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Sharing the Blessing of Work

Apart from having more time to spend at home, and the privilege to provide for my family, another one of the many reasons why I thank God for giving me this work-at-home career is the opportunity to bless others.

james 1:17

Through my online work, I became a channel of opportunity to send freelance projects to my husband, friends, and former office mates. Every lead that I pass along is often received with gratefulness. It’s a wonderful feeling to bring hope!

It’s such a delight to be able to share the joy of earning online on your own while having the flexibility of time, plus the ability to dictate your own price. For some people, this may not be a big deal. But for people who desire a different beat, it’s life-changing.

Now that the holiday season draws near, for sure there will be more projects to work on and to share with!

It is true – “Every good and perfect gift comes from above.” – James 1:17

 

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How to know if you’re fit to work from home

I once received a private message from a former superior who wanted me to join his team. Since I have found quite a balance of work and family in my life stage  now (thanks to the blessing of working straight from the house), I respectfully declined the invitation. It was really tempting because the offer was good and the work seemed manageable. However, I knew in my heart that I fought long and hard to really attain not just my work from home job, but a lifestyle that I authored myself. He understood my decision but made a comment that doing corporate is good plus I have the skills – so it’s a loss. While he only meant well, at the back of my mind I found myself saying that ‘It’s quite the opposite, really. I believe it’s a bigger loss if I will just exhaust my talent and time working for someone else instead of building my own thing.’

The Anxiety that Comes with Quitting your Day Job

I understand a lot of people who are quite anxious to quit their day job to pursue a work-from-home career. Whether one gets hired full time or part time working remotely from home; or become a full-fledged freelancer, or a home-based entrepreneur – there’s a lot of breaking-down-the-comfort-zone-wall that will take place. But despite the anxiety, a lot of people (especially home makers) go for home-based work because of lifestyle goals, childcare issues, and yes – the passion to create something of their own doing.

If you honestly feel that you want to try this out but scared of jumping in, I’ve got a few pointers to help you decide. But remember, the number one rule is: There’s no certainty in life. There will always be that risk involved. So it’s better to find out early if you are up for this type of career.

Let’s answer the question: How to know if you’re fit to work from home?

work from home motivational quotes

1) You are a self-starter.

Being at home offers a lot of temptations to go slow on the deadline, settle for a mediocre output, or simply skip work all together. Television, Internet, your bed, and even your own hobbies can easily put out the fire of wanting to start. Therefore, the number one trait that you need to posses if you seriously want to make a living while in the house is to be completely self-motivated. Despite external factors, within you lies the drive to get up and do work. I’ll be honest to say that there are days when I just want to lie in bed or play with my daughter the whole day. But I know that at the end of the day I’ll beat myself for being unproductive. That’s the kind of motivation that I think keeps me going a lot of times.

2) You can follow a routine – that can be flexible at the same time.

It’s a misconception that when you work from home, you can choose when and when not to work ALL THE TIME. While that is possible, the bottom line is your ability to stick to a healthy routine. Especially when you are aiming for a balanced lifestyle, you would have to create an hourly schedule to allow time for priority areas: spiritual, health, family, work, not to mention housework, as well. If you don’t have a routine you will most likely fail in this type of set-up because a routine is a good motivator to finish tasks on time (see point #1).

On the other hand, since there would be a lot of distractions while at home versus the regular office job – one must also posses flexibility. You need to bring your child to the pediatrician but there’s a looming deadline – be flexible. Chop and spread out your tasks within the week so you can attend to both; or eliminate the less urgent ones to make time for your kid. When an unexpected friend or relative drops by, have a pre-planned strategy: In short, make a routine that is also open for the unexpected. That’s flexibility.

3) You’re not big on losing some social life because you just love staying at home.

If you’re not the party-goer or the one who needs peer interaction during the day – this won’t be much of an issue. It really boils down to how well you know yourself and your level of social tolerance. Since I’m a home buddy and my social life is my one-year old daughter presently, this setup is just right for me.

4) You are a good financial-steward.

As you will most likely be giving up the shelter of a bi-monthly salary once you become a freelancer, there is much to be said about being disciplined in your financial systems. The good thing about it is you are the one who will decide on how much you are worth based on your output — not the office position that says this is how much this job should pay. But just in any kind of freedom, you have to be smart in budgeting your income especially when there’s waiting time involved in remittances, bank transfers, and the like. It’s also a good reminder for you that from now on, you will be paying for your own health insurance, and other government and social security contributions.

5) You are passionate with your craft and has the motivation to CREATE and CONTRIBUTE.

This is one of the major reasons why I really pursued a work from home lifestyle. If you’re like me who desperately wanted out of the office cubicle thinking it’s so much waste of time being stuck there instead of pursuing an independent career — then this could be the dream job for you. If you have the passion to create something out of your own resources in order to contribute to the greater good – be it for family, church, economy, or the whole of humanity – then, my friend… this could be it!

