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Thursday, May 26, 2016

What Working Online at Home Thought Me So Far



It has been a year and a half since I managed to break free from the corporate world. After working so hard to land in a stable source of income online, I decided to take the plunge and to enjoy what working online at home offers. The whole year and a half was a blast when it comes to our finances but I cannot deny the down times I had to face and is constantly facing every day.

Here are some of the things I learned from the year that has passed.

Productivity depends on you and not the external factors at home

I would constantly blame people around me or situations that would led me from being unproductive online. In reality, how productive you become depends on you alone. You can choose to lock yourself in your room for an hour or two and be able to finish all your articles if you just focus to do so. Or you can choose to lie around, watch a movie online and would later on cram at night to finish what is required for your day’s work. You can even manage to juggle three full time works online and be productive in each of them in a short 6 hour period. Again, it all depends on you.

Exercise and balance diet is necessary

Working online in front of the computer makes you sedentary. I had to deal with a bad case of UTI late last year up to the early part of this year due to poor eating habits and lack of proper exercise. Working online made me value my well-being and health and I became more conscious of the things that are good for my body and the things that are not.

Saving is a must

It came to a point when I had three full time jobs online and I was earning almost as much as my husband does overseas. I had a lot of bills and finances on my shoulder too. House expenses, tuition fees and school expenses are just some of the responsibilities under my lists. However, saving a portion of what I earned became a habit for me, thus I am in a position where I feel more confident about my financial status. However, I had to focus on one job since the later part of last year to focus more on my health and my kids.

Working online has its drama

I have always believed that working online allows me to escape from the drama that I had experienced working in an office. However, drama can be anywhere and I have to constantly deal with my personal dramas on a daily basis. There will be days where you would feel lazy to do work. You’ll end up missing having colleagues you can enjoy coffee and small talk with while at work. You miss going out and dining out after work. You would sometimes feel that your work online is keeping you from exploring the world. It does, if you allow you to. However, drama or burn out moments like this can be resolved with a trip to the salon or with several retail therapy sessions at the nearest mall.


Working online at home, for me, is a balance of fun, rewards, time with kids, health issues and a little bit of drama here and there. I still look forward for more years like that in the future, minus the health issues and the drama this time around.

26 comments:

  1. I strongly agree with your photo quote. I would love to do the same as you working online at home but it what I do now doesn't sustain my daily needs. It is really hard to balance stress and passion if you do it both. But of course, productivity is solely up to you and your time management.

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    1. Some are lucky enough to be able to work with their passion and make money from it. Hopefully we can experience the same in the future, of course through hard work.

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  2. I have my share as a fulltime freelancer for 3 years. Health is the #1 concern, and I strongly agree with your Exercise and balance diet is necessary.

    Dont overwork, keep the stretching and cardio fired up.

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    1. Thanks for that. Working at the office required me to move a lot. Being sedentary for quite some time has its bad effect. Thank God it's not too late to catch up an be healthy again.

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  3. You work online. Is this upwork? I have always wanted to try to escape the corporate world but my only problem to dive unto online work is a stable connection. Hahahaha! You are right with that. It's about passion.

    Aika | aikaloraine.com

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    1. Luckily I managed to land as a direct employee of an Australian SEO company. Nowadays, a stable internet connection is really necessary to work online. however, I started with a broadband stick during my early days working online. Eventually as your income grows, you'll get to invest with faster and more reliable online tools as well.

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  4. Great points and certainly learning these things. I fully agree on this line, "Productivity depends on you and not the external factors at home". So keep as productive as you can and don't blame what's around you. :)

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    1. It's no good blaming others for our inconsistencies. Discipline while working online is up to us. We should all be mature enough to understand and live with that.

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  5. Recently, I've been meeting a lot of people who works online. I'm glad people nowadays are getting more opportunities online. And for a corporate junkie like me, I'd like to be able to explore online opportunities related to writing. Thank you for your insights!

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    1. There are many opportunities waiting to be discovered out there. Hopefully you will find yours soon.

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  6. exercise and balanced diet.. this is indeed very important for home based workers like us...I also agree with those lazy days haha

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    1. The comfy bed or sofa can really make it hard to do a few push ups or go out and enjoy the sun every now and then. But we need to move and sweat a little every now and then to enjoy a healthier life.

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  7. I imagine leaving your day job has both positive and negative consequences. It takes double hard work. But thanks to online world, job opportunities reached this far.

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    1. The negative consequences so far for me is the feeling of being alone. My husband is not around so I basically have no one to talk with at home while working. Thank God I am too busy taking of the kids as well, if not, it would be depressing at times to be always stuck at home.

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  8. I'm also a WAHM, ang yes, I agree with you, saving is a must. We're trying our best to be able to really save, save, save for the future. Nothing's permanent.

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    1. Yes, we really should save as much as we can. Tuition fees are increasing every year, and my eldest is just about to enter kinder school. I still have a lot of saving to do for their future.

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  9. It's not easy working online so good job in as far as you have done so. I guess if there is something I could add is to make sure to give time to connecting with people in real life. Online is one thing, seeing people is another thing. Only through cultivating networks could one have more opportunities for the future.

    http://www.amazinglifedaily.com

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    1. I actually miss interacting with people in real life. Hopefully I can find time to bond with friends and relatives sometime soon, I really need that before the school year starts.

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  10. This seemed like a clear and accurate breakdown to me. I often find that I am as productive as I decide I am going to be. It's all in my mind! And yes, I've seen how important exercise is if you work at your computer all day. I can get really sore if I don't take breaks to move around!

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    1. Keeping our health balanced and healthy, not only physically but as well as mentally and emotionally is necessary to keep ourselves going for the things we are passionate about.

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  11. Quite interesting post!! Seems like you've well balanced your work and enjoying much with your work!! Keep it up!! More power to you!! :)

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  12. I have seen my husband who works from home. He misses colleagues and office drama. Its very difficult to keep up with the regularity of work because procrastination tends to take over. Great post, tells u how to save, have fun while working from home.

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  13. Indeed. I couldn't agree more of this. It is definitely true that there are pros and cons in working online but compared to working in corporate companies, nothing beats online opportunities as it keeps you closer to your family provided that you jsut keep the balance between work and family.

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  14. Exercise and balance diet is necessary ----- this is my struggle when I started home based job. huhu. I needed more motivation!

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  15. I am really planning in the near future to work at home so I can have more time with my son. Thanks for sharing your experience of working online.

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  16. You're right, working at home have its downside-- lack of physical activity that can lead to illness. I also learned this the hardway, discipline is the key - Sonnie

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A graduate of Civil Engineering but a writer by heart was the main reason why I figured out that the corporate life was not for me. I enjoyed being at home, far from the competitive atmosphere of a typical 8-hour job. I hated the idea of extending work hours at the office or bringing work at home. I cringe about the idea of having to prioritize work over my family and living. Luckily, i managed to break free from the corporate world after seven grueling years. Although I must say that I have learned a lot both personally and professionally from my office job, I would never see myself turning back after being able to achieve my dream of being at home and working online. As I try to reach my first million while working online I also plan on entering a home-based business in between blogging and taking care of my kids.


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