The working remotely lifestyle is not for everyone. Even if you’ve been craving it for a while, it may not be right for you. That said, no need to revert to full working remotely and hoping that it works out for you. There is plenty that you can do and analyze before taking the plunge to ensure that you’re ready for a fully remote lifestyle.
Did you know that Team GG is fully remote? We’re based all over the U.S. I even work remotely for my full-time job as a publicist for a virtual boutique PR agency. Virtual companies and opportunities exist out there. The need is there, but it’s important to know whether or not a remote position is the right fit for you.
Because of the current health pandemic, many of us have reverted to working from home, so we are getting a taste of the possibilities. Here’s what you need to ask yourself (or just keep in mind) before deciding to go fully remote.
Can you actually work from anywhere?
This is the ultimate question. Being a remote worker involves a great deal of independence, self-motivation and routine. More importantly, you need to ensure that you have a consistent connection to the internet.
Over the last few years, there has been a surge of people working remotely around the world. Plus, there’s a niche group of individuals who want to live a nomadic lifestyle while working for a business virtually. It all comes down to setting up appropriate ‘office hours,’ planning ahead and balancing work and fun. Frankly, most of us aren’t equipped to run around the world while working eight-hour days. However, it’s not impossible.
Personally, I know that you can work from anywhere, as long as there is a strong WiFi connection. I’ve worked from different countries, states and even from the passenger seat of the car quite a few times. The real question here is, will you be willing to work from anywhere? Trust me, it’s hard to sit on an exotic beach while hashing out three more hours of work on my MacBook.
You can definitely work from anywhere, but you have to be willing to get down to business by yourself. When you work remotely, you don’t have a boss coming up behind you to check on the sales presentation progress. You have to be your own boss, and lead yourself to accomplishing what’s needed.
If you plan on mostly working out of your home, there’s much less to worry about, but you still need to build a solid routine, and ensure you have a dedicated workspace that is distraction-free and prime for productivity. Introverts have a significant chance to shine when it comes to working remotely because they need much less social stimulation to make it through the days. In fact, I go weeks on end with only seeing my dog and my boyfriend every day, and that works perfectly for me. However, if you enjoy the energy of the workplace but don’t want to lug it to an office, maybe you can find a co-working space that you can head to a couple of times a week depending on your work schedule.
You’ll need to brush up on these skills:
- Ability to work independently (let’s face it: you’re pretty much on your own)
- Great time-management skills
- A self-motivated/self-starter mentality
- Great written communication (between emails, Slack, text messages, etc., you will be communicating A LOT, just mostly non-verbally)
- Ability to work with teams (you may all be in different countries or states, but you’re working on similar goals)
Why do you want to work remotely?
If your goal is to travel and see as much of the world as you can, or if you’re insanely introverted (just like me), those are great reasons to shift to a remote lifestyle. You really need to look at the exact reasons for why you want to lead a remote lifestyle.
If you’re just sick of your current office, you may just need to change companies. However, if you’re sick of the office, need little overseeing and are super self-motivated, maybe the remote lifestyle is the right choice for you.
Figure out you why. Do you genuinely feel those are good reasons for you to switch to a fully remote lifestyle?
Do Your Research
You should always do your research, but if you’re thinking of turning to a fully remote lifestyle, then you’re sure to stumble upon some great resources. It’s important for you to try and talk to others who have done this before, or at least read their stories. If you’re worried about certain aspects, chances are someone has done it. And thankfully, the influx of nomadic and remote lifestyle blogs has brought up some great ideas and informative stories that will give you a clue about what leading the exact lifestyle is like.
If you’re looking for a remote job, you’re in luck. There are a lot of job boards solely focused on work-from-home gigs and positions. Some great sites include Remote.co, We Work Remotely and FlexJobs. There are a lot of bloggers who focus on sharing their work-from-home experiences as well. Some great remote work blogs are The Remote Nomad, Work From Home Happiness and The Work at Home Woman.