Shifting from a Freelancing to a WAHMeo Mindset

I’m currently a part-time employee, part-time freelancing WAHM. I have a part-time job as an editor of a small magazine, and at the same time, I have a freelance creative media sideline that serves a roster of clients who regularly tap me for copy and consulting. I’m loving it, but this year, I feel the need to really step up for a big change.

What kind of change exactly?

That of establishing a full-time business, doing these things that I enjoy doing for my clients on a full time basis.

I began working this way out of necessity. I was coming from a job where I lacked a sense of purpose and direction (ergo, it was destined to be a dead-end job); no one was investing in me (the company directors had no intention of supporting my continuing education); and, the compensation for what I was doing was just, well… you know.

Yeah, I was ready for a change.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” — Confucious  — This was my adage.

I left my former full-time teaching job and secured part-time employment at a media company that lets me keep my own schedule, work via a telecommuting/home-based arrangement, and leverage my creative writing skills towards editorial projects. I also began freelancing, mostly through my mommy blog, Dainty Mom.

From one client that I “met” through Craigslist, I progressed to several other clients, all of whom I “met” through my blog or in freelancing platforms online. I’ve been doing a mix of social media work, content creation, and editorial management. I enjoyed the fact that I could “switch on” work whenever I wanted to, and work in a way that could help me have more time for my family. [Read more...]

The Most Important Action You Need to Take if You Want to be a Work at Home Mom

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I am an impulsive person, a “let’s do this!” type, a go-getter. It’s a trait that has gotten me into some trouble in the past, let me tell you. There have been times when my excitement to do things resulted in some pretty bad consequences. (I’ve learned my lessons, I promise.)

However, I’ve learned that there’s a way to channel this impulsiveness, this “let’s-do-this!” attitude towards the positive. 

In fact, it’s this go-getter attitude that was a kind of “seed” in my work-at-home life.

Working from home was something I didn’t have to think twice about, when the idea popped into my head. It was something I wanted to happen, even if I had no clear idea of how I’d earn a living while I was at home all day. When the last day of my 8 to 5 job was upon me and I had packed up my desk, I still had no real idea if I could survive financially without the “salary umbilical cord.” It was a time when I pretty much played everything by ear: I was a new mom (my son was just 4 months when I handed in my 1-month resignation notice), and I was going to leave the world of office employment to be a freelance writer for the first time ever.

Still…

… even if I had no idea how to be a mom, and no idea how to work as a freelancer… [Read more...]

5 Non-Expert Tips on How to Make WAHMing Work for You

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Last night, I gave a talk at co.Lab on how to “work with your kids in mind” while you’re a homebased working mom. I’m no “expert” at WAHMing (not that anyone is), so I just shared the life lessons that I’d gleaned from my three years as an active work-at-home mom. I began the talk by laying down a mindset, one that we in the WAHMderful Life Workshops are familiar with: In the same way that being a mom might not be for every woman, working from home is not really everyone’s ideal work setup either. Working outside the traditional confines of an office is freeing, yes, but when you add a kid (or several) into the mix, you have a work-home setup that is twice as challenging to work out.

This is why for me, working from home while raising a child has been one of the greatest achievements I’ve ever made. It’s my chosen lifestyle, but it’s not easy; it involves a lot of figuring-out, a lot of system revisions, lots of interrupted schedules, postponed meetings, “kid” emergencies, and the daily grind of the three “Ls” as we call it in Filipino: luto, linis, laba (cooking, cleaning, laundry).

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Apps and Devices Every Work On-The-Go Mom Needs

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This is a guest post by Julia Sta. Romana of Wailings of a WAHM

The thing I like most about being a work at home mom is it has given me the freedom to work at home and practically anywhere I want.

Because when you really think about it, work-at-home moms don’t really stay at home all the time to work. We run errands, shop for groceries, pick up the kids, etc. With the right tools and software you can squeeze in more work while waiting or commuting, making you more productive and freeing up more time for the family and yourself.

Having these devices and software has helped me stay on top of work every time I go out of the house. And the great thing about these devices is that they don’t break the bank and most of the apps I use are free. So here’s a comprehensive list of hardware and software I use and any Techie WAHM would need to keep work or business going even while on the go!

Let’s start with the usual combo:

Netbook. Offline or online, having a small, light netbook has allowed me to stay-up-to-date with deadlines and writing assignments. They’re cheaper than laptops, small enough to be carried in a regular sized purse and light enough that I can use it practically anywhere. [Read more...]

Adjusting work at home schedules when the unexpected strikes

High angel of a chaotic living roomI had a pretty rough week last week! Migraines got the better of me, as did some heat exhaustion. When the unfortunate happens, as a work at homemaker, I need to make adjustments. I wrote a post about this previously on my other blog, but I thought I’d re-share it here this time for the WAHMderful readers. I hope it helps you, when you have your own unexpected turn of events.

We had to have some plumbing repairs done today, at very short notice. All is well now: Our bathroom sink no longer leaks, but we do need a new paint job on one of our walls. Naturally, my work-at-home day was affected by this unexpected event. For me, this meant rearranging my schedule to accommodate the plumber, including cooking extra for him since he’d be spending almost the entire day knocking down part of our wall, fixing the pipes and re-cementing the portion he’d opened up.

This isn’t the first time this has happened, and I know there will be more unexpected events in the future, like a family member getting sick or the fridge breaking down.

1. Re-prioritize your to-do list based on your new day.

When your day gets mixed up by the unexpected, just breathe and re-plan your day again. Here’s how you can re-work your to-do list when there’s something extra to add to it. [Read more...]

How to Tell Your Boss You Want to Work from Home

Working from home isn’t a new concept; it’s just become more of a buzz phrase this day and age. Whether you call it telecommuting, WAHM-ing (if you are a mother, for instance), working from home can mean keeping your regular day job at the office, without having to actually goto the office.

These days, more and more companies are seeing the value in work from home arrangements, especially for employees who are mothers. If you are one of those considering a telecommuting or work at home option, here are some approaches you can take before pitching the idea to your superiors.

Create a telecommuting proposal.
Zig Ziglar said, “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” If you want your boss to approve your plan to work from home, make sure you have a solid proposal. This plan should include the following elements:

  • The days of the week you would like to work from home;
  • The duties and commitments that you can work on, on a remote capacity;
  • Your technical specs, including the kind of hardware you have, Internet connectivity, cellular data (if there will be a need for you to work on-the-go)
  • Methods and processes for communicating with clients, if your job requires it.

Your telecommuting proposal will be unique to your situation, [Read more...]

How to work-at-home when the unexpected strikes

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This post originally appeared in Dainty Mom.

We had to have some plumbing repairs done today, at very short notice. All is well now: Our bathroom sink no longer leaks, but we do need a new paint job on one of our walls. Naturally, my work-at-home day was affected by this unexpected event. For me, this meant rearranging my schedule to accommodate the plumber, including cooking extra for him since he’d be spending almost the entire day knocking down part of our wall, fixing the pipes and re-cementing the portion he’d opened up.

This isn’t the first time this has happened, and I know there will be more unexpected events in the future, like a family member getting sick or the fridge breaking down. [Read more...]