Thursday, May 26, 2016
What Working Online at Home Thought Me So Far
By Joie Gahum 9:28:00 AM freelance career, freelancer, Remote Work Online, stay at home mom, Working at home, working online, working online tips, working with kids
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.
What Working Online at Home Thought Me So Far Reviewed by Joie Gahum on 9:28:00 AM Rating: 5