Six years ago I used to wake up very early in the morning to catch a ride for my seven o’clock class.ย  I shouldn’t be late because I’m holding a major subject for junior Nursing students. But I was always late…

Four years ago I was granted a FREE apartment that is a stone-throw away from where I teach Chemistry to high school students. Again, I was always late…

Don’t get me wrong. I’m nocturnal by nature and so I usually get perked up at night time and become a bit lethargic during the day time. To remedy my problem, I’ve decided to find a night-time job…well not to mention that nowadays, night-duty jobs pay a lot (minus those who are working sa igpat-igpat ha๐Ÿ˜€ )

For almost 3 years now I have been working as a home-based employee. Technically, people like me are called outsourced personnel or outsourced employees or telecommuters. Basically, we work at home for people based outside the country.

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The Advantages:

1. No Boss
Unlike office-based employees who are stressed not just by their work but by the presence of their monstrous boss, home-based employees are blessed with the freedom of working without the presence – not even the shadow – of their boss.

This is not always the case. Some unlucky souls are given logs or software from their Boss which they install to their workstation. This software is the Boss’ watchdog. It has the ability to monitor the time in and time out of the employee. Some hideous software can even monitor the sites visited by the employee as he works his day out through the Internet.

2. No fixed office hours
Now this one is the blessing among the blessings received by a home-based employee. Personally, I’ve always believed that a GREAT job is that one which allows you to hold your own time or schedule. And lucky me, because I’m getting it as home-based employee – no 8-5, no 9-6, no whatsoever. I can eat any time I want. Plus I can even sleep in the middle of my work if I want to. Hahahaha!

3. $$$
Yep you read it right. Dollars ang kita mo when you work online much more if you work home-based.

So what will you do with your $$$$? Some remittance outlets allow sendout payments to be in $ while others are strictly in Peso. So if you have your gakagaskas nga dolyar, you can either have it changed to peso or keep some until the peso-dollar rate is favorable to you.

Most Filipinos wish to work abroad thinking that they can earn salaries that are higher in value compared to what they can earn here in the Philippines. This is not true always. I tell you, there are home-based workers out there who can earn up to 50,000 pesos a month by just working online for 8-10 hours a day, 5 days a week. How’s that for a grand bonanza????๐Ÿ˜‰

Well of course there are more advantages with regards to working at home than what I’ve mentioned here. But the above mentioned points are, practically, the top advantages that I’ve based on my personal choice.

The Disadvantages:

Some say it is not permanent, but I guess it depends. There are online job openings that guarantee a permanent position after some time of working under trainee or probationary status. Still others would even grant travel abroad for deserving employees…like a friend of mine who is scheduled to go to the U.S.A. Way to go Gee!๐Ÿ˜€

Working at home may not allow you to don your executive attire and other knick knacks. But don’t you think that it is more of an advantage than a disadvantage? No more toxic neckties…no more discomfort feeling because of high heels…plus no more pimples due to make ups…Plus you get to save from buying expensive executive clothes.

Anyway, this post is not about the pros and cons of working at home. I, actually, wanted to share with you some personal thoughts about how to be an effective home-based working, which also touches the above mentioned points. So, without much ado, here it goes:

PROCRASTINATION

Do you play games before or during or after a portion of your task is done? Why? To perk you up? Playing games, reading online mags and newspaper, and other sort of de-stressing activities online are good….only if they are put and done at the right time. So why not play games after your work?

Remember the following:
1. Business first before pleasure.
2. You can always rest later.

When faced with a bunch of email instructions or a pile of tasks, you prefer to open FRIENDSTER first before working on the easy ones. You blog first before you proceed to work. Or you chat with friends first before doing any of your work. Tsk! Tsk! Tsk! That is definitely a bad work habit.

It’s OK to open FRIENDSTER. Who said it isn’t?๐Ÿ˜€ The idea is just limit your time. You can do it to perk you up or to energize you, but never do it as a filler for your work hours.

So what are you supposed to do?
1. Energize yourself with your favorite online activity. Do it for 10-15 minutes.

2. Now go back to your list of things to do for your Boss who is not around๐Ÿ˜€

3. Focus

4. Scan through and decide whether you want to do it by priority or according to difficulty.
REMEMBER: First things first.

5. Now put on your headset, set it to a relaxing or inspiring tone.

6. Close the door of your room, if possible, put a DON’T DISTURB sign.

7. Concentrate.

8. (This one is my personal add-on) Pray for strength that you may be able to last the day without having to say SORRY or LAME EXCUSES to your virtual boss for things undone.

9. Now start working…finishing each email instruction one after the other.

Finally, you’ll realize that you will end up to the last email instruction in your INBOX. Now that’s what you call TIME FOR KITKAT๐Ÿ˜€

MULTI-TASKING

This one is my favorite – working on multiple tasks. I won’t side on either party – YES IT’S OK TO DO MULTI-TASKING or NO IT’S NOT OK TO DO MULTI-TASKING. You see, I’m just in the middle. It depends on how you look at it and the need for it.

Multi-tasking is effective for people whose focus and concentration levels are high. This ensures that correct actions are done on every task. For people whose concentration level is quite low, then I suggest that you do not stick around Multi-tasking.

Here’s what you can do instead: Work on your task one-by-one. Complete whatever it is that you have started.

Sometimes it is better to work on a task and finish it up to your last breath rather than doing multiples jobs and not finishing any of them. Sometimes I would do multi-tasking and finds out that at the end of the day my output is low because of a divided attention.

Now, before I could eat up my BREAK TIME due to blogging, I must park my cursor now and get back to work.

To the home-based pips, KUDOS to us!!!