Today's post is by my friend, Destiny, who is a Career Coach whose passion is helping other people live their best lives by finding work that fulfills them, pays the bills and works with their lifestyle. She’s been working remote since 2015. You can find her blogging at destinylalane.com.
Growing up, all I ever wanted in my career was a safe, normal, stable 9-5 job in an office. To me, it was the epitome of success and something my mother worked so hard to land.
I never knew working from home could be sustainable nor was it #goals for me.
Before I share with you how I started working from home, I think it’s important to share with you why I started working from home.
I would have never had the courage to quit my job or the work ethic to find sustainable work if it weren’t for the personal story I’m about to share with you.
And for the record, this isn’t a post telling you to quit your job without a backup plan to start a company in an industry you’re unfamiliar with.
It’s dangerous and unproductive.
The reason why I started working from home isn’t as glorious as many of my friends and peers think.
The truth is, after working for years to land my dream job in New York City, I found myself overworked, burnt out and not even in my mid twenties yet. Even worse, I was bullied and my health started to suffer mentally and physically.
Working the #startuplife seemed cool from the outside, I worked in a glamorous office in the heart of midtown Manhattan, I treated my friends who were still in school to drinks on the weekend if they couldn’t afford to come out, and we toured and a city that I felt was wrapped around my finger.
I talk super transparently about these experiences and even share how I doubled my salary in six months not to brag, but to help others live better lives.
And while I look back and think “wow, everything happened so fast” my journey was far from perfect but I learned a ton while on the road in which I’m excited to share with you.
When it comes to working from home, whether it’s leaving a company you’ve grown to love or leaving a location where you made friends and build connections in, it takes a lot of courage.
I hope that the following tips help you feel empowered and in control when it comes to taking this next step in your life and career.
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Tip 1: Know why you want to work from home
Working from home is much different than working in an office in many ways. You don’t have the physical pressure of sticking to deadlines and have to manage your own work ethic.
You need to learn how to communicate clearly and you need to learn how to ask for help and ask for extra time on projects before not after deadlines.
Here are a few reasons I learned why some people want to work from home.
Maybe you’re a student and want to make some extra money in between college and graduation to sustain yourself or save for post college life.
Maybe you’re expecting a new child and want to be able to take in an income while taking care of a newborn.
Some people have a sick parent and want to be able to caretake and sustain an income or maybe you foster children who are finding their way into a better home.
Or maybe your spouse is in the military and you want to be able to relocate with them at the drop of a hat without having to worry about making a living.
Regardless of your reason, it’s important to identify why you want to work from home as it’s something that takes a lot of effort and without a solid why, you may find yourself not taking action to find remote work that fits your lifestyle and skillset.
Take some time to think about why you want to work remotely, besides having the flexibility to travel and work on your own schedule, what truly fuels your desire to work from home? Write it down! Hang a piece of paper reminding you on your bedroom wall or in your bathroom.
Tip 2: Be honest with yourself and your potential employers when it comes to your skillset
Be honest with yourself about your skills, especially when it comes to strengths and weaknesses.
Fortunately, whether you’re an entry level employee, looking for your first internship or have decades of experience, there’s likely a remote job out there for you. You just have to find it!
It starts by applying to jobs that truly fit your skillset. Applying for gigs that were within my skill set and reach allowed me to quit my job and work remote in less than 30 days.
It breaks my heart when people feel the need to lie or dramatize their skillset just to land a job whether it’s online or in a traditional office setting. It puts your reputation at risk and your employer on the line when it comes to getting the tasks they hired you to execute.
By being true to yourself and potential employees about what your skills truly are, it’ll be easier for you to find, apply, attract and retain the remote work that you do land.
Maybe you’ll even consider enrolling in an online class to develop your skills even further. By taking the time to think about where your skills are and where you’d like them to be, you can identify jobs that suit your skills and create a path that makes sense for your long term career goals and current skills.
Tip 3: Reach out to your existing network
Alexis shares how she freelances as a VA for her sister’s already existing blog. This allowed her to work with someone she was already familiar with who had a direct need she could fill.
Sure, Alexis could have completed the same work for someone else, but it saved her sister time in the hiring process and Alexis in the application process by discovering that someone so close to her already had a need.
Another idea is to ask your network to see if they know anyone who needs help in the area that you’re skilled.
Maybe someone is looking for help staying organized, project management, managing finances, editing social media posts, or organizing travel itineraries.
The best part about reaching out to your network is that even if someone doesn’t have a need in the area that you’re skilled at now, they can always keep your name in the back of their mind when searching online or if the conversation comes up where someone needs help from someone qualified like you!
If you’re ready to take guided action on finding and landing your dream remote job, I put together a step by step course on exactly how to do so. You can learn more about my Professional Development Bootcamp and take control of your career.
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