In a past article about switching from every day office life to remote work life, we talked about making the decision to work remotely. Whether you’ve read that article or not, given that you’re reading this one at present, it’s probably safe to say that you’ve decided to do it. No matter what it takes, you’re going to work remotely.
Option # 1 – As An Employee
Thankfully, working from home is not as much of a pipe dream as it was years ago. Many companies and large employers offer legitimate work at home opportunities. You may already be in a field where it’s commonplace to work remotely part time or full time, and if you aren’t or think you aren’t, check out this article for ideas on which of your skills could apply to roles that you can perform from home or anywhere.
If you don’t like the idea of starting all over consider the job you have now. Can it be done remotely? Could it be converted into a remote position without causing your current employer to incur much expense or risk? If so, make a list of benefits your employer will gain by allowing you to work from home. Put together a proposal for your employer and prepare for the conversation with them thoroughly to increase the chance that they’ll buy into your idea.
Option # 2 -As A Freelancer
If you can’t find a company that will hire you to work remotely, or you’d like more flexibility in terms of scheduling or location, you may consider freelancing. Freelancing takes some good networking and self-marketing as well as in-demand skills that companies will be willing to pay you for on a contract basis.
You will need to figure out financial details like taxes, medical coverage, and be totally accountable for yourself. If you can handle that, you will be “free.”
Like the rest of the job market, freelancing opportunities are highly competitive. You can get started on Upwork and other freelancer websites to meet legitimate clients that will pay you as agreed and on time.
Increase your chances of finding freelance gigs by establishing a strong social media presence, online portfolios, and strategic networking.
Option # 3 – As An Entrepreneur
If you’ve got some capital to invest and are feeling really committed, you may be ready to be the sole decision maker when it comes to where you work. For some freelancers, their faithful clientele consistently returning for their services create the need for a company.
In other cases, a great idea, some investors or some savings can help you to start building your own empire. As an entrepreneur, you can work from just about anywhere and anytime you want; but you’ll find that you will work most of the time, from the place that’s most practical.
Starting your own business can be extremely complex, so look to experts and reputable publications for information on the best ways to realize your dreams. Also, make sure your business really is your dream and your passion (or will move you closer to them) so that you can pour your heart and soul into it without question.
Hopefully, this piece has helped you gain a little bit of clarity on what direction you need to head in toward freedom from the office. Check out other articles on our website that will help prepare you further in terms of technology and other tools you’ll need get started, and don’t forget to subscribe or add your feedback in the comments!