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The Invisible Cape of a Parent and Freelancer

The Invisible Cape of a Parent and Homebased Freelancer

Freelancing

"Everybody needs an idol, somebody to try to live up to,"  

- Stan Lee (Marvel Comics)  

 As a Filipina Homebased Moms member, Maria Korina Bertulfo is like a hero to the moms she empowers to earn while taking care of the family. As a mom looking for a home-based job in the Philippines, I googled the most influential names today in the freelancing industry who balances parenthood and freelancing.  Let's get to know their side hustles.

Home-based Freelancers to follow in the Philippines

 

John Pagulayan 

The founder of Freelance Movement Tribe. He transitioned from a low-income blogger to a 7-figured email copywriter.  The biggest challenge for him was removing his own limiting beliefs.

Julian Canita

Known as the FB Ads Superstar with 100 clients and coached 500 students, this dad confirmed that he lives, eat, sleep and breathe Facebook Ads.

Lish Aquino

Amazonation is the brainchild of the Amazon Queen last 2018. This mom is a coach for Filipino Amazon FBA Sellers and Amazon Virtual Assistants.

CJ Cajoles

CJ is the founder of the Online Filipino Freelancers group in 2015. She also led the OFFCON2018 which featured prominent coaches and speakers from e-commerce and advocates of financial literacy. This supermom of three boys is like many women who turned to home-based jobs after an important milestone: having a child.

Marvin de Leon

Marvin makes the Filipino Freelancer a champion through his blog (FreelanceBlend.com), his podcast (Freelance Blend Podcast), and his thriving community, Freelance Blenders. Already 5 years since Freelance Blend was established, he continues his mission to help the Filipinos learn about home-based jobs in the Philippines.

Allan Ngo

At the age of 25, he had "Quarter Life Crisis". He left the corporate job and pursued freelancing. Realizing there is little money as a blogger, he upgraded it with the right way to sell using emails and storytelling. Using his platform, digitalsolopreneur.com, this dad now coaches people on his email marketing boot camp.

Jon Orana

Jon is the founder of Negosyo University. He started freelancing as a web designer. Then came his lowest point. His janitorial job after his business failed and became bankrupt led him to his self-discovery. This dad now coaches on a business plan that guides safely the transition from employment to entrepreneurship.

Melissa Profeta

Melissa is a co-founder of Social Media Academy along with Nix Eniego. This mom keeps her hand busy as a PR specialist along with writing gigs at BuzzFeed, Influencive and the Good Men Project.

Jane Martinito

She creates winning websites while being a mom to her beautiful daughter.  One of her biggest breaks was landing at the #31 spot on Linked in for Top 47 Filipino Professionals on LinkedIn by Marketing Asia.

Ginger Arboleda

Ginger is the beautiful face behind Taxumo, a tech start-up that helps freelancers and professionals prepare, file and pay their taxes. She is also a professional blogger and writes about her journey as a mom and entrepreneur.
These moms and dads wear invisible capes while balancing parenthood and freelancing. Now, whose path do you want to follow as a home-based job in the Philippines expert? Excited to know who's on your list too.

About the Author

Diovelyn Diaz

Diovelyn Diaz is a mom of two girls and an ambivert who blogs about her freelancing journey via her Facebook page called About D Blog. Meeting and collaborating with her fellow FHMombers are among the things she loves about freelancing. 

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Different Non-voice Online Jobs Perfect for Moms

Different Non-voice Online Jobs Perfect for Moms

Freelancing

Working remotely proves to be in-demand and way cheaper for an employer in terms of manpower cost. It also offers a lot of perks and benefits in a global phenomenon with more companies embracing “remote teams”. (WOW!!) :O So now, I’ve decided to cite some (or more) of the most sought after non-voice online jobs in the Philippines that is way perfect for mommies (like me) who, I know, want to work from the comfort of their homes and newbie friendly fields. OK,  here we go.

