More flexibility with your schedule. No more traffics on the way to the office. More time to allocate towards side projects. That is all about a remote job.
As a full-time consultant and freelancer, I get to experience many of these advantages. But being in business full-time for yourself also comes with higher costs, more risks, and the ever-present potential for down times.
Finding out how to get a remote job you will enjoy, can instead be a very happy medium between the two extremes of spending 10 hours of each day in an office that drains your energy and self-employment.
Getting a freelance job can be excellent for testing your way into self-employment—seeing how well you would manage your time, stay productive and motivated working from home, co-working places and coffee shops. Today, many people are landing remote jobs for these reasons.
It is a reasonable question, landing a remote job is not straightforward. I remember getting hired for my first freelance job. I was pumped that I could hang out with my dogs and work at the same time, but it took a quite enough time to find this job. When I first started looking, I had no idea that getting a remote job is different than getting a regular job.
I looked for three months, and I got very little response at first. The big job websites get tons of applications, for limited remote positions. After about 85 days, I realized that if I desired to work from home, I needed to get more creative. I wаs spinning my wheels, and quite frаnkly, running through sаvings.
Most companies do not advertise themselves as fully remote, and the ones that do, are hard to get unless you’re looking for the right job sites.
This was my biggest competition: finding the right websites that list remote jobs and recognizing the right companies to follow on those websites.
That said, I would like to say that if you find the right remote jobs, websites companies are going to drive themselves at you. But that is not what happens. Other enterprising job seekers have got the kingdom as well, and competition is high.
In fact, the competition for remote jobs is probably higher than competition for regular employment.
You will need to know where to look, how to market yourself, and how to get creative with job applications.
The employment process for remote jobs might seem a little confusing, but it is not harder than a standard application process, just different.
Now, let’s get started.
1. ASK YOURSELF IF TAKING A REMOTE JOB IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Before we get fixed in actually landing a remote job, we have to talk about whether or not remote is right for you. This part requires some self-reflection and research.
For instance, remote work is an excellent fit for my work style and lifestyle, for the following reasons:
-I’m extroverted, but I get a lot of in-person interaction from friends outside of work;
-I love talking to people. Talking via video chat or on the phone satisfies my need for in-person communication just as much as actual, in-person contact;
-I’m also a big runner, and I love spending time with my family;
-I love my work, I have no problem focusing, and I can tear myself away from work when I am done for the day.
If you want to jump into remote work with both feet, it’s vital to ask yourself if the pros outweigh the cons. For me, there was a significant upside, and it was a no-brainer to go remote. For you, the story might be different.
We have listed off the pros and cons of working from home below. Look at them through the lens of your ideal lifestyle, and the lens of what makes you most productive.
Pros of a Remote Job:
No commute: your once dreаded commute is over, no more annoying rush hour subway rides or traffic;
Your schedule: nobody is watching. Want to watch Netflix at 10:00 a.m. on a Monday? Go ahead, no one will recognize. Depending on your job purpose, you can work when you need to;
Work anywhere: you can work anywhere. I work in my back garden when it is nice out, but some people choose to work in various countries every few months;
Family time: if you have kids you will have more time to hang with them. You do not want them to attack your workspace, but work flexibility allows you to spend more time with family (or dog);
Costs: commute costs are nothing. You can also say goodbye to $14 salads for lunch and say hello to the supermarket for a cheaper lunch and breakfast;
Office stress and distractions: no one is standing by your desk and distracting you from work. No office drama with remote work.
Sounds great right? Not so fast, there are some disadvantages to working remotely:
Cons of a Remote Job:
Loneliness: I once had somebody tell me that “working at home alone is a good way toward depression.” I agree. Working five days per week alone can get lonely;
Overworking: seems like underworking would be the problem here, right? In reality, more people struggle to divide work life and home life, resulting in a never-ending workday. Burnout becomes very real, very fast, if you fall into bad work habits at home;
Underworking: depending on a person, love for your job function, overall work ethic, productivity can drop in a remote environment. If direct supervision motivates you to get work completed, working from home might kill your motivation;
No “water cooler moments”: some say that creativity and innovation can happen at improvised moments at work. Being physically close to co-workers creates more interpersonal communication. Some of these moments are missed with remote work;
Limited team social activities: some companies are partly remote. For instance, maybe only 15% of the workforce is remote. When everyone goes out for a happy hour, you and the other remote team members might be too far away to join. Feelings of seclusion ensue.
Remote work isn’t for everybody, some people thrive in an office environment, and others succeed working remotely.
I have talked to some people that tried out remote work and quickly recognized that they need more in-person interaction. I have spoken to other people that ended up back in the office because they want someplace to go every day.
Now that you are familiar with the pros and cons of having a remote job, it is time to do some self-reflection.
2. DETERMINE WHAT MOTIVATES YOU AT WORK
Getting a remote job is almost like being an entrepreneur, and motivational quotes alone will not fuel you forever.
