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MartezJ 08-17-2014 07:15 AM

Jobs where you can set your own hours?
 
How's it going guys? Do telecommuting jobs allow you to set your own hours? I have had my fair share of work from home jobs over the past few years, mainly general transcription jobs and found that the work was not lucrative enough for me. I currently work a regular full-time job but am looking to work another full-time job. The only thing is I need a job that will allow me to come and go as I please. Even if I have set hours, I need to ability to call in and take off whenever I need to. So basically let's say I am expected to work 9-5 at the job; that's fine but I want it to be on a day by day basis so I want to be able to call in to work when I am ready and take off when I need to. Is this even possible or realistic? Any help is greatly appreciated.

danasurvey 08-17-2014 10:43 AM

Writing type jobs are pretty flexible. Many are based on the project/article and you are given a deadline instead of specific hours to work.

MartezJ 08-17-2014 10:53 AM

Thanks Dana. I am wondering if anyone else has any ideas. What careers/jobs allow independent contractors or employees to create their own schedules?

WAHreviews 08-17-2014 07:12 PM

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Originally Posted by MartezJ (Post 3226559)
Thanks Dana. I am wondering if anyone else has any ideas. What careers/jobs allow independent contractors or employees to create their own schedules?

Basically any job where you have a marketable skill that wouldn't be found in a company that has high turnover like a call center. So if you're able to make programs, build websites, or write you can basically set your own hours. Employee based jobs that let you set your own hours are usually programming based where you don't need to be in the office. If you're just starting out I'd try out writersdomain and others like it.

malea 08-18-2014 04:55 AM

I would suggest looking in the "Advertise your business " section. With your own business you can choose your hours and your paycheck .

msuggitt 08-18-2014 07:35 AM

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Originally Posted by MartezJ (Post 3226533)
How's it going guys? Do telecommuting jobs allow you to set your own hours? I have had my fair share of work from home jobs over the past few years, mainly general transcription jobs and found that the work was not lucrative enough for me. I currently work a regular full-time job but am looking to work another full-time job. The only thing is I need a job that will allow me to come and go as I please. Even if I have set hours, I need to ability to call in and take off whenever I need to. So basically let's say I am expected to work 9-5 at the job; that's fine but I want it to be on a day by day basis so I want to be able to call in to work when I am ready and take off when I need to. Is this even possible or realistic? Any help is greatly appreciated.

I am wondering which of the general transcription companies you didn't find lucrative enough? Other than voice mail transcription or bidding/cloud work sites, most general transcriptionist work at the larger transcription companies allow experienced contractors to make at least $ 15+/hr and many have 12 - 24/hr turnaround time tables. So it may be worth your time to take another look into finding a better company vs changing careers.

that said, other than starting your own company or (some) phone sales, in order to make over $15/hr I think you will really need specific 'in demand' skills so you'll have to give us more information on what other skills you bring to the table. Even search engine raters will only avg 13.50/hr (not as much as a good transcriptionist)

best wishes let us know what you find

WAHreviews 08-18-2014 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by malea (Post 3226631)
I would suggest looking in the "Advertise your business " section. With your own business you can choose your hours and your paycheck .

The only thing about advertising in that area is that it really doesn't bring in much traffic, i'd suggest increasing backlinks, SEO, and using google adwords if you have an idea of what terms are being searched. but if they have the extra money, using the advertise your business section isn't a terrible idea, just not the best return on investment.

Robin Bull 08-18-2014 12:31 PM

Well, it depends on the company. I see a difference between telecommuting and freelancing. I was a partial telecommute employee for a data company once. I worked FOR them and no one else. Sometimes I worked on site and sometimes I worked from home.

As a freelancer, I have many clients. I set my own schedule (for the most part).

MartezJ 08-18-2014 02:02 PM

Awesome advice guys, thank you so much. One more question before I let this thread die, do call center jobs typically allow you to make your own hours?

elph 08-18-2014 07:33 PM

Independant Contractor
 
IC call center jobs let you choose your own hours in advance. Once chosen though, you can't back out on a whim. Employee call center jobs, no way. With EMP you bid for your shift and then you have that shift until the next bid.

maurice.cowell 08-20-2014 12:50 AM

There are a few call centers that allow you to choose your schedule that works best for you. With writing jobs, you can freely choose when you can work, as long as you are able to deliver what you have written on time. Most online jobs I know actually lets you choose freely your desired schedule.

sadonathan8839 08-21-2014 04:13 PM

I used to work at a call center an hour from my house and it was like the person said earlier I bidded on my shift and sometimes I got it or close other times not at all. After 2 years I got an evening shift when I needed at least midday shift.

I put in my notice and started looking for a call center at home. Based on one youtube video in particular I joined Arise. Some may not like them but honestly I love it. Best decision for me. I currently service At&t but have considering doing two just to have a backup. I have not been there long about 3 months. I have almost got all the bonuses for my dept and I pick my hrs in 30 min blocks. So I work until just before my kids get off the bus. And I work till noon on Sat and Sun or later if I want a full weekend day. I usually take all Thursday off so I have a weekday too. I am making more than my previous call center job which feels crazy.

I know there are other companies but Arise is the only one I have tried and knock on wood have had a great experience. But there is like liveops, west, and alpine access, and some other ones. For me this is better than intermittent writing work or something like that. It is something I can count on and I still do whatever other things in my spare time as now I plan my work around my life vs my life around my work.

Riverside 08-21-2014 08:08 PM

sadonathan8839, when you say you pick your hours in 30 min. blocks, do you get to pick them each day? Or do you have to pick them, say, a week in advance?? Or some other time frame??

I am hoping to find a flexible call center job. It would be great to find one that just lets you log in whenever you want to. I wonder if any of them do that? My days are usually so up and down -- I need something to where I could log in at different times each day...if that's possible. Are you able to pick your hours day by day?

MartezJ 08-23-2014 07:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Riverside (Post 3227284)
sadonathan8839, when you say you pick your hours in 30 min. blocks, do you get to pick them each day? Or do you have to pick them, say, a week in advance?? Or some other time frame??

I am hoping to find a flexible call center job. It would be great to find one that just lets you log in whenever you want to. I wonder if any of them do that? My days are usually so up and down -- I need something to where I could log in at different times each day...if that's possible. Are you able to pick your hours day by day?

Exactly. That is what I am looking for because when you think about it, many part-time; brick and mortor jobs allow you to make your own schedule by calling in to work everyday, so I am wondering if there are any work from home job positions like that. Hmmm....


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