Q&A with Mom Dutdot on her thoughts and mother’s touch on being a work-from-home mom

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Posted on : 20-01-2011 | By : dutdot | In : Expat Blogging, Financial Freedom, Parenting, Work from home mom, Work-at-Home Career

Q: Dutdot.com has recently changed from mere natural letter writing blog to blog posts about your life as a work-from-home mom? Why the sudden change?

A: After spending almost two years at home with my baby, and doing my online business for the past 1.5 years, and now I’m pursuing my love for writing and Internet marketing, I opted to transform this blog into something that speaks of me in totality. I am both a startup mom and startup founder. I’ve been living on the Web since 2004, and I have been fascinated with online stuffs – online education, online work, Web and mobile apps, social media, and more. While still working outside home, I used my free time at home in online work such as problogging (2005-2009) but I did not fully maximize the opportunity then. It was more of testing the waters because I was attached to my jobs then.

Q: How did you start at your WAHM Career?

A: In 2009 of January, (I gave birth to my 1st baby in March 2009), I began to consider being a SAHM. It wasn’t me, I thought. I couldn’t just accept the fact that the once-career woman would stay at home. I began to look for more options. The opportunity to conduct business online with the support of my sister/business partner started the momentum for me. Since I work from home and I don’t commute, I use some of my free time in doing my online projects – startup Web sites, and advocacy projects. That time, I wasn’t considering yet that I have a WAHM career. It only occurred to me that what I have is a career-at-home. I realized the perks that working from home is giving me; I decided then to fully venture into this amazing lifestyle that I discovered as a work-from-home mom.

Working on my own as a WAHM has allowed me more discoveries and wonderful realizations and opportunities. It’s time that I share this wisdom with moms out there. The world is evolving. Jobs have evolved, too. Just because we chose to stay at home doesn’t mean our personal career has ended. Our kids would grow up; they would find their own niches. Moms should be prepared for that. By becoming equipped personally and financially on our own, we wouldn’t feel the burden of catching up with the lost times. WAHMoms should realize that it’s never too late to maximize the benefits of working from home for personal and professional reasons.

Q: How long do you intend to be a work-from-home mom? Do you still dream of going back to the corporate world?

A: My 1st born is now 21 months. I told myself that I’d just stay at home and work from home for two years. The fruits have been wonderful. I have lots of moments and memories with my baby. I saw how she grew up into an amazing toddler. With this arrangement of working from home, I work when I want to — I mean, I can choose my time in working. Currently, I am pregnant with my 2nd baby. For now, I am enjoying much the privilege of being a full time mom and a work-from-home mom. What I really want is personal and financial freedom away from the bondage of working for others -which I know I will achieve by working for myself, having a steady flow of income from my business and other businesses that I intend to put up. :) Just recently, I have a dream of pursuing my advocacy to influence moms out there to never stop looking after their own personal growth.I was able to find my voice while being a work at home mom; other moms could do it. WE ARE NOW THE NEW MOMS. What and who is a new mom? A new mom shouldn’t be guilty of pursuing her passions in life while attending to family affairs. Some would give up careers for the sake of the children. There has to be a way. The Internet, technology, social media are a great help for today’s woman. It’s not easy to juggle all the vital roles of a woman, especially, a married one. This is a path I am now pursuing — helping other moms find a balance between work and life.It’s like creating an awareness for moms about WORK-FROM-HOME CAREER.

Q: Wow. It’s a great advocacy. You’d touch a lot of women, moms, especially, with your advocacy to create awareness about work-from-home career. Have you started with your project? Do you intend it to be global or local?

A: It’s in the making now. Pretty soon, I will announce the site. I hope to start locally, I mean, in my current location, Kuwait. I know that through my advocacy, I’d be able to help those wives here who are on a dependent visa, who cannot work outside because they have kids to take care of, those who are student-moms, and more. I think that, in a way, my project will touch the international audience. There are many expats here or potential expats who might be inspired with pursuing their passions even when at home.

Q: Great to hear that! You have a lot of time to do your advocacy, your online business, your writing gigs, and running your personal and family life. How do you balance your work-life?

A: Thank you. Being a work-from-home mom for two years now has given me lots of lessons – sometimes, the hard way. There were times in the past when I felt like the world was upon me. It’s too hard not to have a househelp overseas while I struggled to learn the art and science of being a new mom. I am a career-oriented person, too. It wasn’t that easy to give it up so suddenly. For several months, I did nothing with my career – even at home. But gradually, I learned to manage my time and self without a househelp. When we were given a chance to have a fulltime nanny here – overseas – I was somehow relieved, but I am still a hands on mom. With your question as to how I balance my work-life, I just recently wrote an entry about it; you can find it here.

Q: Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the path that your Web site, DUTDOT, is tracking. You’re a great inspiration. I wish you luck and fun in your endeavors.

A: Thank you, too, for this interview. To be of help to my family and to humanity, even just a part of it, is something that I have prayed for. With God’s help, everything will happen. We only have to believe.

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