Once in every year, mums will become the focus in every corner of the world and in the news, that’s Mother’s Day!
This year, News Straits Time (NST) is doing a feature on mums who gave up their career by choice for the little ones, but are also working from home, i.e. work at home mum. I was honored to be one of the ‘stars’.
It was such a lovely news this Mother’s Day. Thanks NST and the journalist, Audrey (a lovely mommy journalist) for the article.
Why work from home?
The journey of being a work at home mum started 3,4 years ago. While working full time as a commercial manager, I was lucky to be able to leave office 6pm sharp everyday. However, I was restricted by Mrs. Boss to take leave as I wish to.
Hence, I had a dream, dream that I could have flexible time for my children and ageing parents while being able to earn a living from home.
That’s the dream of most mums, isn’t?
You may be disappointed if you fail. But you are doomed if you don’t try. ~ Beverly Sills
The quote shared by a friends after knowing my dream changed my life. I was so daring to make the decision – quit my full time job after received the message, but of course with my Plan B. Lol…
Start from zero to becoming a work at home mum
Many ideas to earn from home with my skills flow into my mind after decided to be a work at home mum. And I even explored many new fields, new skills and jobs that suit busy mums like me.
Developed my own website, started a work at home mum facebook support group that grows to a thousand plus members now, helping and mingled with like minded mums. Well… just realized I’d done so much from zero while writing these. Huhuuu…
The best is…. the support group and my humble two cents on working from home was featured in another article by NST. Check out the full online article here…. 😉
Don’t forget about my Work At Home Mum Ebook, that had inspired many mums succeeded in their online and home business. So proud of it with many many positive testimonials now. Hehe…
What to do at home after quit full time job?
I actually worked at part time basis in the office with reducing pay and benefit for a year. By the way, that’s a good idea for transition, and I strongly suggest you opt for it if you can.
After a year, I finally quit and started my Quantity Surveying freelance work (check out how I made it with no client base at all here ;), and built up my ownhome business.
Yes, two careers that allow me to earn at my own pace and I enjoy it very much.
I shared a lot of home and online business ideas that can earn from home for busy mum. Many were asking what do I do then and why I choose it out of the many ideas I’d shared.
What’s my home business and why I fell in love with it? Check out Part 2…. 😉
Are you a mum who wish to work from home ? Feel free to reach out to me if you need my humble opinion or even work with me. 🙂
Next month is 4 years ‘anniversary’ of my second breastfeeding journey. Hurray!
Can’t imagine I have been a moo moo mum to my big monster for 26 months and to my little monster for 4 years now, yet still keep going. It’s tough but this round i decided to opt for baby-lead weaning.
Looking back, there are indeed lots of tears and hardship to be a successful breastfeed mother. Many friends keep asking how do I sustain for many years. After think long, here are the breastfeeding tips from my own experience to successfully breastfeed.
1. Pre delivery preparation
I have to admit that pre-delivery preparation is important, in terms of knowledge. Absorb whatever breastfeeding tips and information as you can prior to delivery.
Same as most new mums out there, I told myself I want to breastfeed when I was conceiving the 1st time. That’s it, without trying to read and learn the relevant information. I thought breastfeeding is easy and even standby a small tin of formula milk for the “in case”.
Not until my elder girl was born, she sucked then cried forever. End up I resorted to the “technique” of letting her suck then offered formula milk for a month before I learnt and read what a breastfed mum should know.
2. Breastfeeding Friendly Hospital
If you want to breastfeed successfully, choose a breastfeed friendly hospital. The first bonding right after the baby is born is important. Tell the nurses in advance your intention to breastfeed so that they will not offer formula milk to the baby.
I choose to deliver at Putrajaya Hospital during 2nd pregnancy. It’s tough as the baby will be with you all day round but you get to feed on demand.
3. Confinement Lady
This is one of the big obstacles to mums who employ confinement lady as a helper.
I had a bad experience with the first confinement lady, who always complained my breastmilk supply was not enough, baby hungry and etc. I couldn’t forget how I dropped tears in the blanket during midnight with my breast engorged to fullest but my baby was fed with formula milk by the helper. Yet I dared not to object.
Be sure to choose a breastfeed friendly confinement lady too. Tell her in firm that you want to breastfeed without formula milk allowed. That’s what i did to my 2nd confinement lady who brought the baby to me whenever she cried for milk.
You think your milk supply not enough? Take the word of a nurse, she told me that she will never believe our breastmilk supply not enough unless the baby tells her. I suddenly “wake up” from my own myth after heard this and threw away the standby formula milk.
