Thursday, November 30, 2017

Finally Working From Home!

A month ago, I traded my full-time corporate job to be a work-from-home-mom/entreprenuer.

Coming home at 640 PM every day from the city, rushing to give Mikey a bath and feed him dinner and squeezing in as much quality time as I could with him and my husband before going to bed was a routine I was not prepared to commit for the next 3 years or so.

Mikey is now 14-months old and there's nothing else in the world he wants than to be around me, and, spending 10 hours in the office, away from him while he's in the care of another person was a thought that broke my heart.

What really triggered the decision was knowing for sure that there will come a day when Mikey won't want to be around me as much.

A day will come when...

He will not need me to carry him around
He will not want to follow me like my shadow
He will not need me to feed him his lunch/dinner
He will not need me to bathe him or wipe his dirty face
He will stop giving me the sloppy kisses that I love so much

So for now that there's nothing else that he wants in the world than to be next to me, I will remain by him for as long as he wants.

I was on a call with a potential client once and Mikey wanted me to get something from his toy chest and was being difficult about it. For the love of sweet Baby Jesus, I couldn't figure out what he wanted so it ended with me taking out everything from his chest - all while I was trying to close the deal. The good news is that I did close the sale. 

It was a risky decision, honestly. We live in NY and a two-income household is a necessity to live comfortably and I wasn't ready to trade in the little excess that we have for things like traveling (I want to go back home to the Philippines to show Mikey his other country!)

Thankfully, I work in digital marketing. And by nature of my profession, my office can be virtual. I don't need to be sitting at a desk every day to do what I do. Thank goodness for Upwork and industry contacts that I've established through the years, I am able to earn the equivalent of my old day job with the flexibility of staying home to be a mom to Mikey.

Unfortunately, not every mom I know is as fortunate as I am and work flexibility is still a concept here in the US. Moms are torn between earning money and being a mom and the idea of working from home immediately means earning less.

Honestly, I work TWICE as hard when I started working from home. It's not as easy as people make it to be. Sure, I work with my PJs and can situate myself anywhere but, I do have to balance being a mom of a highly energetic toddler and a professional - often, I excuse myself prior to starting any conference calls from clients because I know Mikey will make his presence felt in the background. So yeah, it's not easy.

And at the end of it all, I produce the same quality work as I would have been producing should I have been an in-office employee, so, why pay less? It doesn't make sense.

I am thankful to hear of companies like Werk who are disrupting the workforce for women and I hope that one day, work flexibility is an open option for working mothers without any compromises.

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