Short stories about success in working from home .

  • I work in software procurement for a fortune 100 company and am fully remote. I actually didn’t even know it could be a remote job until after I joined. I started on a team of 5 people in the US and 15 people internationally. Eventually, everyone from the US quit and they were all replaced by internationals. Ever since then, I just stopped showing up to the office, moved about 900 miles away, and no one noticed or cared.

 

 

  • I’m a programmer and write software that I sell. Occasionally do freelance work to supplement income too.

What languages? and what type of programs?

Mostly web development software; I’ve written things like Live Chat applications, Survey Makers, and Project management scripts.

My language is mostly PHP, JavaScript and SQL + (HTML+CSS)

 

  • I’m a fiction writer. My house is paid off and my cars are paid off, and I live debt free. I paid those things off thru a low-paying, soul-sucking corporate job.

Now I write fiction full-time. It doesn’t make a lot of money (yet), but I make enough doing it, that it pays the bills. Barely. Since I have no debt and everything is paid off, I don’t have many bills, though, so I manage.

It’s hard work, solitary, and I sometimes miss having co-workers but fuck corporate life. That shit sucked. Now I have no commute. No office politics. No meaningless meetings. No dress code.

But I do treat my writing like a job. Wake up 8:30 am, come into my home office, and I write for 10-12 hours a day. On my breaks, I’m on Reddit or in my home gym, getting fit as fuck.

 

I own a semi-large subscription based website for a particular game, the site gets around 5k unique a day which converts to around $1k/month in pure earnings after expenses. The site requires around 15-30 minutes of my time daily. Hence, I am starting another one on a different niche soon, hope it takes off as well. Residing in a third world country, it’s enough to live a decent lifestyle. I also help manage PPC and Social media for a few businesses from time to time the pay is not great around $100-150/month for 1 business, but I spend like 30 minutes max per day on them so guess it’s decent? Also, have quite a few small ventures like Youtube, Android apps which add up to around $100-200/month, recently hit 1 Million ad impressions on Google Adsense which feels good. Landing clients for small gigs like PPC, SMM, SEO, especially for someone who is not from a native English country is tough IMO, I can go months without clients only because of the time investments I made to grow my own online businesses mentioned above and not rely on landing clients.

Do you mind giving some details on the game?

I basically saw something I played regularly during my college, am good at, and made guides for the game. How to do x, top x ways to make y, x things you’re doing wrong.

Around 400 articles all of around 200-400 words, images, screenshots and relevant videos later 95% of my traffic is purely organic. I cannot reveal much beyond that as it’s a very unsaturated niche which I would love to keep profiting from.

Where does the subscription based part of this come into play?

I have subscribers only section which only people who pay get access to, basically the “good stuff”. Also, subscribers are put into my email list where I send them weekly snapshots of my process, over the shoulder view if you will. Basically, provide as much value as you can for these type of deals, I offer a full refund if they aren’t happy, had no refund requests so far. I try to mention about my subscribers only section as much as I can in my normal articles so that visitors are aware it exists and the tremendous value it provides, basically sellout at every opportunity you get!

 

 

  • Video game development. I saved up a little money while working through college. Then immediately after I graduated I went into no life mode to get a game into an early access releasable state, which has funded me through the rest of its development so far. I work with two other people on it, and we all work from home out of necessity because we can’t afford the cost of and office. I enjoy it though. The biggest benefit is the lack of commute time. I can get so much done in the time that would normally be wasted driving.
  • Real estate investing. Fix and flips, wholesaling and occasional agent stuff when I can find the time.

 

How much of your time is home vs out looking for properties or overseeing your flips? Do you have a general contractor or handle that yourself?

A ‘day in the life’ would be boring as hell for most since HGTV makes us all look like we are either rolling in piles of cash, running around with our heads cut off, or swinging the hammer ourselves. I spend 80% of my time on acquisitions, maybe 15% on current projects and the other 5% on raising new money for more projects. I don’t have a GC, I do have some experienced crews and subs who, for the most part, don’t need to be babysat. I pick out the finishes, put in large materials orders, and maybe go out to the job site 2-3x per week for 10-15 minutes at a time.

My first hire will be a project manager who can do most of this part for me, so I can focus on actual growth, getting more deals and more money lenders and let the PM take over the day to day babysitting.

 

How do you get started? I just bought my first property, and have always been interested in buying and flipping a house, or just using houses as rental properties. Any advice to give to someone afraid to take the leap of faith? I have the capital

I started out taking crap jobs with any agent or investor I could find in order to learn the ropes. Countless hours of reading, many investors I bought lunch for or coffee, anything I could to get started. Later on, when great online resources became available, I read everything I could from those too. I finally had to take the leap, and I bought my first flip with someone I partnered with. They had the capital but no deals, I had a deal but no capital. Match made in heaven! We made $44k on that flip, and I haven’t looked back since. I know getting started is daunting, PM me if you have any specific struggles that I may be able to help you with!

 

  • I’m self-employed as a website marketer – specifically SEO.

There are 2 arms to my business, I deliver social media and SEO training to small and large companies (local and the UK) and freelance via People Per Hour.

Clients can buy my time for video Skype consultations globally, I troubleshoot and also train over Video Skype.

I have a portfolio of local clients plus clients I’ve never met. Working from home was a big plunge, attracting a client base generating an income to pay the bills was daunting at first. 3 years down the line I’ve doubled my turnover year after year.

As a sole trader, I think I’ll plateau next financial year as my business model is perfect for me on my own, as in I don’t want to employ/train anyone.

My biggest downfall is kinda being on call whenever I have a mobile device and not taking enough time away from my desk. The biggest advantage is that I can start work at 6 am and finish at 2 pm, or go run errands in the morning and work into the evening.

I’m so grateful for my situation. Also, the chores get done on and off during the day, plus bonus cat time