Working remotely is a highly desired way to work. With remote work being the fastest-growing commute method, and 80% of survey respondents reporting that working from home full-time is their most wanted form of work flex, it’s no wonder so many workers are seeking out remote jobs.
If you’re wanting to get started working remotely, we’ve explained six ways to get started on your remote work journey, with tips from seven remote workers who have shared their wisdom.
One of the features on Remote.co is a great Q&A section featuring answers from 36 remote workers. These workers run the gamut on their job types and experiences. We rifled through their answers to the question, “How and why did you start working remotely?” to glean some insights into how to start working remotely.
Here is what they had to say about how to start working remotely:
Freelancing can be a great way to ease in—or jump in—to remote work. The freelance lifestyle involves finding yourself short-term or long-term projects and jobs that are typically done from home. If your job could be translated to a freelance business, consider ditching the 9-to-5 job in favor of more flexibility. Here’s the story of a couple of remote workers who switched to freelancing:
“I worked in a corporate setting. …While I was making great money, I missed having a life outside of work. After leaving my job, I took some time off to recalibrate. It was then I found out about freelancing. I was intrigued about working for myself as a writer, so I did some research and then took the plunge.” —Taryn Barnes, freelance writer
“I started working remotely as I quit my job as a development manager for a London agency and decided to work freelance as a PHP developer and then iOS developer. This necessitated working from home (initially) and after a few ‘on-site’ projects I decided I preferred the freedom of remote working.” —Ben Dodson, director
Have a niche skill.
Demonstrating your worth to a company is a major part of landing any job. And if you have a niche skill, that can make you even more valuable. Christine Bielak, a programmer, found that companies far away were willing to work with her remotely to take advantage of her skill set:
“I have an odd/distinct skill set; companies couldn’t find people anywhere near them when they needed someone like me. Knew a project manager from a prior position and when she heard I had changed positions (she was