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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 work is fast becoming a trend as technology companies continue to innovate and the price of office space increases.

In this article, we answer the question, is remote work right for you? We include 8 things you need to know.  The internet has changed how we work and long gone are the days where you have to work in an office environment as an employee, contractor or freelancer.

Challenges of Remote Working
Be self motivated

You are going to need to be productive, and self-motivated. You will have no one looking over you to evaluate if you are performing at your best.

Trust is a huge part of remote work and you will want to perform to a high standard to prove to your employer or freelance clients that you can be trusted to complete work to deadlines and to a good standard.

Think about what motivates you:

Do you need people around you to motivate you to work? Do you do your best work when you are collaborating with people in the same room? If the answer is yes to either of these questions then remote working might not be for you.

Work routine is essential

Creating a morning and evening routine is essential to have the perfect work-life balance. Have a dedicated time of the where your focus is on work, but build in exercise, sleep, and activities that you enjoy.

When working remotely you can find yourself forgetting to take breaks and this results in burn-out and this can lead to performance issues.

Think about when you are the most productive during the day and if you can, base your work schedule around this period.

Building a routine into our lives does not come easy especially if you are disorganised or badly manage your time.

Remote working suits introverts

Remote work can be a lonely existence sometimes, so it is important that you like your own company and are happy to spend time alone.

That said, it’s important that you take time out to engage with family and friends, or, go to a coffee shop and strike up a conversation with other people working in there.

If you an extrovert and are the type of person that likes to be around people, then remote working in co-working spaces might suit you better since you will be able to engage with people who are working close to you, or, at networking events.

Keep focused

If you are the type of person that gets easily distracted while working then remote working might not be for you, but, if you can remove the distractions and focus on being productive then you stand a chance.

While working from home you will have many distractions, from your TV, a gaming console, the internet, which can suck up a lot of time.

Look at creating a working routine that will keep you focused. One that is particularly popular is the Pomodoro Technique.

Identify a piece of work, set a timer for 25 minutes and when the time is up, take a one minute break. Once you’ve done this 4 times, take a 25-minute break. There are different versions of the technique.

Good communicator

Having good communication skills is important as a remote worker. You have to become comfortable with tools like Slack, and communicating through video and audio, which come with their own challenges.

It’s important that you communicate with your clients or employer and keep them informed of milestones while working on tasks and projects.

Keen to learn new skills

To make yourself employable it’s a good idea to be multi-skilled. You have a higher chance of securing remote jobs if you have skills that the company can call upon when needed.

As a freelancer, you have options – if work for your main skill dries up, then you have other skills that you can sell to potential clients.

Take time out of your work schedule and learn a new skill. Sign up to an online course on sites like Skillshare or Udemy. Watch tutorials on YouTube, read articles and keep informed of changes within your niche.

Change and improve

If while reading this article you are thinking, remote working is not for me because of the traits required; don’t let that be an excuse for you to not become a remote worker. You can change.

Prior to quitting my job to work remotely, my routine was non-existent, but with time, that has changed.

Start to make changes in your life by creating a daily routine, spend some time working in coffee shops, and attending networking events.

Hopefully, this guide has helped you answer the question, is remote work right for you? Any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us.

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