How to Work Remotely – Top tips and the truth

How to Work Remotely - Top tips and the truth

Working remotely is great, especially if you work for yourself. I have an affiliate marketing business that allows me to work flexibly and live life how I want to. I live in the French alps, as I love the outdoors and spend my spare time mountain biking, hiking and snowboarding. I started up this business, so I could break away from the shackles of someone else’s working schedule. It is a lot of hard work, but I am living on my own terms and can take get on the mountain when it suite me. The main purpose of this site, is to help people become affiliate marketers in order for them to pursue an adventurous and flexible lifestyle. But, in this post I give tips on how to work remotely if you want to change your lifestyle.

How to Work Remotely

Freelancing

One way of starting to work remotely, is to start freelancing. Taking on short or long-term contracts that can be fulfilled from home makes it possible to live a more balanced lifestyle, than a regular nine to five job.

Examples of freelance work are:

  • Writing – Blogs, reviews, articles, technical documents etc
  • Copywriting – Adverts and public relations
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Writing books
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Web developer
  • Programmer
  • Graphic design
  • Book keeping
  • Photography
  • SEO
  • Email marketing
  • Videographer
  • Translator
  • Customer service
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Your current job

These all require certain skills, but they are all possible if you want it bad enough. Yes some are harder than others to obtain, but you need to pick the one that will suit you the most. What you choose needs to give you the lifestyle that you want. Some of these skills are very difficult to learn and take time, some are quicker and easier. It is a case of putting the effort in where necessary to reach your long term goals.

Learn New Skills

When I decided that I needed a change to break away from regular working hours, I knew I had to learn new skills. I decided on affiliate marketing after lots of research in to working remotely, but knew very little about it. Luckily I found free training through an organisation called Wealthy Affiliate. Getting the right training to make a lifestyle change like this is essential. It takes out so much guess work and prevents lots of time wasting and mistakes.

In my case I found the training invaluable, I am still using the Wealthy Affiliate platform to broaden my knowledge of affiliate marketing. But, whichever option you take, the right education is imperative. Having niche skills makes it more likely that people will pay for your services, as it makes you more valuable than those without those skills.

Ask Your Employer for Flexibility

If you want to continue working for your current employer, but working remotely, you just need to ask. You may need to warm them up by suggesting a trial run of working remotely for a few hours per week. The way the world is these days, there are more employees working remotely from home thanks to technology.

Not all employers are up for this though. Even working for a holiday company in the French alps, I couldn’t pop out to take advantage of epic snow conditions for an hour or two in the morning (even if I suggested I would work late). This is why I put the extra effort in to build up my business after work with the end goal of total flexibility.

If your employer doesn’t go for it, you just need to find another way of leading the life you want to. Just because they say no, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. It means that they will be out of the picture eventually. If they say no, it can actually do you a favour. This creates more opportunities. You may be starting from scratch (as I did), but you can choose which new skills you want to learn, the world is your oyster! This may trigger you to go and do something you have always wanted to do, such as travelling.

Start Your Own Business on The Side

Depending on what you want to do, before you take the plunge in to working remotely, it is a good idea to put the hours in alongside your current job. This is of course, if you want to start your own business. This is what I did, as soon as I got home from work, I opened up my laptop and started creating content for my first website. I knew that this was the best thing to do, as affiliate marketing businesses take a long time to get going. I then went part time and finally ditched my job altogether.

If you are starting from fresh, learning new skills etc. I recommend that you do it this way, so you at least have some money coming in to start with.

One of the advantages of having your own business and working remotely, is that you have location independence. This means you can do it from anywhere. You may not even see remote work as a career move, but a way of being where you want to be and doing what you want to do. On the other hand you may see it as part of your life. For example, my first website was a mountain bike website. Mountain biking is one of my passions and this niche allows me to create content I enjoy writing about, in the perfect environment for it.

Work While Travelling

There are lots of people living in camper vans these days travelling the world. The main thing about this kind of lifestyle, is that you need to find remote work that will fund the van life. Again, if you are starting up a new business, you may want to get it going before you jump in the van.  But, the beauty of working remotely, is that you can literally do it from anywhere with an internet connection.

