I have been in maternity leave since December 2014. Since I am leave, I do not receive any compensation from my company. I guess this is the norm here in the Philippines. Since I didn’t have any salary, E and I agreed that I can only resume with my online shopping for bunny when I get back to work or when I get writing gigs.
At the back of my mind I knew that I will do everything that I can to get gigs, but because I had a c-section I gave myself the whole of December to rest.
Come January I started looking for freelance jobs through:
To be honest, it is hard to secure a writing gig, especially in Elance, Odesk, and Freelancer. I have yet to secure a job from the three sites, but I am not quitting. I just submit applications one after the other. I still have hope that I will get a job after some time.
Fortunately for me, I was able to secure a gig through Craigslist! So far, I have been working with a site owner on and off. He will ask me to re-write things and I will get paid in USD. I have maintained a good working relationship with him, of course I want him to continue throwing short term writing gigs at me. Aside from that,I am also now working with a content provider to write different types of articles. I have checked out the profile of this person, and he seems legit.
There are risks in getting jobs from craigslist. I have experienced this first hand! I was promised 100USD for 35 articles. At first, it seemed legit, she said that her name was Amanda Palmer. I submitted my daily tasks and even revised some because it was part of what we had agreed upon. However, when I sent my invoice to her she never replied to me anymore. I felt so bad after, guilty as well. I shared this with E and he said to just let it go and just be careful next time.
I can stay at home and be a freelance writer, I have discussed this with E. In my mind I wanted to be with our little bunny as much as I can. However I knew that I would have to go back in the office, because I wanted to be a good role model for bunny. I want to show her that she can do anything that she wants. This does not mean though that I will stop taking on freelance work, I will time to time. The money I will earn will be used to buy more stocks or more clothes/toys for bunny.
Oh, and yes. Because I earned extra cash from freelancing we were able to buy bunny toys and clothes. Of course E eventually asked me to not buy too much, but it is super hard not to spoil my little bunny.