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  • Homebased Jobs: Parents Who Left Their Jobs To Work At Home Say 'No Regrets'

    It's a hard decision to make, but the rewards are well worth it.
    by Kat Castaneda .
Homebased Jobs: Parents Who Left Their Jobs To Work At Home Say 'No Regrets'
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  • Your day starts at 4am and ends a few hours just before you hit that alarm again for the next day. Sounds familiar? Many parents wish to have more time in a day just so they can juggle family and work duties. While you dream of quitting your job ASAP, you know it’s just impossible for now. 

    What you can do is to slowly ease your way to finding a home-based job that can still take care of family finances while you get to make home-cooked meals for the family. Sounds like a dream come true, right? But before you shift to a work-from-home job, consider its pros and cons and see what works well with your family set-up. Just remember the goal: less time in traffic, more time with the kids (and the husband, of course!). 

    Katrina Alcantara, entrepreneur, Mom and Milly

     

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    Kat, mom to Milly, 5 and month-old Marcus knew there’s a big competition out there when it comes to children’s toys so she focused on selling affordable wooden and educational toys for the Filipino families.

    “Building a brand can be a struggle. You have to establish your online presence from scratch. I had zero knowledge with e-commerce, plus I did not have budget for a social media influencer or an IT guy so I did everything on my own,” she says. 

    Another challenging part is in separating business from her personal life. “I find myself working longer than I should,” Kat shares, so she says you just have to take the leap. “I was too scared to resign from my job as a team leader in a BPO company before but my willingness to be a hands-on parent and wife toughened me up to drop everything and now, I have no regrets.”

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    Find Mom and Milly on Instagram @momandmilly, or Viber 0943-4570126.

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    Rhea Concepcion, chief of staff for an e-commerce company

     

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    Rhea says that working from home is a major decision especially if you’ve been used to the hustle and bustle of the corporate life. “Three months postpartum, I didn’t go back to my work and instead shifted to an e-commerce company on Amazon where I work side-by-side with the co-founder to help him execute strategic priorities. The good side is I get to learn a lot from the founders of the company as they scale an e-commerce empire, but it’s a challenge to work at night and to be disciplined to finish your tasks independently.

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    “I have to work smart so I could have more play and cuddle time with my son Liam who just turned one year old. It takes a strong desire to overcome the adjustments in all forms, but the reward of NOT missing out on any precious moments of your little ones makes it all worth it! After all, we just want to be there when they say their first word and take their first steps. It’s never too late, get up and explore.”

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    Zhai Asuncion, entrepreneur, Love Amerie

     

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    The idea started because her friends would always ask her where she buys her clothes. “I started selling clothes in 2013. Recently, I started offering luxury bags too because I realized that people really do love to reward themselves with pretty things.”

    Zhai advices that if you want to a similar business, sell something that you yourself would buy. “I love clothes and bags. For me, buying products doesn’t feel like a job but more like a therapy. Your business should make you happy most of the time.”

    Find Love Amerie on Instagram @love_amerie, or call 0906-4681299.

    Jamie Donato, tutor

     

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    Tutoring easily became the first option for Jamie since she is a teacher by profession. “It just requires minimal investment, especially since I just do it at home, and materials I need are either easy to acquire or already in my possession. It allows me to spend a lot of time with my child. I just put up a tarp outside our house, have leaflets ready, and wait for the inquiries to come in. 

    “My tutees just live in the same village as we do so we just do our sessions at our house. I don’t have to go through the hassle of having to go from house to house with this arrangement. I have set up an area for them, which works out great because my one-year-old daughter, Isay, gets to spend time in that area too (but not during sessions of course!). The pay is also good for the effort you put in.” 

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    The only challenge is the need to have someone watch over her daughter while she starts preparing and teaching. “I also worry about not having a pay when it is a holiday or school break, and of course there are no HMO benefits. But I know that no work setup is perfect, and that you have to do what works for you and your family. I am lucky to have a husband that supports me in becoming the mother that I want to be.”

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    Mio De Castro, project manager

     

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    Mio is a project manager for a Denmark-based company providing web and mobile app development services. “Our work shift is from 2pm to 11pm, and it’s an output-based job. I just make sure that I always have my phone beside me to check on Skype and Gmail.”

    The company used to have a physical office in Makati where he worked as a Sales Rep/Project Manager for local clients. “When my boss (who also has Filipino roots and is married to a Filipina executive in a multinational company) moved back to Denmark, he decided to retain the team and transition to a virtual setup.

    “Now we are a fully virtual team in the Philippines. Most of my officemates are based in different provinces, and they also have kids. Eventually, I became the only remaining employee from the Makati office and have not actually met in person any of my current workmates. We have people from Cebu, Bohol, Laguna, and even Singapore. It’s amazing how people can work effectively as a team regardless of their distance from each other.”

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    “At home, I can help with errands, cook, play with my daughter Tamia, 7, and attend to the needs of my stepdaughter, Amanda, 14. I also have the luxury to indulge in my hobbies such as gaming and photography. The only challenge is the lack of concentration when working at home.”

    Mio encourages dads to consider having home-based jobs. “I believe children grow better physically and psychologically with a parent’s care rather than that of a household help. It is not an ideal set-up for everyone and I understand why a lot of couples need to work in an office. It might not be easy for some to transition to it but for a homebody like me, it wasn’t a hard transition. Before you commit to anything, consider your personal needs and the demands of your family life.”

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