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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.