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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

Featured , Freelancing

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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