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Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:54 pm 
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So for the last 9 years or so, I have been pursuing a career in theater. I knew it would be hard, and it has been. I have worked sporadically in professional theater, but nowhere near what I would hope. And while I do think I will become more marketable as I age, I doubt performing will ever make me enough money to not need to do other work.

In the meantime, I worked as a tutor and as a tax preparer to make ends meet, mostly because it was very flexible and let me pursue theater. I am great at the subjects I tutor, and I am a pretty good tax preparer (especially compared to a lot of crazy shady folks out there) but I HATE dealing with clients. I hate how they expect miracles, hate students who can't be bothered, hate how little regard they treat my schedule, hate how they balk at paying me fairly, and most of all I hate it when I make a mistake and it turns into a whole big thing. I'm human, it happens, but understandably people get very upset when they have to deal with letters from the IRS or amending their returns. I used to work for a tax company, but they paid squat and were jerks about my hours. I work for myself, which means I don't have a boss to deal with, but it also means I'm the one who deals with upset or demanding clients all on my own. I try not to take things personally, but its really really hard not to. Tax season has only just begun, and I hate my life. I need to make a change.

But I have no idea what else I could do with myself. I have a BA in Poli Sci and Econ, but after a Senate internship in college I decided a life working in politics is not for me. I take it too personally, and especially now I don't think I could handle it. I was a teacher for a couple years and that was also horrible, I could never do that again. I am really not sure how well I would do in an office dealing with crazy coworkers and horrible bosses, especially if I wasn't really invested in what the company was doing. Ideally I would love to just work from home and deal with people as little as possible.

I don't need to make a ton of money, just be comfortable, and I would absolutely be willing to go back to school as long as I wouldn't need to take on so much debt that it wouldn't be worth it. I don't have any debt from undergrad so I could swing it. I just want to not despise my work and wake up every day dreading it. Ideally I would just spend all my time performing, but eating is fun.

So to sum up: I don't like dealing with people, I am good at math, and financial stuff, no trouble using computers for general purposes but not in any way technical, above average reading/writing/analytical skills. I like history, politics, economics, and being at home (though ironically I do enjoy traveling).

CF folks seem to be pretty good at thinking outside the box, and won't try to get me to factor kids into my decisions, so I would love to hear any suggestions you all have.


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Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:40 pm 
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Hmm, you've kind of got a problem, if you don't want to work for a boss or a big company, but you also don't want to interact with clients. In almost any job you kind of need to get money out of other people somehow, whether that involves having single clients pay for your services specifically, or having a company to act as a buffer between you and your clients.

I suppose there is theft, gambling, or playing the stock market that involves answering to no one, at least until something goes horribly wrong and you have to answer to the authorities or debt collectors. Would not recommend.

I'm not sure if I can offer any suggestions that would tick all your boxes. Maybe you could do contracting work for larger clients, like a local business? Might have less drama, and contractors, I believe, aren't technically employees or under the control of anything but their contract.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:17 pm 
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Hehe, I know, its why I'm having trouble coming up with ideas!

I think I could be ok with having a boss if I were working remotely/pretty independently. I just really fear having a regular office job because everyone I know with one has constant drama with either their coworkers or boss. I had a corporate jobs for a while, and I hated it. Either the work was stupid and pointless, or corporate was constantly issuing edicts that made my life harder.

Do you know what sort of services businesses might want to contract? It definitely might be easier dealing with businesses than individuals.


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Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:28 am 
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I am kind of in your situation. Since I moved to Chile, I always did different freelance things from home, I never had a permanent office job. Even at the job I quit last year I was classified as freelance (mainly not to pay our benefits I imagine) and I worked from home most of the time.
Then, I started a freelance opportunity in November that offered pretty steady work. Out of the blue, they offered me a permanent position in January when one opened up. After some thought I decided to give it a try. I did it mainly for the financial stability. The economy hasn’t been great and work has been pretty slow apart from what I had been doing for my current company. It probably didn’t help that my ex-boss didn’t take my decision to quit at all well and several of my clients for translation/editing work were friends of his – he had recommended me in the past. None has sent me any work my way since I quit.

I’ve been in the office for a week in a half. I was really nervous about the adjustment, but considering some offices I’ve worked in in the past, it’s decent – casual dress, relaxed environment, our team leader is easy to deal with. I like that I had the few months as a freelancer to get a feel for the job and boss, which meant I wasn’t going into it blind. Also, they have a policy that you can work from home once your manager feels you are sufficiently trained. It usually takes a few months. Two people from our team work from home, and I hope to get to that point soon. That is very rare for Chile, but I think they allow it because there are a lot of North Americans and Europeans and we are seen as more responsible employees.

Okay, that ended up being a novel, but I just wanted to say that I really understand how you feel. There seems to be a decent amount of information out there regarding what different companies are like to work for. Maybe you can do some research and try to find out what companies let people work from home.

As far as what types of work companies might hire you to do. I’d try to start thinking first about what skills you can offer. In my case, most of my freelance work has been in translation, editing and research. Some other things I have observed are graphic design, accounting, managing a company’s social media accounts.

Of course, at the end of the day, you are either answering to a boss or a client. In my experience there often isn’t so much of a difference.

Good luck!


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Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:33 pm 
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Thanks for the response, Zeca. I definitely followed your work saga, I am glad things are working out better for you!


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Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:24 pm 
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You could work from home as self-employed. That would minimize face-to-face interaction with prospective clients.

What services you will offer is up to your skillset and the market demand.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:49 am 
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Thanks, petragooch. If I have to work, and I do, it's really not a bad place overall. And, having a reasonable boss is a wonderful change. Imagine, if she asks me to make a change, she is nice about it and explains why it needs to be done, and gives suggestions on how to improve it, instead of yelling at me. I keep telling her thanks for the advice and the patience, and she always says, "that's what I'm here for."

The commute is kind of wearing me out, and March will be a pain because the brats go back to school, but hopefully by the end of March, I can work from home.

And of course, because it's always feast or famine, the journalist that worked with me at the job I quit is interested in me doing some translation work for her long-term for one of her clients. I gave her a quote, so we'll see what happens. She's still doing dome work for the ex psycho boss and I guess he continues to badmouth me. She didn't say it outright, but she said something like we can give the translations a try, but if it is too much for me along with my day job, just let her know, she won't take it personally and she'd still consider me a friend!


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Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:21 pm 
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That's really stupid situation. How are you doing now?

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Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:59 pm 
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What about getting into IT?


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