If you want to find remote work jobs that you can do from home, or while you travel, use this guide to help you get started. Remote work or remote jobs are jobs that you can do from anywhere around the world.
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Want to find a remote job? In this guide, we’ll cover:
- What is remote work
- Ways to find remote work jobs
- Preparing your resume for remote work jobs
- How to grow your skills
- What to write in a pitch
- How to build long-term relationships with your clients.
How to Find Remote Work Jobs
Remote work is a job that you can do outside of a traditional office. Some examples include Writer, Online Tutor, Graphic Designer, Social Media Manager, etc. Finding remote work is like finding any other job. You have to research the employer, wow them with your skills, and deliver quality results.
*We understand that everyone’s situation and living expenses are different. When it comes to freelancing and finding remote work, networking, and valuables skills combined with a strong work ethic, go a long way.
1. Get a job with a remote-ready resume
When discussing your skills, look at how they particularly fit into the remote environment. Do you currently use Slack, Google Hangouts, Zoom? These are all tools that you can use to communicate with your team when you are working remotely. Let future employers know that you are a strong collaborator, and you know how to stay in touch with the team.
2. Solid cover letter detailing your skills
When applying for freelance jobs, it’s essential to customize your cover letter so that the employer knows you are a good fit for the job. It’s just like applying for a regular job. A copy and paste cover letter won’t stand out. Detail your skills and your previous remote work.
3. Start a blog or portfolio featuring your best work
If you’re applying for freelance work, it helps to have a place to showcase your work. If you don’t have an online portfolio, website, or blog. Consider creating one. Need a website but don’t know where to start? I use Siteground to manage and host my website.
4. Professional email and signature
This is a no brainer, but you need a professional email when you’re applying for jobs. Make it easy for employers to learn about you and see your work. Use your email signature to showcase your work. Include a link to your latest article, your portfolio or LinkedIn profile. Connect with me on LinkedIn.
5. How to Grow Your Remote Work Skills
“Whether you have remote work experience already or not, you need to have remote skills. You’d be surprised, but a lot of people already have transferable skills from their jobs (even if they weren’t remote). If you don’t, you can always find courses or online training to acquire new skills.”Andrea Valeria, It’s a Travel OD
Andrea Valeria is a former TV news reporter turned travel vlogger. She learned how to monetize her skills and travels around the world vlogging. She also helps others learn how to find remote work, so they can leave their 9-5 and incorporate traveling into their lifestyle.
Related: “How These 6 Millennials Travel the World For A Living” – Forbes
When you invest in yourself, you are taking steps to improve your career and your future. Not sure where to start? Check out these ideas:
- Take an online course to learn something new. (There are many free options, and there is always YouTube.)
- Find a mentor or reach out to your current one to set career goals.
- Help someone else reach their goals.
6. Research skills that employers want
During your job search, use job boards to search what type of skills employers are looking for. For instance, you might not realize that you already have some of the skills employers are looking for if you don’t look.
7. Learn How to Pitch
Before you send out that first email, spend time learning about the employer. Who do they serve? Why are you the best candidate for the job? Show them you’ve done your research. Include a comment about an article on their site or something that resonated with you.
“Be open to trying new things – like pitching potential employers after finding out what their needs are or even doing something you wouldn’t usually do (like data entry, translations or transcriptions) to start building a portfolio of remote work,” says Andrea.Andrea Valeria, It’s a Travel OD
8. Keep your intro email short
Do your research, and don’t forget to follow up. Here is an example of an email you can use to land clients. (Please note, this is an example, and you should send an email that suits your personality.)
Hello, it’s a pleasure to meet you. My name is XXX, and I focus on delivering creative, well-researched, SEO optimized, quality content. (Include why you want to work here.) I specialize in writing about (Include the topics you write about.) (List your skills.) Visit my portfolio: (Link to your work.) When we work together, you can expect your content delivered on time. My work is ready for publication, but you’ll get two rounds of revisions just in case you want to make any changes. (Summarize why you are the best candidate.) I look forward to hearing from you. (Include a Call-To-Action, and links to your social media or website.)
9. Building a long-term relationship with your clients
You want to create a memorable experience for your clients. While they may not have any follow up work for you today, opportunities might pop up in a few months. Create a professional experience for your client from start to finish. Exceed expectations by submitting work ahead of deadlines and always provide value. Make sure your client knows about all the services you offer.
