posted on Nov, 24 2013 @ 08:01 PM
I telecommuted starting back in the mid 1980s as a medical transcriptionist, one of the first jobs you could actually do that way. Worked great when
the kids were little, I could adapt to their schedules and illnesses, etc.
It's very isolating but good for an introvert; I just decided how much money I needed to make on a daily basis, sat down and cranked that out, and
was done for the day. Decent money back then but now it's been taken over by voice recognition and a lot of the national transcription companies are
corrupt. One of the ones I worked for, the principles were indicted and got jail time for billing the hospitals more than the work we did, and
shaving some off what they were paying us, on top of that. It was a huge scandal at the time, but the class action lawsuit we won only paid out about
$50 after the lawyers took the rest. :-(
My final job was with Kaiser in-house and they were very good to work for; I had a bit of a commute but met a lot of nice people and was treated
fairly by the company; it was a union shop and once they brought in VR, they paid us quite nicely to 'go away quietly', so now I'm kinda retired
and just waiting on social security to kick in.
If I had it to do over again, I'd set up an aquaponics venture in my backyard, sell high end organic produce to local restaurants and only work a few
hours a week. I may just do that now except I live in an area that's pretty rural and remote. I would encourage ANYone who needs a job or income
stream to look into it.