The 7 Best Tech Skills for Remote Work You'll need to Survive

If you're considering a remote work lifestyle, it's important that you know what to expect. It won't be easy! But if you have the right tech skills, life will be much easier. This blog post explores the 7 best tech skills that will help make your life better.
by Billy Stone » Remote Work Nerd » 
last updated on November 13th
The world is connected to the internet. This means that people can work from home and still be productive. However, there are a few skills that remote workers need in order to succeed. We will discuss 7 tech skills that you will need for remote work!

Man. How did we get here?

Aren't those fantastic times we live in?

People can live their dream lifestyle, work from anywhere in the world, and have so many benefits... Who has thought about this 10 years ago?

Let's face it. The internet is not all that bad.

And there are more than 15 Reasons Why Remote Work is Better than Office.

You can find companies who are willing to hire you while living in one of the best cities for remote workers, with salaries that make you go WTF! And these are legit remote jobs. This works and I am living the dream life like many others out there.

Working online has its perks even if it's tough sometimes but when things get real bad (and they will)... You are going to need these skills I'll outline in the next few minutes.

Maybe you are working already remotely or you are thinking about it... You might want to read this post because it could make the difference between having a stress-free life and being stuck on your chair all day long, with no escape.

#1 Be a self-starter who can manage their tasks without supervision

One of the most important skills you'll need to have.

Be great at working alone.

It's simple.

If you can't, remote work is not for you.

When working from home, no one is there to hold your hand and tell you what to do next. You need to be able to manage your tasks and work without supervision, no matter how much experience you have in the industry.

This might seem like an easy task but it's not. Especially if there is a lot of different things going on which doesn't make you feel comfortable working alone at home or remotely for that matter.

You need to be able to manage your time and get the job done even if you don't have someone looking over your shoulder all day long.

Remote work needs time managment skills

I know what I'm talking about because it took me a while before I was comfortable working alone for most of my work hours online. But now, after years of trial and error.

I can say that it's one of the best things I've ever done.

I am not stuck in an office from nine to five, Monday through Friday anymore which is a huge plus for me. And there are no more late-night phone calls or meetings with clients since everything is done online now and without leaving my house!

#2 Work efficiently

The second most important tech skill when it comes to remote work is to be efficient.

Employers hire people who are efficient and deliver results.

Period.

You need to learn how to prioritize your tasks, work under pressure, be ready for changes in projects requirements or deadlines. You also have to master time management skills if you want to succeed as a remote worker so you can set up "working hours" and stick with them.

You need to know your tools and use them accordingly to get the most out of their benefits, like using a project management tool for example. Or different communication apps (we'll talk about this later). You should also learn how to work smartly, at least until you set up everything perfectly. This way you will be in and out of the office in no time.

Most importantly, you need to learn how to focus when working remotely so that nothing distracts you from your goal. If you are not good at this yet... You will be soon enough!

Work efficiently with these tools:

  1. Trello for project management
  2. RescueTime to track your productivity.
  3. Do not forget to use a VPN all the time you are working, especially when using public WiFi connections as they can be risky for those who don't know how to protect their internet connection from hackers and cyber-criminals.
  4. Google Drive is a must-have as well, to store all your files and documents.
  5. Evernote, Pocket, and Instapaper as "read later" apps.

remote team having a online call

#3 Communicate effectively

We all know.

The internet works perfectly fine for communication.

It's all done online.

Well, not exactly. For some reason, this is one of the common mistakes people make when working remotely.

Communication is crucial in remote work and you need to learn how to communicate effectively if you want things to go smoothly at your job (and everywhere else). You might be thinking that you can just communicate online but it's not like this.

You need to be clear, concise and learn how to manage your emotions when talking remotely. This way everyone will understand what the next step in a project is or else. You are going to waste hours of work trying different things out without success because the communication was not effective enough.

You need to remember that in remote work, you can't see body language so it's even more important than before.

If you are not good at this... Practice is your best friend here!

