If you hate going to the office every day and sitting at your desk, or just feel like you need a change of pace and those few vacation weeks per year aren’t quite cutting it, but you don’t like the lack of security that freelancing entails, working remotely might be just what you’re looking for. It has many of the advantages of freelancing (ability to travel, freedom, no commute), but with job security and constant familiar work.
The first question to ask yourself is; do I need to be at my workplace to effectively perform my job? If not, then you should look into working remotely. You can’t just start a new job and then ask your boss if you could please never come into work, though. You need to build up a serious trust between yourself and your employer, and that takes time.
If you already work a traditional job where you commute every day, it can take some time until you’re ready to leave behind the workplace. You can’t just start a new job and then ask your boss if you could please never come into work. You need to build up a serious trust between yourself and your employer, and that takes time. Demonstrate to your boss that you have the skills you need to perform your tasks without assistance and that you are dependable, and then you can start with asking to try working from home for a little while to try it out. If everything works out, you can spring the big question and ask if you can work remotely.
Of course, if you are looking to switch jobs, or are getting your first, you can find plenty of opportunities online where employers are looking to hire remote workers. Most likely these companies are looking for top workers though, so make sure you have a high level of skill in your profession and won’t need additional training before you go looking for these jobs.
Working from home is a great advantage for parents, but if your only reason for staying put was the fact that you had to go to work every day, now you’re free to work remotely from anywhere in the world (with an internet connection). One of the greatest benefits of this is the lower costs of living in many countries outside of the US, Canada, and the UK. You can spend less traveling throughout many parts of the world spending less than what you were spending at home and still be making your regular income.
Even if you aren’t needed in the office on a daily basis, be sure to know whether or not you’ll be needed there every few weeks, months, or even if you’ll need to be there at al. If so, you may want to hold off on your plans to travel the world, or at least plan around what days you’ll need to appear at your workplace.