With the pandemic affecting people from all walks of life, we are forced to stay at home and be responsible citizens to stop the spread of COVID-19. Working at an office and going out with friends seems to be a distant memory now. Works traditionally done in the office are now forced to relocate at home. Yet it’s not all bad news, for there are perks in pursuing a work from a home career with your current job or as a VA.
Have you ever been in a situation where you got late for work because you took your time getting dressed? Trying to look cute for your crush at the office, and maybe this time she will notice you as you walk past her for the 4th time in 15 minutes? When you start working at home as a VA, there won’t be a need for you to turn on your webcam most of the time. So you could do your tasks while wearing your PJs or even be in your undergarments. You could take calls sitting in an awkward position that your grandma would shout at you for when they see you, telling you that if you continue sitting in that position that your job will be ringing the cathedral bells for masses. You could even lie down as long as your headset cord is long enough and you don’t doze off into oblivion. The only time you would probably turn on your webcam is when you have a team meeting or a consultation with your boss, but most of the time, they would like you to wear casual clothing or wear a blazer over your shirt.
Let’s face it; we work to pay the bills, not starve, provide for ourselves and our family, save up for future expenses or endeavors, in short, to earn money. The pay may vary per employer and the type of work you do. Still, the starting VA salary is usually around 4-5 USD per hour (There might be companies or individuals that will offer you less than 4 dollars, and I advise you to value your skills and have a little respect for yourself). Giving you more time for other possible activities like watching k dramas, playing video games, or posting your Tiktok videos, hoping maybe you will be the next viral star to be featured in KMJS. However, being at home, most likely you would like to work full time to help ensure a better future for yourself and your family.
Reporting to work, whether it’s an office, restaurant, kiosks, etc. and whether you commute by public transportation or a private vehicle, there’s no getting around the fact that you need to dish out cash for you to report to work. I work in the province where we could get to the other side of the city in just a Jeepney ride or two (Unless you’re that kind of person that no matter how far a place is, you’ll always say, “We could walk there.”, then I hate you). The fare in my city Pre-pandemic was around 7-8 pesos depending on the route. So on most days, my transportation expenses would only cost me approximately 20-30 pesos. However, in the capital, it’s a different story. I have heard from relatives, friends, and acquaintances who work in Metro Manila that their daily fare would range from 60-100 and people who live in nearby provinces who have jobs in the Metro that usually spend 200-300 pesos every day for their daily commute. Just imagine the money you could save by rising from your bed to turn on your pc, wash your face (If you’re too lazy to take a bath), and start working. Also please learn how to cook. Cooking will save you a great deal of money than eating out or ordering food from that pesky endangered animal that keeps on sending you notifications to order mouthwatering foods that don’t look the same when you receive them and taste them.
It’s been mentioned repeatedly that the three core values of Filipinos are: Family, religion, and Lumpia. Ok, maybe the last one should not be on the list, but family is the basic unit of Filipino society. Filipino people are more loyal to family ties than their western counterparts that it is sometimes to our detriment but most of the time to our advantage. With that familial loyalty, we also like to spend time with them, and if you have children, teach them your values, bond with them, help them with schoolwork and have the little ones watch Cocomelon so you could have 15 minutes of peace. Most Filipino parents are attentive to their kids and, in my opinion, the least likely to be absent in their child’s formative years and events. However, work may usually get in the way of forming these lifetime bonds. Working at home, your child will have that image burned in his mind that you were always there at home tending to them and their needs. Who wouldn’t want to be remembered fondly by their family, right?
Working as a Virtual Assistant (Philippines) has its perks, and its main draw is that the hours are flexible. You could choose the hours you will be working through; it should also coincide with your employer’s time zone’s working hours. Other VAs even have the freedom to do the assigned tasks at their convenience as long as they meet the deadline. So you could watch another episode of the series you’re binging or just lay down on your bed thinking about the time you were waving back to your crush and realizing it was somebody behind you they’re waving at. Get it out of your system before starting your daily tasks.
You may hate working in an office environment, and you hate the daily commute to work, you need enormous pay for your efforts or whatever reasons you may have, working from home has its benefits and great ones. It would be best if you found a niche before deciding to pursue working from home, but the rewards you will reap will be worth it in the long run for you and your family.
If you think you’re ready to start your work from home journey, click the Apply Now button on the top of your screen. Good luck!