Sarah has been working from home full time for over one year since she left her other job.
I left my normal full-time job at Walt Disney World in January 2021. I wanted a better work-life balance than what I was getting at Disney so I decided to work online as an English teacher. I was already working a couple of hours a week teaching English so I just opened up more availability to teach. I remember being really nervous about leaving my normal full-time job because I didn't know if I'd make enough money just teaching English online. Luckily I'm able to make about the same amount working online as I did working at Disney so income has been fine.
However, my biggest concern was how I was going to afford health insurance. Since I was working full-time at Disney, the company provided good health insurance at a very cheap price so I was using Disney's health insurance plan. I knew that once I left the Walt Disney Company, my cheap health insurance would go with it. I already knew that buying your own health insurance costs a lot of money so I didn't know what to do. I was afraid of not having any health insurance because you never know when you might need to see the doctor.
Thankfully I was able to get health insurance through the insurance marketplace online so I didn't have to stress about not having health insurance. However, I definitely did have to pay more for health insurance every month on the marketplace than I did when working for The Walt Disney Company.
Overall, transitioning from a normal full-time job to working fully online has been a very simple process. Mostly I just had to learn to keep myself busy so I wouldn't feel bored being at home most of the time. Also, I was used to working with many coworkers and having conversations with people in person so being alone almost all the time took a little getting used to. I'm more of an introvert than an extrovert so it didn't bother me too much though. Also, I work with students all day so I'm always talking to someone just through a computer rather than in person so I'm still interacting with people.
Something I did find difficult to do is ensure that I get enough exercise every day because I went from a job where I was standing for six to eight hours a day to a job where I'm sitting the entire day. I had to learn how to fit exercise into my daily schedule and try not to be too lazy.
Through my transition from working at a normal full-time job to working online at home, I have learned work-life balance. I love that I can wake up late and be in control of when I work and when I take breaks. Instead of having to commute for one hour to Disney, I can sleep more and have breakfast at home before I start my day.
A typical day for me is to wake up around 11 am or 11:30 am and start my workday around 1 pm. Then I usually work until 3 pm and take a break for two hours so that I can cook lunch and enjoy my lunch. After lunch, I usually work from five to ten pm with a couple of short breaks in between so that I can eat snacks. Sometimes I work from 1-2:30 am too but I take a break between 10 pm - 1 am so that I can take a shower, cook dinner and eat dinner. Then I go to bed around 2:30 or 3 am and do the same the next day.
Due to some days being busier than others because I have work depending on how many students I have, I've had to learn how to keep myself busy as I discussed earlier. I listen to music on Pandora Radio, watch tv series on Netflix, take surveys online, work on my blog, edit videos for my Youtube channel, and sometimes clean the house too. I don't have a car so if my husband is working then I can't go anywhere except to walk around my neighborhood and there are not really many places to go around here.
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