Wailings Of A Work At Home Mom

The Wild and Wacky World of WAHMs!


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Working While Pregnant: Perks and Pains

A pregnant woman

A pregnant woman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I know a number of work at home moms who started working while they’re still pregnant. When I was still working as a medical information analyst, my office allowed me, and other pregnant employees to telecommute.

I also know a lot of women who think that the best time to become a work at home mom is while you’re still pregnant. Working while you’re still pregnant does allow a lot of perks.

For the most part, working at home is more relaxing than working in an office. You don’t have to commute. You’re comfortable. You can take as many bathroom breaks, snack break, and naps as you want.

You get an idea of what it’s like to work at home before the kid(s) arrive. You can set aside workspace as you’re preparing for the baby.

Telecommuting and working at home has allowed a lot of pregnant moms to stay productive. However, pregnant working moms, especially those in their first pregnancy, have to be ready for the surprises and problems childbirth can bring.

No matter how prepared you are to work at home, once the baby arrives, everything changes. You have to give your body time to recover and you have to adapt to your child’s needs.

Not Superwomen

We hear stories of moms going back to work after only 2 weeks from giving birth. These moms are admirable but it’s not for everyone. Some work at home moms feel compelled to go back to work so soon because they feel like they don’t have an excuse to take a longer leave. They’re working at home, which should give them all the rest they need.

But that’s not often the case. Even work at home moms have to take extended leaves for their health and for their child. This means a break from business/employers/clients. This means you might have to change everything you’ve prepared for before you had the baby.

I was hoping for a normal, natural birth and I believed I was healthy enough to go back to work in less than 2 months. Instead, I had an emergency C-sections, surgery complications, a colicky baby, mild post-partum depression and limited childcare options if I did go back to work. From being able to work 12 hours a day (even during my pregnancy), I had to stop working completely for the 8 weeks and slowly pace myself back. As much as I wanted to be like Marissa Mayer who went to work after 2 weeks, it would have been impossible.

Once you have the baby, it’s who new ballgame. Will talk about that more tomorrow.

 


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Accountant – February 28, 2013

Image representing Xero as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

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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Executive Assistant – February 26, 2013

3 stone ring with channel set

3 stone ring with channel set (Photo credit: sirtrentalot)

Are you a work at home mom and you’d like to have some opportunities to travel? For WAHMs with older kids, this could be a great job for you.

Jewelry Channel, a television shopping channel, broadcast via Thaicom5 Satellite is looking for the Business Coordinator/Executive Assistant.

The primary role of a business coordinator is to act as a hub, or central point, of information for different modules of a business. The coordinator’s job is to manage the flow of information between the various, branches and departments of a business or organization. The business coordinator helps develop the “loop” of information that establishes the communicative process within an organization, browsing information, coordinate with business partner, schedule the meeting for executives, organize and general administration. Business coordinators may be assigned to run the start up business program/project under supervision and close guideline from head office. Our business coordinator may be required to travel to Bangkok for the training (under company’s expenses).

This is a full-time job with a great starting salary for experienced applicants. Click here for more details about the position and how to apply.


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Bookkeeper – February 12, 2013

Quicken 2005 Premier Home & Business

Quicken 2005 Premier Home & Business (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rebecca Farrant is looking for a part-time bookkeeper proficient in Quicken Home and Business. The job requires receiving and organizing receipts and preparing weekly/monthly reports. Click here for more details about the position and information on how to apply.


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How Becoming A Work At Home Parent Helped My Marriage

All marriages go through problems and my marriage is no exception. That’s why I’m forever thankful that my marriage has lasted this long and continues to  grow stronger.

We’ve been through a lot and I’m glad we made a lot of good choices along the way. I think, I believe, one of the choices that helped keep my marriage together was the decision to become a work at home parent. It was a decision that wasn’t taken lightly and wouldn’t have been possible without my husband’s total support and our determination to make it work.

Our Struggles

My husband works in a call center and his schedule is often erratic. And before we had our child, there were times that we hardly saw each other. He often works nights and I usually work during the daytime. And although my previous job offered some flexibility in terms of schedule, it still didn’t give us enough time to really be together.

