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July 4th, 2010, 10:00 PM
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Hello! I'm Cathy and am mostly active on the Sept 09 PR. I am currently active duty military, but will be separating after 13 years in Jan 11. My DH and I and our 3 kids live in Fairfax, Virgina, which is very expensive. We are very settled here and don't plan to move anytime soon. My DH has a good job, but we depend on my salary for the mortgage, cc bills, ect... I will be recieving VA benefits once I separate, but I won't know how much until 2 months after separation. I have worked HR and personnel security for the past 13 years. I have a high clearance, and although I know I could find a job quite easily with my resume, my true desire is to be able to stay home with my baby, and future babies. I have thought of possibly working part-time, but with daycare costs, I don't know if we could make it. Just to pay the mortgage, I would have to bring in $30,000 a year. Is that even possible with a WAH job? Honestly? Or am I just grasping at straws and need to find a full time position? Thank you in advance for any insight, I really do appreciate it!!


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July 5th, 2010, 07:09 AM
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Hi there and welcome!

In all honesty it is going to be hard to make that kind of money from working at home, at least initially. It's not impossible but it's difficult. It depends a lot on the kind of work you are looking for and whether you are able to find a good work at home position. Many people who work from home do it for an extra income rather than a main income, but it is possible to make a full-time living working at home.

My DH actually works from home full time and makes a lot more than he did working in retail. However, he built up his work from doing a small amount a month to leaving his 'day job' over the course of about 5 years. He loves working from home but it isn't easy.

take some time to look through the archives of this board for some ideas about the kinds of jobs you are interested in doing and see how much others have been able to earn from them. What kind of area(s) are you most interested in looking into?

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July 5th, 2010, 09:50 PM
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Yeah I'd have to say that it's unlikely unless you work for a company that allows you to work hourly from home or something along those lines. I do transcription work which pays relatively well and even doing that full time I only do between $25,000 and $30,000 a year and 30 is PUSHING it, it's typically closer to 25. If that's the MINIMUM you need to bring in, I'm not saying ot scrap the WAH idea all together but I'd definitely start thinking of outside the home options too and maybe seeing about a job that woudl allow you to work from home 2-3 days a week.
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July 6th, 2010, 10:00 AM
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July 6th, 2010, 09:54 PM
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I agree that you might not be able to bring in that much. What kind of at home job were you interested in? I think depending on what you start up, you might be able to make that much later on, but not right away.
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