Remote work coach, Darren Cronian

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This guide was written by Darren Cronian. Over the last 7 years, he has secured numerous remote jobs and built a successful freelancing business. Frustrated at automated rejections or struggling to find freelance clients? Your remote work coach is here for support.

Remote working is no easier or harder than working in an office, but, there are personality traits that you will need to be productive and get work done.

It might sound great working from home. No office politics, fighting over the office temperature, dealing with grumpy personalities and the thought that you spend more time with work colleagues than you do your family.

In this article, we will focus on answering the question, is it hard to work remotely?

In short, no, it is not hard to work remotely, but there are some things you need to think about before making the leap from the office environment.

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YOU WILL FEEL LEFT OUT SOMETIMES

If your work colleagues are in the office, and you spend the majority of your time working from home, then there’s going to be an element of feeling left out.

Especially, getting missed out from important communication. Which leads me on to the first personality trait you need.

Good communication is part of the success of working remotely, so keeping your colleagues and teams updated on where you are with your work is essential. Continuously keeping in touch through Slack and other communication channels will help avoid the situation where you miss out on critical information.

MOTIVATION CAN BE A CHALLENGE

Most Remote companies do not have a strict work schedule. You are hired to work 40 hours a week, but when you work those hours are based on meetings and deadlines.

Having a work schedule is important because since there’s more flexibility, it can lead to motivational struggles.  When working in an office, you are expected to be there by a specific time. This motivates you to get out of bed, and arrive for work on time.

FEELING ISOLATED IS TO BE EXPECTED

Working from home alone can be a challenge, and as written here, but the best way to deal with it is to get out once or twice a week to a coffee shop and make sure that you spend time away from work with family and friends.

TIME TRACKING IN COMMON PLACE

When you’re in an office, some managers keep a look over to make sure that the team is working and meeting deadlines. This is harder to do within a Remote company, so many use time tracking software.

When you’re completing specific pieces of work, you will log the time, and this allows project managers to monitor your workload. Have a look at tools like Toggl, Jira and Harvest as they tend to be used by companies.

So, is it hard to work remotely? There are challenges, but you will be fine, providing you have a good work ethic and personality traits that work well with remote working.

The more important lesson to learn is you must take time out of work and do not feel you have to be connected all day long.

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