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People nowadays are becoming more curious of the possibilities of working from home. We have a lot of work at home individuals now, but is still isn’t made known to the vast majority of our country’s working population.

I, myself get a lot of inquiries regarding work at home opportunities on this blog.  Moms, especially are interested in this set-up because of the chance to earn without having to leave their kids at home.

I really try my best to answer all your questions and as much  as I would love to be of help, I just  don’t always have the answer nor the time.

Worry not for the folks at Manila Workshops have come out with the perfect solution-   The WAHM 101: How to Be a Work-at-Home Mom.

The workshop will happen on June 28, 2014 from 10AM to 4PM at the 12th floor Multi-Purpose Hall Insular Life Building, Ayala Avenue corner Paseo De Roxas, Makati City.

Look at the image below for details.

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The learning fee is only at Php 1000 per person if you register and pay before June 15!

Mom or not,  I do think  there is a  lot of valuable information in store for anyone who would like to join the work-at-home revolution.

This is their most awaited and most attended workshop so save yourself a seat and learn from the experiences of real W-A-H-M’s!

Just head over to their website to register.

 


Money has been tight last year.

I never really understood the importance of having  financial aids or tools in place, until my Father passed away and I was stuck in debt.

Now I know better.

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 I plan on managing my  finances more effectively this  2014 and what better way to  start it than by building an  emergency fund.

An  emergency fund is 3-6 months worth of income  to cover basic  living expenses just in case  something unexpected  happens.

The problem is by the time we get our salary we almost, always end up with no money left for savings.

Income – Expenses = Savings

We should really pay ourselves first and I’m not referring to buying the latest gadgets or shopping for clothes and shoes. Let us invest in our future and let us start by building our savings.

 Income – Savings = Expenses

The next time we get our salaries, let us automatically deduct money for savings and whatever remains would be for our living expenses.

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Good thing there’s BPI Direct Save-Up, an online savings account that automatically deducts money from your existing ATM based savings  account.

You can choose how much money will automatically be transferred (minimum of P250) and when it will do so. An added feature is that you also get a free life insurance from Ayala life (amount depends on your account balance).

How to:

1. You must have a BPI Savings account and enroll it online at www.bpiexpressonline.com

2. Once enrolled, open up a BPI Direct Savings Account. Log in to your BPI express online account, go to My Portfolio > Open New Accounts > Deposit > BPI Direct Save Up Account.

3.  Enter the amount you want to transfer, indicate the source account (where funds will come from) , choose the frequency of transfers (once a week, every other week, once a month, twice a month). Click submit.

4. An Info card will be mailed to you which serves as proof that you are enrolled with BPI-Save Up Savings + Insurance.

5.  If you need to use the funds, just log in to your online account and  transfer the funds from your BPI Save Up to your source account.

Everything can be conveniently done online, and once enrolled, transfers will be automatically done. I just love this product!

If you like to open one yourself, just go to bpiexpressonline.com for more information.


  I’ve always pictured myself as a        career woman. I used to think that I  can never be,  just at home, it’ll kill  me! Well, that is, until I became a  mother.

It’s just amazing how motherhood  can simply change all the pre-  planned notions or dreams that we  have for ourselves.

When my second child was born, I knew I had to quit teaching to search for greener pastures. It’s a sad fact here in our country, teachers just don’t get the pay they deserve.  No wonder why most prefer to teach abroad.

Going abroad, was not an option for me though. I can never leave my kids. No. Good thing there was another option, that is, working in the BPO Industry.

So there, I became a call center agent. I was just lucky to be able to handle financial accounts, which really offer huge pay.

Everyone thinks that being a call center agent was easy and that you just need to be good in English. Well,  that’s not really the case.  Problem solving and analytical skills are of priority as well. Plus , you must really be patient because call center agents get yelled and cursed a lot.  It’s a very dynamic and  challenging environment, at the same time,  toxic and stressful and this is why, call center hoppers were born.

Call center hoppers are those who stay with a company for a few months to a year, then move on to another company. Some would just wait for the signing bonus, some, for the 13th month pay. The stress level is just too much sometimes.  Now you know, why call center companies are always hiring!

This really just goes to show, that high paying jobs does not really equate to job satisfaction or employee fulfillment.

And I felt that. I see myself just waiting for the 15th and 30th of the month, but during the course of waiting for the pay day, I was just  always stressed and  gloomy. So gloomy it affected how I interact with my kids and husband.

This is my breakthrough moment. I just realized I needed to prioritize my relationship with my loved ones and not be blinded by the the huge bucks I get from my oh so stressful job.

So then, I started looking for work from home jobs. I learned about Odesk, Elance and Freelancer, of these , I focused on Odesk.

I created my Odesk profile, took some test to validate my skills, etc.  All these, I did while I was still working.

I almost forgot about it until after 6 months, I got an invitation for interview by a client from Odesk. I was just so happy, that I rendered my resignation right away. It’s a leap of faith, something I believed in, that even though there was no assurance that I would get the job, I took the risk. And thank God, I was hired!

I got what I wanted. A chance to earn without leaving my children.  A chance to see them explore and grow but yet still be able to provide for them.

A year and half passed, and I’m still working for this client plus I got another home-based job- teaching English online.

The time and opportunity I had to work from home, also opened me to the idea of homeschooling.

It’s just like everything fell in it’s right place. I get to be hands on with raising and educating my kids by homeschooling them; and I get to earn at the comforts of my own home.

So don’t be afraid to take risks, take that leap, go outside your comfort zone.

They say you just have to love what you do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life… to this, I agree 100%.

God bless!


I always wanted to be a career woman. But it all changed when I became a mom. I guess motherhood really changes ones perspective and priorities a lot.  I suddenly felt unhappy with my job, transferring from one company to another.  I thought the high salary would be enough reason for me to stay and build my career, but really it wasn’t. Day by the day I just drag myself to work, hoping it’ll end soon. I wasn’t happy. I missed my kids.

I wasn’t resolved to feeling like that forever. So I made some research on possible work at home jobs. I read a lot about work-at-home opportunities. I just kept on signing up- some were scams, some legit like Odesk and Elance. I focused on Odesk since I found it easier to navigate and understand.

After much reading, I signed up for Odesk, made my profile, took some test to support my skill capacity, etc. I had an on and off relationship with it. I applied for some jons but didn’t take it seriously.  I still went to work but would check on my Odesk profileonce in a while. It was like this  for I think, 4 0r 6 months.

Then one day, I saw a notification on my Odesk profile about a client wanting to interview me. Unsure of whether I’ll get hired or not, I took the risk and resigned form my job! It’s crazy but it really felt like it was the right thing for me to do! And looking back, I’m so happy I did so!

I am now happily working for that client for almost 9 months. Plus I also have another work-at-home job wherein I can choose the hours I want to work!

I am just so thankful to the Lord for giving me these opportunities. I am able to see my kids grow and not miss any moments! This is just a dream come true!

If you want to work from home too, go ahead and research about it. And more importantly, pray for the Lord’s guidance.

Psalm 37:4  “Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Be blessed everyone!