A one-time goal for many, remote work has become a much more familiar reality due to COVID-19.
Proving that the workforce can be productive working remotely, it’s now become an ask by many employees to make remote work a regular thing. When you factor in the cost savings of contracting out more remote freelancers over adding office space, a lot of employers are starting to see the economics differently. Whether you’re looking for a post-pandemic career change or have actively wanted to pursue remote work, we’ve come up with a few strategies for diving into the field. Check them out below:
Start with your network.
The best place to land work regardless of location is through your network.
Not only will the autonomy be an easier ask, but you’ll also have a sense of familiarity relationship-wise as well. Although it can seem intimidating, a simple post on LinkedIn that you’re available for freelance work is sometimes all the spark you need to get a couple of conversations going. Additionally, try to think through a few people you feel comfortable enough to ask that might need your services. As long you aren’t imposing, getting in some rejection is perfectly fine, as it gets the word out that you’re available regardless.
Depending on your expertise, sometimes it’s good to be flexible with what type of work that’s available. For example, if most professional designers can charge anywhere upwards of $10,000 for a website, being able to sell a simple Squarespace for $500-$1,000 can be helpful if you know someone looking for a business card site. Thinking outside the box on one-off projects like this can sometimes help you obtain work you otherwise might have viewed as inaccessible, while also building new branches in your portfolio.
Check out what remote job postings are available for your field.
For remote work, there are a few great resources available for specific remote listings. Here are a few of our favorites:
We’ll note that a lot of remote companies (especially startups) aren’t necessarily always looking for a linear-match of skills, but rather similar skills that they can rely on you to do autonomously.
Remote work comes with a lot of personal responsibility, and while it can be great to set your own schedule and work at your own pace, it’s also expected for you to steadily get better at your job Start cycling through the list above for some options, as it’ll also start to get your head on what the remote world’s demands are.
Finally, don’t be afraid of getting creative with how you view a company. If the passion is there for their mission, it’s almost always worth it to apply (as long as your skills are within a relative range). For example, let’s say you found a job doing entry-level client services at a startup you love, but the posting requires “4+ years of customer-oriented experiences; believe it or not, most hiring managers would consider a first or second round interview from someone who’s been career service industry without a college degree, as long as they made the effort on the other application questions/cover letter, as well as showed their thinking. Hiring is expensive, which is why it’s often a game of learning more ways to say ‘no’ than ‘yes’ to candidates, however, no one can deny hard work, experience, and passion, which are the first tools you’ll need for getting remote work.