A couple of days ago, I’ve put together some tips for a friend willing to get started as a remote worker, or at least evaluate it.
While writing the email, I noticed that I was creating something valid not only for her but potentially for anyone!
So, let’s make it public and please, forgive me for the informal writing 🙂
Hey, here we go!
The main purpose of this message is to help you approach the freelancing world the right way!
The problem is that there is not a right way for everyone, but there is a good one for you! To discover it, you need to understand how the freelancing “works”, the skills you may need and the available cooperation formula, that will help you to earn a job!
Skills are critical to land a freelance/remote job, but this does not mean you must have hard skills to do it.
Of course, jobs with hard skills involved (software development, graphic design, business development, marketing) can guarantee you much bigger earnings, but you need time to develop that skills and not everyone like doing things like that.
On the other side, there are remote jobs with fewer skills involved (this does not mean they are easy). Good examples can be “virtual assistant” or “remote customer care”. There is a very complete and detailed guide to it here.
In the middle, there is another category of freelancing jobs where you need skills but they are “hard, but not that hard to develop”, like copywriting, social media management and translation. This kind of tasks is usually paid from $10 to $50 per hour, depending on your experience.
Whatever the choice, one thing you will always need is very good communication. It is my biggest takeaway after more than five years working 100% remotely.
“Where” to work
At home, under a bridge or at your favorite bar 🙂
Jokes apart, this is another important topic.
You can decide to work purely on a freelancing basis, finding customers that need your help on your own. Or you could try to land a 9-to-5 remote job with a more standard salary.
Of course, the first option will give you more freedom, higher earnings (if you are good at what you do) and a more exciting career (IMHO). You need to look for customers on a regular basis but don’t worry, there will be recurring ones and you can establish regular relationships that can guarantee a basic income.
The second way will provide you certainties but honestly is harder to find a job.
In both cases, here is a list of websites where to look for opportunities:
Personally, I don’t know good sites to find a job as a remote employee, but I did a quick search and something good came out:
If you need help to make your choice, consider the “remote workers” virtual community is huge, and you can find on the internet tons of experience in personal blogs, on Reddit, on forums that you can read to make an idea of what to expect.
Of course, if you will decide to go the first way, I can give you a bigger hand as it is my world and I worked on almost every portal for years.
If you will be able to develop the right skills, you may aim to work at portals “of excellence” in your specific area of expertise. To mention some names in my field:
That said, I hope my message will be useful for you to get started, and I really hope you will do it, be successful and earn the same emotions and goals I experienced.
If you want to follow up with a Skype call, feel free to add me: **************
Good luck and a big hug 🙂