As a Last Note:

I wouldn’t say working from home is the best job in the world. It has its own advantages and disadvantages. After all, there ain’t no perfect job. And by this time, you probably understand that it’s not for everyone. It isn’t the right career path for all of us. Again, it all boils down to your lifestyle choices, priorities, motivations — and most importantly, your own self-knowledge.

May you have the life that your heart desires 🙂

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Web Copywriting+

Because one of the goals I need to tick off for 2013 is to establish a sustainable raket, I came up with the idea of combining my online marketing/seo writing expertise AND my husband’s design and conceptualization skills.

Please welcome, Web Copywriting+ : Writing for the web with a  kick of SEO!

seo web copywriting

Some facts about us and the work we do:

  • We work in tandem as husband-and-wife. Both with full-time day jobs. So this serves as our part-time gig.
  • My husband is involved in design: branding, logos, magazine layout, print materials, etc. – mostly catering to food and dining businesses
  • We like both short-term and long-term projects – depending on work requirements and of course, our availability.
  • We cater to small/start-up businesses. At a competitive price, we can serve you with a good online branding and presence. Remember, before you had Facebook – your website is your main real estate. It’s important to focus on your base.
  • We do these from home and we seldom do meet-ups unless highly crucial for the project. We’re home buddies 🙂 But you can count on our reliability.

When we’re not freelancing, we just keep house, cook, bake, watch dvds, and snuggle 🙂 Did I say we’re home buddies?

Contact me to discuss your needs.

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WAHM Wanna-be

For several months already, even before I got the big news, I have been contemplating on returning back to a work-at-home set-up. Until recently, I stumbled upon a blog post I’ve written years ago – and this validates my craving to be a WAHM as soon as possible.

Here’s an excerpt:

How about in the Future?

Probably, I would be starting a family of my own when that time comes. And as we all know, most wives or moms today would prefer a work-from-home set up so they can take care of the family. There’s nothing like raising your own child to become a better citizen one day. I strongly believe (and encourage!) the improvement of the race. Hence I’d rather stay home and work on my kids, instead of losing all 9 hours of the day over a job. However, given the economic demands of family life, one can’t help but consider the cost that comes with it. My fear is that I may not able to get an equally good-paying opportunity once I decide to work from home. I know it sounds crazy to be too much worried way, way ahead of time. But I can’t help it. You see I’ve been checking several telecommuting jobs, mostly writing gigs, and they what? Pay you like $2 per 500-word article?! Ano yan less than a hundred pesos??

Outsourcing has done a lot of good to the Philippines, but I do hope they would look into the quality of our service rather than choosing to discount. Not only will it do good for their brand, but moms will be equally happy :)

Aside from the fact that the daily commute isn’t doing any good to my nausea attacks, I have always figured that I am a self-motivated person. That means I do not need much pushing in order for me to do work. And normally, I stick to my own routine and system of doing things. Working for so many years now, I have identified my most “in-the-zone” hours of the day where I can finish tasks and projects one after the other. Obviously, working from home gives you the advantage to control your schedule based on your productivity spirit. However it is of utmost importance to be disciplined, focused (despite home and parenting distractions), and to be ready to stick to a routine. I think it really is the perfect set-up for mothers whose need for child-rearing and home management far outweighs their urge to earn or magnify a career. I’m sure working moms in the corporate world would have a rather different opinion. I just think for me personally, being a WAHM is ideal.

I’ve been itching to set-up shop online and start scouting for potential employers and clients who might be of need of my expertise. There is only one issue – I am waiting for the approval of a housing loan. A few months back, I started investing for a house and part of that is to ensure an approved loan from the bank. As we all know, financial institutions would prefer to lend money to borrowers who are duly employed with a stable income level. I’ve learned that a bank approval in my case would come around the 15th month of paying the equity – months past my baby’s delivery date. I feel sad when I think of this. I’m sure I cannot move myself to just leave my baby to a yaya, or any other person except my husband. For months I’ve been anguishing over this. But finally, after much prayers I have sort of found a resolve, a kind of enlightenment.

Somewhere along the time of me reading all sorts of work-at-home-mom blogs and businesses, I felt peace in my heart that things will just fall into their right places. It may come at a different time – but never too late or too early. Repeatedly, I just have to accept the fact that God’s timeline is different from mine. I’m sure He knows when I (or we as a family) is ready for something or not – yet. In doing my rounds of wedding planning and preparation for the coming of the baby I have learned a valuable lesson. It is to just surrender and accept that Someone of a higher power up there is in control of the situation, and not me. In my head I already have a 3-point plan that can cover a year or two of family life (yes, women are always 100 steps ahead hehe!). But in the palm of His hand, it could be a different game plan, a different story – but grander and more beautiful than I could ever come up with.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future. 

– Jeremiah 29:11

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