Data Entry

This job covers most of the work from encoding written files/images and other formats to document file, excel, or Spreadsheet. Clerical and other secretarial duties can also be part of this service. Many freelancers find data entry to be their gateway to freelancing.

Writing

I think of writers as "expressionist workers" since they use their own point of view in creating a masterpiece. This can be part time, full time, or even flexible home-based job. As long as you can deliver the work on time, you are good to go.

Transcription

Transcription is one of the in-demand services nowadays. It is generally converting video or audio files into written reports. I used to work as a transcriptionist before and it is definitely a good option for moms who prefer non-voice online jobs. Who doesn’t love movies? [eehhh-guilty me] Transcription can be done to movies, meetings, conferences, calls and voice recordings (for medical related audios).

Graphic Design

Woohoo! Hands-up for those who luckily have the talent for this field. In this industry, images, typography and/or motion graphics are assembled to create a masterpiece primarily for publishing. The common projects a graphic designer does include but not limited to brochures, ads, magazines, corporate reports, social media posts, and infographics.

Chat/Email Support

An email or chat support is simply a person who receives and answers inquiries through email or chats. They are expected to provide quality instructions and or responses to be able to satisfy a customer’s needs thru Customer Relationship Management (CRM) communication in a real-time manner by using instant messaging (IM) apps or programs.

Community Management/SMM

To connect efficiently with customers, every business that has social media accounts need a community manager or social media manager. A community manager creates and implements social media campaigns. They plan the best communication strategies and respond to comments and queries in a timely manner.

Content/Email Marketing

Email marketing mainly focuses on creating, publishing and distributing contents for a targeted audience. The content should be quality, interesting and relevant to the business and needs to be visually appealing. The next time you receive an email from your subscription, think about the email marketers.

Virtual Assistance

A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a personal assistant who works remotely. There are different types of virtual assistants depending on the client's field of business. One can either be an E-commerce, Real Estate, Influencer, and Blogger's virtual assistant.

ESL Teaching (chat based)

Shout out to Cambly, one of the most known companies that offer non-voice ESL jobs. It is newbie-friendly, perfect for the inexperienced. If you are a bit shy in showing off your face and are getting a lot of mental block in front of the camera, this can be for you. ESL teaching can be for both associate and college graduates. What's beautiful about it is it raises awareness of equality in race, religions, ages and physical conditions. As long as you can deliver a good quality of work then no one and nothing can stop you from reaching your goals. There you have it, our Non-voice online jobs perfect for moms. Now it's your turn - prepare your resume, browse the net and apply! Who knows, your next job might just be waiting for you online. Don’t forget to SMILE, it helps boost your confidence and attracts positive vibes and energy. Remember, this is not just for you but also for your loved ones.

About the Author

Bernadette dela Cruz

​Bernadette Dela Cruz is a dedicated single mom with experience as a hands-on personal ally. She's a social media handler/moderator, transcriptionist, digital support, softball and baseball statistician/scorekeeper and chat-based appointment setter. Bernadette is an aspiring work-at-home freelancer who helps clients juggle and finish multiple tasks from basics, intermediate, to advanced level.

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Is Online Freelancing For Me?

Is Online Freelancing For Me?

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The advent of technology brought a lot of changes to each of us and to society as a whole. One of the biggest impact technology has made is the way it changed the employment landscape. And the birth of Online Freelancing is the new kind of job market.

What do I mean by Online Freelancing?

Years ago our parents worked in offices, schools, stores or even abroad. Today, most of them still do. However, a significant percentage of the labor force including some of us in the group now work within the comforts of their homes or even bedrooms. They do not have to go through the hassle of commuting to and from work or deciding what to wear during work days. They are whom we call as the online freelancers doing freelancing jobs at the comfort of their homes.

How do Online Freelancing works?

