Let’s face it — not everyone is fit for a structured, 9-5 style of work. Thankfully, there are other work styles that cater to a variety of lifestyles.
If you care for children, a parent, or other family member, handle a chronic health problem, or cope with a difficult situation that makes it impossible to appear at an office every day, there is no reason you should be excluded from the paid workforce.
However, how do you find paid employment that is versatile enough to match all the other demands of your authentic life? The response to that is straightforward: a remote job.
Why Get a Remote Job?
The value of being in the same physical office as your colleagues is becoming less relevant by the year due to a growing automated workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people doing at least some of their jobs remotely increased from 19% of American employees in 2003 to 22% in 2016.
Things get a little murkier when it comes to asking how to find remote jobs online and how to start remote careers. Remote work is the future, but not all employers are there yet.
While it’s easier to get a job sitting behind a desk, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get paid for doing work from your own living room.
In-Demand Remote Job Roles
Web Developers (sometimes called Front End Developers) are what a lot of people usually think about when they think about tech jobs—these are computer programmers who take web designers’ plans and templates and use coding languages to convert those plans into a living, working website and application.
Web developers are one of the industry’s more conventional “techy” positions. If you’re brand new to computers and coding, this is probably not a good option for you. Still, coding does have much more to do with problem-solving tenacity and research skills.
According to Indeed.com, the average entry-level front-end web developer makes $61,512 a year for full-time work in the US, while senior front-end developers (3 + years of experience) average $108,409 per annum.
You may wonder, what exactly is digital marketing? It’s not that different from conventional marketing. It’s digital, which means digital marketing is unique to the goods and services that are sold online.
Jobs in digital marketing may take the form of any of the following.
- Content marketers: digital marketing strategists trained in writing and editing with some knowledge of best practices in SEO and social media
- SEO Specialists: search engine optimization specialists-the process of optimizing the ranking of a website in search engine results such as Google
- Social media managers: digital marketing strategists, usually across several channels, develop and participate in a follow up of social media
Indeed.com reports general digital marketing jobs as paying an average salary of $40,363 for junior positions and $63,502 for mid-level roles.
How to Find a Remote Job
Use Job Boards or Job Hunting Websites
Most job sites don’t have a powerful “remote work” filter, which typically leads to hours of sifting through freelance jobs and other gigs. However there are some work boards that do the sifting for you and show remote jobs exclusively.
Flexjobs provides full-time, part-time, and even some jobs that are ideal for finding your way into a freelance business startup. Companies are eligible to post jobs, but applicants have to pay $14.99 a month for the service. Frankly, the $14.99 is a small price to pay for accessing their listed work opportunities.
They also have a ton of free resources for remote job-seekers outside of the paid service. Most other sites that we will talk about feature “jobs in tech,” but Flexjobs offers job posts from a wide range of industries. Also, Flexjobs continue to have new updates and job posters usually get back to you shortly after you’ve submitted them.
Like the other platforms, the AngelList app is developed explicitly for start-ups. It is the place to be if you want to work at an early startup stage. There’s no fee to use AngelList, but you’re going to have to make a profile. Your profile is your resume, so make sure it stands out.
You get interviews by pressing the “yes, I’m interested” button.
Take time to create your profile on the job boards listed above. Also, take time out of your day to find the right opportunities you need to work remotely.