The Best Ways I Found Remote Work Online
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I was in my mid-20s, and it was my third real job, and my manager Charles clearly had a problem with his wife. His problem was so bad that he would keep me in the office past 5 PM to tell me all about it for God knows how many extra hours of which he considered were part of "project enhancement time." I really didn't care, and his breath smelled like an elixir of lard. I was listening to some podcasts at the time about things that a woman should do in her 20s before she regrets never having done them, and was wondering how I would finish everything.
I never had time to make dinner earlier than 9 PM, let alone making it at all since most nights I was so tired that I had to order takeout. But I kept thinking in my head that this was the first time I was making six figures, and with just a few more years under my belt, I would be able to do all the things that I dreamed about doing once I had more balance in my life.
Then one winter, I realized that one of my coworkers who flew in from Minneapolis once every month on our company's tab seemed to be living the life that I was dreaming of. He had time to spend with his family, and was actually earning more than me. He even laughed during meetings about "making breakfast." The breakfast part just smothered my mind's spirits. At that point, I began to look for remote work.
What does remote work mean?
Imagine doing all the things that you do in the office except you no longer need to interact physically with all those coworkers that you dislike. It also no longer makes sense for people such as managers to keep you overtime in a stuffy little office (this is not to say that you won't do overtime).
Remote work means that you can work from home with all the comforts of being at home. Some people don't like this because it doesn't allow one to socially and physically feel like they are around their team or people in general. However, I would say that the majority of people in this world would love to work at home. In my opinion, it allows one to spend more time with one's family and friends, and in general, it gives an individual more freedom and time to do things that one loves.
The obligations of work are still the same, and I would say that sometimes the workload could be even more than what one would have if one were to work in the office. To me, it's worth it because the benefits outweigh the cons.
How to find remote work
Everyone's journey is different to finding remote work. A lot of people think that you need to be able to code in order to be able to work from home. While it might be easier to find work this way, it's not necessarily the only way and it was not the case for my current remote coworkers.
I started off with an interest in graphic design and came from a humanities background. I made my way through my first job by telling my employer that I did not have that much experience with coding, but was interested in learning about it. Thankfully, this employer gave me a chance.
I think that that goes to show that remote work can be found in various sectors, and it just depends what one's interests are. The platform that one uses to find remote work will likely depend on what field one plans to work in. But for sure, the best way to look for work is online.
Where to find remote work
Using the right websites, I think that anybody can find that dream job, and do it from home (or while traveling the world - just read more).
For people just starting out, I recommend checking out Remote.co for a variety of remote job listings. They literally have every sector I could think of - everything from data entry to healthcare jobs. The site is organized into category listings and even has a section that shows companies that are open to hiring employees to work remote.
LinkedIn is a good spot because a lot of recruiters and probably people in your network already use this platform anyway. My trick was to first state in my description that I was open to working remotely. I then actively looked for recruiters in my field and added them to my network even if I didn't know them in real life. Once I started adding them and listed my profile as actively looking for work, I had recruiters reach out to me on a daily basis. This put me in a good place to negotiate to have my future role be remote. It's important to note that some employers are only open to having employees work remote part-time so make sure you know what you're comfortable with. I also used their job search functionality to look for job listings with the keyword "remote."
Best suited for freelancers and those that are more aligned with their creative sides, Fiverr is a great platform for landing unique gigs. You can list something that you would like to offer as a service or even a product (for example, a logo design) for five or more dollars. Some of my friends gave this one a try and it worked out really well for them. The number of creative options is just endless. If affiliate marketing is something you'd be interested in, then Fiverr also offers a very competitive affiliate plan. Fiverr pays up to $150 per referral of a paying customer.
Similar to Fiverr, Freelancer allows people to offer up their skills with a unique twist of having consumers looking to bid for services that range from drawing to coding. You can put up your own portfolio so that everyone can see your background, and they even offer 24/7 support so that you know that there are real people there who want to help you in your quest to work remotely.
Remote work and travel
So what did I decide to do when I finally landed my first remote job? Travel. It was my dream to see the whole world since I was little, and I knew that with working remote, it would be possible.
I always made sure to balance out my meeting times with my travel times. I got really good at calculating time zone differences thanks to being a budget traveler with Ryanair. For example, if I knew that I had to start work at 3 PM in my current destination's time, I wouldn't take a flight later than 8 AM that morning depending on flight time.
Some people might be curious how meetings worked, but for me being with a tech company, there wasn't much of an issue as we held most meetings via Google hangouts. Anytime there was something that needed to be communicated in a faster way, we would use Slack.
Remote life forever
It took me at least a month to find this perfect role, but it was worth it. I can tell that my employer is very invested in my well-being as well as the company teams, and that means a lot to me. It actually makes me work harder, and that's why I think the direction of the future is going to be having more and more jobs go remote.
After a year of working and traveling, I've been able to visit over 20 countries and even have savings leftover since the US dollar is stronger in some of the countries that I stayed longer in.
The best part about working remote is that I truly found that I was able to have more time to myself. My life felt balanced, and I was able to connect more with the things that mattered to me. That type of balance is worth way more than any bonus or crazy base salary could give. To any job hunters out there, it goes without saying that I am 100% for remote work life. I will never look back from this fantastic lifestyle, and I recommend it to anyone who is adventurous enough to try it.