Online freelancers mostly get jobs from online employment websites or through referrals. The concept of online freelancing is very enticing. This type of employment allows one to work at home and still squeeze in doing house chores or taking care of the children. Majority of the freelancers are paid in dollars.

Today, online freelancing is becoming more popular and enticing. Before we join the bandwagon though, let us take a look at what it takes to be an online freelancer. And ask ourselves...

Is Online Freelancing for me?

Generally, to be an effective freelancer one must have the following:

  1. The commitment to deliver the needs of the Client accurately and per schedule, if not ahead. This will go a long way for this will establish one’s dependability which makes the Client retain or extend the service;
  2. Aspiring freelancers must have the confidence as to his or her ability to deliver the needs of the Client and the willingness to learn in case the task is something new or unfamiliar; and
  3. A freelancer must have the tools needed for the execution of the job. The most basic would be a reliable internet connection (at least 3mbps), a desktop computer or laptop (RAM of at least 3GB) a backup internet connection in cases of a power outage and for some jobs that require call handling, a noise-canceling headset.
  4. Proficiency of the English language is an edge, but of course, this can be learned along the way. There are also a lot of helpful tools online that one can tap to be effective in the field.

Conclusion

With all that I have mentioned above, I am now contemplating if online freelancing is for me? I believe it is high time for me to create my resumè and start applying for an online job. The world of online freelancing is a highly competitive and fast-paced industry. It takes a lot of determination to acquire and level up our skills. It needs dedication especially if a freelancer’s life also revolves around one’s family-but with the perks that come with it, surely it is worth a try.

About the Author

Lourdesita Dessa Aradillos

Lourdesita Dessa Aradillos A mother of 6 kids... Law graduate.. Previously worked with the government and private sector as well as the BPO industry. Currently contemplating whether to start a business or join the online freelance industry

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How to become a work at home mom

How To Become a Work-at-Home Mom

Freelancing

To earn while at the comfort of my home is what I thought to be only a dream. I was unsure if there’s any work from home available. Then, I came across home-based jobs in the Philippines while searching on Google. At first, I was clueless about it. Then, I found out that there are also many Facebook groups talking about home-based jobs, freelancing, freelance, and etc.. That’s when I realized they are all the same. I told myself that my search is over! Or so I thought? I started to do more research about home-based jobs on Google and YouTube and that’s how my journey as a work at home lady began. I came to realize that there are many home-based jobs accessible. If you are a mom who’s working at the corporate industry, overseas worker, or a stay-at-home mom and wants to venture in home-based jobs, here are 

Tips on how to become a work-at-home mom

1. Be prepared

This is a very basic requirement that I ignored at the beginning. I was not emotionally and psychologically prepared with the difficulties of being a work-at-home.

2. Learn the required Skills

Home-based jobs are not typical office work wherein there are people who will help. To fit in, I enrolled in online courses that I wanted and also I kept on searching online for more information.

3. Prepare the Necessary Equipment

You buy your own laptop, headset, table, and chair in order to start working. Additionally, contact the most reliable internet service provider in your area so you can apply for a postpaid plan and not have to worry about it anymore. Ask around the neighborhood so you know which ISP is the most reliable in your location.

4. Prepare Resume, Cover Letter, Portfolio

Just like applying for a job in a corporate set-up, these should be ready. These are your gateway to be shortlisted, if not accepted for the job. Visit the Filipina Homebased Moms group and page for more tips and advice on how to create a resume and cover letter that stand out.

5. Start Applying

I started applying by creating my account in platforms like Onlinejobs.ph, LinkedIn, Livingston, and the like. Make sure to complete your profile and take applicable tests to boost your chances of getting hired.

6. Don’t forget to keep on learning.

When I decided to work-at-home, it was hard. I had no idea how to start my journey as a work at home mom. I was at my verge of giving up and depression is starting to kick in. But I took the difficulties as a challenge to improve myself. The steps above helped me a lot to gain more knowledge and grow better.
Now that you have everything you need to start, do not forget to take a lot of courage. Some freelancers are lucky to get a client right away but this is not true for everyone. If you fail at first, do not lose hope. Keep on trying and you will soon find the client that's meant for you.

