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%.