Gone are the days where companies expect their employees to work in an office environment. With the cost of renting office space increasing and technology advancing, more of us are working remotely at home, or, while travelling the world.
Remote jobs can come in different forms: you could be a contractor, working on short term contracts for a specific company, either part time or full time. You could be a full-time employee working for a company but your work location is remote.
Both options give you a smaller amount of freedom and flexibility compared with freelancing, but what is more important to many is a regular income, over not knowing when freelance clients will process your invoice.
A question often asked by readers is, what is a remote job?
Definition of a remote job
A remote job is one that is done away from the office in a remote location. This could be your home, or while on the road.
You might be surprised at the variety of jobs that you can now do remotely, software companies are moving away from desktop installed applications to being hosted on the internet (also called the cloud).
As an employee, the benefits of having a remote job are: saving time on the daily commute to the office and saving money by not having to pay to get to the office every day. The downsides of having a remote job are isolation and a lack of face-to-face interaction with your work colleagues.
The growth of remote jobs is being supported by a number of factors: technology, such as laptops, smartphones and tablets alongside the increased availability of high-speed broadband, which means an instant and secure access to work data.
Types of remote jobs
Think about the types of skills and experience that you have, and look at how that type of work might be completed online.
Popular remote jobs include digital marketing including social media, training, virtual assistant, writer or copywriter, video creator, web or graphic designer, translator, customer service – think about the tasks that you complete and do not be put off asking your employer if you feel that they can be completed in a remote location.
Obviously, we’ve focused on working for an employer within a remote job role, but you could be self-employed as a contractor or freelancer, and sell your skills to other businesses, and then you have much more flexibility on the hours you work and type of work that you undertake.
Some employers might take advantage by asking you to work outside of the normal hours, since you’re working remotely, and it’s important that you have a good work/life balance, after all, this is why many of us work remotely at home or while travelling.
It’s important that you read the job descriptions carefully when applying for remote jobs, and ask questions about working schedule, and the expectations of the employer. The last thing you want is for your employer to call you at 10 pm when you’re relaxing, to work due to a work-related issue.
Hopefully, this has helped answer the question, what is a remote job?