About the Author

Rosebelle Dario is a Marketing graduate. She worked at the government for a year then worked overseas for 7 years.  After coming back to the Philippines, she became an English as a Second Language tutor. Since writing is her passion, she took an online writing course and now she’s enjoying the perks of being a freelance writer. 

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The Pros and Cons of Being a Work at Home Mom (As Told By a WAHM)

The Pros and Cons of Being a Work at Home Mom (As Told By a WAHM)

Freelancing

Working from home has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. Because of that, more and more Filipinos want to have a homebased job. That includes moms like us who want to have more time with our loved ones and be present in children's formative years. Thus, more mommies are having the courage to ditch their 9 to 5 office work. Support groups on social media are popping out to help work at home moms. One of the biggest is the Filipina Homebased Moms. This group's advocacy is to help aspiring Filipina moms to land a home-based job. Here are the reasons why working at home is the best decision you will make. And the drawbacks you might face if you finally dip your toes to the wonderful life of freelancing.

Pros of Being a Work at Home Mom

  • No More Commute
Ah! My personal favorite! No more traffic to face. You won’t experience the long lines of waiting to ride public transportation to get to your workplace. Additionally, no need to wake up 2 hours in advance just to be at work. Pajamas all day? No problem!
  • More time to spend with the kids 
You may not have unlimited time with your precious one as you need to work on your daily tasks but you get to see them frequently throughout the day. You get to be part of their daily routines, watch them play (and play with them as well during your breaks!). Get to see them build habits and be there as they transform from childhood to adolescence. 
  • Flexible Schedule
You get to work at your own preferred time. Need to do some errands in the afternoon while the kids are in school? Off you go! Are you a night owl and prefer to work when the kids are already asleep? Or are you an early riser and wants to work in the wee hours of the morning before the household gets crazy of bustling activities? Because of your flexible sched, you have total control of your time as long as you get things done work-wise.
  • Save Money 
When you work at home, you get to save money for transportation and childcare costs (if you have a nanny to take care of your kid while working). Save money on clothes (no more formal attire, dress down all week long, YAY!) and food. Yes! Food. No fancy lunch for you. You get to eat healthy food straight from the kitchen. You gotta DIY, mama.
  • Personal Growth and Sense of Control
As long as you know how to manage your time, you get to enjoy other things that you weren’t able to do while you are working in the office. You have the total power to change your destiny. Do you want to try a new career path that you’ve been putting off for quite some time? It’s time to do it. In freelancing, you are the boss. You get to grow as you move forward. And you have the control to maintain or increase your income.  

Cons of a Work at Home Mom

Now that you’ve read the advantages of being a work at home mom, I have compiled some of the issues I have faced when I started my home-based career.
  • Distractions
It is easy to get distracted. Your precious one might throw tantrums to get your attention, for instance. And even though we love to spend time with them, we committed to provide good results to our clients, so we need to focus on our tasks as well. Therefore, it is best to set aside a place just for work once you start your home-based career. Set a home office where there’s a minimal distraction. Where you can set boundaries from the rest of the gang. I know some mommies that work anywhere in the house and manage to get things done. Kudos to them! However, it is still best to have a quiet permanent place in the house where you can go when you need to talk to your clients without being disturbed.
  • Poor Healthy Habits
With the pantry just within reach, it is easy to lose track of what we eat. And when you work night shifts, that hunger pangs hit you every hour. Maintain a scheduled break when eating snacks. Above all, be conscious of our eating habits. As the light of the household and you need to stay healthy for you and your family.
  • Isolation
Juggling work, tending the kids and the household could take up a lot of your time. As a result, you may feel disconnected as you feel you don’t even have a minute to socialize. This is one of the possible downsides of working at home. Sure, you are not alone at home. But you need to get out from time to time. Have meaningful adult conversations with friends, meet new people by attending events, and be part of a community. In other words, build connections with a fellow WAHM who understands you most.

