I was a stay-at-home-mom for a year after we got back from Bahrain almost 4 years ago before I decided to work from home as a Virtual Assistant. During my SAHM days, I would just spend my time focusing on blogs and taking care of my daughter then, Deye. It wasn’t that difficult as I had my mom around me to help me perform my duties as a first time mom especially that Deye was just entering the terrible two stage that time.

I entered the Corporate world at a very young age. I am used to getting busy with office works but not with the household chores. That’s what made it hard for me to adjust. That is why a year later, I decided to do something. Luckily, those days Virtual Assistants were in demand and I happened to know a fellow mommy blogger who actually manages staff working as VAs, Ms. Dine aka Sexy Mom. She actually offered me a job just before I got back to Philippines but since I promised my husband not to work, well, at least, to try, I declined. However, I used to do small tasks along with Mica. When I was finally ready, I approached her and we scheduled my interview via Skype. It was Ms. Dine and my kumare now, Liz, who did the interview. I really thought it would be that easy. I had a hard time adjusting with my new schedule. I used to do a 9pm to 6am for almost a year. Fast forward. I woke up with a loud door knock one day, it was my brother. He said “Look at Deye, she’s making milk by herself!”. That was about it! That’s what made me decide that a VA job is not for me. I also remember some days when Deye would tell me “Mama, you’re always sleeping”. It melts my heart to hear those words but I just could not stay awake later than lunch time till she’s finally ready for her afternoon nap. I couldn’t do that everyday so there were days where I would just doze off to sleep without playing with her.

Few days later, I passed my resignation letter. Ms. Dine understood with no questions asked. It was a valid reason. Well, at least for the two of us. She’s a mom too, and knows the dilemma very well how jobs online work. Months later, I searched jobs posted over the Internet which was something similar to Legacy System Operator Jobs. My husband and I discussed about my plan of going back to the Corporate world. At least, I’d have the nights spent with the girls and be with them on weekends.


Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. Iโ€™m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.