People always wonder about the type of job I do at home.
I WORK FROM HOME.
This job includes childcare, cooking, doing the laundry and basically keeping it together while staying sane most of the time.
I used to have a regular day job have been freelancing and taking on some projects that allows me to earn at home from time to time since 2010, then I just discovered myself doing it more often when I decided to be a full time hands on mom to my twins last year.
I get mixed reactions whenever people learn that I have this kind of job. Their comments would vary from, curious: “I wonder how much she earns?” or “Is it even legal?” to amused: “Wow! That’s nice you get to work in your jammies and avoid traffic.” to “That’s getting the best of both worlds, staying at home and earning.” and the worst: “Are you dating foreigners online?” and to even a more morbid thought, “Do You show them something you shouldn’t in public?”
After some news that were circulated by the media in the past few weeks, more and more people are getting into it and trying to find some jobs that they can do at home as well. To be honest, I don’t really mind if people are researching or recognizing how stable freelancing and working at home can be. -BUT, this is not for everybody! You can always try. Why the hell not?! The world is huge and the internet is a vast market that you can use to your advantage.
The truth is, working at home is more complicated than what you heard about.
Myth 1. EARN HUGE IN AN INSTANT!
There are people who rules this freelancing market and they earn a lot. They get to put a price tag on their work. Not everybody can earn big at once, these people who earns a lot per project is being paid for their hard work, experience, skills, time and equipment just to name a few factors that has to be considered when you try to question why some are being paid well. If you want to make a lot of money you should first invest in your skills, in your niche and RESEARCH on your target market or field. Please do everybody a favor and don’t just go in there trying to make promises to the client and not deliver, because they somewhat associate your work ethics and their experience working with you with your race/ethnicity. You don’t represent just yourself to be honest you also represent your country of origin. This may sound racist but it’s true for some. So be careful with how you do your business.
Myth 2. YOU JUST NEED A PC AND STABLE INTERNET CONNECTION.
Okay the two things mentioned above is definitely a must. Aside from a well maintained and working PC plus a stable wired connection, one should always HAVE TO HAVE A BACK UP computer and internet connection. Let’s also not forget a working and spare webcam, headset with microphone, required computer software, paid malware ( you have to invest in your online and computer’s security, you’ll never know how bad a virus can affect your unit. NO UNIT=NO FILES=NO JOB=NO MONEY). Sitting in your pajamas the whole day, maybe for like 12 hours straight can strain your back and have a negative effect on your posture, an investment ergonomic high back with neck support office chair is also needed.
Trust me on this one.
If you’re working from home you need a really comfortable chair.
That list of the things you need to have is just the basic ones, you need more depending on the type of job that you do.
Myth 3. YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPEND MONEY ON ANYTHING.
We don’t have to invest in expensive shoes or a business suit, not even shell out on transportation and food.
WE HAVE TO PAY FOR….
Computer maintenance (which would usually require us to hire some IT technician or expert based on our needs) and back up equipment or software and malware, we even need to shoulder a few membership fees on some platforms or tools that we use. We have to pay for not one but two or more internet service providers because we can definitely not afford to have any internet related problems since it will greatly affect our productivity. We also need to register ourselves as independent contractors,s o that means we have to pay more tax, we also need to settle our own SSS/Philhealth and HMO fees.We don’t have 13th month pay or leave credits. There are a few times that the client would be generous and offer a raise or some kind of a performance incentive bonus, but that doesn’t happen everyday.
That is just again to name a few.
Myth 4. YOU HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
Yes, that’s right but we also have to work on unspecified number of hours and base it on different time zones with strict deadlines. The pay could either be per project or per hour it is totally up to your agreement with the client. Scheduling and organizing skills are crucial at this point because you don’t want to spread yourself and the quality of your work too thin.You need to live up to the client’s expectations because your main goal is to make sure that they would do business with you again. That’s how you survive in this industry you must always give it your best and be true to your words 100% of the time.
Myth 5. NO COMMITMENT REQUIRED, YOU WORK WHEN AND WHERE YOU WANT.
THIS IS NOT TOTALLY TRUE.
As a freelancer or someone who works from home, you must always have a contract with your clients. Everything should be clear and in black and white, everything should be recorded and accountability must be the top priority. Nobody wants to work for long hours only to be turned down or not get paid on time or ever! You should protect yourself, your craft and your intellectual property rights.
Most clients would require you to work in a tidy and well lit environment, so they can easily see your face on the time tracker (screenshots of your computer and your face are taken from time to time to ensure that you are doing your job, this is required for most but not applicable every time.)
The contract should clearly state how much time is required for you to do a task and for how long. How much are you going to get for a job or per hour. If possible ask for a bond.
Take everything into account. If it’s not recorded or accounted for, they can claim that it didn’t happen.
I don’t mean to discourage some who would want to venture into this field. This article is meant to give you some tips and also think more into what are the things that you have to consider to gain some job and hopefully stability in this line of work.
I am truly happy with what I’m doing now, but if there are better opportunities out there I am surely still keeping an open mind and heart about it. The world is big and opportunities are endless, it’s just waiting for us to explore it.
credits: photos from google.