That marks my starting point of fully breastfeed my elder girl since 1 month old.
If you are a new mum, set your goal into a series of smaller milestone at 2 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months and etc.
After you get the hang of breastfeeding, it becomes a natural routine.
Set your brain to the concept of
supply = demand
You will have milk supply whenever baby needs it although you just fed 5 minutes ago.
There are too many hardship you have to go through to be a successful breastfed mum.
Stress at work, no time to pump, no suitable place to pump milk, questions posted by busybody, sick, engorgement, block milk duct, mastitis and the list goes on.
Learn to pretend deaf to nonsense comments. Breastfeed or pump the milk regularly no matter how busy how sick you are.
One of my unforgettable experience is bringing the breastpump while admitted hospital. Pump on time although severely diarrhea due to food poisoning.
Without realize, determination and perseverance become the factors for a busy moo moo to continue the journey.
6. Support of Spouse and Family
Communicate with our spouse and family to get the support in our breastfeeding journey.
Direct latch and washing sterilizing bottle and breastpump take up a lot of time. Be firm and confident on what you are doing is right.
Although my family members are supportive, but some of the time i still need to be thick skin pretending deaf whenever they can’t stand to complain what the hell i was doing in the kitchen with the bottle and pump.
7. Mingle with like minded mum for breastfeeding tips
With the convenience of internet and smartphone, there are many informative websites, forums and social media groups related to breastfeeding.
Join the group, discuss, ask questions, get support, get motivation. The more knowledge you gain, the more confident and longer you can sustain breastfeeding.
I don’t know how long i will be a moo moo this time, but looking back… it’s really worth it!
Leave your comment below if you have any other breastfeeding tips or any questions that i can help. Wishing you to be a successful moo moo mummy also 🙂
You will be available whenever you are needed by your child.
You earn money yet can take care of the family at home.
It’s a perfect work-life balance that every mum is dreaming for.
While everybody is talking about the perk of working from home, is anybody telling you that working from home could be more challenging than working outside of home?
Here are 5 Myths about working from home that probably nobody ever tell you.
Why you need to know about these? Get ready with what to expect will help you to make correct decision to work from home and be prepared for what’s ahead.
WORK FROM HOME MYTHS?
#1. Your house will be clean all the time
No matter you are a freelancer, telecommuting, or starting your own small business from home, you are still working. Regardless it is 4 hours or 8 hours a day, your work has to be done during the day.
Instead of spending the time to clean your house, you will have to finish your daily project to-do list.
By the end of the day, you might not have the energy to finish all the house chores. The dishes that used during breakfast might still left in the sink till dinner time. The floor is not shining enough to be your mirror.
#2. You gain plenty of free time at home
Yes. Working from home save the hours stuck in the traffic, save the nonsense chit chatting with colleagues in the pantry, meeting and etc.
But don’t forget you will still start work late (after sent your child to school) and end earlier as soon as they get back home from school.
Otherwise, if you have a baby, he/she is your boss who determines how much time you can work.
Preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner also will take up most of your time. So being organised with the time/schedule is the key to success.
#3. Work from home is easy
Ha.. How nice because no boss or superior is telling you what and how to do at what time. Nobody will restrict your online activity.
So you have to make sure not to spend the first few hours of the day checking other people’s life on facebook and grab the most value for money offer in online shopping.
You have got to be discipline, focus and self-motivated to get the work done.
#4. You are at home so you are not working
Be sure to tell your friends and family that you are actually working at home. Many people have the impression that if you are staying at home, you will have free time to help fetching their kids or ask a favor from you during the day.
Educate them and learn not to volunteer or helping friends in need while you are working.
#5. You no need childcare or helper
Perhaps the pulling factor for you to work from home is you get to spend more time with your child and save on childcare cost.
But depends on what you are doing to make a living from home, there might be occasion that you will need childcare or helper in order to focus and get your work done.
Imagine will you bring your child to office and expect to get the work done as needed?
So before you let go your full time babysitter, it’s good to have a back up childcare plan or even just get your friends or family to help you few hours a day or a week in exchange of quiet time for your work.
Notwithstanding all the myths about working from home, most work from home mums will still telling you that it is doable and rewarding. Practice makes perfect!
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Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life ~ Confucius
Finding a job you love is age-old advice.
Get paid to travel, perhaps this is one of the job most people simply love, what if I tell you it’s not a fantasy anymore?
If you want to start your own small business and have the desire to see the world, consider the opportunity in travel industry.
