Saturday, January 7, 2012

Weighing in on Being a WAHM

"This is my entry to Stay at Home Blessings Adgitize 4th Year Blogging Giveaway. Join and win one year domain name and one-month advertising."

I think that with 5 years of work-at-home experience, I have a pretty good grasp of what is involved in the pursuit. I was a schoolteacher before I became a mom and two months before I gave birth, I had resigned my post to become the primary caregiver of my soon-arriving daughter. A few months into motherhood, I decided to help out my husband with our family income by taking on freelance writing work. I've always freelanced as a writer, mostly of feature stuff and short stories, but writing usually takes a back seat when I'm regularly employed. In any case, I started writing CMS manuals for a web development company. After that, I became aware of online writing gigs - mostly SEO/keyword-oriented writing through a writing egroup I was a member of. In the past 5 years, that has been the major source of my work-at-home income. I've had other gigs such as transcription work, translation, being a voice talent of sorts doing Spanish recordings for call centers, content writing, etc. I've been employed part-time to write, encode, proof, edit... stuff for a tutorial website, and now I'm employed full-time as a press release/article writer... It's hard to work from home, but as long as I can afford to do that, I'll do it because of my kids. It's of the utmost importance to me that I be around for them not only as their primary caregiver, but also as their primary teacher and influence. I'm exhausted though. No, I don't have hired help, although my family, esp my mom, help a lot. Still, I'm really tired. I haven't had a decent night's sleep since my third trimester of pregnancy, and it is only by the grace of God that I function reasonably well. It's really pretty amazing, considering all the things I have to accomplish in a day. It's not anything extraordinarily spectacular for moms, but mothers are amazing creatures anyway...

6 comments:

Stay at Home Blessings said...

Hello Ivy, thank you so much for taking the time to join my blog's giveaway. I know that caring for a new baby is one of the most hectic schedules ever.

Also, thanks for sharing your experiences earning from home. Veteran ka na pala in earning from home. So glad to know that it is really possible for moms to earn from home, especially for good writers.

Praying you will have the strength of God everyday as you do what mothers do best. God bless.

spinninglovelydays said...

Thanks, Chin chin! God bless!

Chin chin said...

Hi. I just dropped by again to tell you that you forgot to add your post link to the inlinkz. I can do it for you but I thought of letting you know first.

Have a nice day.

Sharkbytes said...

Mothers have to be young, because they are the only ones who can outlast the lack of sleep and constant demands. Hang in there!

spinninglovelydays said...

@Chin chin: That's weird. I'll do it over. Thanks for letting me know.

@Sharkbytes: Thanks! I certainly didn't feel the process of aging until I became a mom, lol

Stay at Home Blessings said...

Hi, Ivy. Hope you're doing fine.

Sorry for being makulit. You have already filled up the Google Docs form. But I still haven't seen your link in the inlinkz widget (you can find it at the end of the giveaway post). It's critical that you put your link there because that's what I will use to automatically pick the winner and send you the notice in case you win. I could fill it up for you but I don't know what email to put in.