Computer Jobs And Remote Jobs
What is a remote job?
A remote worker is simply someone who does their work from a location other than the traditional “office”. They could work from home, a coffee shop, or anywhere else they choose provided they have the tools necessary to do the work required of them.
There are a lot of terms or buzz words, if you will, floating around that mean pretty much the same thing. Telecommute, work from home, remote, mobile, or virtual worker basically all mean that you do your work in the location of your own choosing.
It’s a fast growing trend. In this virtual world that we live in there are more and more opportunities to work at different locations. This is largely a result of all the devices we have available to us that allow us to share information from practically anywhere with practically anyone.
If you have a laptop, smart phone, or tablet, and an internet connection you could find some type of work to do remotely.
There are four main type of remote workers
A hybrid employee works at the office some of the time and from home some of the time. This can be handy if when there is 10 feet of snow in your driveway (it could happen), or you have a sick child home from school.
A full time remote employee works from home all of the time. They may live on the other side of the country, or even the world and still be a highly productive part of the company.
A Contractor isn’t an employee at all. They provide a service and bill the client. Using a contractor is beneficial to the client because they don’t have to worry about anything other than if the contractor can get the job done. And a good contractor or outsourced worker will be pretty efficient so they can invoice (and get paid) for the work while possibly looking for and taking on other clients.
A temporary remote worker can actually be any one of the other three types. It just means exactly what it says, temporary. Both the worker and the client or employee whichever the case may be understand upfront that this is a short term job.
Are you cut out for a remote job?
Are you picturing yourself sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in your PJ’s just pecking away leisurely at the keyboard? Knowing that you’ll have a big fat paycheck waiting for you on Friday?
Think Again… it isn’t that easy.
In fact, working from home presents its own unique set of challenges. I’m not saying it’s awful or that you can’t do it. But if you are considering a remote job, make sure you’re going in with your eyes wide open. Contrary to what people tend to imagine, it IS work.
To be successful working remotely you have to be able to hold yourself accountable without any kind of supervision. You’ll need to have a very good work ethic and know how to be productive regardless of your atmosphere.
Have you ever heard the saying “Plan your work and then work your plan”? This is a good way to think about working a remote job. Establish a routine for yourself, with fairly consistent hours. Are you a morning person? A night owl? Or maybe something in-between. One of the perks of working remotely is that you can pick your own hours.
Create a working atmosphere with comfortable surroundings. Hang some pictures on the wall. Get some decorative file folders or your favorite kind of pens. Everyone has a favorite kind of pen don’t they?
I’m left handed. If you are also left handed then you understand why I do not like gel pens. I don’t even like having them in the house. Like a lot of left handers, I turn my wrist when I write. This means my hand is following the words that I write on the page. Gel ink doesn’t dry quickly so I end up with ink smeared across the page and all over the side of my hand. It’s a big pet peeve of mine. Pencils can tend to do this too but not nearly as bad as gel pens and being a bookkeeper, pencils are a necessity, so I can deal with that. But gel pens are not allowed in my office. I like a fine point roller ball pen that isn’t too thin to hold onto. Just in case you were wondering.
Ok, rant over,… and if you happen to like gel ink pens, I won’t hold it against you.
Working remotely in your own little home office for example can sometimes be … well …. A little bit lonely. It’s important to keep connected with your co-workers, client, and/or boss. Take advantage of the technology available to you. Video calls, instant messenger, and work collaboration platforms are excellent tools to keep you interacting with others.
My suggestion, schedule check-in times. You need to avoid distractions while you are working, true. So when you plan your day, pick certain times of the day for communicating with others. It’s ok to turn off the ringer on your phone, and email notifications when you need to concentrate. Just take some time during the day to take a break and check in. Respond to emails, return voicemails, etc. If you keep a regular routine, people will learn when the best times to contact you are. And they will learn to leave messages and allow you time to respond.
Get ready for work every day. Although you could “work in your PJ’s” if you so wished, your mind will be more in a work mode and you will be more productive if you’ve gotten dressed for work. Even if you’re just walking down the hallway to the spare bedroom you have converted into your office. I’m telling you this works.
What type of work can you do remotely?
Any job you do that is done using a computer can potentially be done remotely. This opens up a wide range of opportunities. If you think about it there are lots of jobs done on a computer.
Let’s look at some of the computer jobs that could easily be done remotely.
This category is bigger than you might think. I looked up the definition of the word “marketing” and literally found hundreds of them. So to keep things simple for the purpose of this discussion we’re going to say that marketing means presenting or leading people to something that may be of use or service to them.
There are different areas of marketing, a lot of which require a computer and/or internet service. Email marketing for example is done completely from the computer, so is social media or internet marketing. Even snail mail and billboards are designed and printed using a computer.
A few other career’s that are easily and typically done remotely are
A writer often works remotely. The process of writing is a creative one and it helps to have a comfortable atmosphere that is free from distraction.
Whether it’s for webpages or print. Graphic designers use software like Adobe Photoshop or Gimp to create images. The graphics they create are easily saved into different formats and transferred to the client.
Again, there are specific tools to build software. Creating the concept, working out the functions, and the user interface take a lot of concentration not to mention trial and error before it’s delivered to the end user.
This is an area I’m very familiar with. As a bookkeeper you collect information from your clients then process it at your office and return the reports to the client. I have a much more detailed explanation of a bookkeeping business here.
A virtual administrative assistant provides, you guessed it, administrative services such as scheduling, answering phones, data processing, customer service, possibly bookkeeping services from a remote location.
There are lots of sites that you can list items for sale. Ebay, Amazon, & Etsy are some of the first ones to come to mind but there are many many more. What are your favorite online shopping sites? If you’ve got products to sell, a computer, and a camera you can get started selling online.
Phone calls and emails can be routed to a remote location allowing you to answer calls for a client or business.
As you can see, there are lots of jobs that you can do remotely. You might be surprised at some of the companies that offer remote jobs.
You’re probably not surprised that some of these worldwide companies have a remote workforce but there is an ever-growing number of small business that use remote workers too. It’s a great way to stay on top of tasks that need done while keeping costs down.
Hopefully this has sparked your imagination about remote jobs that may fit into your interests and skills. Got some other ideas about remote jobs that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
To Your Continued Success,