I applaud your willingness to continue to work while taking care of your family and home. It's a juggling match that we all struggle with, and there are opportunities to work from home in the coding field. But I'll be up front and let you know that I am not a proponent of working at home, particularly if you are thinking that this is a great way to avoid daycare costs.
I did want to point out some of the expectations that my hospital requires of their work at home staff. Not all companies may have the same rules, but the most reputable ones will be extremely concerned about security and compliance/
First, you must have a secure "office" site. You may not code from your unsecure home computer if it's setup so that your kids and spouse could have access to medical records. You'll need to be able to lock or otherwise secure the office and any other confidential paperwork when you are not in the office. In other words, you will not be able to work from your dining room table, on a laptop while watching the kids. I cannot imagine any professional coding agency that would allow such a compliance breach.
Our hospital is able to tell if you are actually "working", by monitoring your online and VPN activity. So if you think that you'll be able to quickly toss in a load of wash, or fix a sandwich for the kids while you're still on the clock, you wont. Although some at-home positions allow their employees to not have transportation, or to wear "jammies" while they're working, but our at-home workers are expected to be able to come into the office within a half-hours notice....meaning you have to have transportation, and you have to be showered and professionally dressed, in case you're called in at a moment's notice to cover. You'd want to be clear about how available you need to be.
Basically, you need to be able to re-create the office setting at home.....with proper security, the appropriate business setting, and no distractions. And most remote coders are extremely well-qualified and experienced. This is not an entry-level job. And if you are not an employee, but are paid as an independent contractor, you have to be savvy about the tax implications and business laws. In my state, that would be a bigger financial burden.
Working at home sounds like a wonderful for cash-strapped mothers, but it is not a fool-proof solution for either employees or employers, so please make sure that you are fully aware of the implications before you quit your current job. Like I said, I am not a proponent of working from home, primarily because it has been very problematic for a couple of my colleagues who struggle with the logistics and issues with their remote staff, but I can see why it is so appealing. And just because so many of the posts on this board about home coding are convinced that it is such a sweet deal, that I wanted to stir the pot by saying that it's not necessarily a win-win situation!
I don't mean to discourage you , but I want to provide another point of view. I'm wondering if any home coders have a different perspective.
Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, PCS, COC
Dover, NH 03820
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