Working remotely is something I’ve been interested in since high school.
As an avid traveller and someone who grew up in the era of social media influencers, it seemed like the dream life.
I was determined to figure it out. Initially, it was a little confusing, but eventually, everything fell into place.
Nowadays I either work from home, in a co-working space or while on the road travelling.
I have the freedom to create my workflow and do something I enjoy, which makes the days sail by.
Here’s how I got my start – and how you can do the same – in four easy steps.
Find your industry
To make a living while working remotely, you need to have a set of skills to offer your prospective clients.
There are two key components to this; things you enjoy doing, and things you are good at.
For me, my passions have always been more on the creative side; writing, photography, design and music.
Based on what I’m good at, music isn’t the industry I went into.
On the other hand, writing, photography and design all take up a large portion of my time.
Find an industry you like and focus on that niche.
Depending on the niche you choose, you could be in very high demand.
Build your skills
The next move is to build your skills up within your chosen industry.
Learn as much as you can about the field you want to be working remotely in.
Read articles, watch tutorials and practice as much as you can. Working remotely can be tough without people around to ask for help.
Luckily, the internet is a great resource and there are so many programs to teach you the skills you need.
If you’re looking for the basics and how to get started, I’d highly suggest checking out the Virtual Gurus Academy.
It has some awesome courses to get you comfortable with clients, billing and everything in between.
Other than that, get ready for Google to be your new best friend!
Get a portfolio
For remote work, especially when freelancing, it’s beneficial to have a portfolio of previous work to showcase your skills to potential clients.
If you’re just starting out and don’t have a lot of experience, this is the perfect chance to offer some complimentary services for clients.
Projects in the early days will teach you a lot about customer relationships, and the business side of your work.
These are also often are the ones that turn into your most loyal and long-standing clients down the line.
Give it a go
Once you’ve chosen your field, polished up your skills and got some experience under your belt, you need to put everything into action.
It can be a little daunting to begin with; there are so many options and directions you can go.
I applied to the Virtual Gurus because I investigated the entrepreneurial communities in my city and got myself started right away.
Finding local job boards and talking to people about your skills is a great way to get yourself out there; both online and in person.
Eventually, people will either need what you’re offering or know someone who does.
Working remotely is something that I believe is attainable for anyone in the right industry.
With each job I complete, I grow my skill set, add to my business knowledge and build my network for future clients.
Location-independent work is on the rise and while you may need more discipline without a boss right there, the positives outweigh the negatives.
I have found it to be far more rewarding in the with benefits stretching across all aspects of my life and can’t wait to see what I can create in the coming years.