Author Michael Gutman explains that finding a remote job is different than finding a regular in-office job. He explains what a remote job is, why people seek remote work, and where to find remote work. The author explains why it is important to understand the key differences in order to be successful.
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- There are lots of reasons why people would want a remote position. For me, for example, I love that I don't have to sit in a commute, or I have to spend money on gas. I've had jobs where I have had to commute an hour each way, and working remotely allows that flexibility to use that time more productively. I also have friends that are working parents, and they love that they can spend more time with their kids. Others I know travel a lot, so they want to be able to take their jobs with them. Or, you might just be tired of a physical office environment, which comes with its own distractions, and you prefer the peace and quiet and added productivity that comes with working remotely.
It really comes down to wanting to work in a way that bests fits your life. If that's the case, then a remote job could be a good fit for you. If that sounds like something you might be interested in, the next step is to know how to find one of these remote jobs. Let me warn you that looking for a remote job is a bit different than searching for an in-office position. There are some different strategies that can help you be successful, and I want to share some of those with you. First, you should understand how work flexibility and remote work play together.
For example, remote jobs can offer you the ability to work flexible hours, as long as there's some room to overlap with your team. I had a remote job where I had a meeting with India every day at 9:00 a.m., an then again at 9:00 p.m. However, my daily work hours were from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. So it's important to be aware that remote jobs can offer a unique schedule. Once you get hired for a remote job, there is simply no denying the benefits. Take me, for example.
I wake up at 6:00 a.m., because I want to get my date started, not because I have to commute. I do some reading, I stretch, I walk the dog, I have a leisurely breakfast. I'm opening up my laptop at 8:30, work for four hours, then take a lunch break where I go for a run. Or I rest. Then I get back to work. Finish up my day at 5:30. Not bad, right? Everyone will have their own daily rhythm. The point is you get to fill your extra time the way you want. Not to mention your productivity will soar.
Many studies have shown that remote workers are far more productive than their in-office colleagues.
- Preparing for your remote job hunt
- Setting up a productive workspace
- Finding remote jobs
- Avoiding scams
- Crafting a remote resume
- Interviewing for a remote job
- Negotiating salary
- Staying motivated