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. Many companies, from startups to Fortune 500 organizations, embrace remote work.
In this guide, we’re focusing on how and where to find entry-level remote jobs.
Essential Skills and Personality Traits
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 must be able to work on your initiative and be self-motivated to complete work on time and efficiently. Being used to learning new skills and having a routine is incredibly important.
Before you search for remote jobs, read this article about the personality traits needed to become a remote worker.
Complete a Skills Analysis
Before searching for an entry-level remote job, consider the roles that 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, 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 many skills he’s built over the years can be transferred online.
All the tasks you do over the telephone can be completed via the online browser. Don’t rule anything out at this stage. What’s important is that you are motivated to complete the tasks required for the role.
Learn 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 educational content is freely available.
With a budget, you will find a wealth of courses on every topic under the sun on sites like Teachable and Udemy. Many online educators are passionate about sharing their experiences and skills.
Volunteer to Build Experience
To gain full-time experience, look at volunteering for not-for-profit organizations and charities. At the weekend, you could complete administrative duties or help write content for their website.
Entry-level Remote Job Ideas
Here are a few ideas on the type of entry-level remote jobs 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 using browser-based helpdesk software for a specific product or service.
Content Producer – Create content for companies based around the niche and industry. This could be a mix of writing, photos, videos, and podcasts.
Community Manager – Responsible for a community, be it a forum, blog, or social media. This type of role would be suitable for someone who likes building relationships.
Online Tutor – Teach an audience how to complete specific tasks or teach English as a Foreign Language to students in China and other countries abroad.
Here’s an article on the skills needed to be a digital nomad, which applies even if you do not want to travel and work remotely.
Remote Job Boards
Many 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 you would like to work for and approach them about any entry-level remote jobs or opportunities for you to learn on the job.
Contact family and friends and ask if they know of remote jobs or opportunities to gain experience in your chosen field. Do not fear putting yourself out there; you must be an action-taker.
Pitch to your Current Employer
Do not assume your current employer will not 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 your role and how it might be improved by working at home. The best way to start this process is to talk with a manager and ask them for their opinion.
Think about the benefits of working 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 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 with your search!