Conclusion

If you are an aspiring freelancer, you now have some insights on what to expect if you take a leap of faith and start your home-based career as a WAHM. For those moms who are already working at home, what are the advantages and disadvantages you have experienced of a having a home-based job in the Philippines that made an impact on your life?

About the Author

Rhea Acuña is a WAHM for more than five years now. She started as a General Virtual Assistant and have vast experiences in different industries. Currently, she is working as an E-Commerce Virtual Assistant and is a Digital Marketing enthusiast. She loves to read during her free time, attend events that will help her personal growth and be part of a community where she can be with empowered and like-minded women.

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How to Find that Niche for your Home-Based Job

How to Find that Niche for your Home-Based Job

Freelancing

As a newbie in the industry of online freelancing in the Philippines, finding your niche is difficult.

If you’re like me who has been a stay at home mom for a long time, it might be challenging at first. It feels like are skills are somehow rusted and our self-confidence decreased over time. As well as, we unnoticed locked-up our skills and talents in a treasure chest when we chose to specialize ourselves to be a super Mom.

But cheer up!

You’re not the only one who had that predicament. All you have to do is to reflect on yourself. Remember the things you can do before and start on what you know.

What is a niche?

In Cambridge Dictionary it says: Niche is a job or position that is very suitable for someone, especially the one that you like. It’s where you are the best fitted. Also, can make a good impression and make you fruitful to your chosen field.

Why do you need to know your niche?

Niche will be your path to the road of success. It is your key to enjoy and love the home-based job more and more. Though a niche is not a starter pack, it might be a process to figure out.

Maybe someone might help you to find yours. Or you can diligently search in Google and Youtube. Even by joining support groups will help you to find your niche.

Tips on how to find your niche

Know what you can do. Start on what you know in search of a home-based job.

  • List down your skills.
  • If you’re a college graduate, you can start with what you studied. If not, for sure deep inside you there are certain fields that suit you. Because everyone has special talents that have given to us, that’s why we are all unique in our own ways.
  • Recall all the things you do before. If you're good at writing or art projects start from it.
  • Be diligent in knowing yourself.

Know what you really love to do in finding your niche.

  • Love what you do, do what you love! Knowing it will definitely make your way easy because it will not make you get tired of what you are doing. It will also help you to battle struggles that might come your way.
  • So list down at list top 3 things and figure out what you love most.

Finding your niche is understanding your strength and weaknesses.

  • List them and make your weakness your strength. Because knowing them will shape you to be an expert on that field. It will also lead you to what you are passionate about. Understanding this phase matter most because we can be the best that we want to be when we acknowledge and embrace our flaws and improve it.

Know the circle of your niche.

  • Why you have to know this? It's because once you know what your niche is, you need to look on who might help you improve it and be at your best. So build and get a circle that might help you and motivates you.
Remember, you should never stop learning and challenging yourself. Try something new and don't be afraid. Furthermore, unfull your cup and always make room in learning.

About the Author

Doreen Ramos, an enthusiast to learn more. A self-appointed Financial Manager and the beast in the house when angry. Nevertheless, she's always a loving wife and mother. She started as a Virtual Assistant in mid-October 2017. Currently, she works as an e-commerce Virtual Assistant of a British client. She believes everything can be learned as long as you have the grit to do it.

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Co-working Space Feature – Happy Hive

Entrepreneurship , Featured , Freelancing

Who run the world? GIRLS! 

This is specifically true with Happy Hive Solutions, Inc. Founded in June 2017, Happy Hive was created to help other professionals and startup companies who are having a hard time navigating through the rough waters of entrepreneurship, business formation, and administrative functions to sustain the business.

