How To Work Remotely

Use this handy primer if you're considering going remote.

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March 15, 2021


How To Work Remotely

Welcome! Let's cut straight to the chase. If you're here, you're probably looking for ways you can start working remotely, and are curious about some of the logistics associated with such a feat. Great! You're in the right place.

Finding The Job

Whether you're planning to be self-employed, employed by a remote company, doing freelance work or all of the above, it's important to understand how you can get from A to B.

Point A is wherever you are right now. Maybe you're working at an in-person job or are unemployed and looking for work. Point B is your goal, a remote career.

Here's the tricky part - not all careers and skills are fully translatable to remote work. Programming might be very easy to do remotely, whereas pipe lining and bricklaying might not be so easy to do from your laptop.

Remote work is not necessarily synonymous with online work! This is very important to understand.

In-Demand Remote Skills

The following skills are some of the most in-demand ones that we've seen in our research:

  • Software Development
  • Product Management
  • UX/Design
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Legal Counsel
  • Customer Support

Currently, most in-demand remote skills that remote companies are looking for are more technical skills. Most remote jobs, after all, are tech jobs because it's by comparison easier to do many technical roles remotely.

However, while some of those skills such as legal counsel require certain special credentials, other in-demand remote skills, like coding, offer more accessibile and flexible obtainability.

In other words, if you don't already have one of these skills, don't fret! Anyone can start learning skills including making software, marketing products, managing customer relations, and countless others for free.

Turning A Non-Remote Skill Into A Remote Skill

So we've just mentioned some of the more versatile remote skills. But not everyone is going to be creating software or punching numbers into Microsoft Excel all day. You might not need a whole new skill!

One cool thing about remote work is that the scope of what's considered to be a remote skill is constantly expanding. One example is its expansion into medicine, through mediums such as telehealth and virtual therapy.

But you must be thinking, not everthing can be remote! Sure, some things are harder to do remotely than others. It doesn't hurt to try getting creative though.

For example, if you work in construction, you could start a construction blog, newsletter, wiki, course, or something of that sort. You might not be building fences, but you could explain how building fences actually works.

This approach is often more scalable. However, it's not for everyone. Acquiring new skills might be a better option, especially if you're looking for the security of employment by a remote company.

Anyway, there might a lot more options than it seems right off the bat!

Going Remote

Once you've picked out a remote skill that you're ready to commit working towards acquiring, or if you already have a remote-compatible skill, it's time to start figuring out how to actually go remote.

Going remote might not mean landing a new job. Negotiating remote time at existing jobs is becoming more popular and accepted, though some companies just won't allow any remote options for most roles, if any, at all.

If your employer won't budge on letting you go fully remote or having remote time, then the juice probably isn't worth the squeeze and you might want to start searching for a new job.

There's just such a perpetually increasing amount of companies embracing remote work that in this scenario, you're going to want to pursue landing a job with one of the super remote-friendly teams instead.

But hey, if you're able to negotiate some sort of a remote arrangement at your current position, then all power to you.

Logistics

Ultimately, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Actively acquiring and progressing skills, sharing what you're doing with the world, and just asking questions goes a very long way when it comes to going remote.

Going remote is absolutely easier said than done, and there's a lot more logistics to it than what we covered so far.

Don't let that discourage you though, because it is totally doable and is only getting easier by the day. You can do it, but you can't just wing it either.

Be sure to check out the rest of our guides so that you can learn about some of the more nuanced logistics of remote work that don't always get talked about as much!

Conclusion

Going remote is becoming more common, more easy, and more practical. Again, we don't want to discourage anyone from going remote. In fact, we encourage going remote!

We just don't want to see people rush into it without fully considering all the implications of going remote. While we could talk all day and night about the benefits of going remote, there are a few caveats.

This guide is just a primer, to help you consider some of the skills you might want to have and logistics you might want to consider before applying away.

But, wait there's more!

Once you are ready to start applying away, we have a remote-only job board and a handy newsletter to keep you plugged in to the future of work.

Whether you're remote and self-employed, working for a remote company, or managing a remote company yourself, we have countless resources to inform and assist you every step of the way.

We appreciate you taking the time to read this and hope you explore our website for more helpful content that can support your remote journey.