Fantasy XI is another alternative that I highly recommend... damnit though, Jim, you have to be pitiful AND get by the Social Security Administration!  icon_evil

Either way, good luck!
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« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2006, 04:58:36 AM »

Quote from: Qbe on October 04, 2006, 01:59:54 AM

What I love is the hand-wringing about the technically-skilled people leaving the state.  Michigan isn't doing a good job at handling its transition from a manufacturing state to...whatever it's going to be.  There are a lot of people with a lot of skills and Michigan just doesn't have anyplace for us, so employers find cheap labor--and plenty of people are willing to do it.

Michigan has highly skilled labor, I have been telling people that for years.  Brad Wardell at Stardock for example, insists there are no skilled people in Michigan, so he outsources a LOT to overseas.  I tried to point out when I worked there that Michigan has plenty of skilled people, but he cannot expect to attract them paying 30k a year!  You have to offer something more than a basic McDonalds manager wage.

I think Michigan still hasn't figured out what they want to become, as their manufacturing base is clearly on life support and ready to have the plug pulled.  Where does that leave everyone?  My guess, tourism ...  Tourism is already BIG in Michigan, sometimes I wonder why my taxes are so high if tourism is so big?  Why are my property taxes higher than my buddy in New Hampshire, a state without an income tax OR sales tax?  Michigan has been mis-managed as a state for decades...

The death of the job market in Michigan is transcending all career paths EXCEPT Health Care.. Nurses and Doctors are gainfully employed, and thank god my wife is in a high paying health care position.  She picks up the slack for my inability to find *ANY* position in Executive Level, Marketing, or whatever!  IT is clearly dead here, all of my IT pals are unemployed.  Retail is dead, even EBGames DM told me they aren't doing a hiring blitz this year - imagine that - only weeks way from Christmas, and they aren't planning on increasing staff!  Taco Bell isn't even an option because they bus up poor inner city people to work for $5.50 an hour at those places around here!

Quite honestly, I have tossed out ideas for starting 4-5 different businesses because I lack confidence in the ability of any business to be healthy in Michigan at this point and time.  So here I sit, tossing out resumes by the hundreds, and not a single job interview for anything I would remotely consider accepting.

Unfortunately, my buddy in North Carolina says his job market ain't much better, maybe it is spreading?
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« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2006, 09:57:30 AM »

If you're a good artist, you can find work anywhere, and a lot of freelance work can be done at home.  It's part of the reason why I chose this career, eventually I wanted to be there for my kids.
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« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2006, 11:49:11 AM »

I hope all of you looking find jobs.  The federal and state governments have very liberal work at home rules because they can hire more without adding more facilities.  The hard part is actually finding one of these jobs.  I think that it's going to be hard to find one of these jobs in the private sector though because most jobs that can be done remotely will be done where the costs are lowest.
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« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2006, 04:42:42 PM »

I did hear Pawn Shops in Michigan are experiencing 200-300% increases in business..  So I have been floating the idea of opening one of those, but I don't want some punk to come in with a gun and rob me.. LOL

Ebay Stores seem to be successful as well and there isn't one in this city.  There is a large segment of people out there that need to sell stuff, but don't understand computers or Ebay.  saywhat  I am yet not convinced this business model is sound.
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« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2006, 03:53:41 AM »

Might be old news, but I came across this article today : Four real jobs you can do at home      http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/CollegeandFamily/Raisekids/P142363.asp




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« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2006, 10:18:57 PM »

Quote from: monkyskunk on October 11, 2006, 03:53:41 AM

Might be old news, but I came across this article today : Four real jobs you can do at home      http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/CollegeandFamily/Raisekids/P142363.asp





From the information on the home page, the company I now work for (buy out last April) does the Call Center work at home described in this article.  At one point in time they had a number on that page of 10,000 agents.

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« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2006, 02:15:55 AM »

hey Kobra and Qbe would you be willing to uproot and move, I know with the experience you describe you could easily move to the Northern Va area and make a ton of cash, well you could move somewhere within an hour of Northern Va and commute and make a good amount of cash. Spotsylvania seems to be the nicest, not over developed area that a lot of folks are hitting up now. I know it would suck moving, but sometimes you just gotta go where the jobs are, especially since it seems like Michigan companies don't want to pay what you're worth. I also know that a lot of the companies in NOVA allow for work at home situations. Just a thought, as I've made several friends now who've left Michigan(lansing area) and now live here and one just moved to NC, but they are all much happier being out of what they called, "the Gray state".

As for work at home, I still think it's a myth. However, a good outside sales job tends to fix a lot of the 9-5 in the office blues.
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« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2006, 03:17:45 AM »

Quote from: Tebunker on October 12, 2006, 02:15:55 AM

hey Kobra and Qbe would you be willing to uproot and move, I know with the experience you describe you could easily move to the Northern Va area and make a ton of cash, well you could move somewhere within an hour of Northern Va and commute and make a good amount of cash.

