“The Great Resignation” is a phrase that’s been widely used in recent years, highlighting the high number of workers that have left the professional workforce since the global pandemic began.
From Gen X to Gen Z, workers are leaving their 9-to-5 jobs behind for freelancing, staying at home with their families, or simply for other positions that allow for remote working. What was once an uncommon and unconventional way to work has now become commonplace, to the point of workers leaving companies entirely if they are forced back into the office.
While remote working at first glance seems like a luxury with endless benefits, it’s important to be fully transparent about location independence. Even though you might have the luxury of working from a beach, your bed, or a coffee shop, there are still drawbacks to any job. Here are 3 things to consider to help you find the perfect remote job for you.
Depending on your professional experience, there are remote jobs available for nearly any job field. From web development to customer support, there are thousands of jobs for in-demand skills. Start with the field where you have applicable work experience, and search websites such as Flexjobs.com and Indeed.com. On LinkedIn, you can now filter job searches by remote opportunities only.
Today, there are endless opportunities to learn job skills remotely, from YouTube to LinkedIn. If you are having trouble finding a position outside of your current field, consider putting your skills to work with volunteer work. It’s a great way to create work experience for your resume and get a letter of recommendation for your work.
As well, take a look at your current skill set and make connections between your skills and your ideal position. For example, if you are currently working as an office administrator and want to transition into web development, you likely already have project management experience, Accounts Receivable and Payable experience, and lots of experience with workflow. These are highly desirable skills to have on the way to becoming a web developer.
Even if you’ve never worked remotely before, you most likely still have applicable skills for a Virtual Assistant position. Whether you hold a position in your local PTA, volunteer your time to a local animal shelter, or run a household on your own, you likely have more than enough skills to help a business owner run their social media, answer emails, or update their blog.
Not every remote job is created equal. I have heard from dozens of people in the same predicament -- hourly wage remote jobs that pay the same and demand the same amount of time as the 9-to-5 office job. Despite the ability to work from home, low hourly wages, and being glued to a desk are still a reality for many remote workers. Though it might be tempting to jump on any job opportunity that allows remote work, not every job will be ideal for your work/life balance.
Asking yourself what works best for your lifestyle is the best decision you can make when beginning your remote working career. Hourly jobs might not be the best option for you if you are a stay-at-home mom wearing many hats throughout the day. Offering package pricing for your services so you can work when it is most convenient for you is one way to create a career that works for you.
If you love the arts, music, and other creative types of expression, don’t talk yourself out of having a creative remote career. Not all remote positions require administrative or customer service work that might be dull to a creative mind. Careers in fields such as graphic design, copywriting, web design, and social media management are all built upon creativity.
Similarly, if you have a shorter attention span and find it difficult to work at a computer for 8 hours a day, consider a remote working career that allows frequent breaks and more relaxed deadlines. Becoming a service professional who prices their work by the project versus the hour is one way to create a work schedule that works for you and not against you.
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