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Make Remote Work Your Reality

June 2, 2016   Antonio Johnson   General

With an increasing amount of entrepreneurs and the growing amount of online work, remote careers are now more sought after than ever. Drawn to the flexible hours, locational freedom, and comfort that remote working offers, many individuals fail to realize the discipline it takes in order complete the work given. Though working remotely comes with its challenges, it is possible to create a work-life balance that many people can only dream of! For those interested in working remotely, we’ve outlined five key steps to make working from home your reality.


FIND THE RIGHT JOB


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When most first think of working remotely, they picture freedom, leniency, and comfort, and though all of this is important the most important aspect of a career is often overlooked. Will the job they’re about to enter be enjoyable? Finding the right job and loving what you do is a huge part of success. If you don’t enjoy the work you’re doing, you will constantly feel drained which will lead to late work and longer hours. On the other hand, if you love your job you will experience less stress, be more motivated, and always aim for excellence. Taking pride and enjoying your work will lead to greater job satisfaction and overall happiness.

When searching for the right job, it’s important to apply to companies in which you can see yourself growing and ask yourself questions such as:

  • Are you passionate about this career?
  • Will your skills be utilized?
  • Will you feel as though you’re making a difference within the company?

Once you’ve determined if you’ll enjoy the nature of the work, it’s important to consider if the compensation offered is fair. Compensation goes far beyond salary. You also should consider factors such as paid time off and health benefits.

Many online tools allow you to check if the salary offered fair to the position you’re applying. Websites such as salary.com enable you to research your potential salary and compare it to the market averages based on your experience. If you find that you are unhappy with the salary proposed, this information can help you negotiate a better one. However, If you are satisfied with the compensation offered and are excited about the position, then accepting the job is the next step!

Here are a few jobs that offer remote positions:

  • Freelance Web Content Writer

The internet is full of companies willing to pay for freelance writing. Whether it’s copywriting, blog posts, or product descriptions, there are multiple online resources and sites ready to help you get hired as a freelance writer! Although you’ll still have deadlines and someone to report to, most freelance writing positions allow you to work remotely from anywhere with a good wifi connection!

  • Online Teacher

If you’re a certified teacher or a highly skilled tutor, endless virtual schooling programs are searching for qualified individuals for teaching positions. Though the criteria and workload will likely be the same of a regular teaching job, the lessons, office hours and tutoring sessions will all take place online. This will allow you the flexibility to work remotely while still receiving your teaching salary.

  • Social Media Manager

Due to the influence, social media has on individuals, brands and bloggers are always seeking qualified individuals to manage their accounts. If you have a knack for social media, a good resume and are willing to believe wholeheartedly in a brand’s vision, then social media managing may be the perfect fit for you. It’s important to note that managing social media accounts requires much more than posting a picture or too, and will most definitely utilize any customer service skills you’ve acquired in previous positions. If the company does decide that you’re the right fit, you’ll be able to work remotely while also working for a brand you believe in!


STAY ORGANIZED


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So you’ve landed the job, now what? Many people believe that working remotely is a glamorous job that offers tons of extra time, setting your hours and choosing what and who you work for. While working remotely does have its benefits – such as a flexible schedule and location- it requires the same amount of commitment, if not more than a desk job.

When landing a remote job, being organized is key to staying on top of all of your tasks. We’ve found these tips to be the most crucial when it comes to organization and remote working.

  • Set specific working hours

Establishing working hours allows you to plan successfully around your work, and gives you more freedom to do other activities. By having set hours dedicated solely to your work it creates more productive times throughout the day and ensures that unexpected interruptions won’t occur. It is also important to sync your priorities with your schedule. If you know, you will have the most time to focus in the mornings then larger tasks should be accomplished then, when you have less distractions.

  • Prioritize

Once you’re aware of all work that needs to be done, begin to give priority to the tasks that are the most urgent and have upcoming due dates. Knowing what you should prioritize keeps you from feeling overwhelmed and gives you more control over the rest of your duties. Setting realistic schedules and deadlines for your work is important and will ensure you can meet them without someone there telling you to do so.

  • Take breaks

Break up your day to ensure that your home and work life don’t blend into one. Although you may be working from home, you don’t want to feel as though you are always working. Set aside time for breakfast, lunch, or a walk and then get back to work. By setting aside that time from the begging, it will become a part of your schedule and allow you to stay on track. Short breaks throughout the day are also an excellent way to clear your head and regain focus.

  • Plan Social Outings

By setting regular work hours and prioritizing all tasks, it makes it much easier to plan your week and maintain a social life. Planning social outings gives you motivation and something to work towards and will also help you separate your work and home life.


