Written by Zoe Stephens
Working remotely may be the new job of the millennial era. Together with the rise of technology and ease of travel, remote work has taken the world by storm, with some of the world’s biggest companies such as Amazon employing much of their staff remotely. It’s not for everyone, but being able to travel and work as and when you please certainly has its benefits.
Why do people work remotely?
There are many reasons why someone may feel that working remotely is beneficial to them. A big reason is independence to do what you want and go where you want to go. Working remotely means you can travel at the same time as working. It may mean your wages go on your plane tickets, but that’s your choice! Some people may also prefer life without the commute, or just don’t want to be stuck in an office all day. It is also practical for people with families who live far away or in another country.
How do you get started?
First things first, what can you do? Or even, what do you do? If you think your current job can be done remotely, a chat to your boss might be in order! More and more companies are employing remote staff. It uses less office space, and you have to spend less time travelling to and from work. Plus, if you’re happy at work, you’re going to be much more productive. All plus points for any business!
Depending on your skills, you may want to think about these jobs:
If you’re bilingual or studied any languages, translation is the perfect job to work remotely. As a freelancer without any qualifications in translation, you’ll have to start at the very bottom, maybe doing volunteer translations, to begin with. You may want to combine this with your current job at first. Once you’ve built up your network, you’re free to pack your bags and jet off! This is usually done remotely as a freelance position.
You don’t need to particularly be anywhere in the world whatever type of blogging you’re doing. Start up your own blog, work for a company to get assignments, or work as a freelancer. You may not want to throw yourself in at the deep end too much and start off instead with a company who are happy for you to be out of the office.
Better still, become a travel blogger and you can combine work and play!
When starting a blog, a good place to start is Bluehost. Leaders in the blogging industry, their layouts are simple but offer everything you could need to start up your blog and get earning. They also have the cheapest hosting plan on the market!
Same for blogging, freelance writing may be a slow starter, but the thousands of people out there doing it will tell you it’s worth it. Get started writing articles for free at your local magazine or paper, or follow some start-ups on social media who are in need of writers on the cheap. Decide on your specialism and just… Write! Get as much practice as you can.
If you fancy a go at writing, Young Pioneer Tours have a range of internships and positions for avid writers or bloggers, perfect for remote work – or to travel as your job!
If you have experience with social media, marketing, sales, or just generally good people skills, Crowdsourcing management may be the way to go. With the rise of website such as Kickstarter, more and more people, as well as companies, are turning to these platforms to raise money for projects. Help promote these projects and you could be in for some good commission!
Email marketers design advertising campaigns, manage subscriber lists and increase the reach for their client’s or company’s company. It is good to have some experience or PR, as well as marketing. You must also have good communication skills, and it helps to have a basic understanding of web and graphic design.
Web designer/graphic designer
Although the process to get this one off the ground may take a bit more effort and training, it’s certainly one of the most rewarding and with the biggest promise of work.
The rise and takeover of the internet means there are very few companies left in the world that don’t need a web designer for their website. Learn the ins and outs of coding, get yourself a qualification, and you’ll find work in no time.
English here is written in brackets since it is the most popular and easiest way to get into online teaching, particularly if you’re a native English speaker. However, technically you could teach anything. All you need is a bit of teaching background (if possible) and a good internet connection. Set up your account on the various websites out there who offer their website as a platform for online teachers, and begin teaching! Usually, you can decide how much you want to charge, and if you’re teaching groups or individuals. You could also do this completely freelance and use Skype as your platform, but this may be difficult without a basis and clients to start with.
A great way to start your English teaching career is a TEFL course. SEE TEFL offer intensive training courses with the guarantee of a job in Thailand at the end. So you come out both with a job and diploma!
This is by no means a definitive list – there are literally hundreds of types of jobs that can be done remotely these days. If none of these tickle your fancy, have a look online to see what you can find that relate to your skills.
For any remote job, good internet connection is usually a must.
Ordinary job sites such as indeed.com and monster.co.uk also list remote positions, so make sure to have a look there! It may happen that you have to start off with something you don’t entirely enjoy, but the remote job market is huge. Stick at it and you’ll be sure to find something that suits you and your remote needs.