Entrepreneurs can't be good entrepreneurs if they're not creative. Here are two Stay-at-Home-Moms (SAHMs) who found the most fulfilling family life when they turned into Work-at-Home-Moms (WAHMs), ingeniously making use of technology to build an enterprise. Telecommuting is as GREEN as "green living" could get.
If at all possible, many of us will take the same career route, I'm sure. What is TELECOMMUTING anyway, and why is it GREEN or earth-friendly.
Telecommuting is a new working mode or arrangement, wherein one utilizes telecommunications technology to be able to work from anywhere -- home, coffee shop, park bench, while in transit, etc.--- and in more flexible hours.
Telecommuting is "green living" and "good living" because:
1.) You cut down on travel (fossil fuel, maintenance cost, parking)
2.) You lower clothing and related expenses (energy for laundry, drycleaning and ironing, office attire purchase costs)
3.) You save on office space rental and purchase of office furniture
4.) You get cheaper meals at home
5.) You add more useful hours to your day (less time spent in traffic)
Of course, it depends on each particular case, how much of the above actually benefits one telecommuter. Entrepreneurs, self-employed professionals, and a few companies already go telecommmuting. I, for one, am a WAHD, Work-at-Home-Dad =)
In the late 90s, most firms who attempted this mode of working (as a means of cuting costs), went back to the conventional mode. Why? The telecoms technology and infrastructure was not ready then, here in the Philippines. Nowadays, wi-fi, broadband, 3G, videocon, MMS, payment gateways, credit cards, Web 2.0, etc. are already set-up and in heavy use.
In these times of global financial crisis and climate change, companies might have to re-evaluate the adoption of even a select or limited application of telecommuting. You streamline of operating costs and you help cut your company's carbon footprint.
Here are a few references for some job ideas fit for telecommuting and the pros and cons of it:
Find telecommuting job ideas: http://www.ratracerebellion.com
For more research: http://www.telcoa.org, http://www.quaintcareers.com/telecommuting_options.html
Going back to our "green moms", Monica and Denise, it's by choice and design that they are pursuing this to be with their kids more. Apparently, telecommuting-parenting (parenting via telecom technologies) is a big NO-NO for them, and hopefully, for most of us who have a choice.
They started with one baby, INDIGObaby, then more babies followed soon after, Flow, Dr.Mom, Boncho, Saya, and so many others. I will have to refer you to their site for all the details and photos of their baby enterprises. Many other moms are acting as their resellers from their own homes or through the social networking sites. Go mommies! Go!
From Monica Eleazar- Manzano's email:
So... here I am to show you about INDIGObaby, our products and other more ventures we have :)
INDIGObaby website here-- www.indigomanila.multiply.com check out the all natural bath & body products and the philippine made baby pouches/slings available in our site. They're green because they advocate breastfeeding and mindful parenting :)
We also own DHARMA -- www.findyourdharma.multiply.com since I teach yoga.. I am very much into the lifestyle and promote green, all natural products to go with it :)
and Dr. Mom Health Journal -- http://www.smartparenting.com.ph/article/dr-mom-health-journal-book-launch
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Mom-Health-Journal/165808945976 for green moms and doctors!
AND finally please do check out our event FLOW Surf Yoga Samba weekend retreat here --- http://flowsurfyogasamba.multiply.com/ and FACEBOOK
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