And that first year after I gave birth was really tough on our marriage. We were having financial, health and family problems. We fought a lot and there were times  we literally cried ourselves to sleep because we didn’t know what else to do.

Our Solution

Then my sister offered me a writing job that paved to way for me to becoming a work at home mom.

When I started I was making a lot less than what I was earning in my previous job, but it was enough to make ends meet. Since we didn’t have to spend for child care and I didn’t have any office expenses, what I was making was already a big relief.

But more than that, it also helped life a huge burden off my husband’s shoulders. Being the sole breadwinner in our family scared him. At that time, our future looked so uncertain and he wasn’t sure what he was earning was enough to provide for all out needs. Me getting that job helped relieve a lot of stress and made us more confident about our future.

Unexpected Benefit

Date night at Bellini's

Date night at Bellini’s

The relief from our financial burden was welcome and expected. What we didn’t expect was finally getting that extra time together.

It’s not a perfect set up. We still have to share our time with our daughter. But working at home allowed me to adapt my schedule to his work schedule. I would try to work when he is working so we could be together. I was finally able to wait for him to get home so we could finally talk and just be husband and wife and not Mama and Papa.

And even when I can’t match his schedule (because of our child), I’m still able to make some time for him even if it’s just to talk or take care of him.

Why It’s All Worth It

My daughter, my husband and I at our favorite place: home.

My daughter, my husband and I at our favorite place: home.

A while back, I was seriously considering applying for a job and working in an office. It was one of those days where everything went wrong. My daughter was being difficult and I was having a hard time at work. I started to question if the sacrifices I made were worth it and if I was really cut out to be a work at home parent.

After I shared this with my husband, he held my hand and told me that I was doing a great job. “More than that”, he says, “I’m glad you’re a work at home mom. I get to see you and our baby everyday. I look forward to coming home because I know you’re there waiting for me.”

Those words made everything worth it.


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Writer – February 7, 2013

English: Traditional freelance writer work system.

English: Traditional freelance writer work system. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Limeboat Media is looking for high quality home based freelance writers.

This job is great for stay at home moms because of the flexible hours. You can work for as many or as few hours as your like.

Applicants must go through a few preliminary tests to gauge their skill. Training will be provided for specific assignments.

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


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Making Money While You Sleep

Working online, I’m constantly bombarded by spam enticing me to sign up for offers that would help me “make money online” or “make money by doing nothing” or “make a ton of money working part time”. Despite the fact I know that most of them are scams, I admit that there are times that I’m tempted to check them out. It’s no surprise that a lot of people lost a lot of money in the recent pyramiding scam on the news, despite the fact that most of us know that pyramiding is illegal. The promise of easy money is too hard to resist.

I know easy money doesn’t exist but I think there are ways to earn money without working too hard. There is a way to earn a bit of money the easier way, but it you do have to invest some time, money and effort to start.

What I’m talking about is creating several passive income generating streams. The great thing about them is you don’t have to do a lot of work to earn money but you also won’t be earning that much either. But build enough “streams”, you can a bit of extra income that could be used for savings or build more revenue streams.

This was a technique I learned from one of my clients. He’s always building businesses and investing. Once that venture starts earning, he passes over the management to someone else and starts something new. So he’s basically earning from several businesses and investments. He’s actually earning enough now that he can afford to retire young. But from what I can see, he’s enjoying what he’s doing too much to stop.

This is something I wished I learned about sooner. When I was younger, when I just started working. I wish I invested my money and started building small businesses back then. Who knows, maybe we’d be more comfortable now and I wouldn’t have to work so hard.

But enough about regrets. They only get in the way of actually doing something and I don’t want to wait for New Year to get a head start on this. As of this month, I actually started my first small side business (prepaid loading station from home) and will be partnering with my sister on another small side business. I have my freelance writing job and my VA job. I also plan to put more money into investments and savings AND make a more detailed budget for business and household expenses.

As Filipinos, we’re programmed to be content with what earn and pray for windfalls (like winning the lotto). But I’m not a patient person. Why wait for a windfall when you can slowly build one. My family is growing and I’m getting older. It’s better to start planting small trees now so I can have a bountiful harvest in the years to come.