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October 29, 2009 4:07:17 PM

Hi guys and gals,

I am 28 years old and I am currently back in school, training to be an IT Specialist. Right now, I am finishing the A+ cert. program and once done, I will be moving on to net+, security+, Cisco CCENT, Cisco CCNA, and Mobile Electronics. When I'm finished with school (about 10 more months) I will be certified in all fields listed above.

My ultimate goal is to be able to work remotely, from home. possibly tech support, but I am certainly open to anything at this point.

What I would like to know is, does anyone know of any companies that provide remote jobs (from home) that would be willing to hire someone like me? Since I have little experience, I don't expect an impressive salary. I'm more interested in "jumping in" as soon as possible, while also being able to cover my bills. that way I can "learn while I learn" and effectively strenghthen my abilities while also growing (in knowledge/ability) all the while.

Thanks (in advance) for taking the time to read this! Any and All help will be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks again,
Chip

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November 5, 2009 12:46:09 PM

Chipottley,

I'm in the IT field as well. Also working on completing basically the same certifications that you are. Which school/organization are you enrolled through?

I'm interested in other job opportunities as well. Anyone have ideas?

You could start a LLC and do private tech support. I know that's not what you wanted to hear, just throwing suggestions out!
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November 6, 2009 5:29:44 AM

Yeah, I've been in school, but I don't want all the LLC responsibilities (startup, etc.)
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November 6, 2009 6:36:07 AM

you can enroll yourself under expertsexchange and make some money and goodies from there
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November 6, 2009 12:31:52 PM

What's that?
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November 9, 2009 10:38:31 PM

Working remotely from home works best for programmers, Programming can be self taught if one is willing... depends on the people.

For working remotely I would also recommend getting very familiar with Linux, you just need a P3 and those go for free these days.

Strong knowledge of Linux can bring jobs such as setting up linux servers for hosting or doing support on them.

This site may help, however you might have to start of doing some free work in order to build reputation, then you can bid on different job offers and be taken seriously once others commented that you know what you are doing.

https://www.getafreelancer.com/

Not sure if you are in Canada or the US but you might want to register yourself with GST/QST tax numbers (thats Quebec Canada)... Getting registered cost me like 30$ and that gets you access to suppliers, therefor lower costs on comptuer components, electronics, toner cartridges and so on.... We all have family and friends to exploit, just don't get YOURSELF exploited for free work ;)  Business is business. (most of the time)

I also don't know expert exchange, but I should look at it as myself I am always open for some more work from home. (I think expert exchange is some forum where people ask questions, you have to be a member to view results and that costs... didnt look into getting recruited as I think Exchange of information should be free and usually is)
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November 17, 2009 1:20:40 PM

Great Post! It didn't give me what I was looking for, but it WAS very informative, so Thank You!
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December 1, 2009 12:25:08 PM

One thing to keep in mind... the economy is in the tank and there are a LOT of people with MANY YEARS of experience who are unemployed and underemployed. I moved to Atlanta, GA in 2000 just before the dot-com bubble burst and getting a job then was like shooting fish in a barrel. Fast forward just 1 year and it was damned near impossible to get a job. I imagine it's even worse now... people with jobs are hunkered down (I'm in that category) and there is a huge pool of people out of work willing to do anything for a paycheck. For your sake I hope the recession has passed by the time you're entering the job market.
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