For employers, it’s a commitment to engage a freelancer, introduce them to your team, and learn how to effectively work together. Stay in touch and follow up to see if they have any more work.
10. What to Charge
Know your worth. When someone asks you for your rates for a remote job, think about the time it will take you to do research or prepare for the assignment, how long it will take to complete and what other fees or costs are associated with the project. With pricing, you have to consider both the money and quality of life. Pricing 101 – How To Price Yourself As A Freelancer offers some good examples to help you get started.
If a client starts to low ball you, that could be a good indication of the type of client they are. (It’s up to you to decide if you want to move forward.)
11. Monetizing Your Skills
If you’re not sure how to monetize your skills, think about what you can do and what skills you have. How do you help people? What questions do you help others answer? It could be something that you know, but you don’t realize that others don’t.
To monetize your skills, Andrea suggests:
- Find 10-20 remote job descriptions.
- Write down 3-5 skills each of these jobs is asking from candidates.
- Identify the most common ones across all these job descriptions.
- If those are some of the skills you possess, you can monetize them and highlight them on your resume, applications, website/portfolio, or social media profiles.
12. How to Stay Productive
While working from home or an island in the Caribbean sounds fantastic, burnout is a real thing. At some point, you’ll likely experience trouble with technical issues or really slow internet. When you work on your own schedule, it’s easy to get distracted and procrastinate. One way to work from home productively is to dive into your to-do list as soon as you wake up. Set yourself up for a productive day by eating breakfast, taking breaks when you need to, and practicing self-care to avoid feeling overwhelmed or drained.
- Create a schedule and turn in assignments early.
- Start your day off organized. Use a to-do list or content calendar to stay focused.
- Turn off your phone while you work to avoid getting distracted by notifications.
- Take time off to avoid burnout.
Where to Find Remote Work Jobs
Once you’ve narrowed down your skills and polished up your resume, it’s time to start applying for freelancing work. Update your LinkedIn to let people know you are looking for a job, and make sure your contact info is easy to find.
1. Use a website to offer your skills
Are you a photographer who can take quality photos for brands? Are you a creative writer who can provide content for someone’s website? Use the skills you have and start advertising them on your website. Siteground offers fast and secure web hosting, and it’s what I use to host my site.
2. Freelancing Sites for Remote Work Jobs
Andrea runs, “It’s a Travel OD,” a remote job directory, where she posts about jobs you can do from anywhere. Employers also use freelancing sites like Upwork, and Freelancer to post jobs. Some charge you a small fee to apply, so make sure you do your research to make sure you are a good match. (When it comes to payment, don’t settle for less than you are worth. There are a lot of jobs out there advertising ridiculously low rates. Spend some time searching for something worth your time.)
If you love working with kids, have reliable internet, and can find a quiet space where you can work, you can teach English online to students through VIPKid and ItutorGroup. You can set your schedule, and you don’t have to create any lesson plans.
VIPKid – Teachers in the USA (except California) and Canada can apply.
iTutorGroup – Teachers worldwide accepted.
4. Social Media
Use LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram to look for work by searching for #writingjobs #callforpitches #freelancewritingjobs. When it comes to LinkedIn, don’t just connect and forget. Reach out to your network to start a conversation. Post your portfolio to show off your latest work. Join Facebook groups for digital nomads or freelancers to see what type of opportunities are available.
“In some cases, after you’ve been consistent for a while on social media, posting samples of work, and showing how you can help others, you will also have people come to you. Never underestimate the power of social media for your remote job search,” Andrea says.Andrea Valeria, It’s a Travel OD
If you want to learn how to find remote work jobs that you can do while you travel, you have to do your research and think about how you can stand out against the competition. Use your personality to show off your skills in your resume and cover letter. Stay on track by setting up a schedule to maximize productivity. Connect with your network and exceed expectations so employers will want to continue working with you.
One last tip:
“Just because you’ve found a place with a cheaper cost of living, doesn’t mean you have to continue to spend the same and live with more luxuries. You can live a little under your means and, instead, invest in yourself and your business. I wish I would have had that mentality when I started traveling full time four years ago but, I’m glad I’ve adopted it now,” she says.Andrea Valeria, It’s a Travel OD
If you have any questions about getting a remote work job, send me a message. What are your favorite tips for how to find remote work? I’d love to hear what worked for you.
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