You may have heard the phrase “remote work” or seen it in a headline somewhere. Usually, remote work pops up in conversations or in interviews with people who are working in startups or entrepreneurs running their own private business. It is easy to understand the benefits of remote work being able to work from home or anywhere in the world.
If you still have some questions about remote work we hope to answer them in this article along with giving you some ideas on how you can get started with working remotely.
What Is Remote Work?
Remote work is as much of a style of working as it is a professional lifestyle. It allows you to work from home, from a hotel room, a beach or anywhere in the world, away from the traditional office landscape.
The concept of remote work has only started getting popular in recent years with the widespread availability of good internet connections combined with a multitude of communication and collaboration tools such as Slack, Jira, Trello, Skype and Microsoft Teams. In many positions and companies, there is no need to be in a dedicated office in order to execute on work tasks successfully.
It’s brilliant, to be honest. Imagine not having to commute to the office every day. Have great flexibility in your days being able to combine a bank visit, a handyman home visit or a delivery.
How Can You Do Remote Work?
Work tasks can be executed in a variety of ways while being away from the reason or your colleagues and teams. If you think about it, most of your actual tasks are carried out on the computer so in reality as long as you have a computer you are able to carry out your tasks regardless of where you are sitting.
What about meetings?
As we mentioned earlier, there are several communication tools available ranging from Skype to Microsoft Teams and more corporate communication software such as Starleaf. Often, remote work can be combined with traditional work where you would work remotely for the majority of your working week and visit the office one or two times per week for face-to-face meetings.
What About Social Stimulation?
As mentioned you can include traditional work by visiting your office every now and then. Another popular concept related to remote work is co-working spaces. Co-working spaces are spots where people who work remotely can visit and work from, it can be an office hotel offering hot desks and drop-in availability where you visit, pay for a desk on an hourly, daily or weekly rate. These places are usually hot spots for productivity where there is technology and infrastructure in place for you to work. Co-working spots also offer networking opportunities and a chance to meet like-minded people.
What If My Company Doesn’t Allow Remote Work?
One adventurous way to go about it would be to start your own business. But don’t get ahead of yourself, don’t quit your job just yet. Starting a business is easy, building a profitable business a whole different thing. Keep your current job while you are starting out with a new business to help you fund and strengthen cash flows.
You could start freelancing as a writer, a photographer or maybe a drone videographer? If you like writing or have interest in a particular field, blogging can be an easy way into affiliate marketing, where your income would depend solely on how much time and effort you’re willing to put in. If you’re wondering what this would look like you can check this, this or this site – a completely different niche for each of those products. You could start a digital or tech company as well, the options truly are countless.
If you are out of ideas or not interested in running your own company you should consider looking for a new job. Look for a position in a startup or a mature company that is offering the possibility to work remotely. Again, don’t get ahead of yourself, don’t quit your current job until you have a job offer. Be smart and play it safe. LinkedIn is a professional network where you can find companies and positions allowing remote work.
Remote work is becoming mainstream, embrace it!