Going Remote

Asli working remotely

Author: Asli Leone

Asli is a recruiter with over 12 yrs experience hiring in the creative industry. To date, she has lived as a global citizen across three continents including cosmopolitan cities, tropical islands, jungles, and mountains. She is always curious to try new experiences and build deeper and authentic connections. She is currently living a minimalist lifestyle in beautiful Thailand and is grateful for every moment of it.

I’ve been getting more and more remote job inquiries lately so I’d like to share my thoughts and resources in this article in hopes that it can provide some useful info.

Having a remote job is an amazing opportunity to live the lifestyle that you want while doing the work that you love. I can write about the benefits of remote work for pages because I am living it and loving it! In fact, I am typing this article on my laptop from a remote island in the Gulf of Thailand where I had been based in for the last 6 months. In the last 2 years, I’ve also worked out of New York, Los Angeles, Bali, Milan, Istanbul, India, Northern Thailand and many other amazing places in the world.

Getting a remote job is not more difficult than getting a regular job, it’s just different. One of the challenges would be finding the right job boards that list remote positions and identifying the right companies to follow. But once you start working remote and making connections, things get much easier.

Some benefits of working remote (as a contractor or fulltime employee):

  • It gives you more flexibility with your schedule.
  • No more sitting in traffic driving or riding in sardine-like train cars to go to the office.
  • You have more time to allocate towards your side projects, to start your culinary blog or open an online store to sell your art or handcrafts made in the Amazon to support a cause.
  • You can spend more time with your loved ones, family, and your pet.
  • You can work literally anywhere: from your porch, apartment, a cabin in nature or the beach!
  • Your expenses will go lower (no more spending money to commute to the office or getting a salad for $15 for lunch).
  • And the best of all, no more Monday blues!

In my case, I first started working for my old fulltime employer as an onsite freelancer then I went remote as we knew things would work out well regardless of my physical location. Before my first remote contract ended, I started putting out feelers in my network including my previous employers. Then after a few gigs later, word of mouth became the best way to get new clients. I periodically let my network know (via Linkedin and email) when I’m freeing up again.

No matter how appealing working remote sounds, make sure it will be a fit for you personally before quitting your job and hitting the remote job boards. It’s a perfect fit for my lifestyle and workstyle as I perform well independently and have passion for traveling but it may create more stress for you if you’re wired differently.

Some drawbacks to keep in mind:

  • You may feel alone and miss small office talks. You won’t get any or much in-person interaction.
  • No more company happy hours, holiday parties, secret Santa shenanigans.
  • If you aren’t good with managing your time, you may end up overworking to get the job done.
  • Expect a lot of distractions so you may also end up underworking and miss deadlines.

Are you ready to make your digital nomad dreams a reality? Here are the top job boards that are worth checking out:

  • PowerToFly.com: I love this initiative particularly since it focuses on matching women in tech with remote and work-from-home jobs. Create your profile, sign up for daily/weekly alerts and apply easily.
  • AngelList.com: free for job seekers and lists a lot of opportunities everyday usually with start-ups.
  •  Hubstaff.com
  • Weworkremotely.com
  • Jobspresso.com
  • Jobbatical.com: not necessarily a remote job board but you can find a job anywhere in the world.
  • Fiverr and Upwork to find short, project based gigs. These are huge sites with a lot of applicants from all over the world. So you’ll compete for super cheap project rates but they may be good for building out your portfolio.

Also take a look at these other resources I’ve found helpful:

A comprehensive list of remote work sites: https://skillcrush.com/2014/10/10/sites-finding-remote-work/

50 Great Jobs You Can Easily Do While You Travel: https://jobmob.co.il/blog/freelance-traveling-jobs/

Do you have other job boards that you had success with? Please add them in comments.

Good luck in your remote job search!

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