Are you sick of your commute, managers and cliquey co-workers? Well, I’ve done the research to help you out in your remote job search journey.
I, like you just had it with all the typical complaints most employees have about their workplace. So, I started my remote job search and eventually found my place as a remote worker (with zero regrets). I’ve had experience in working as a full-time, part-time and freelancer through working remotely. So, I consider myself a seasoned remote worker.
Regardless, I know some of the top requirements in becoming a remote worker. Keep in mind, a remote job search is not at all the same as a regular search. However, fear not! It’s not futile and I’m here to help.
Your Remote Job Search – What Type Of Work Is Best For You?
Often, I see people that want to secure a remote working position so desperately that they’re willing to do anything. That anything, of course, doesn’t include commuting.
Sadly, this is not a good method, nor do I recommend it. Understand that not every remote job is made equal. There are full-time, part-time, freelance, and contracting opportunities. It’s common to find some seasonal and remote temp jobs in your remote job search as well.
All of these different working types have different obligations. Hence why I recommend before jumping on job boards, to figure out what type of position type you are looking for.
Full-time? Part-time? Freelancing Gig? Contractor Positions?
To sum it up, there are generally 3 categories within your remote job search.
- Regular Employment
Each one presents pros and cons that you should be aware of. After you decide what you can and can’t live with or without, you’ll be better prepared in choosing what remote job type is the smartest idea for yourself. After that, you’ll be on the straight and narrow by focusing strictly on the type of work that you want. You may be asking, but what if I don’t know which of the 3 I want to go into? That’s why I’m here to help.
Regular Employment Working Remotely
As a remote employee, it’s assumed that you’ll always have set “office hours” and have a quiet environment to do your work. Telecommuting being an employee is similar to working a regular office job. But of course, removing the driving aspect and replacing it with sitting in your comfy home office chair.
Remote employees can expect set pay and the possibility for benefits such as health and paid leave.
If you require guaranteed steady pay, I highly recommend regular remote employment. Also, if you’re interested in employee benefit perks, and set working times, then this option is defiantly for you. If you’re looking for something more flexible or something you can easily manage while taking care of kids or elderly, regular remote employment isn’t for you.
Being a freelancer implies that you offer services to clients on a per-project basis or for an agreed-upon time. Basically, you’re the boss of yourself while freelancing.
But, with this new “boss life” it makes you responsible for everything. This can include searching for clients, managing your working hours, setting your service prices, taking care of payments, the list goes on.
On the positive side, freelancing allows you a great deal of flexibility. You’re able to work when you choose, how much you charge, and from whom you work for. This is a perfect opportunity for somebody who holds caretaker responsibilities or wants to make their own work schedule.
Remote Contracting Positions
You probably get by now that regular remote employment and freelance remote work are nearly complete opposites. If you are looking for a bit of both, then remote contracting positions are your best choice.
As a remote contract worker, you contract for a company and they feed you the work. Usually, the contract is for a specific number of working hours each week or a pre-decided time.
Example: A contract virtual assistant, is expected to work for at least 4 hours every week.
You get paid at regular intervals after sending a bill once each job is completed. But remember, you don’t get any benefits and taxes ARE NOT taken off of your pay. This means you’ll be required to put whatever % your tax bracket is into a savings account to be paid at the end of year taxes. Make sure to keep a detailed list of all your payments and transactions. There are loads of amazing software out there for you to choose from. If you’re just starting out, excel or Google sheets works fine for the short-term.
Working as a remote contractor is best for people who want steady employment with flexibility at the same time. Find your own clients is not your job as a contractor unlike freelancing. Also, you don’t have to worry about maintaining office hours like an employee.
Simplify Your Remote Position Search
I understand it’s easy to think, “I want to work from my house. I don’t care what the job requires.” But, trust me, that is the most non-efficient and maddening remote job search strategy.
I’ve come across a lot of people with the “I don’t care about the requirements” attitude with zero success. They spend hours per day searching tirelessly while making no real progress. Then they considered focusing their search on their preference. Meaning remote employment, freelancing or contracting. They regularly started finding opportunities and at a fast pace too I might add.
Here or some quick warnings I recommend staying away from.
1. Survey sites.
You’ve probably seen all over the internet or Pinterest “Make $100, $200 or even $300 per day from filling out surveys” THIS IS A LIE! Early on in my efforts, I checked out all of these insane claims. It turns out, they are just that…insane! Starting out I tested more than 30 different popular survey websites answering completely honest too. I ended up making less than $20 which came out to less than $1 per hour. I don’t think any of you want to work for $1 per hour. Cheeky claims to drive blog traffic.
2. Get free products and getting paid to test them
Most of the advertisements for these are just plain fake. The ones that are real send you products that are pretty boring like soap or shaving cream. Pennies again is what you end up making. I should add that both surveys and paid product testing require huge minimum payouts usually around the $20 mark which could take you weeks to reach that.
3. Multilevel marketing
Multilevel marketing is essentially a legal pyramid scheme. There a endless amounts of companies out their who take advantage of a legal loophole to get away with fraud. These companies usually make you buy some sort of starter kit. I’ll use Cutco knives as an example. Cutco requires you to buy a $300 starter knife kit to use as promotion to your clients. For your sale appointment you supposedly get paid even without sales. Continuing to do this however will land you on the streets. These knives are not really wanted by anyone. People like Dr. Phil decieve people by standing behind Cutco. He sells the knives by using his fame. This seems to be the only way you could sell them.
I’ve leave you with an important reminder: Your goal for you remote job search shouldn’t be for any old position. You should aim to find the best fitting type of position that works for you. That way your quality of life improves instead of decreases.
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