Home based work opportunities are becoming popular among Filipino mothers. Not only does the work setup allow us to spend more time with our families but it also gives us enough time to pursue other things we love, like a business of our own or a personal blog.
I decided to be a work-at-home mom when I got pregnant with my first daughter. I was a writer for a US-based online news site, and a blogger and social media marketing consultant for an Australian insurance company. I took on other consulting projects from time to time while I was taking care of my baby. This setup allowed me the convenience and flexibility of being a parent while contributing to household expenses.
Here are some of the major perks I found while doing home based work:
- Work hours are flexible.
Working at home allowed me to manage my time efficiently. I can allot specific hours of the day for work and for childcare. Some clients wouldn’t mind how much time you spend on your task as long as you deliver. Still, there may be times when you will be required to attend Skype meetings but you can easily schedule them on a time convenient for you.
In my case, I would schedule breaks after lunch or during the afternoon so I could spend time with my baby. If I need to go out to do some shopping, I’d inform my colleagues about it and continue with my tasks when I get back.
- Save money on unnecessary expenses.
I realized that I was actually spending more when I was working 9-to-5 than I do working at home. I was able to save on travel costs, food and clothing. Although it’s true that when you are working at home, you are consuming utilities like electricity and Internet. But since I live with my husband, we get to share on the bills. Also, I include cost of utilities every time I compute for my freelancer rate.
- No workplace stress.
Office politics, conflicts, all this unnecessary drama in the workplace can stress you out. Working freelance spares me from all of these stressful situations. You only have to deal with the client, the task and yourself. Period. No difficult co-worker to deal with, no chismis (rumors), no inggit (envy).
- Live a healthy lifestyle.
Even when I have to breastfeed and take care of my child, I am healthier now working from home than I ever was working 9-to-5 for the past 9 years. For one thing, flexible work hours has allowed me to easily squeeze in Zumba and gym sessions within the day. Also, I noticed that I don’t stress eat anymore and I no longer do working lunches. Most of all, working at home has allowed me to have at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep.
- Work anywhere.
Just last week, my family and I went on a two-week vacation in my husband’s hometown Legazpi City, Albay to check the construction of our new family camping site. All I had to do was bring my laptop, set up a small table where I could work and connect to the Internet. Working at home allows you to virtually work anywhere you like, just as long as you have with you your laptop or your mobile device and an Internet connection. I also got a pocket wifi in case I couldn’t find a spot with a good internet connection.
- Be more dynamic and independent.
As a freelancer, I deal with different clients (of different nationalities) often on my own, and this setup has allowed me to become more dynamic and independent. There’s no HR so I have to create my own payment setup and file your taxes on your own. There’s no supervisor so I have to manage my tasks efficiently. There’s no training so I have to join online courses. These tasks may look daunting but think of it as being your own boss. Think of the learning you will get and the skills you will develop from this experience.
- Earn more.
At first, you’d think some home based jobs are paying less than what a regular career-type work can offer you. But take a look at it this way: earning potential is actually bigger when you are a freelancer. You can take on as many projects as you can and get paid more. Also since you have a lot of free time in your hands, you can work on a business concept of your own and earn more from this.
- Quality of life
For me the best perk of all. Nothing could replace the quality of life I am experiencing now as a work-at-home mom. Just think of the traffic in Manila and how much time you spend in the car or on the bus every day. Shouldn’t this time be spent on more important things, like your family for instance? Also, think of your child’s milestones and how nice it would be if you are there 24/7 to witness them first-hand. Think of the peace of mind a work-at-home setup would give you compared to constantly worrying about problems at home when you’re away.
There you have it, the 8 benefits of being a work-at-home mom. Do you have anything else to add? Share it in the comments below.
Are you thinking of getting a home based job? Or do you know someone who wants to? I’d be happy to discuss some options with you.