For its new season, Mommy Talks is featuring different work at home moms. Our guest for today is Renz Alcantara. I met her through the Manila Work at Home Moms FB group.
Hi Renz! Can you share a little bit about yourself?
I’m a mother of a pretty little girl, Peaches and wife to my love, Troy.
Saying that I love to read is an understatement. Last January, I was able to finish 16 books. I have this insatiable craving for knowledge, imagination and emotions that one can only get from reading.
My family and I love traveling. It’s a blessing that my husband’s family business is a travel agency and we are always traveling somewhere several times a year.
My personal advocacy is to be kind to Mother Earth. I support no plastic rules and proper garbage disposal. My biggest step I think is setting an example to my little girl.
Why did you want to be a work at home mom? How did your journey start? How long have you been working at home? What sort of work do you do at home?
I am a work at home Mother since 2008 and I think it was the best career decision I ever made. I think I am really meant to be one. I decided to become a WAHM when my daughter was born. We didn’t have anyone close to us that could stay and take care of our daughter while my husband and I work, so I roamed the Internet and accepted odd online jobs until I landed my first big client through a referral. I was given the opportunity to learn all the skills required to become a well rounded Search Engine Optimization specialist. I learned computer languages and computer programs that I never learned from school. I became involved with online businesses and learned to manage and grow them. Soon, my clientele was growing.
What steps did you take to become a work at home mom?
My first step was letting the world know I am looking for an online job. I told my friends offline and online that I was in the lookout for a work at home job. While doing this, I was building my portfolio by making sure I write well on my blog or in any articles I wrote.
When I started working at home, I was using our old desktop which was totally battered and spent. When my income grew, I was able to upgrade to a faster computer. That I think was the major step I did. Always upgrade and make sure you are equipped with a fast Internet connection since that is your bread and butter.
Being a WAHM worked so well for me because I started to learn how to leverage. I hired a stay out helper who can watch over my daughter and do the cooking and housework while I concentrate on my clients.
What are the struggles you face being a work at home mom? How do you overcome them?
I remember I got frustrated when my day didn’t go well as planned. I was slow to accept that being a WAHM means you should be ready for unexpected “events” like the kid decided it was time for a tantrum while you’re in a middle of a meeting, or your helper decided to leave without notice. I remember my day gets so crazy because I can’t think well when the house is in disarray, which is always the case if you have a toddler.
Was your expectations met? Why?
Yes. I have learned so much in my years of being a WAHM. I feel very blessed for having been given the chance to be one. I love that I am always present in every school activity, every occasion and every single milestone that my child is taking.
I love the idea of making things happen even if I’m just in my home wearing pajamas.
What advice can you give to those who want to take this journey?
Think really hard if it’s for you. Being a WAHM means being able to sit for hours on end in front of your computer with your “virtual” officemates as your company.
If you decide you want to be a WAHM or try to become one, learn a specialized skill. Hone your craft and keep getting better. Then of course, know your worth- do not accept low paying offer just because.
Lastly, go out into the online world and let everyone know what you can offer.