Let’s admit it, sometimes, full-time parenting brings us homesickness and make us feel we are less important. We don’t contribute to the family financially because we don’t work and just stay at home for a lot of chores.
In this blog, we will look at the reasons how Freelancing is the best option for you to alleviate this common feeling of Stay-at-home moms.
According to FORTUNE.com, parents make up the largest generational groups of freelancers.
The fact that parents are hands-on with their kids, the obvious Number 1 reason they do Freelancing is:
You get to control your workload at home and bond with your kids at the same time. How awesome is that? Right! We know that Stay-at-home moms (SAHM) juggle a lot of chores–from diapers, to cooking dishes, watching kids, etc–which makes it a real struggle to work a full time 9-5 day job.
Good thing, freelance jobs are in the rise nowadays. And a lot of moms are considering it due to the flexibility it offers.
By freelancing, you can opt to work full-time as you multi-task with your mother duties.
Or you can opt to work part-time too.
Let’s say, after sending your kids to school, instead of just waiting until they get home from school, you can spend the rest of your time productively doing some writing jobs or marketing freelance jobs instead of just binge watching TV series or playing app games on your phones.
Freelancing is so flexible in a lot of aspects. You get to choose what type of job you want that matches your skills and availability. It doesn’t restrict you like a typical 9-5 jobs do.
Some moms that I know prefer to work as a freelance data entry encoder, internet researcher and article writer, as these types of jobs is so easy for them to work on in their spare time.
They usually work at nights when kids are all asleep or when kids are at school. So in the day, they make sure that their kids’ needs were met and that they spend quality bonding with them. Read here to see available Freelance jobs.
2. Enjoy being your own boss
Another awesome thing about this is that you work at your own phase because you are the boss. You can pause and resume work again after you have pickup your kids from school or finish your other chores.
You control your schedul
e and can finish any project in any time you are available. You may want to take a mini vacation or spend some bonding time with your family. Just as
long as you finish whatever project you have committed with your client.
Imagine being in front of your laptop in a resort while watching your kids playing in the sand. Isn’t it the best of both worlds? —working in your phase, earning, and most specially being with your family.
By being your own boss, you also control how much work you want for the week. So let’s say if you want more extra income, then you’d certainly work more hours.
Like a friend I know, every time she wants a new phone or any gadget, she would commit herself to a certain project and just 1 week later, voila! She has a new gadget! So basically, most of your income goals and targeting actually depends
on you because you are the boss.
You can’t do this if you work from 9-5 job! There are a lot of jobs that pay incredibly well. Read more available freelance jobs here.
3. Freelancing is so easy to get started. It doesn’t require much investment
A misconception of a lot of people is that freelance is only for those who have technical skills. Actually, anyone can be a freelancer as long you have the determination.
It’s not only for tech-savvy people. Having a skill is enough to get started. And I don’t know any person who doesn’t have a single skill. May it be in customer service, writing, editing, sales, marketing, etc. We all have our own skills or knowledge we can share. It may not be tech-related, but sure you have a skill that a client looks for. You may not just have fully discovered it yet or used that knowledge/talent. Read here to see more basic skills for freelance starters.
Freelancing is so simple that you don’t even need that much to get started. Actually, you may have everything that it takes –just a laptop, a good internet connection and the ability to communicate with your clients. It may sound too good to be true, but hey that’s all you really be needing. In my latest blog, I discussed step-by-steps on how to get started. Read more about it here.
4. You will earn while keeping your minds sharp
Most of the stay-at-home parents just wait until their kids get home from school. And while waiting, they just binge watch their favorite TV series, and at the end of the day if you come to realize, it doesn’t give them productive output. You can just imagine how much time you just wasted just sitting in your couch watching dramas.
In freelancing, never you’ll feel that your time is wasted. In fact, you’d be smarter from learning various skills and at the same time getting paid for your time or the project you accomplished.
It’s a win-win situation because aside from earning money, you just earned another skill that you can leverage and use for another client. And this is how smart freelancer thinks and work their ways up.
Freelance salary depends on a specific skill set you have. Some clients pay per project completion and some pay per working hours. Read here to see how much freelancers make.
Working various freelance jobs actually make your salary go higher. The more you become expert in your skills, the more salary you can demand for a client.
So the next time you wait for your kids from school, better invest your time wisely working in freelancing and grow your skills.
Remember we are doing this for our family and kids. As our kids grow, we also want our brains to be sharp to keep healthy. Doctors say that a well-used brain lessens the risk of illness in the future. And freelancing does a lot of health-related benefits to keep our brains active.
5. Finally, gain high quality of life and be more productive
Being a freelancer gives you a lot of opportunities to better your quality of life. You’ll get to beat homesickness and be productive. Having more quality bonding time with your family and earn at the same time will eventually lead to a HAPPIER you.
What I like about freelancing is that it challenges you each day.
I encourage and challenge you to explore freelance and experience the benefits yourself. For a start, you can just try part-time just to test the water.
If you have no idea yet what skills you can showcase, Read this article. It will be helpful for you determine the possible freelance job you can try.
Let me know what your thoughts or if you have any questions. Just leave them in the comment box below.