Working From Home and Making It Work | Is It Right For You?

by Merissa on March 24, 2012

in Frugal Living Tips, Make Money

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I've been working from home for about 3 years now. It's had it's ups and downs. I've had days where I look at the clock at 5 and wonder where the day went and then (rarely, but still sometimes) I have days where I count the minutes until work can be over.

Working from home has given me the freedom to make my own choices in who I work for, what I do, and when I do it. For the most part I can set my own pace and hours and if I have to take a break for a doctor's appointment or a grocery shopping trip my boss is usually willing to let me go. 😉

Income wise I've had months where I make nothing. Yes, $0. Some months I make enough extra to pay off some debt. It's an up and down roller coaster ride but I completely love it!

I've got a couple articles coming to you over the next week all about working from home. REAL working from home. Not those smiling, tanned, sitting by the beach jobs that you see on tv. (although I do occasionally get to sit on my porch and work!) Please feel free to ask questions of you have them and share your own experiences.

I'm going to start by telling you about my work at home journey and how I've gotten to where I am today.

3 years ago I was very unhappy with my job. I'm one of those crazies that actually enjoys working but I like challenges, and meeting deadlines, and figuring out unsolvable problems. The job I had just wasn't doing that for me, I needed a new challenge. The first thing we did before I quit was make a list of our bills. We knew that I wouldn't be making anything special if I started working from home so I wanted to be sure we could make it on hubby's salary alone. We cut out some unimportant things we were paying for, decided to make cutbacks in some areas, and we also figured how much we'd be saving on gas and work clothes for me to be working.

If you are looking to start your own company or start working from home, this is where I suggest you start. Sit down and do the following:

  • First talk it over with your spouse. It's a BIG change and it's important that you are both on the same page before you start down our next path. It's also good to have that support team built are going to need it.
  • Make a list of your bills and your spouses income. Do they make enough to cover it? Decide what categories you are willing to cut for a while. Create a new budget based on a single income. Don't expect to cut yourself a check for at least 6 months.

One you get past that part, if you determine that you are ready to take the next's time to start planning your career.

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1 Mark-Teresa Benter March 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

Very excited and hoping to get some good advice, I am currently a stay at home mom, we can live on one income but I miss the feeling that working helps fulfill, have no desire to go back in the work force. We have a 6 yr old and wouldn’t give up getting him to school and being here when he gets home from school. Or being here when he is sick or doesn’t have school for the day.


2 Alice March 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

I am feeling like you 3 years ago. But there is different. I lost my job 2 month ago. And now I am thinking about what I really want to do. Since I was 15 years old I dreamed about my own business. And now I am sure. I don´t like to sit in a office the whole day and doing stupid things. That is really no challange for me. I want tob be creativ and do my own thing. So I planned to start a half day job in a office and start my own businness half a day. Just to have a look that it will run. I am looking forward to your next posts “working at home” I am loving side. Please go on.

Best regards


3 Michelle Lancaster March 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm

When you make up a budget, it may be hard to do, but try to include all the potential savings from having one person at home. Technically, my husband and I, my parents, and two of my siblings all have “one income” families. The concept that both spouses need to “work” to earn money is a newer concept and not always the best option. For example, by staying home I have the time to cook our meals and process products (canning, drying, freezing, growing crops, etc.) that are free or cheap. That is a huge savings over buying all your meals and eating out!! We also make most of our own products (soap, cleaners, etc.) and raise all our own meat/eggs/dairy. With both of us working full (or even part) time there’s just not enough time in the day to do all that. So, not technically a “paying” job but definitely a “saving” job!


4 Elyse Barrier March 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Thanks, this is something we are considering…


5 Heather :) :) :) March 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I’m definitely interested in reading more about this. The job search has been really discouraging and more and more, I’m feeling the desire to work from home, if for nothing else it allows me to be my own boss!!! So thanks for the insight into what it really takes to do this. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 😉


6 Karin March 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I have been out of the job market for roughly 2 years, first from a layoff then an accident and surgery.
I have been thinking of starting a business or working from home as I have a child with an ASD and need the flexibility.
Am interested for this week’s articles


7 Jennifer March 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I have been working from home 1.5 years now and love the flexibility of it. Sometimes I wish it were more challenging, but it really works for me and my family right now, so I keep doing it. I can see in a few years though that I would be ready for a change.


8 Kendra March 27, 2012 at 9:06 am

Looking forward to reading more about this!


9 Angella sarver November 2, 2013 at 2:25 am

Could you send me the names of the work from home jobs? Like mystery shopping? Surveys ect. I read it on your blog but can’t find it now. Thanks so much. Angella


10 Merissa November 2, 2013 at 7:21 am

Angella, I have many more work from home ideas and companies listed on this page:


11 Debra August 25, 2014 at 9:07 am

Hello, This all sounds so good, for I am now looking for something to take , i have about 2 acres with a small tractor that we have that can do the work, i have some Cocktiels that i can start to breed and hand feed and sell, I am in the process of obtaining some chicks that i want to start for eggs, and also had a Spring garden that produced just the right amount for us to eat but not quite to put any back for freezing but this was the First garden I have ever had, so… didnt do too bad, lol.. I am so open for this new adventure in Life, Wanting to make and do things on our Own and also to beable to help out with our Bills, in some manner for I Love to Work with my Hands doing something..


12 Merissa August 25, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Good luck with everything Debra!


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