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...]

Real WAHM: Julia Jasmine Madrazo-Sta. Romana, freelance writer and virtual assistant

481354_10151295042896722_492850055_nName: Julia Jasmine Madrazo-Sta Romana
WAHM Occupation:Writer/Virtual Assistant

1. Hi! Thanks for being a WAHM guest on the WAHMderful Life. Please tell me a little bit about yourself, your family, and what work you do from home.

My name is Julia Jasmine M. Sta Romana and I’m a writer/virtual assistant based here in Davao City. My wonderfully supportive husband, Jam, works as a trainer in a BPO company and I have a little girl, Justine Bianca, who is about to start school this June. I am a native Dabawenya, but I went to college in UP Diliman, worked in Makati for 5 years and met my husband through an unusual set of circumstances. I was actually a scientist by education (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, what a mouthful) but writing is my true passion.

2. What made you decide to become a work at home mom?

There were several factors that made me decide to become a work at home mom. First was my difficult pregnancy. The commute to and fro between Makati and Quezon City was taking a serious toll on my health. My work as a Medical Information Analyst as a Makati KPO at that time allowed me to telecommute but I know this situation wasn’t going to last once I had my baby. [Read more...]

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PRESS RELEASE: launches beta to help working mothers build up & show off their ‘personal brand’

- Showcase your work, knowledge or passion - ( is a new online tool for creating elegant one-page profiles to show off the best examples of working or self-employed mothers’ work or expertise. Released in beta, has been developed to support the growing number of working and self-employed mothers.

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 367,000 more people were self-employed in 2012 compared with 2008. This trend, together with a growing desire and need of self-employed working mothers to stand out more in their knowledge domains, is creating a demand for a new class of social network which allows people to showcase their own personal brand.  [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...]

Can You Maintain a Steady Income as a Work-at-Home Mom? Some Thoughts.

One of the most common concerns of would-be or potential working moms is: “Will I have a steady income as a work at home mom?” As a mom who had a steady income from a job with a monthly salary, I can understand. I know how difficult it is to think of giving up that employee status and security of the monthly income. However, it is possible to make the transition from working girl to work at home woman or mom, and to have a regular stream of income coming in. There just needs to be some kind of “prep time” before you cut ties.

Start slow, at first

One option to consider when you’re starting off is freelancing, especially if you are still at an office-based job. In fact, many moms begin WAHM-ing this way: They opt to do outsourced work with the goal of achieving a regular stream of supplemental income, which can eventually become a full time source of income.
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How to work-at-home when the unexpected strikes

High angel of a chaotic living room

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...]