Last year, July 2008, I finally decided to throw in the towel and leave the corporate world. I wanted to do something else with my life, something that would give me more time with my son, and still be able to help pay the bills, afford the medicine for Gabby, and pay for Mama’s therapy. With the recession’s noose around my neck, getting a good job just seems impossible. But I was hopeful. I always believed in luck you see. And I always believed I bring luck to the people around me. What inspires me to work is knowing someone else can benefit because of my good fortune.
In Paulo Coelho’s book, the Alchemist, there is a powerful line that goes:
When you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you achieve it.
This is in reference to achieving one’s personal goal or destiny, the one thing that we are meant to do in this world. And for me, it’s my personal goal to be there for my son…or children if I have more. I want my son to grow up knowing he is free to make his own decisions and knowing he will always have a family to stand beside him…or a mom that he could run to when he needs help getting his math homework done🙂
Now, I found my “answer” online, or rather, it was my husband who led me to it.
I found out about oDesk.com
is an online marketplace and forum for companies seeking to outsource web developers and online service providers. Projects are paid on a fixed rate or on an hourly wage. Their software allows the buyer or the company to hire, manage, monitor, and compensate the service providers from around the globe. Providers or freelancers are required to install in their computers the oDesk software to log time and log screen captions of the work done.
The work is challenging. You compete with providers from around the world. Your world now is the internet, and here you match wits, talent, and skills with top providers or freelancers in the US, India, Russia, UK, etc. You have to stay sharp, deliver your best, and learn more about your craft. Whoever said work is easy? The wages can be low, but you have to set your standard. You have to make sure the buyers get more than their money’s worth.
This is the withdrawal that I made July 2009. It may not seem much to some, but it really helps pay for my son’s medicine. Sometimes I do two or three different jobs.
Working online can be rewarding too. You have more time with the kids, take a nap in between work, work in your pj’s…or take your laptop out, and work anywhere you want at anytime you want.
So what are you waiting for?
Now you have a choice on where you want to work. If you are a student, here’s your chance to earn a few extra bucks.
Update: Last March 2010 I received a text message from a representative of a cable company asking if I would do an interview for their episode on work-at-home moms. I declined the interview. Im still shy when it comes to interviews like this. But my husband was thrilled that I’ve been getting some attention from this blog.