More women working from home

Updated 19 November 2012

More women working from home

Women in Saudi Arabia increasingly choose to quit their jobs and stay home. Not primarily to be housewives but to work as entrepreneurs.
“I love being at home as a homemaker and an entrepreneur,” said Khadija Madni, a catering business owner who works from home. Madni previously worked in a private school as a preschool teacher. The daily obligations at work were keeping her from her commitments toward her children at home. “I would be very tired, and I was not able to give them the attention they deserved,” said Madni.
Quitting her job, and deciding to stay home to do something she passionately enjoyed, increased the quality of her life. “I take orders from my clients, and I ensure that they are satisfied. I love cooking and with this business from home, I have enough time for my own children.” Madni does point out that sometimes, large orders from clients are stressful, as she strives to maintain high quality results.
The main attraction for many women is not the idea of working from home, but that they are working for themselves. With the advancement of technology, many people opt for home-based businesses.
“I can communicate with my clients easily and on a regular basis,” said Layal Zoak, a 28-year-old freelance marketing consultant. “The numerous online resources have made it much easier for people to start their own businesses, and create their ideal working environment within the comfort of their homes.”
Home-based businesses provide people with control over their own lives. The timings and the schedules are organized as per own will and ease. “Home based businesses are not easy to operate,” said 31-year-old Farva Ghani, owner of a home-based playschool. “It requires serious dedication and discipline to achieve success.” Many “homepreneurs” are looking to balance the various obligations they have in their lives – to be home with young children, to maintain and progress their careers, to make use of their education, and to add to the family’s financial means.
Communication software such as Skype diminishes the geographic constraints of working from home. Homepreneurs can easily video chat with their clients and carry out professional meetings using solely a computer and a webcam.
“Working from home is wonderful. However, you are always unsure of what income to expect by the end of the month,” said Rawan Bashir, a 26-year-old freelance writer. To take full advantage of working from home, one must have the discipline to be organized and manage time wisely, she said. “Sometimes, I can write as many as 10 articles a month. Other times, I am only able to submit two to three articles.” Bashir says she needs to learn to maintain a system where she is effective in submitting a reasonable number of articles a month, which would guarantee a sober income at the end of each month. “The irregularity of the outcome is uncomfortable.”


Saudis enjoy pandemic jobs boost after public and private sector efforts

Ammar Al-Sabban, a creative director and puppeteer, benefited from the ministry’s platform. (Supplied)
Updated 19 October 2020

Saudis enjoy pandemic jobs boost after public and private sector efforts

  • The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development launched a platform for freelance work in February which aims to diversify work opportunities and increase job security and credibility

JEDDAH: Philanthropic bodies from the public and private sectors have helped Saudis affected by the coronavirus lockdown with part-time and freelance job opportunities.
Initiatives were launched in a nationwide effort to provide economic relief to those who lost their jobs or suffered a salary drop.
Bab Rizq Jameel, part of Community Jameel, has helped more than 15,000 people in the Kingdom find employment this year.
The male employment rate reached 96 percent. The results showed that most new jobs were created in deliveries through electronic platforms during the lockdown.
Tahseen, a program at Community Jameel, supports young people through seasonal and temporary employment opportunities. It has succeeded in achieving the largest number of jobs, helping to create 12,730 opportunities in the past nine months.
Rola Basamad, senior general manager of Bab Rizq Jameel, said: “2020 is undoubtedly an exceptional year, but the global health crisis has confirmed our ability to adapt to the current situation and address many operational challenges and obstacles.”
Naif Al-Rabee, marketing general manager at Bab Rizq Jameel, told Arab News that they carried out a campaign called “fazza.tech” during the lockdown. “Fazza” is Arabic slang for support.
The campaign provided support for two parties: The private sector — which includes delivery and maintenance applications — and people who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic or who were relying on part-time work.
“We searched for Saudi drivers to meet the needs of people who were requesting these services in large numbers,” he said.
“We connected the two parties as quickly as possible with additional working hours to fulfill the requests of the two parties all over the Kingdom.”
The “Fazza Tech” initiative brought together 27 private sector companies.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development launched a platform for freelance work in February which aims to diversify work opportunities and increase job security and credibility.
Arab News spoke to Ammar Al-Sabban, a creative director, screenplay writer, voice actor, puppeteer and freelancer since 2008 who benefited from the ministry’s platform.
“The issue was we never had any entity or legal representation or status in the Kingdom. So we either worked without any legal structure, and when I got that legal structure I had to actually apply to have my own establishment,” he said.
He said you need to pay certain fees when creating a company, and provide a location and complete specific registrations. Freelancing does not require these procedures.
“Since the ministry started this initiative, I immediately applied. When it first began, it had a limited number of professions but soon they added more and once I found my professions I registered.
“The process was fairly easy and I received my permits within a day or two. You can submit up to five different services to registered as a freelancer. It made my life so much easier.”