“Happy” embodies the culture and atmosphere that they want to foster both for employees and clients; while the term “Hive” was derived from the concept of a beehive where bees intrinsically work alongside to contribute to the survival of the colony.

We all know how awkward it is when to be outside and our child starts throwing tantrums. We just can’t control those judgmental stares, can we? What we love about Happy Hive is that it is parent-friendly. Yes, you read that right! You don’t have to worry about leaving your kids at home because you can tag them along. Isn’t that awesome?

We got to interview Mommy Reena Lebanan, one of the owners of the Happy Hive Solutions, to learn more about their space and why you should try them out.

1. What inspired you to start Happy Hive?

“The inspiration came from the idea that we, as mothers, shouldn’t be made to choose between career and family, simply because we could do both at the same time. It may be difficult, but it can be done with the right attitude and an understanding community, it is possible.

Another spark was the thought that other professionals and startup companies within our circle had no idea where to ask for help or how to sustain their businesses with regards to support services. Combining the two driving forces, the five women behind Happy Hive agreed to start a company where inclusivity, open-mindedness, and transparency will foster and grow.”

2. How did you get the background and skills necessary to run the Happy Hive?

“The combined skills, background, and experience of each team member of Happy Hive makes it easier to run the company. Architectural design and construction, financial management, research and library science, administrative management are some of the background of the women of Happy Hive.

But of course, we have the best teacher around – experience! Nothing beats doing something and knowing that you could do better this time around because you already have almost the same experience before.”

3. What are the biggest challenges you had when starting the Happy Hive?

“The most challenging part for us was wearing different hats to sustain the company. Aside from our main services, we are also the community managers of the coworking space. With limited resources, we sometimes have to do things on our own and this makes time management and organization tricky. Fortunately, having great team members makes everything easier.”

4. How many are you in the Happy Hive team?

“Happy Hive is composed of six women with different backgrounds and roles in the company. One is our consultant and has a full-time job as a financial manager of another company. There are two registered architects (Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer, two members who have a background in Library and Information Science (Chief Operating Officer and Administrative Officer), and one with a background in commerce and management (Chief Administrative Officer).”

5. In case of power outage and internet interruption, how do you keep your business running?

“In case of power outage, we set up a backup light source (candles, emergency lights) and we have a backup internet also. Most of the time, coworkers wait it out ‘til the electricity comes back so they could work comfortably with air-conditioning, proper lighting, and fast internet.”

6. Whom do you seek advice from for your business?

“We seek advice from different entities and people. For legal matters, we go to lawyer friends, for financial matters, we seek advice from relatives who have strong background in finance and investment. It depends on what information and advice we need. There are times we talk it out amongst ourselves to give each other advices within the team. We are avid readers so whenever we need some advice, we also refer to credible articles and books.”

7. Why do think your customers select you over your competitors?

“Customers select us because we have competitive pricing and we have created a culture of inclusion, open-mindedness, and transparency. They go back not only for the amenities, but also for the people in the community who have grown accustomed to working with each other harmoniously with a sense of camaraderie.”

Thank you, Mommy Reena for giving us more insight about Happy Hive Solutions! We are pleased to learn that there is a coworking space that is 100% mom and child-friendly. More power to you!

Visit www.happyhiveinc.com for more details about their contact info, pricing and location.

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FHMoms 2018 Year-end Achievements

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2018 was another year of outstanding achievements, big and small, for Filipina Homebased Moms. These accomplishments are not going down the drain as they all give great impact to FHMoms as a whole. So, without further ado, let's look back at our main achievements last year:

1. Winner - Best Beginner Hack Award in DevelopHer Challenge

In September 2018, TEAM FHMOMS joined Accenture PH's DevelopHER : All-Female Hackathon and they were in it to win it! Mommies MK, Belle A., Kessa, Belle P., & Katrina were the team FHMOMS during Accenture PH's DevelopHER event. 

