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When Are You Going To Get A Real Job – How To Deal With Unwanted Advice

Home office

Home office (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the things that always comes up in discussion whenever I’m with my friends who also work online is how a lot of people can’t seem to help themselves and tell us that we should get a “real” job.

It doesn’t matter that I’m earning more now than I did in my old office job. It doesn’t matter that I’m working 40 hours a week. It doesn’t matter that I have a fulfilling career. It doesn’t matter that I also encounter the same kind of work related stress.

What matters is that I don’t work in an office, I don’t have a title that I could put on a calling card, I don’t have a boss that makes my life miserable, and I’m not wearing office clothes and make up. Apparently, as long as I don’t have those things, I’m not “gainfully” employed.

For the most part, the advice comes from people who care. It’s annoying but I’ve learned how to live with it. For the most part, I know that the advice stems mainly from the fact that they’re concerned about me. They want me to have my own money. They want me to help my husband with our finances. They want me to feel fulfilled. And those who care are usually happy with this response:

Thanks you for the advice and I understand that you mean well. I’m really touched that you’re concerned for me and my family. But this is the best set up for me and for my family right now, considering our circumstances. I am happy, I am fulfilled, and I have a stable income. If there’s something better out there  I would gladly take it. But for now, this is a good opportunity for me and I want to take advantage of it.

When I give them that answer, they understand. They know that they’re heard and they know I took their advice seriously. They understand that it’s not something that I can use right now but at least they know we’re both on the same side.

But what if the advice comes from people who don’t matter. Complete strangers. Acquaintances. People who think that their opinions should be set on stone and anyone blessed with their advice should follow them or else you would feel the wrath of God?

I have a ton of delicious comebacks for that =)

When are you going to get a real job…

…when my imaginary boss fires me.

…ssshhh, my imaginary boss can hear you…

…you see this (my house), this is all an illusion. We’re actually in a real office. That office that you’re working in is actually your house and you’re working from home.

…when I stop making real money from my fake job.

…when they start letting me wear pajamas to work.

…when a real job can do all my chores, babysit, and errands for me.

…when they release me from house arrest.

…when I can bring my fridge to work.

…I’m enjoying the real responsibilities of my fake job too much to quit.

…but I can’t leave my imaginary officemates. They depend on me.

…I have a real job. I mentally project myself into an office everyday.

…once I get the controls of the TARDIS right, then I’ll be back in an office in my real job.

…once I’m able to climb out of this black hole I call my home office.

…when I shop for groceries again. I’m going to get a  real job, with real milk, butter, sugar…

…and miss “Walking Dead”? No way…

…once I find a cure for my condition, real-job-itis.

Please let me know if you guys have any funny or witty comeback for this. Would love to hear how you guys responded to this annoying question.

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Real Estate Virtual Assistant – March 8, 2013

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Real Estate (Photo credit: allan.hane)

A  real estate company in the United States is looking for a real estate virtual assistant to deal mainly with phone support. They want someone who has  good command of English language,  can speak it clearly and is eager to learn.

Responsibilities include:

  • Call into Voice Mail account to retrieve message and return calls.
  • Process data from phone conversations into our database
  • Browse Craigslist and other online sites to make outbound calls (scripts provided)
  • Outbound Text Messaging
  • Other Real Estate duties

Click here for more details about the position and how to apply.


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Accountant – February 28, 2013

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An Australian company is looking for a full-time home-based accountant with the following qualifications:

  • Excellent English communication skills – verbal and written
  • Must have a degree in Accountancy
  • Must have 3 years professional experience focused in Accounting.
  • Software Skills: MYOB, SAASU, Quickbooks, Xero, etc.

The accepted applicant will have the following responsibilities:

  • Process invoices manually into an accounting software
  • Process bi-weekly payroll
  • Process bi-weekly supplier payments
  • Reconcile bank accounts
  • Post month end journals
  • Prepare a closing monthly trial balance
  • Maintain fix-asset register & depreciation journals in
  • Prepare monthly BAS within the accounting system
  • Respond to emails of suppliers, internal employees, and business partners.

Click here for more details about the position and how to apply.


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Software Developer – February 14, 2013

Software Developers working at Magenic in San ...

Software Developers working at Magenic in San Francisco, California, USA (Photo credit: Wonderlane)

Bringing some love to all the techie moms out there with a software development project.

Global Officeworks is working for a software developer to help them upgrade or recreate a program that integrates  customer database, does basic accounting and invoicing, and medical records which can be accessed using the MS access program.

Client will provide a video describing the detailed functions client requires. Developer will design and build new program. Expected time to complete project is 1-2 months of full time work.

Click here for more details about the position and how to apply.


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HTML Coder – January 21, 2013

A real estate agent is looking for an HTML coder to help code Craigslist ads. This is a part time ongoing project. Salary is negotiable, depending on experience. For more information about this position and to apply, send an email at Rob@PhiladelphiaHouse.Com. Those with onlinejobs.ph jobseeker accounts can apply for the job directly here.

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MyFlex’Office In Davao City

If you’re a Davao-based WAHM and you want to work outside the house but you don’t want to hang out in a coffee, there’s usually not a lot of options. But did you know that Davao City now has it’s own co-working space right in the middle of the city?

I discovered MyFlex’Office earlier this year along Sta Ana Avenue when I was supposed to cover an event there. I wasn’t able to stay long because of a family emergency but I was able to stay long enough to get a good look of the place and what it had to offer.

It’s a really simple office, with a small conference room, a couch that could serve as a lobby, and open, shared work desks with multiple outlets. They have WiFi, fax machine, copier and a mini pantry with limitless coffee for workers.

I find the P200/day rental fee a little steep but if you’re going to spend that much for coffee anyway, I think this place can be a good alternative since it does come with unlimited coffee, Wifi, and use of office equipment for that day. They have cheaper rates for those who want to rent by the week or monthly but I’m not ready to make that kind of commitment yet (and I can’t afford it).

But overall, I really liked their concept and I’m actually looking forward to working there when my daughter goes to school nearby.

For more information about this place and how to get there, you can visit their website: http://www.myflexoffice.biz/

If you guys know of any alternative workspaces that WAHMs can use, please let me know! If it’s in Davao, I can check it out and feature it here. If not, I’d be more than happy to let you guys write a guest blog here. Until next time!!