8 tips on how to start working remotely.
Step by step

 

Working from the car

 

 

How to start working remotely? A remote job as a freelancer has many bright sides. You are independent, you can schedule your own working hours or place to work from. You are able to reconcile family responsibilities or simply travel, explore the world and earn money at the same time. Personally, having the digital nomad lifestyle for several years I’ve discovered that working remotely as a freelancer is awesome. That’s why I decided to present 8 tips on how to start working remotely. Step by step. 

Contents of this article::

  1. Negotiate with your current employer
  2. Don’t give up on your current job
  3. Analyze your current situation
  4. Get certificates
  5. Create a Gmail account
  6. Make a plan
  7. Be reachable online
  8. Create a portfolio or consider writing a blog

#Step 1. Negotiate with your current employer

If you have an office job, ask your current employer about the possibility of working remotely. During the coronavirus period, many people switched to remote work. Right now such employees can say that they have experience in performing remote duties. Maybe not in all cases it is easy to switch to working 100% remotely forever, but It is worth a try. I know people who have made it.

 

# Step 2. Don’t give up on your current job

 

If you are just starting to try to work remotely, and perhaps as a freelancer, do not give up your current job. Even if you are good and experienced in your profession. Most likely you do not know yet what are the demands for such employees in your industry in the labor market. I would absolutely not recommend anyone to go from full-time to freelancing blind. Even if you are a programmer, so a profession often desired by employers.

If you don’t know who a freelancer is yet, check out the article who is a freelancer? The pros and cons of being a freelancer.

 

#Step 3. Analyze your current situation

Ask yourself what you can do and what is your profession. If you are:

  • programmer,
  • graphic designer,
  • marketer,
  • sales rep,
  • customer service employee or
  • headhunter

the chances of finding a remote job faster are higher. The best option is to find a full-time job right away because it gives stability. You may be interested in the post on where to look for a remote job, and check websites with online job offers.

If you don’t have skills for the job positions above, and you just want to gain the profession, you’ve come to the right place. It is never too late for that. Regardless of whether you want to acquire a new qualification or deepen the current one, I recommend going to the next step.

#Step 4. Get certificates

The most important advice on how to start working remotely is to deepen your skills or acquire new ones. Step by step. The competition in the online world is huge, and you always have to follow the latest trends.

There are tons of free online courses that also often issue certificates upon completion.

For beginners, I recommend the free ones. They are usually at the basic level, and it is better to learn them by giving yourself time to incomprehensible and requiring more time issues.

Why? 

Because these more advanced training on educational platforms are paid. The cost is paid in the form of monthly access to the course, for example, Udacity. You can complete the course there for an unlimited time. However, here’s the catch. If you study it for 2 months, you will pay for 2 months of access. If you do it in 4 months, you will pay for 4 months. Different costs for the same course.

Example:

I have access to a free Basic Full Stack Web Development course on Udemy. I do not know yet how I will learn to program, so better slowly and without stress learn the initial knowledge for free. Once I feel sure of the basics, I will continue my education. The next course, probably better, because It will be paid one with a certificate I can do faster with basic knowledge for example with Udacity. It is worth doing it in a short time because monthly access costs about $400.

 

In the table, you will find a list of educational websites where you can complete courses and receive certificates in various industries.

 

Marketing & Business

& Sales

IT Design Photography

Career Development

Udemy

Udemy Udemy Udemy

Udemy

Linkedin Learning/ Lynda Linkedin Learning/ Lynda Linkedin Learning/ Lynda Linkedin Learning/ Lynda Linkedin Learning/ Lynda

Skillshare

Skillshare Skillshare Skillshare

Google Digital Garage 

Google Digital Garage 

Google Digital Garage 
Udacity

Udacity

Google  Skillshop

Microsoft Learn

HubSpot Academy

Shopify Webinars

 

Working from laptop

#Step 5. Create a Gmail account

Create a separate Gmail account. Perhaps it is very subjective, but I cannot imagine someone working remotely who is not familiar with the functionality of Gmail, Google Drive, Calendar, etc. The account will be used by you to:

  • setting up profiles on remote work websites and receiving all notifications;
  • contact with clients/employers;
  • signing up to educational platforms;
  • organizing various materials from courses, taking notes on Google Drive. If you are a very beginner then this short YouTube course should help you understand how to use it
  • to practice using these handheld Google products. Boom! From now on, you no longer make notes on pieces of paper.

#Step 6. Make a plan

Plan what courses you should do and at what time.
Where to plan it? In the project management tool. There are plenty of them, but for beginners, I recommend creating an account on Trello.com. I also started with it, that is why I think it is also a good solution for all of you.
Here is a short video on how to use Trello. It is not complicated. However, it is always worth spending a few minutes to see what the capabilities of a given tool are. It will speed up the process than slowly discovering how to use it by yourself.
Choose courses that interest you and add links to Trello. Write down what you have to do in order, e.g. opening an account on Linkedin, writing a CV, etc. You have to plan your career!

#Step 7. Be reachable online

The employer must find you online. It is crucial to be able to check who you are, what you can do, with whom you have worked, what recommendations other people give you.

Linkedin

Create a profile on Linkedin and fill in as much experience as you can. This is a prerequisite for entering a foreign market. You don’t have Linkedin – you don’t exist.

Upwork

Create a profile on Upwork. This is a site for freelancers and there are mainly short term projects. This site is a good web for people starting their remote careers.

 

#Step 8. Create a portfolio or consider writing a blog

It is not new that it is easier to win your dream job when you show your portfolio/case study.

I started my career by building a blog, which initially was only to describe my travel adventures. It actually happened by accident that I started learning marketing. I just wanted to have a blog. This side effect turned out to be learning WordPress, Photoshop, Adobe, SEO, Social Media Marketing, etc.

I hope that these 8 tips on how to start working remotely have given you a certain pattern of action. Make them step by step, learn, read, be curious about the details. The road is neither short nor easy, but that’s okay. Long and hard, things belong to persistent people. So it means to you who decided to at least read about how to start an online career and get your dream job.

Good luck! 🙂