You get to stay at home all day in your pajamas! You get to set your own hours! There’s no one to watch your every move!
But not everyone is well-suited to remote work.
Considering working from home but don’t know where to start? Today, we’ll be answering some of the most common questions posed by remote work newbies. Through the answers, see if this kind of work environment might give you the work-life you’ve always wanted.
The Personality Best Suited for Remote Work?
Freelancing or remote work requires self-motivation. You have to wake up in the morning and ignore the distractions of your TV, your cute dog, your pile of dishes, and actually get to work. Some people just work better when the consequences of goofing off are more palpable, like someone breathing down their necks to get the job done. Other people work better when surrounded by others with whom they can share their ideas or just generally talk to now and again.
If you find that you get lonely easily, remote work might not be your cup of tea.
Where are Some Places I Can Search for Remote Work?
There are lots of places to search for freelance jobs, depending on the kind of work you want to do. If you’re a writer, there are a number of reputable places to search for jobs that actually pay. Upwork is geared towards all kinds of professionals, from web developers to accountants to virtual assistants, while Elance lets freelancers browse by various skill-based categories. Or, when all else fails, you can always turn to good old Craigslist, which lets you browse the whole country looking for freelance work.
How Do I Get an Online Job?
You might have multiple jobs with many different employers. But you still need to sell yourself through a well-crafted resume. For freelancing, it’s important to highlight your skills, so you might choose a functional resume, rather than a chronological one.
And remember, a virtual job is still a job, so you want to match the skill list in the job posting as closely as possible.
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Jobscan.
About the Author: James Hu earned his bachelor’s of Information Systems and Finance from University of Washington. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Jobscan. James has also enjoyed work experiences at Boeing, Microsoft, Groupon, Kabam Games, and a start-up of his own. Through his work in the United States, China, and Spain/Gibraltar, James truly integrates a global mindset into his career. In his free time, he enjoys water sports and backpacking. Follow James on Twitter.