Who can resist the dinging sound of a new email? You, that’s who, especially if you want to stay on task. And forget about signing in to Facebook “just for a minute.” It’s easy to get distracted when you telecommute—unlikely distractions that just don’t exist at work abound at home. At the office, for example, you might visit the company kitchen once in the morning and once in the afternoon for a cup of joe (because that’s what’s appropriate), but at home, you’re hitting the fridge every hour on the hour. Or more.
So, in this post, I'm digging into the benefits of remote work. I had the opportunity to chat with Sara Sutton Fell, the founder of Remote.co, 1 Million For Work Flexibility and FlexJobs, a job-hunting site for professionals seeking remote employment. Whether you're a business owner, employee or freelancer, here are the five key reasons Sutton Fell says working remotely (and/or taking remote jobs) might be the lifestyle choice that works best for you.
When you’re the boss, unfortunately, you have to buy your own health insurance, unless you are covered some other way. (When, oh when, are we going to get Medicare for all in this country?) You’re responsible for your own taxes and accounting. It takes a lot of planning. As Bayt puts it, “Leave no stone unturned in constructing your detailed business plan and make sure to analyze and prepare for every possible outcome and scenario.”
Plan your day. This will help you minimize your distractions and maximize your true productive times, Spence says. “For example, many people eat a small breakfast on their way to the office, but when at home, you may be tempted to have a bigger breakfast which may slow you down for your early morning meeting. Or you may normally get off at 5 pm, but the kids come home at 4 pm, so you may need a shorter lunch so you can get all of your work done.”
If you use the internet, you probably use a search engine regularly. Well what if all those searches you conducted could earn you money? With SwagBucks.com, you can earn money for your searches. It pays you to do what you’d already be doing on Google, Yahoo, Bing or whatever your favorite search engine is. You again won’t get rich by doing this, but you can build up enough points to score gift cards to Amazon.com and other places.
Working mothers bring a diverse and powerful set of experiences that can contribute to a successful team in the workplace. Research shows that a team of people with different backgrounds and perspectives leads to lower costs, higher revenues and increased profits—which translates to delivering for our customers in a better way. One of the greatest joys of my career has been my experience working in so many parts of the business, from front-line customer support to process management and even branding. In moving across functions, I’ve been able to learn from colleagues who approach challenges, manage teams and create solutions in unique ways, giving me an ever-increasing appreciation of diverse perspectives.
Work keeps invading life. “It’s a lot easier to be distracted when you’re surrounded by the comforts of your own home,” says Ian Aronovich, mentioned above. “And unless you live alone, you’ll have family or housemates disturbing you when you’re working. When I was first starting up GovernmentAuctions.org with my business partner, my kitchen was my office. It was a nightmare when customers called for assistance and I had to take the calls during random hours of the day and night.”
Yard sales are great to find things, especially books and jeans. I'd get lucky and find a pair of Lucky Brand jeans for $1. Sell on eBay for $100. Keep your eyes peeled, and do your research. After a while, you'll know exactly what goes and for what. If you keep your cell phone with you, never let them see you looking up something and then try to buy the item. You just told them it's worth something, and you'll never score it for a good deal now.
Search engine evaluators work online as independent contractors and give feedback about whether search engine results are comprehensive, accurate, relevant, and timely. They are the human quality-assurance check in a system run by complicated algorithms. Search engine evaluators must be familiar with the language and the culture of the local web search engine users. Typically, these positions are bilingual, but some openings are available for English-only search evaluators.
"From my personal experience in starting and running FlexJobs as a remote company, I have been keenly fascinated with the development of culture in this kind of environment while keeping in mind that the first company I started, JobDirect [which was acquired by Korn|Ferry International in 2000] had a traditional on-site office. I’m proud of both cultures we created, but I think that the remote environment has been uniquely conducive to more adaptability and integration with busy life stages, such as motherhood. I saw an opportunity with the similar conversations we were having with other remote-heavy companies on Remote.co, and so we started to look at the percentage of women in leadership in remote companies over the last few years. What we found was that remote companies consistently have far more women in leadership roles, especially at the CEO and C-level positions, than traditional companies. After finding this interesting (and exciting!) difference, we decided to ask the women leading these companies why they think that might be—and yes, it very much comes down to a better overall culture dynamic at remote companies. Specifically, these companies do a better job of offering flexible work options to all their workers, which helps both women and men better balance their work and personal responsibilities. For women, who tend to handle the bulk of caregiving responsibilities (for children, elderly parents, etc.), this sort of flexibility means making far fewer trade-offs and better handling conflicting responsibilities."
Where I live right now I have to drive 20 to 50 miles to get to a town, and they are only paying $8 an hour so it is not worth driving to work every day. So I have become a stay at home mom. I have been looking for something I can do at home to help out with the bills for over a year now. It is driving me crazy not working. Can anyone help. Can you please email me with any information you might have.
Projects always take longer than you initially think they will. For that reason, you'll frequently get done less than you set out to do. So, just as you're encouraged to overestimate how much time you'll spent doing one thing, you should also overestimate how many things you'll do during the day. Even if you come up short of your goal, you'll still come out of that day with a solid list of tasks filed under 'complete.'
Samples. You’ll need some samples before you can really begin marketing yourself. Figure out which market you want to approach first, and then find or create some related samples. For instance, if you want to try your hand at blogging, study some successful blogs, and then write a few posts of your own to use as samples. Do this for any and every market you’d want to write for.
Find out which of those platforms are the most convenient for the people with whom you frequently communicate. If you’re not working and are out on a walk or a lunch date, don’t ignore that message from a co-worker seeking clarification or assistance. Follow up, and be sure that while you are on the clock, you remain as available as if you were seated right beside them, even if it’s just to say “I’m away from my desk, but I’ll let you know as soon as I’m back.”
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There are few ways to make money while you shop. You can pick up short tasks that involve shopping, like doing price checks or photographing in stores or you can go mystery shopping. Mystery shopping is definitely a real way to make money but you have to be careful because the jobs can be the bait for scams, so you have to know the signs of mystery shopping scams. But there are legitimate companies that hire mystery shoppers.
Having a planner can help a ton with scheduling yourself. Here are two of my favorites, Bloom Planner and Academic Planner. I like planners because I can sit down and write what I need to do, plus it allows me to keep everything in one area! I use to keep my kids stuff on one calendar and my work stuff on another….but that was just way too confusing for me! One spot makes it much easier! If you noticed, I use cheap planners because all I need is a space to write, and none of the fancy other items. Plus I want a small one so I can fit it in my purse when I go to appointments.
We all take breaks during the workday, and working from home should be no different. You may want to consider working in smaller spurts and allowing yourself to relax in between, which can be really refreshing and help you both physically and mentally. Getting up from your chair for a while at regular intervals can also help your eyes and spine relax.