Don't try to force remote work into a work culture that actively or passively opposes it.
If the vast majority of your organisation, division or team are not remote you are going to have a really tough time being included in conversations (unless they are already mostly happening in places like Slack and GitHub).
Make sure you ask tough questions about such topics in your interview process so you don't end up somewhere unfriendly to remote folks by mistake.
Mike got started with remote work after getting an offer from his dream organisation. Learn how he works remotely while working on open source projects and publishing books.
Read full interview from Interview with Mike, a software engineer who works remotely at GitHub.
Be willing to continue to learn and gain more skills. The online space is ever-evolving, so the demand for different services can and often change with time, and you want to have adapted, so you do not lose work.
Also, on an ongoing basis, when you have created quality work, and have a happy client, ask for references/recommendations from them.
If relevant, create case studies so that you can show new customers your track record. If you do not have a portfolio of samples of work that you created - then you could start with displaying samples of business work that you can do that you believe your ideal clients want.
Also, emphasize your true skills and that you can deliver a quality service.
Don't take work for the sake of it, leave leads with unrealistic expectations behind. Its better in the long run.
Lastly, never forget expenses: Yes, you work from home or remotely, but there are bills too (gas, heat, light, internet, phone etc). Factor them into pricing.
Rosemary, a digital content marketing manager shares the freelance lessons she has learned over the years—see her tips & exceptional entrepreneurial wisdom.
Read full interview from Interview with Rosemary, a digital content marketing manager reveals must-see freelance tips.
I’ve been working remotely for 20 years, and have done so in a variety of capacities.
I’ve managed distributed teams and been a solo contributor. Ive worked from spare bedrooms, dedicated offices, coffee shops and back porches.
The last bit of advice I have is to be a lifelong learner.
What fuels you? Working remotely can afford you the time and energy to pursue some of those things, so don’t wait for it. Make a plan.
If you want to learn a new technical skill online, pick up the guitar, join a community group, start drawing or build something in the garage … go for it. I have seldom worked on something that hasn’t influence my paid gig in some way.
Scott is a designer and developer that's been working remotely since 1998, read his interview to learn how he's been successful
Read full interview from Interview with Scott about working remotely for 20 years.
Lastly, watch out for remote burnout— we tend to be more productive compared to office workers, which is because we find it hard to switch off. So, it's imperative we find ways to really switch off.
Shauna is a consultant that guides companies in thriving while remote—see her advice for staying grounded as a remote worker.
Read full interview from Interview with Shauna, founder and business consultant specializing in remote work.
I truly believe that remote work is the future of work in general. I’ve developed some really bad habits over the last six years - be ye not so stupid.
Take the time to enjoy the benefits of remote work like setting your own office hours, but do remember to set them, and establish a few boundaries for yourself along the way.
I also recommend using tools that make you happy - even if you have to spend a bit of money on them. I walk into the studio every single day and smile at my ultra-nerdy set-up.
I look forward to working from my various computers and devices, using software and tools that are appropriate for the task at hand. Don’t be tempted to try and run a business using free or limited versions of the apps you need to deliver excellent work.
Elizabeth provides the ultimate list of tips for aspiring freelancers and remote workers. Check out her game-changing tools, and advice for thriving as a freelancer.
Read full interview from Interview with Elizabeth, a graphic designer and art director.
The first thing I advise remote workers to do is to have a set space to work as well as boundaries, preferably something with four walls to help draw the line between home and office.
But if you don't have four walls, try creating a perimeter with a desk and computer.
Get into a routine of when you start and stop work and take breaks including standing breaks every hour. (A smartwatch is great for reminding you.)
Ensure you have the right tools and technology including an ergonomic-friendly desk space. Make the space yours.
Meryl K. Evans is skilled at creating a home office that leads to remote work flexibility. See her advice for creating a successful workspace, and hear about her journey into freelancing.
Read full interview from Interview with Meryl, a digital marketer and master of home office organization.
Working remote takes practice, not just in terms of how to be productive. I wrote an article about how to get better at working remotely through the lens of increasing confidence, sense of self, and mastering your schedule.
Haley has figured out the way she works best as a VP of Operations. See her principles of remote work and the unique advice a former boss gave her about breaks.
Read full interview from Interview with Haley, a VP of Operations shares her stellar remote work strategies.
Save and invest your money, especially if you’re a freelancer. This is actually not only for remote workers and freelancers, but I would also suggest this to everyone who hasn’t been doing it.
It’s just the only logical thing to do if you don’t want to work your whole life. Working from home can be lonely. Spend time with your family or friends, outside the house, at least 2-3 times a week on weekdays. Don’t take those weekdays for granted.
A forgotten two-year-old Upwork account allowed Ascencia to become a content marketer—see how the gig economy has offered her an alternative path to success.
Read full interview from Interview with Ascencia, a content marketer, and avid gig economy professional.
Communication, communication, communication. Have set methods for providing daily updates, meeting weekly, and staying on the same page with clients.
The more you stress communication upfront, the stronger the relationship could become over the long run.
You could be the best at what you do, but if you can’t communicate, you’ll struggle with remote work.
Thinking of creating your own remote startup? See how Nathan and Connor built a successful and effective remote team from scratch.
Read full interview from Interview with Nathan and Connor, owners of Freeeup.
Be prepared to wear many hats! Unlike an office environment where you can pop into someone's office for help, you will be your own IT department, HR department, accountant, editor, online marketer, and career coach. Get comfortable with being out of your comfort zone from time to time and don't be afraid to Google your many questions!
Erin has found freelancing success as a virtual assistant—see her organizational tips & insights into how she picks clients that suit her business.
Read full interview from Interview with Erin, a virtual assistant with a successful approach to freelancing.
Keep your remote working skills sharp—get notified when we post the next remote work interview! RemoteHabits will help you achieve your remote work goals!