I have worked for the corporate industry for almost 6 years. I have worked in different companies with different cultures and different people you have to deal with in my daily life. I have traveled to different places to attend meetings, conferences, events, etc. I’ve experienced the regular 9-5 job, I’ve tried the night shift, I’ve even tried a job wherein I was on call for almost 24/7. It was not easy. The travel alone is tiring enough because of the rush hour traffic. The long nights in the office are inevitable due to deadlines, revisions, late meetings and the like. Moreover, the politics of each workplace and environment may be unbearable for someone who is idealistic when it comes to work ethics.
My corporate experience came to an end when I decided to focus on my family life. Now, with two kids in tow – a seven year old and a 11 month old, it is important for me to be a part of their growing up stages, or their childhood. The maternal instinct has kicked in. Resigning from the corporate world and entering full-time motherhood was never easy for me. I had so many doubts whether I can do it or not, and how to sustain my family’s lifestyle without a job.
My only hope after resigning was an online job. Yes, I am an online freelancer. It was not easy at first since I had to find out where to get a job and how to find an employer. I was nervous and doubtful with the future that looms before my family and I. The only thing I was confident about was that I know I can write. Luckily, I was able to find someone who would hire me as a writer. Though the salary may not be at par with what I was earning before, it’s still a good shot.
benefits and advantages of online freelancing as a career
- I work on my own schedule.
My morning is filled with all the household chores – from cleaning the house, doing the laundry and tending to the kids. As soon as I am done and the kids are already taking their afternoon nap, I’m off to work. Work stops before dinner time since I have to prepare their food. After dinner, I tuck them to bed and once they are asleep, I resume with my work. I can control the number of hours I spend with writing. There is no need for me to clock in to a time card. No need to render endless hours of overtime (which are unpaid, by the way).
- Being an online freelancer, I was able to expand my network.
My employer lives in a different country where I am from. Though we may differ in timezones, what’s important is that I was able to add someone to my network thus making it easier for me in the future.
- I choose the working environment that I am in
When I was in the corporate world, I was confined in a cubicle and stuck to my workstation. I was compelled to attend long and endless meetings. I was obliged to listen to my boss’ ranting about not meeting the goals and all the other negativity. However, now that I am a freelancer, I can actually choose where to work. I can stay inside my house, and use my multipurpose room – a mini-office, nursery, playroom and bedroom. Or I can choose to bring my kids along to a nearby coffee shop and work in peace while they play or read books. I can even work in a park while my kids are busy running around. Most importantly, I need not attend those unending meetings wherein I got bullied over and over again.