Learn how to communicate effectively with these tools:

  1. Google Meet for video calls (make sure everyone has a headset).
  2. Slack, Skype for communication
  3. Zoom Hangouts for personal talks
  4. E-Mail... If you have to.
  5. Jira Ticketing & Project Management Software.

#4 Stay organized and on top of your work

I've been there...

You need to change a couple of things in a project and you don't know where the document is, someone else has it or why not remember what was done with it.

Nooooooo...!!!!!

This happens all too often but that's because we are human after all. It doesn't have to be like this if you learn how to stay organized and on top of your work.

You need to be able to keep track of all changes in a project, who's doing what, or when something needs reviewing so you can stay ahead of things as much as possible.

This will save you time for sure!

Especially if it is done well from the beginning. You'll avoid those "lost in translation" moments and communication issues.

If you need help with this, Trello is a great tool for that since it can keep track of all changes in projects, files, or anything else related to work.

Here is the full list of "tools to survive remote work" you'll need:

  1. ToDoist for organizing your tasks
  2. Google Calendar for scheduling
  3. Dropbox for Backups
  4. Evernote for storing information

#5 Get the most out of your time by prioritizing what's important for you

Work from home, at least once a week. It's the best thing you can do to learn how remote work goes and if it is for you or not.

Even just after one day of working remotely, I was hooked! It felt so natural being able to wake up whenever I wanted, had breakfast with my family, and start to work.

I could go on forever about how much I love remote work but that's not the point of this post, right?

The point is to help you learn what are some tools you need for your first day at a new job... So let's get started! 🙂

#6 Teamwork & Communication Skills

Without Teamwork & Communication Skills, you'll sink faster than the titanic.

(By the way – scientists have discovered that the Titanic took just five minutes to sink.)

You'll never ever see a successful remote worker without these skills.

You need to be able to communicate effectively, know how to work as a team, and always keep your focus on the goal of the project you are working on.

When working remotely, you'll still have to deal with lots of people and lots of different minds. So make sure you learn how to play well with others!

If you feel like this might not be something easy for you. Then don't worry! You can still learn it if necessary. Practice is your best friend here!

#7 Leadership Skills

If you want to be a great leader...

Put yourself in a leadership role.

You need to know how to handle stress and set priorities. You'll work with different people so personal skills will help as well!

The best thing you can do to develop these skills.

If you don't have those skills, get involved with your co-workers and learn how they work. You'll know what kind of leader you are from there. If it doesn't feel right go for something else or discuss this with your manager.

It will be hard at the beginning but it is worth it.

If you want to be a leader in your company, then learning how to work remotely is the best way to start.

Most CEOs believe that if someone can handle working remotely successfully they will go far with their career so it's worth looking into!

You need leadership skills because things are always changing and evolving when people are working online. So the only way that works is if you have a leader there saying "Hey guys, we are going this way from now on."

That's why I'm here to help you out because once you get this down, there are no limits to your career!

#7 Creativity and Innovation Skills

Creativity and Innovation Skills are really important when working remotely. You can't just be in a box all day long!

You need to know how to think outside the box, communicate well with your team, and work as efficiently as possible. The best way you get these skills is by learning from other people's mistakes. All successful people are where they are because of their failures.

If you don't have creativity skills yet, then get out there and find people that can teach or mentor you!

You will fail a lot at the beginning.

But once it starts to work things will look much better for your business.

When working remotely... Creativity is key so always, always, ALWAYS think outside of the box!

Conclusion

If you're considering starting a career in remote work, it's important to know what skills are necessary for success. We've given you the 7 most essential tech skills that will help set your business up for success and keep it running smoothly.

You'll also find out how to use teamwork and communication skills effectively when working remotely so be sure not to skimp on these! If you need some more guidance or have questions about leadership qualities while working remotely, we hope this article was helpful!

By the way – I'm thinking about maybe writing another blog post on this topic. What do you think?

What are some of the most essential skills you have for working remotely? Let us know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and good luck with your online business!