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I’ve been a work-at-home person years before Kai was born. I worked as a hospital pharmacist in one of Cebu’s top hospitals shortly after I graduated and passed the licensure exam. I didn’t take a break of some sort. I immediately went looking for a job and ended up working in the hospital and I only lasted around five months. The truth is, I couldn’t deal with it. I can’t deal with the routine tasks, the long commute (considering I live 15 kilometers away) and the fact that I get home exhausted. It’s monotonous. Call me lazy or whatever, I just didn’t like working as a pharmacist.
I know I may have wasted my parents’ support for my education but as my dad had told me, it doesn’t matter what I achieved in life as long as I’m not depending on other people for a living and more importantly, I’m happy doing what I love to do. And that I did. I found a writing job near our home and it started from there. I started as an SEO writer producing 10 400-worded articles a day. Then I got a call from an Australian client for a job opportunity. I remembered how it felt that time. It felt awesome!
I became a sole content writer for this client, who owns a website that sells equine pharmaceuticals. I love writing; I love animals and I have a medical background. It was perfect! I worked for them for more than a year before the company had to let go of all the employees from Cebu for they preferred guys from Manila. I was the last one to be let go.
I did freelance writing for a couple of years and that included my job as a news writer for aggregate sites. This is when I learned how to write AP style. I juggled about three writing jobs until my partner and I decided to start a website. Right around we started our first site, I also created Times with Kai because I wanted to blog about the memories I have with my firstborn and my experiences as a first-time mom.
For me, nothing beats being able to stay home and be with your family 24/7. At the same time, I earn more than I would ever earn from working in an office. There are still plenty of reasons why I love working from home.
- I get to play with my little one in between work.
- I don’t have to leave Kai behind and miss him, or he doesn’t have to miss me.
- I followed and am still following his milestones closely
- Snuggles and cuddles with the hub in between work.
- I can wake up anytime I want
- I also get to cuddle with my furbabies.
- I earn way more than I ever could make from a regular job.
- We get to go to the beach impromptu.
- We can take our work whenever we travel.
- We have all the time in the world and we control our schedule.
- We don’t have to deal with a demanding boss.
- We saved up more money
- We don’t have to worry about gas or long commutes
- We feel safer every single day.
- We can eat whatever we want.
- I don’t have to worry about fixing myself just to look good in front of people
Sixteen reasons but all of that sums up to convenience. It’s convenient working from home. It’s convenient for me; it’s convenient for everyone in the family. But that’s not to say there are no downsides. There are, but I can only name a few.
- No people to socialize with. Being a WAHM lessened my social engagement (as if I had many before). I kind of became anti-social.
- I, as a WAHM, also have to deal with distractions from my kid
- People look down on you and the nature of your job.
I have to stress No. 3 – I have friends who are also home-based employees and most of them say that people think we have it easier. Partly it’s true – things are easier for me but that’s because I love what I do. I enjoy it. I am not forced to work just so I could pay the bills. I get paid for doing what I love to do.
I know of people who look down on home-based jobs and the truth is, I couldn’t care less because I know that I am SO LUCKY to be in this position. At the end of the day, my family matters most to me and I won’t give up working from home if it means a chance to be with them every day.
Are you a work at home mom? What do you love best about being able to earn money from the comforts of your own home? Let me know in the comments section below.