Remote working in the future of work. While many roles are in the tech field, it is changing and more entry-level remote jobs are starting to appear.
The possibility for remote work continuously increases, thanks to technology like team collaboration software. A wide range of companies, from startups to Fortune 500 organisations are embracing remote work.
In this article, we’re focusing on how and where to find entry-level remote jobs.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND TRAITS REQUIRED
Of course, to apply for an entry-level remote job, you will need a basic understanding of the internet. You will also need to be confident using a computer and have access to a reliable internet connection.
You will need to be able to work on your own initiative, are self-motivated to complete work on time and in an efficient way. Being someone who is used to learning new skills, and having a routine is incredibly important.
Before you start to search for remote jobs, have a read of this article about the personality traits needed to become a remote worker.
COMPLETE A SKILLS ANALYSIS
Before you start the search for an entry-level remote job, take time to think about the type of roles that you think would best suit you.
Start to list the skills you’ve acquired from previous and current employment. Do not assume that because you do not have IT skills, that you do not have any experience that can be transferred online.
A recent client worked as a sales manager for a real estate company, and a lot of the skills he’s built over the years can be transferred online.
All of the tasks you do over the telephone can be completed via the browser online. Don’t rule anything out at this stage. What’s important is that you are motivated to complete the tasks required for the role.
NO EXCUSE FOR NOT LEARNING NEW SKILLS
There’s no excuse for you not to learn new skills. Use your phone to learn as you commute to and from work. Your next excuse will probably be the cost, well, Google offers a wide range of digital courses for free. Then, there’s YouTube and podcasts, where you will find educational content freely available.
If you do have a budget, then you will find a wealth of courses on every topic under the sun, on sites like Teachable and Udemy. There are a growing number of online educators who are passionate about sharing their experience and skills.
VOLUNTEER TO BUILD EXPERIENCE
To gain experience while you’re working full-time, have a look at volunteering for not-for-profit organisations and charities. At the weekend, you could complete administrative duties, or help with writing content for their website.
ENTRY-LEVEL REMOTE JOB IDEAS
Here are a few ideas on the type of entry-level remote jobs that you might want to look into based on your previous work experience.
Virtual Assistant – Complete administrative duties for CEOs and Business owners, including data entry, typing letters, and answering emails.
Customer Support – Support customers who are using a specific product or service using browser-based helpdesk software.
Content Producer – Create content for companies based around the niche and industry. This could be a mix of written, photos, videos and podcasts.
Community Manager – Responsible for a community, be it a forum, blog, or social media. This type of role would be good for someone who likes building relationships.
Online Tutor – Teach an audience on how to complete specific tasks, or teach English as a Foreign Language to students in China and other countries abroad.
Here’s an article that we’ve written on the skills needed to be a digital nomad, and it applies, even if you are not wanting to travel and work remotely.
REMOTE JOB BOARDS
Many of the remote job boards are focused on tech roles, but search around and you will find entry-level remote jobs on Remote.co and Flexjobs, amongst others.
Companies post remote jobs, and then you can apply by completing the form and submitting your resume/CV. Another option is to create a shortlist of companies that you would like to work for and approach them about any entry-level remote jobs, or opportunities for you to learn on the job.
Reach out to family and friends and ask if any of them are aware of any remote jobs, or opportunities to gain some experience in your chosen field of work. Do not be afraid of putting yourself out there, you need to be an action taker.
PITCH TO YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER
Do not assume that your current employer is not going to allow you to work remotely. Companies are looking to reduce the cost of office space, so a more distributed workforce is a huge benefit.
Think about the role you perform and how it might be improved by working at home. The best way to start this process is to have a quiet word with a direct manager and ask them for their opinion.
Think about the benefits for you to work from home, but from a company perspective, not yours. Be flexible and say that you are willing to work remotely on a trial basis, or start off with working from home on a specific day of the week.
Hopefully, this will help you get started but check out our article on how to find a remote job. Good luck in your search!