Working from Home: advice?

  1. Does anyone here work from home?? I am trying to decide whether or not to accept a job offer as a case manager working from home. I really want the job EXCEPT that it would be working from home. I am afraid this will get isolating/boring, as I will be stuck in my apartment all day and have no colleagues to talk to (besides over the phone). The pay is great (15k more than I make now) and I really want to get into case management. Thoughts???

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    About ivyleaf, ASN, RN

    Joined: May '09; Posts: 269; Likes: 81
    RN; from US
    Specialty: 9 year(s) of experience in ambulatory care, psych, case management


  3. by   nurseprnRN
    i have been doing this in one form or another for 18 years, and you could not make me go back to working in an office or hospital. first, you can generally schedule your own time-- imagine the freedom to go to the dentist mid-week, shop for your kid's birthday present, or take a walk every afternoon. and no weekends, holidays, or night shifts. for me, the freedom is worth more than the money, and the money ain't too bad.

    the major challenge is socialization. if you're really a major socialite you might miss the chit-chat of a brick-and-mortar workplace. i don't. i found that it didn't take too long to make a lot of new work friends online, on the telephone, and with email. a fifteen minute "coffee break" chat with a buddy on the other side of the country is pretty nice, and cheaper than starbucks. when we do get together a few times a year, it's really terrific.

    i also love not having to get dressed up-- saves a ton of money on shoes, nylons, and dry cleaning. :d

    last, i like being able to do my work and be done with it, and not punch a clock.
  4. by   LollygaggerRN
    I worked from home for a while-not in nursing-but as a casemanager in a different area. I hated it and would never do it again. Part of it may have been the fact that I had a toddler at home and I depended on his nap time so I could make important phone calls and what not. If he didn't nap I was screwed. I hated the fact that there was no schedule and no separation between home and work. I felt that I could never get away from it.

    It seems to work well for a lot of people, though. Like the previous responder mentioned, it does offer you a ton of freedom and it is nice to be able to work in your jammies.

    Good luck!
  5. by   stargazer88
    Where would one go to find these positions?
  6. by   nurseprnRN
    insurance companies that do work comp and liability claims, and case management companies, mostly. most of them have online application sites, but you can also call and ask to speak to the case management manager.
  7. by   JerseyBSN
    After 18 years of pounding the floor, I'd take it in a heartbeat. Trick is to spend time outside socializing with others.