2. The Freelance Fair Community of the Year

The Filipina Homebased Moms was also chosen as the community of the year during The Freelance Fair 2018! Thanks to our group Admins, Moderators, Team Members, Trainers, Guest Speakers, Live Broadcasters, Event Organizers, Volunteers, Bloggers, STV Vlog Contributors, Encouragers, Sponsors, Partners, and most of all, the active members who diligently any questions in the group discussion. If not for all of you, FHMoms would never be possible! 

3. FHMoms and Pampers on Mother’s Day

Since FHMoms was created by a mom for moms, it was our joy to have celebrated Mother's Day 2018 together. Thanks to our generous sponsor, Pampers, "Celebrating Motherhood" started and ended with a smile on everyone's faces.

During the event, the speakers talked about healthy baby food ideas, turning your passion in a purpose, paano mapagod sa pagiging wifey, homeschooling, and freelancing. It was an event to remember! 

4. More moms became WAHMs through our courses!

With the help of our mommy trainers, we got to hear a lot of amazing success stories every day! And that’s what makes it so rewarding: seeing more moms getting home-based jobs with the help of our online courses.

We are rapidly growing and in 2019, we continue to move forward and give back! This is what our community is all about after all!

101,497 Members in Filipina Homebased Moms Community Group

2787 Students in Fhmoms Online University

83,000 Active Members according to group insights

34,219 Likes in Filipina Homebased Moms Page

501 5-star reviews in Fhmoms Page

180 Online and Onsite Events

15 Provincial Events

103 Videos in Fhmoms Youtube Channel

3253 Subscribers in Fhmoms Youtube Channel

 Thank you for all your the love and support, fellow FHMoms!

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How to Survive Working at Home with a Toddler

How to Survive Working at Home with a Toddler

Featured , Freelancing , Parenting

With the rise of virtual opportunities, more and more parents are embracing the bliss of earning without having to leave their family. You just can’t deny the many perks you can get from working at home!

Nonetheless, along with its advantages is the undeniable truth that it’s not always easy to work with kids around. Our little tots sometimes test our patience every time we sit to try to complete an important task. They don’t mean any harm, they just love us so much, they want our attention all the time. However, they also need to understand why we work.

It’s easy to hand them that phone or tablet to keep them company while you complete your deadline but there are other things you can do to turn your little ones into busy bees and give you that time to do your tasks. It’s a win-win for you and your kiddos!

FHMoms gives you a list of what you can do to survive working at home with a toddler:

1. Create an Indoor Activity Area

Our kids learn through play. Even though it looks like they are just making a mess, they benefit a lot from it. Create a little activity area at home where your child can play with his Lego and ClayDoh or do some coloring and writing. This will buy you time to do your job as you watch him from a distance.

2. Ask for help

As much as possible, we want to do things on our own. However, we must remember that there are people who care and are willing to help us. Do not be afraid to ask for help from your family to look after your little ones while you do your tasks.

If no one is around to help you out, see if you can hire a stay-out nanny to help you with your toddlers for a few hours. Nowadays, it’s easier to hire a stay-out than stay-in helpers.

3. Talk to your kids

Let’s not underestimate our toddlers – they can understand as long as we explain things to them. Tell them why you need to work and why you need to stay focused while you do your job. It will not happen overnight but with constant friendly reminders, they will soon get used to the set-up.

4. Make a fun deal

A little incentive offer won’t hurt! Have an activity set for your kids to complete and agree on an award if they finish their assignment. Talk to them about a prize they want to have – perhaps a toy or a happy meal?

5. Have your own “workplace”

Not to completely isolate yourself from the kids but the dining table is not a good area to work during the day! Designate a working space at home so when they see you sitting there, they know right off the bat that you need some time alone to finish your tasks.

Working from home is both a blessing and a challenge. It may not go smoothly right away but you’ll get there. Soon enough, you and your kids will get used to the work-at-home setting. After all, moms always find a way!

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