I am a work-from-home young mom. Yes, I am.
Some of you already asked me, “What exactly do you do?”
Basically, this post will give you an idea on how a work-from-home mom ‘works’, and perhaps jump to being one.
In 2010, after I have learned that I was pregnant, I tried to search online for job opportunities that would not require me to leave the comforts of our own home. Then I found www.onlinejobs.ph (you have to create a profile and obtain a decent proof id score to be able to apply). The concept is similar to that of JobsDB and Jobstreet where you can submit online applications. The only difference is, almost all the job offerings in that site are well, online *laughs*. This includes, but not limited to, Virtual Assistants, English Tutors, Webmasters, Graphic Designers, Video Editors and Content Writers.
I am a content writer.
Quick Back Story
Different employers will have different setup and requirements (obviously). My first one was for a Malaysian employer where I learned a lot about SEOs (Search Engine Optimization). After that, I was hired by a US employer and I lasted for a year, then I stopped. Well, you read my story about going back to the corporate world, right? If not, please check here. Now, I am working for another foreign company with a number of Filipino writers. Most of them are young, so luckily we get along just fine.
I’ll try to answer some of the questions that my readers have been asking me about my job. If you want to know more, just comment or drop an email.
Do you need to pay prior employment?
BA : No. It’s for free. If your ‘employer’ is asking for money, forget about it. There are so many employers out there.
Do you have to be an expert in writing?
BA : Not really. But of course, you need to know the basic grammar. It helped that I took AB Communication and that we had Journalism classes. If you are a wide – reader and you have that love for words, I say give it a try.
How do you get paid?
BA : My previous employers paid me through paypal. It’s not hard to set up an account. My tip, get a UNION BANK debit card. That was the account that I linked to paypal. Five years ago, it was only that card that the system accepted. But man, maybe it’s different now.
For my current employer, they send the payment directly to my BDO account. Some employers will pay you by week, and some will pay you twice a month.
How much do you get?
Ooooh, enough for me to buy what we need and somehow what we want. Plus, I can still save some dough. But for the new ones, the average would be around $300 – $350.
From what I have noticed, those who earn big from online jobs are the programmers. If you are one, then go for it.
What is your work shift?
BA : Ok, I have 2 online jobs. One is a part time job from my previous company where I make business reviews etc. (MWF, 8:00AM – 12:00NN). The other one is my full time job as a content writer (Mondays – Fridays, 2:00PM – 11:00PM).
Do they monitor if you are online?
BA: Quite frankly, they do not strictly monitor if I am working or not. But that doesn’t mean that I take my work lightly. I log in and log out as necessary and I try to complete my daily task. However, there are some companies that would take screenshots from your computer just to see if you are really working.
There. Am I missing anything? If yes, you know the drill, OK?
I am sure you can think of the pros of working from home, but I’d still give you a list.
- You don’t have to wake up early.
- You can say goodbye to stressful commutes.
- You don’t have to wear makeup (definitely good for the skin)
- You can save a lot (transportation costs, food allowance, wardrobe) Imagine having extra cash for the kids and for your beauty allowance. Oh my gosh!
- You can say goodbye to office gossips. Not healthy at all!
- Lastly, more time with your kids. Now, nothing can beat that.
However, you need to discipline yourself when you are working from home. Definitely, you’d have distractions. That can be your TV, or your baby crying on the side, or your landline ringing. I guess I will make another post about how you can manage yourself when you are working in your jammies. I don’t want to make this post long. 🙂
And we are getting bigger! YAY!
The number of work-from-home moms is increasing! I was able to talk to two of my friends and asked them few questions about their work. Go ahead, scroll down.
How were you able to get the job?
POM : “Prior to joining CWT, I spent 8yrs as the Program Management Manager at CWT’s local partner. After I left, I spent a couple of months in Concentrix working as the Manager of their Travel Desk when I received a call from CWT offering this post. ”
How do you balance your time between work and your kids? If you used to work with an 8 – 5 job, what are the changes?
POM: “Working from home has its pros and cons – not having to wake up early in the morning and worrying about the rush traffic is definitely a plus.
You only miss out on the daily office grind which includes missing out on building work relations with your peers. This is well compensated with spending more time with your kids- being part of what you discover together as they grow up.
It is definitely a juggling act but life in general always is – the only difference is you now have more personal time at hand.”
Tips to young moms who would like to work from home
POM: “If you are given the opportunity to work from home, grab it. Nothing beats spending quality time with your kids but at the same time achieving your career goals.
It’s up to you to weigh the balance between wailing kids or diaper changes and juggling conference calls and client reports all at the same time.”
I was able to personally work with Ms. Pom few years ago. In fact, she was one of the superiors that I mentioned from my previous post. I know for a fact that she is smart and is really a master of time management. I’m not surprised that she can finish a report and still review his son for his exams. Congratulations to him and to you of course, for being number one, AGAIN! 🙂
How do you balance your time between work and your kids?
Mars: “Since my login time is 9am to 5pm, I help my eldest get dressed for school, make sure he eats his breakfast, and bring him to his school. In the afternoon, when it is almost dismissal time, I logout, fetch my son and bring him to the tutorial center. When we get home, I login again and render the remaining hours needed to complete my shift.
As for my daughter, who hasn’t started school yet, I make sure she eats her breakfast, prepare her bath, and then play with her for a few hours up until my shift starts. Sometimes, when my work is not that hectic, I stay beside her and together we would watch movies or her favorite TV shows.
After my shift, we eat our dinner and then I would prepare our baths, tidy them up, and more bonding moments in the bedroom before we go to sleep.”
Tips to young moms who would like to work from home
Mars: “The key is always time management. It can be quite hard working full time and being a full time mother at the same time. Be sure to always have time for the children and try to finish work ahead of time so that there would be more time spent for the kids. It’s really a different feeling when the kids know that you are “at work” despite being in the comforts of home. Also, be grateful that you are given the chance to work at home and look after the children and be there for them when they need you the most.”
Mars and I graduated from the same school and well, we are almost the same age. I really admire her dedication as an employee and a mother. She is definitely the queen of multi – tasking. Imagine writing an article and then rushing to your son’s school. Supermom indeed! I have also seen her posts and photos and I must say, she really spends quality time with the kids.
I have to thank the wonders of technology for paving way in having these types of work-from-home jobs. As for you, why not take advantage of it?
Now, if you can’t resign from your office job, it’s not really a problem. Here’s a tip for you. BE HONEST. Ask your superiors or employers if there is a possibility to work from home. You’d be surprised how understanding companies are right now. Just give it a try! 🙂
I hope this helps and I hope you enjoyed the weekend.
BA is a young mom of 2 wonderful kids. She has high ambitions and would like to touch hearts. If you wish to write her a message, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org