Many people that live the van life work as copywriters or affiliate marketers. Van life is actually a great affiliate marketing niche. This is because of all the accessories that go with it. You van write reviews on cooking equipment, camping equipment etc. Just make sure your social media game is strong. 

What its is like to work remotely?

Personally, I love it! I get to do all the things I love doing when I want to. However, there are times when I am working very late at night, especially if I have been on the mountain (but that is my fault and my problem. As long as my weekly and daily tasks are completed, everything is fine. However, there are some days when I am not productive which is stressful. I also have an amazing group of friends, all within walking distance from home and a number of bars. This is fantastic, but my friends can be quite persuasive when it comes to going for a few beers (especially after being on the mountain. This is one of the areas where I need to be disciplined.

At the end of the day work is work, it is great to take advantage of the flexibility working remotely gives you. But, you need to be careful about how productive you are. Click here for some tips about working from home.

To reiterate what it is like to work remotely, check out the video below from a programmer. But, I think what he is saying is true for any kind of remote work.

So that is how to work remotely. I hope that it has helped you make some decisions or given you some options. If you have any questions or thoughts on this subject, please leave them in the comments section below.

6 thoughts on “How to Work Remotely – Top tips and the truth

  • May 28, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    You gave me some ideas of work that you can do remotely that I have never thought of before.  It really seems that the opportunities are endless if you really want to succeed working remotely.  I do think that more employers are more willing to let you work from home than ever before.  It can actually save them money by not having to provide office space for everyone.

    I like your recommendations that you start your new business on the side until you have it running.  Any of the choices will take some time either learning new skills or building a new business up.  Thanks for providing information on where I can receive training for building a website.  Many times when coming up with new ideas it is hard to know how to even begin to be successful with those great ideas.  Learning the right way will help save time.  

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    • May 28, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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      Hi Marla,

      Thanks for your comment, I’m glad I could help in some way. Not all the remote work pays well, but it can help you get to where you want to be in life.

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  • May 28, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    Hi Tom, I found your site because I was searching for ways to work from home.  I hate corporate life and all the mundane stuff that goes with it.  It sounds like you are truly living the dream in the mountains there, you paint a very vivid picture of life on your own terms.  I am going to look into some of the suggestions you have made, especially around writing and marketing as I have some experience in those areas.  Can I ask you how long it took to go from working full time to part time and then to full time affiliate marketing?  I am working part time at the moment due to family commitments but I am sure I could fit something in around what I do now, but ultimately I would want to get away from the corporate world entirely.  I  just wondered how long you think it would take typically to make the break completely?

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    • May 28, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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      Hi Ally,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I started my business along side my job, so I was doing a lot when I go home. I did this for about 6 months, before going part time. Then I left my job, but continued to write blogs and manage social media for a couple of companies while working on my websites (which I still do occasionally). So I wasn’t really 100% full time affiliate marketing until recently. But, this mix allowed me to get my lifestyle kicked off. I kind of phased it in, if that makes sense?

      It is really difficult to put a timeline on these things (I know its not what you want to hear). This is because it all depends on your niche, your quality of content and your effort. But there is no fast track to being a successful affiliate marketer, you just need to keep plugging away at it.

      I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

      Tom

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  • May 28, 2019 at 9:47 pm
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    Thank you for all the great ideas for working remotely. I am just beginning to lay the foundation of my affiliate marketing business while running an off-line residential/commercial cleaning business. I want to phase myself out of the cleaning business and work as much as possible from home to have more time with my children. 

    I know it will take time before my business is successful. Your article flooded me with ideas and various ways I could supplement my income while I do the work building up my affiliate business. Have you done any freelance writing or copywriting before? Are there any companies or sites you recommend in this area? Thanks again!

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    • May 29, 2019 at 7:26 am
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      Hi Shannon,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I write the occasional blog for a local holiday company. If you want to do this, you just need to contact people and offer your services. They are often too busy to write them themselves.

      If you are interested in copywriting, this guy has some good information.

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