I am a work at home dad. I am proud to say that. Now, when I say work at home dad, I don’t mean that I’m a house-band. I don’t stay home to take care of the household chores while my wife goes out to earn money. I literally work at home. I have set up a home office and I rely on the Internet in order to work. Sounds like anyone’s dream job, eh?
I used to work in a call center. I started my career in the call center industry right after graduation and I’m proud to say that I was able to climb the corporate ladder and I became a supervisor and coach. As a single guy, life was good. I was earning money. I’m with some of the greatest friends that I’ve known. I’m enjoying my job. However, I was hit with the realization that I can’t do it for the rest of my life. That was about the time that I was about to propose to my then girlfriend and now wife, Aisha. I know that I’ll have a hard time handling work and family life especially with the insane work schedule. So I decided to close that chapter of my life and move on to a previously untested venture – working at home.
I signed up to this website, The On Demand Global Workforce – oDesk. It’s a site wherein you can look for clients. You can think of it as outsourcing. Clients will sign up on the website and post job openings. There are a lot of different jobs available from web design, article writing, SEO, SEM, data entry and a lot of other things that I wasn’t familiar with. Needless to say, I jumped in and took the challenge by doing self-study on these tasks. Luckily, I was able to land my first client. It was for an article writing job. I did a great job and he left me great feedback. I then used that feedback in order to gain more clients and now, I work 50-60 hours per week working for different clients.
This is why we decided to set up our own company – Red Creative Marketing. We still use oDesk to look for clients. Yes, we still work at home. I’m actually sitting beside my wife while she’s working with a client from Australia.
As a Filipino dad, I suggest that you explore the possibility of being a work at home dad. I’m not suggesting that you quit your day job and risk everything like I did. Back then, I was still single. If you have your own family now, don’t risk too much. I suggest that you just look around the site and explore the possibility of being a work at home dad.
Now, ask yourself how many free hours you have each week. Why not take on an article writing task and write the articles every Saturday? It’s a good source of extra income and who knows? You might earn enough in the future and be able to quit your job and be a work at home dad.
A lot of people are asking why I don’t want to set up an office for our marketing company. Right now, I don’t see the need for it especially since we have a baby coming. I can already imagine our baby playing in her play pen while her mom and dad works. Sure, her yaya will be there to watch over her. But nothing beats the feeling of having the freedom to stop working anytime I want to play with my baby Reese. That’s what being a work at home dad helps give – quality time with the family.
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