We've toyed with the idea of moving out of the state, but we moved back here in 2001 because 95% of our families are here and we wanted our boys to grow up knowing them.

But things are looking up.  Tomorrow I have a job interview with a local company, and today I got an offer to work with a company in Maryland as a telecommuter.  My boys are happy with the prospect that I might be working at home again, and telecommuting would give time to work on my other projects as well.  It'd be very difficult to say "no" to that.
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« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2006, 08:29:37 AM »

Quote from: Qbe on October 12, 2006, 03:17:45 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on October 12, 2006, 02:15:55 AM

hey Kobra and Qbe would you be willing to uproot and move, I know with the experience you describe you could easily move to the Northern Va area and make a ton of cash, well you could move somewhere within an hour of Northern Va and commute and make a good amount of cash.

We've toyed with the idea of moving out of the state, but we moved back here in 2001 because 95% of our families are here and we wanted our boys to grow up knowing them.

But things are looking up.  Tomorrow I have a job interview with a local company, and today I got an offer to work with a company in Maryland as a telecommuter.  My boys are happy with the prospect that I might be working at home again, and telecommuting would give time to work on my other projects as well.  It'd be very difficult to say "no" to that.

Wow, that is super, Qbe... Congrats and Great Good Luck as well.  Good things should happen to good people, lol!  icon_razz
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« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2006, 06:37:32 PM »

These are all openings at the company I work for in Southfield.  If anyone from MI is interested, PM me and I'll send the details of the positions, and I can submit your resumes.

Account Executive - Inside Sales (Commercial)
Bus & Data Management Analyst - Data Capture - DF
Bus & Data Management Analyst - Vehicle Coding
Bus & Data Management Analyst-Assembly - Data Fact
Business Development Manager - Level 4 (OEM)
Business Process Analyst (Global Initiatives)
Business Systems Support Analyst (BIS)
Customers Information Services Specialist (COVERS)
Data Analyst - Data Factory
Data Management Analyst - Dealer Services
Data Management Analyst - Vehicle Coding
Director, Finance Asia/Pac
IT- Programmer/Analyst (Software Services)
IT, Programmer Analyst (Production - OEM List)
IT, Programmer Analyst (Production-OEM Stat)
IT-Programmer/Analyst - OEM Prod. Stat.
Marketing Specialist
Media Account Manager - AIS
Mgr Data Capture & Standardization (Data Factory)
Mgr, App. Arch. and Dev. CoE/Lead Architect
Senior Business Development Manager - Direct Sales
Sr. Customer Development Executive (Dealer Direct)
Sr. Financial Analyst
Sr. Program Manager - P&S Production
Sr. Windows Administrator
Supervisor ETL (Data Factory)
Supervisor IT Polk Prod. Help Desk
Tech. Sales Support Specialist (P&S Productions)

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« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2006, 06:42:46 PM »

Jesus Bob, hook me up!  Who do you work for to have such a huge list of openings?  Offhand, heres the ones I would probably be fully qualified for:

Account Executive - Inside Sales (Commercial)
Customers Information Services Specialist (COVERS)
Marketing Specialist
Media Account Manager - AIS
Senior Business Development Manager - Direct Sales
Sr. Customer Development Executive (Dealer Direct)
Tech. Sales Support Specialist (P&S Productions)
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« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2006, 03:35:08 AM »

I looked these up on your company website.. BRUTAL requirements for experience/knowledge. I can do most of their educational requirements except the "Master Degree" tagged onto a lot of those.  But the 5+ years specific Automotive Experience I cannot touch.  No wonder they can't fill those positions, if they loosened some of their requirements, and didn't mind training people in automotive that already have broad marketing/B2B/sales backgrounds, they'd have better luck IMO.

I will try my luck with a resume regardless, but I have doubts as I have *0* exp in Automotive other than driving a car.   paranoid
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« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2006, 02:19:27 PM »

Quote from: Kobra on October 13, 2006, 03:35:08 AM

I looked these up on your company website.. BRUTAL requirements for experience/knowledge. I can do most of their educational requirements except the "Master Degree" tagged onto a lot of those.  But the 5+ years specific Automotive Experience I cannot touch.  No wonder they can't fill those positions, if they loosened some of their requirements, and didn't mind training people in automotive that already have broad marketing/B2B/sales backgrounds, they'd have better luck IMO.

I will try my luck with a resume regardless, but I have doubts as I have *0* exp in Automotive other than driving a car.   paranoid
I wouldn't worry about that. Those requirements are seldom filled. We just hired several BDMs for our group, these are the head sales guys responsible for drumming up several million in sales, that have no experience in the auto industry, and no experience selling data.  They were widget salesmen in past careers.
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