CREATE A WORK ENVIRONMENT


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Your surroundings have a significant effect on the quality of work you produce. Working from your bed or the couch will not allow you to be an active and efficient worker and can keep you from finishing your work on time. Creating a comfortable work setting is essential when making working remotely your reality.

Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect work environment.

  • Sit in a work chair instead of your bed

As comfortable and appealing as it may sound, working from your bed or even couch can significantly hinder your ability to work. Staying in bed while working may result in you falling asleep, causing you not to finish your work on time. Or it may even cause your brain to associate your bed with work and make it hard to fall asleep at night. When it comes to working remotely, it’s important that your surroundings motivate you. To be comfortable while you work, try investing in a nice desk and chair which will help you stay focused, comfortable and healthy!

  • Have a dedicated workspace

Creating a workspace in which you feel comfortable and love is important when is comes to producing great work. It’s imperative to eliminate all distractions that may keep you from working. Whether you need to designate an entire room for your workspace or invest in nice headphones, it’s important that you make the necessary changes to achieve an office-like setting. Remember, offices don’t have to be boring; flowers, paintings, and even fish tanks can add creativity and color to any room making it more enjoyable to work there.

  • Get out more

As valuable as a dedicated workspace is, it’s also important to change up the scenery every so often. Getting out of the house and bringing your work with you to a coffee shop, or simply outside can be rejuvenating. A change of scenery can also give you that extra push or motivation needed to refocus and finish a hard project. The ability to work anywhere is just one of the many perks of working remotely, and can be a blessing when you’re in need of a little inspiration.

  • Dress for Success

Clothes drastically impact the way you feel about yourself and waking up and working in pajamas won’t make you feel like a CEO. The great thing about working remotely is that you get to be your boss. Wearing nice attire and getting dressed for work in the morning will help you stay focused and increase your attention to detail, which will show in your work. Taking the time to look presentable can also be a savior when it comes to attending last minute meetings and interviews.


OVER COMMUNICATE


For any business to run successfully, it is critical that everyone in the business respects and communicates openly with one another. Working remotely can hinder communication with others because the lack of person to person interaction. However, it’s important to note that putting in the extra effort to get to know and talk to team members will help the business run more smoothly. Even if it feels unnatural, communication with co-workers, managers and employees adds value to your relationships and keeps everyone on the same page.

These few tips will help to keep communication with others open while working remotely, and ensure that everyone is working towards the same goal.

  • Communicate Often

Communicating regularly is essential when it comes to keeping everyone on the same page. Though it may take some extra effort now that you are not in the same office, many tools exist to bring coworkers from all over the world together. Instant messaging tools such a Brosix are extremely valuable when it comes to staying up to date on projects and deadlines. Specifically designed for businesses Brosix is an instant messaging platform complete with private chat, file transfer, screen sharing, screen shot and whiteboard features. All of these work hand in hand to create an open and engaging communication platform that allows users to connect flawlessly in real time. The numerous platforms and languages offered by Brosix help teams all over the world work together and communicate securely.

  • Ask questions

Another important aspect of team communication is to ask questions. Working remotely can be a confusing when it comes to knowing what is expected of you. In office settings, facial expressions, and vocal tones make it easier to understand an individual’s feelings and expectations. When using messaging systems to replace face to face interaction, asking questions is a crucial part in guaranteeing that everyone is on the same page.

  • Communicate Clearly

Using video calls and messaging platforms to communicate makes it much harder to pick up on social ques and tones. Because of this, it is extremely important to communicate clearly and make sure that your successfully expressing yourself. It is also important to be mindful of the recipients time zones, and language barriers, as these can drastically affect how they perceive your message. Taking your others feelings into consideration is the simplest way improve relationships and conversation with coworkers.


REWARD YOURSELF AND OTHERS FOR GREAT WORK


Successfully working remotely is something to be proud of. It takes a lot of work to manage your time efficiently while also maintaining a relationship with coworkers and having a life outside of work.  It’s crucial to applaud yourself and your colleagues for a job well done! Feeling great about your achievements within a company is one of the best motivators when it comes to delivering great work. Remember as much as you’d like to be applauded for your work, so do others! Make it a point to congratulate you associates and let them know they’re appreciated! This can be done through a simple message thanking them for the effort they put into a task, acknowledging them in a company email, or even going the extra mile to purchase a gift card to their favorite coffee shop. Rewarding others and yourself for a job well done will help everyone feel valued within a company and remain focused on producing great work!

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