Let’s be honest here: not all of us were meant to spend our lives in the confines of an office.
Apart from little everyday stresses – rush hour traffic comes to mind – I always felt like spending the usual 9-5 cooped up in a cramped office just wasn’t for me.
However, since leaving the corporate world several years ago, I have found my niche and my life has never been better.
Do you want to know how I did it? Here, I’ll tell you:
I started working remotely… and you can too!
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, people who work from home (or remotely) has risen from 20% to 30% of the entire labour force in a span of 15 years. When surveyed, 66% said they would be more productive if they worked remotely.
And with increasing connectivity and faster internet, it should come as no surprise that these percentages look set to grow!
I can’t speak for everyone, but personally I’ve enjoyed:
- A better work-life balance
- More flexible work schedules
- More time – I’ve freed myself from the stress of commuting!
That’s how the vast majority of the virtual assistants employed at VirtualStaff365 work. While we offer office-based roles, for the most part, our virtual staff work from home and experience these upsides.
And if you apply with us, that’s probably how you’ll be working too!
Making the leap to remote working can be daunting – trust me, I know. If you’re thinking about applying for a virtual role and have never worked remotely before, here are some of my tips, as well as some of the tips I got from around the (virtual) office:
1. Know yourself: who am I?
No, this has nothing to do with Existentialism! Rather, this is about how knowing who you are and whether you are fit to work remotely.
While the idea of working remotely might seem ideal to many, it’s not for everyone. Some may have trouble adapting to the way things are when working remotely. Others mightn’t fit this kind of environment at all!
For one, working remotely can feel a little lonesome at times. Some people might relish not having to put up with the usual office chit chat. Others might miss it! Spotify helps.
Another issue is focus. While you can set up very effective systems for keeping in touch with your co-workers and tracking your tasks, in the end, the buck stops with you.
Before deciding to join the remote working workforce, you need to ask yourself these questions. These will you help determine whether you are fit for working remotely:
- How important is interaction with others socially is for you daily?
- What are the best ways for me to balance my social life and my life as a remote worker?
- Are you able to keep on-task without direct supervision?
- How important is the usual office set-up for me?
2. There’s no such thing as communicating too much!
One of the biggest challenges of working remotely is staying in touch with your co-workers. After all, there could be thousands of kilometres (and several time zones) between you!
A lot of us have a complex about being “annoying”. We don’t like bugging our co-workers or coming across as too naggy. Some of us might even elect not to speak up – even if we’re in a tough spot!
I’m not annoyed by people communication. What I am annoyed by when it comes to remote workers is when people fail to communicate! In order for us to be productive and efficient, we need to know the status of the work being done.
When you work remotely, there’s no such thing as communicating too much. As a matter of fact, this is one of the most important things that you should remember. When working remotely, it is better to over communicate than to under communicate.
To make sure things get done, you have to take the bull by the horns and consistently talk or communicate with others. Communicate often, and communicate clearly. This way, everyone involved in your work knows what’s going on and what needs to be done.
On a related note…
3. Do I need to give updates daily?
Long story short, yes!
Just like communicating with others consistently, you should also give all your co-workers daily updates on your progress.
Since you don’t get to see the people you work with and can’t personally tell them what’s been going on with you, you need to utilise all possible channels to give updates.
My advice? Streamline the process and make things easier for everyone by coming up with some sort of pattern or template. This doesn’t just save you time – it also makes it much easier for your coworkers to see where you’re at!
And speaking of templates, it’s important that you give emphasis on the most important points and information. Make sure you emphasise:
- What you have done
- What you will be doing
- What you are currently doing
- Your progress
Interested in remote working?
Let VirtualStaff365 help you!
Working remotely isn’t always sunshine and lollipops. If you’re looking for a bit of a sea change however, then remote working might be just the ticket.
Want to get your start in remote working? Do you live in the Philippines or South Africa? If so, take these tips aboard and join VirtualStaff365’s pool of qualified and talented virtual assistants!
And for businesses, we make sure all the virtual staff we source for your business are the type who will communicate, are thoroughly vetted and are ready to work remotely.
Whether you’re a remote worker or a business owner, talk to us today – call (03) 8842 4300 or click here to touch base.