I’m not saying that you should be a tour guide or open up a travel agency, which needs training, certificate and courses.
There’s a lot of disruption in travel industry. Nowadays, many travelers are inclined to do research online and book travel themselves instead of booking a trip through a brick and mortar travel agency.
In USA, internet travel sites are hiring more people to market their travel-related products online and providing many opportunities for travel entrepreneurs to run their home based business.
And the wave of disruption has came to Malaysia! The first internet travel site that providing such opportunity in Malaysia is Tripspin by Hodo Global.
Here are Top 9 reasons why I grabbed the opportunity once it was landed in Malaysia.
1. Get Paid To Travel
The top reason to put your love of travel to work.
Most people love to travel, but can’t afford it or have to wait for the annual leave be approved at the mercy of kind-hearted boss before departing for dream vacation.
Being an affiliate of Hodo Global, owning a travel booking website, Tripspin, travel become my career.
A career with the opportunity to earn money from the comfort of my home while helping others to enjoy visiting new places, save money, make money and even travel for free! And my hard work get paid to Travel for Free as well. It’s not unbelievable.
2. Home Based
Thanks to the internet, the technology disruption has enable everyone to market all the travel-related product provided from the comfort of our home, via a laptop, tablet or smartphone only.
In fact, I can do it online or offline at my preference, and I can do it part time on my own pace.
3. Suitable For Introvert Without Marketing Experience
I don’t know about you, I myself have no sales experience and professional marketing skill.
No prejudice to other niche, I’m shy to sell physical health and beauty product, I’m shy to share my ‘before and after’ product testimonial. But I can excitedly imagine myself sharing amazing places with friends and family when gathering.
It’s so easy to create curiosity and awareness about my travel business by just saying:
”Hey, where did you go last holiday? I have a new travel booking website with amazing deals that will save your money, will you want to try it!”
4. Make Memories With Your Beloved Family
Lots of people say :
“Take vacation! Go as many places as you can with your loved ones.
You can always make money; you can’t always make memories.”
My 3 years old and 7 years old children just love hotel, they can recall every memory of the hotel stay, which hotel has the best food, best kid’s area and best swimming pool.
With Free Travel privilege and passive income generated from the home business, vacation becomes very affordable!
That’s the vision and mission of Hodo TripSpin indeed, make traveling affordable for every family!
Maybe some people might tell you the the global economy is unstable and deterring travelers from going vacation. The truth of the matter is global travel is well on it’s way to rising to almost $12 trillion a decade from now, according to World Travel & Tourism Council.
When economic is good, people travel abroad; when economy is not good, people travel locally. Don’t you see your facebook friends were sharing their trips every now and then especially during year end holiday?
People are still flying, people are still booking hotels and renting cars, so we get paid through the process.
6. Worldwide Business Operated From Home
It’s online booking without physical product, I just need to market my personalized link with anyone in the world to earn money and free travel. Who’s that?
People who want to customise trips
They compare the deals with other booking website, for instance Agoda, Booking.com, Hotels.com and etc themselves.
Most of the times TripSpin are cheaper. They book the trip themselves even when I ‘m sleeping at night, and I get paid for free travel, easy as that.
7. Legacy of Profitable Evergreen Home Business
Travel is evergreen activity that peoples do everyday. The business operates without my presence after established customers and network base, it’s a kind of residual income.
That will be a valuable legacy for next generation, which I’d never think before as an employee.
8. Meet Amazing People
This is referral marketing, as much as we embrace high tech, we also embrace high touch.
When you share the business opportunity and amazing deals in the awesome booking website, you will meet amazing people across socio economic line.
I have been to different places and meet different people from all walk of life. That’s including high social status people, businessmen from different niche, professional, and stay at home parents.
It’s a life lesson that probably you could not learn from school and organization.
How much you need to begin a decent global business? I mean a business that earns USD with worldwide customers.
An ordinary people like me could not own a booking engine forever, a mini Agoda travel website to do the business. But now with the cost of a smartphone, I own the license and the travel booking website to earn the commission and free travel.
The Only Way To Do Great Work Is Love What You Do ~ Steve Job
I’m in doubt of the quote until I find TripSpin, where i get paid to travel the world, a steady stream of passive income.
I can’t help not to share the opportunity with everyone who loves to travel, who wish to start a side business or part time to supplement your full-time income.
If do it right, you can even quit your day job, get paid to travel the world with your loved ones while you are still young.
Check out Here or contact me if you wish to know more and I will help you along your Entrepreneurial journey.