Have you been thinking about going remote? Working in your own space and time?
You are probably on the right track because this is the most happening and important time for remote work.
It’s not only digital-born giants such as Facebook and Twitter that are preparing themselves for long term remote work. A recent report by Global WebIndex shows that more than 50% of employers in the USA are ready to handle a fully remote workforce.
Furthermore, there are a reported 56.7 million freelancers in the USA who are embracing the remote work lifestyle.
If you are someone who wants to quit their 9-5 to become a freelancer or is switching from an office-based to a home-based position due to the pandemic, here’s how to know if you are a good fit for remote work!
Do you have the right personality traits for remote work?
A survey suggests that there are three challenges related to remote work – Collaboration and Communication, Loneliness, and Disconnecting after work.
To overcome these challenges, it is preferable if the remote worker has the following traits –
- Ability to be self-organized
- Deliver work in a reliable and consistent manner
- Respects deadlines – Produces work promptly
- Ability to communicate well – Whether it is via phone, email, or even chat messages!
- Values relationship-building – Helps establish bond and trust across distance
- A ‘pro’ at self-management – Can handle stress well, takes initiative
If you aren’t sure if you have the right personality traits for remote working, then try taking a free personality test, like this one.
WORK FROM HOME SET UP
Most of us weren’t prepared to work from home, one of the unprecedented challenges we faced from COVID-19. Many people worked from their couch, kitchen countertop and some even from their cozy beds.
Although this may not seem like a major problem for most remote workers, in the beginning, having a bad home office set up may have long term consequences. Bad posture can affect your health and reduce your productivity. Insufficient sunlight in your room may cause fatigue and lower your Vitamin D levels.
If you are seriously considering working remotely in the future, then grab these quick tips for a perfect work from home set up.
Dedicate a space that is exclusively for work. Position your desk, preferably near a window where you can get plenty of fresh air and sunlight.
Get an ergonomic chair that supports your back and neck well.
Resist the temptation to work from the couch or the dining table. By doing this, you will find it easier to separate yourself from work while relaxing on your couch or having a meal with your family at the dining table.
If you are struggling to set up your home office, get some inspiration from IKEA– they have some really cool ideas!
Do you enjoy meeting new people, making meaningful connections, and collaborating on creative projects? If yes, you may have what it takes to become a good remote worker and imbibe the remote work lifestyle!
Networking and relationship building are extremely valuable to remote work success. It is vital that you make the right connections that’ll help you advance your remote career.
If you are a freelancer or an entrepreneur, you can network by –
- Attending freelance networking events
- Exploring co-working spaces in your area
- Being part of online freelancing forums
- Being active in social media networks
Are you aware of the various tools used by remote workers?
If you haven’t used them before, then now is the right time to explore some productivity boosting remote tools. These tools are built to make your life easy, helps you save time, ensures better communication, helps you manage multiple projects, enables files storage etc.
If you are new to remote work and are looking for recommendations on which tools to choose, read our detailed post on The 20 Best Tools to make remote work successful.
Do you check your work emails in bed, just before going to sleep?
Do you put the kettle on in the morning and quickly check your laptop while the water boils?
These are signs that you are thinking of work all the time – and not all of it is your fault! Because you don’t have a space that differentiates work and personal life, the boundaries start to blur when you work from home.
One must find a healthy everyday routine while working remotely. If you are looking for inspiration, read our Top Tips to Create Work-Life Balance while working from home.
Remote work is here to stay for a long time. With multitude of industries looking to hire remotely, this is the perfect time to look for a remote job.