So you’ve decided to give this whole remote work lifestyle a go, that’s awesome! But, what does that mean and where do you find these amazing jobs that let you work from anywhere?
The first thing you need to figure out is what kind of work you want to do. Are you looking for a full-time gig in a field you already have experience in? Looking to change careers? Freelance? Or are you more interested in a side hustle that can bring in some extra cash?
I’ve divided jobs and into two categories – Traditional-ish Jobs and (side) Hustles.
Traditional-ish Jobs are going to be for full-time, part-time, and freelance work. These are the kinds of jobs that you might already do but are just looking to take remotely. They’ve traditionally been done in an office, but with the internet can now be done from anywhere. Hustles are a little different, and I don’t want to limit it to “side hustle” because these sorts of projects could be your main business and source of income which means there’s nothing “side” about it. But they can also be done along side another job.
Below I’ll go over the types of jobs in these two categories, where to find them, and some tips for getting a remote job.
Popular Jobs for Remote Work:
- Web Developer
- Graphic Designer
- Social Media
- Copy Writing
- Software Engineer
- Content Writing
- Ad Manager
- Project Manager
- Customer Support
- We Work Remotely
- Flex Jobs
- No Desk
- Remote Ok
- I Love Creatives
- Angel List
- Hubstaff Talent
- Working Nomads
(usually, these sites are more for traditional onsite jobs, but in the current climate with most people working from home, it’s worth taking a look)
Tips for getting hired:
Getting hired for a remote job is a little different than a regular job, but here are some things to make sure you are doing everything you can to get hired.
- Get your online presence in order. This includes your social media, blog, portfolio, and Linkedin. Delete anything weird or that might make you look bad, and make sure your online presence makes you look respectable.
- Have a website, it should include work examples, past projects, and even “fake” dream projects. This way you can point a potential employer to previous things you’ve done and have examples to show.
- Highlight your side projects and other things that show you take initiative, are self-motivating, and show dedication. Working without any direct supervision requires these qualities and are what employers are looking for in a potential hire.
- Treat each job application like it is a special snowflake, generic cover letters, intro emails, and pitches don’t work for anyone. Tailor your application to the specific job and your qualifications. You also don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time, have a base resume and cover letter that you can edit and adjust to each application.
- Only attach PDF’s. Don’t use Word documents or other weird files that people might not be able to open.
- Know that big job sites and companies get tons of applications, you might not hear back right away or at all.
- Competition is going to be high, especially right now so get creative to make yourself stand out.
- Remote employers are looking for reliable and trustworthy people who love the work they do.
Popular (side) Hustles:
- Teach English
- Teach Workshops
- Etsy Shop
- Sell on Poshmark
- Virtual Assistant
- Stock Photography
- Photo Contests
- Sell Photo Prints
- VIP Kid
- Virtual Office Temps
- Matador Network
- Shoot and Share
- Lens Culture
- Pass Gallery
Tips for starting a (side) Hustle:
- How to choose what you want to do. What are passionate about? Do you have a hobby you could monetize? Do you want to work for yourself or within an established structure? How much time do you want to spend on your Hustle? These are all questions to consider when starting a Hustle.
- Set up a website, online shop, or register with a service. Depending on what you are doing you may need your own website, or it might just be as simple as entering your info into an intermediary site or market place. No matter what type of Hustle you have you’ll need to have some sort of web presence to get clients or sell your goods.
- Get the word out about what you’re doing. Use social media, tell your friends and family, shout it from the rooftops, but you’ll need to tell people what you are doing so you can start making money.
- Keep track of the money stuff. This is where it can get boring, but you’ll need to track income, spending, time, all that fun stuff to make sure your Hustle is actually making you money rather than draining you of money.
- Look into taxes and legal stuff. Do you need to file as a business, or is the market place website you are using taking care of everything? Knowing where you stand tax and legal wise is important.
- Find time to work on your Hustle. If you are still working another job, and this is a side Hustle than you need to allocate time to do the work on it. If this is your main Hustle then you need to treat it like a job and schedule your workday as such.
- Realize and prepare for a lot of work. Starting any new venture is going to take some time and energy to set up and get started so don’t get bummed out if things aren’t progressing as fast as you like.
- Be prepared for slow and inconsistent seasons. You could have a great month followed by a terrible month, work and sales tend to fluctuate with the seasons and what’s going on in the world. So don’t blow all that cash from a good month right away because you don’t know what’s going to happen next month.
- Watch out for burn out. Doing all the things can take a toll on your body and mind, if you are starting to feel burnt out make sure to take a break and rest.
Figuring out what to do with your professional life can seem daunting, I know. I’ve changed careers and tried out new jobs and side hustle more times than I can count now. But the thing I know for sure is that even though it can be scary and a lot of work it’s worth it. Even when you take a job that isn’t a great fit, it’s all learning experience that will help you grow and move you closer to the career and life you want. So keep at it, good luck, and don’t let go of your remote working dreams!
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