One of the first challenges is knowing where to get started. Since there are several ways to find remote work, the first task is to decide which option works the best for you.
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Let’s answer today’s question: how do I get remote work?
Firstly, this only an overview of ways to get remote work, but within the sections, you will find links to more in-depth content.
The first option is for people who want to escape their office job to work remotely at home. There are a ton of specialised remote job boards that list opportunities. Vacancies include customer support, marketing and developer roles.
While some remote jobs require candidates to be residents in the US and other countries, there are opportunities for people based all over the world. Read the contracting section of this article for more information.
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Make sure you pay special attention to the timezone that the company wants you to work. Once you’ve found a job that fits your skills and experience, the next step is to update your resume, craft a cover letter and apply for the Remote Job.
Take a moment to read through the application process, so you do not miss any tasks that are required to apply for the role
The next option is for people who want to work from home but have more freedom, or, you want to work in the evening and weekends to supplement your income.
Firstly, think about the skills you have and how you could package them up to a service that small businesses would pay for. Create a website or an online presence to showcase your skills and start networking with business owners.
As a freelancer, you are in control of your hours and who you work with but bear in mind that you only get paid when your clients process your invoice.
READ: How to Become a Successful Freelancer in 90 Days
Having money management skills will be essential for freelancing.
When freelancing in your spare time, good communication skills are required so that your clients are kept informed. Some employers will expect you to notify them that you are taking on freelance clients, check your contract of employment.
Contracting is not a type of remote work that you would naturally think about. In many respects, it is like being an employee and applying for a Remote Job. The only difference is that you would be known as an international contractor because the company does not have an HQ in the country that you reside.
When browsing through the listings on remote job boards, look out for roles that do not specify that you have to be a resident in a specific country.
Bear in mind that, just like an employee, you would be expected to work a specific work routine within a timezone, so make sure you can commit before applying.
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You would be classed as self-employed and have to invoice the company every month to make sure that your salary is processed. This means, you would be responsible for paying any taxes and no benefits would be paid like a sickness entitlement, vacation leave, healthcare and pension scheme.
BUILDING AN ONLINE BUSINESS
One of the more difficult ways to get remote work, but if you have patience and are in it for the long term, you will succeed. You are not going to be making money overnight, it’s going to take time to build an audience and sell them a product.
Do you have a skill that is also a passion? You could teach others how to do it, build an audience through content and sell products.
Anything that you sell has to help the customer save time, money, or achieve a goal that they are looking to achieve.
The product could be a physical or digital product like a course.
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Alternatively, you could create content to build an audience and then promote products from other companies and make an affiliate commission.
Focusing on a specific niche within an industry is the best strategy so that your competition is not as tough to break into.
WHAT IS NEXT?
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