Want to Work Remotely? Here's How to Set Yourself Up
The freedom to work from anywhere is a lifelong dream for many. If it’s on your professional bucket list, this list of careers is worth your consideration. Once you’ve landed on a path, you’ll need to put a few things in motion. From revamping spending habits to networking like a pro, our checklist will set you up for a fabulous, distant lifestyle—keep scrolling to read it.
Get clear on your long- and short-term goals. Write them out. Many companies have opportunities in place that allow for employees to work remotely. Discuss your goals with your manager. Set benchmarks to measure successes, and check in regularly. Will you need a certain amount of savings to feel comfortable making the leap to a new career path, or a secure level of client interest before going freelance? Quantify your goals. Need to take an online course to hone a new skill set? Add it to the list and start checking things off.
Whether you’re saving for startup capital or simply looking to have a safety net for jumping into freelance life, start putting money aside. If you have a regular paycheck, set up an auto-deposit system. For each paycheck you get, take a fixed amount straight off the top. Placing funds in a separate account minimizes the temptation to spend.
Make a list of your monthly fixed costs, from groceries to rent. Where can you downsize? Consider moving to a smaller place, freezing your gym membership for a few months, or simply cutting out your daily Starbucks habit. A deep dive into your monthly spending habits is sure to reveal some areas of improvement.
It can be liberating not to have to show face at an office day in and day out; a lack of face time, however, can have its drawbacks. Make sure you are connecting with clients and colleagues in person on a semi-regular basis. There’s simply no substitute for an in-person meeting, especially where negotiations are taking place. If you need to renegotiate a contract or resolve a conflict, set a meeting and take someone to lunch. Keep your hand in.
If your office life if going mobile, you’ll need the proper tools. Odds are your laptop is about to be your lifeline. Invest in a backup hard drive and streamlined accessories. Add a mobile hotspot to your wireless plan. Invest in chic travel cases—presentation matters to your clients. Especially if you’re going to be a hired gun, you want to look the part.
Working remotely often means taking gigs as a freelance independent contractor. Even if you secure full-time off-site work, there’s no harm in retooling your finances to get the most bang for your buck. If you have a job that requires regular travel, enroll in hotel and airline rewards programs. Consider rolling your credit cards over to a zero-interest alternative or a card with a killer travel points system. Tailor your plan to capitalize on the most benefits for your lifestyle.
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