No one is over your back telling you to do your job. With remote work, the only persоn telling you what/when/hоw to do is you.
The best remote workers love their work and take pride in what they offer. If you do not like what you do, your bed suddenly becomes comfortable ― especially when no one is telling you to wake up and go.
Most people start to get this feeling of fear on Sunday nights for one reason or another. If you have that feeling, analyze it, if you hate being in client success at the office, you will probably hate being in client success at home toо. If you like your jоb but the Sunday fear comes from the stress оf commuting, you might be a gоod fit for remоte work.
I look forward to Mondays (honestly) because I like what I do, and I need to do what I love from home.
Having a remote job is a fantastic chance to live the lifestyle that you want while doing the work that you love. Just make sure it is a fit for you personally before hitting the remote job boards.
3. HOW TO FIND YOUR DREAM REMOTE JOB
If you are still reading, you are ready to storm the virtual gates of the remote work world. Again, if you want to take a remote job, you will first need to know where to look for.
The best sites for finding great remоte jobs:
Most jоb websites do not have a very good “remote work” filter, which usually results in hours of sifting through freelance jobs, remote jobs and other gigs that might not be the best fit. All of the job boards below analyze you and feature specifically remote jobs:
In my experience, these are hands down the three best websites for finding remote jobs:
This website offers part-time, full-time, and even some jobs that are perfect for examining your way into starting a freelance business. Companies can post jobs for free, but applicants have to pay $15 a month for the service. Frankly, the $15 is a little price to pay for access to the job opportunities they post. I know a couple of people who have gotten landed a position through Flexjobs.
Outside of the paid service, they also have a ton of free sources for remote job seekers. Most of the other websites I’ll talk about feature “jobs in tech,” but Flexjobs offers job postings from a wide diversity of industries. Bonus: Flexjobs has new posts updated all the time, and posters usually get back to you quickly after you have applied.
I have personally gotten a job from AngelList. There is no fee, and new job postings are updated daily. Unlike the оther websites on this list, this site is explicitly provided toward start-ups. If you wаnt to work at an early stage of the startup, this is the place to be. There is no fee to use AngelList, but you will need to make a profile. Your profile is your CV so make sure it stands out.
You get interviews by clicking “yes, I am interested” and by leaving a note for the hiring manager. If the company likes your profile, they’ll set up a meeting with you. The process with AngelList is super simple, no CV or cover letter needed. I have applied for and received a response within a couple of hours, and each job posting tells you when the job poster was last “active.” Pro Tip: stay away from the “active 1 months ago,” or later.
3. HUB STAFF TALENT
On Hub staff, you have the option of searching for remote jobs that are full-time, hourly freelance contract, and even fixed price—so this platform is especially great if you are looking to take on remote work to supplement your income. With their tons of open roles ranging from marketing, social media marketing, web development, to design, sales, customer service and more, there is something for everyone on this remote job platform.
The worst sites for finding remote jobs:
Maybe a surprise? Linkedin is the largest professional network and arguably the best place to find a job, but it is not the best place to find a remote position. I will give them some credit: they have been adding more remote jobs lately. But in general, remote jobs are hard to find, and they often end up being in-person jobs.
Looking for an in-person job? Linkedin is your best bet. But remote? You will be sifting through posts for hours―and when you finally find the needle-in-the-haystack remote job, the job poster has usually made a mistake. You will find the position isn’t remote or the company isn’t very desirable. If you have unlimited hours for job seeking, you might find a few remote jobs in here, but those same jobs are often posted on one of the recommended remote job boards.
My complaint here is mainly around wasted time. There’re a fair amount of remote jobs on Indeed, and they are simple to find, but a lot of them are lоcation specific or not remote at all. If you are looking for a remote job in tech, this isn’t the place to look.
But, I’ll say that Indeed does offer remote jobs in industries outside of technology. For my intended job search (I’ve worked in tech), this place was a disappointment. If I was loоking for a job оutside of tech, maybe nоt. Overall though―the postings here are peppered with weird companies and non-remote jobs, cloaked as remote jobs. Thus my badge of disapproval.
This is just not the place for remote jobs. I do not think they concentrate on it, and it shows. They infrequently post remote jobs, and when they do, the jobs usually are location specific or with an unknown company. I consider that Monster is a good place to find a non-remote job, but it isn’t worth your time to search here for remоte positions.
There are оther remote job websites, but no matter what industry or job function you are looking for, the three mentioned above are the best places to start.
Landing a remote work position is not as hard as people make it out to be. You have to find the right source for jobs, but AngelList makes that part pretty simple.
Maybe you want to have the freedom to take some time for yourself every morning. Perhaps you do not want to travel the world. Maybe you want to stop interacting with the office. Maybe you want to concentrate on your work instead of getting distracted every twenty seconds in an office. How do you think, is a remote job for you?