9 Remote Work Hacks that Maximized my Salary

Do you want to increase your salary as a remote worker? If so, then this blog post is for you. In this article we will talk about 9 Remote Work Hacks that will help maximize your remote working situation and make sure that remote work is what's best for both parties involved!
by Billy Stone » Remote Work Nerd » 
last updated on November 13th
Remote work has been around for a long time and many people have chosen it as their primary way of working. It's definitely not for everyone but if you're one of those people who can't stand the idea of commuting to an office or having a boss looking over your shoulder all day, remote work might be the perfect solution for you.

I've been working remotely for just over two years now, and I absolutely love it.

It's the best way to work!

Really. Think about it. There are more than 15 Reasons Why Remote Work is Better than Office.

I've been there. And I'd say that while you might have some initial reservations about being away from your coworkers, in reality, this is a smart move for many reasons.

First, you feel less pressure to be "on" all the time.

Instead of working from eight to five in a busy office environment, you can work from any of the best cities for remote workers at whatever pace is right for you and your family.

You'll see that this flexibility will lead to greater productivity overall!

Of course, not everyone has the luxury of working remotely, but if you do have the option to take your work with you wherever you go, it's worth exploring as an alternative. And if you have tools remote workers love, it's one of the best things you can do for yourself.

But is it all bananas?

Nope.

It doesn't mean that there haven't been some challenges along the way. But I asked for an insane raise at my company and it worked.

This has allowed me to better manage my time and focus on what's important – my family!

How Did I make it?

To negotiate a higher salary, make sure you are including all of your value when it comes to compensation packages.

Here are 9 ways to make your remote job as productive as possible so you can maximize your salary!

#1 Think bigger picture.

Instead of just doing your job, begin to think of ways to help your company grow.

You can do this by researching trends or connecting with people who could work on projects that are beneficial for the company's development.

For example, I started a meet-up group in my area through LinkedIn and have been able to connect with other professionals over lunch!

By taking initiative like this, you'll be seen as someone who can help the company grow and develop – which makes your employer more likely to want to invest in your career.

This approach may also mean that you take on some additional responsibilities at work, but it's worth doing if it means a bigger paycheck!

One of my favorite quotes is "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and then go do it." – Howard Thurman

Think about how your job can help you thrive, which will lead to a happier work environment overall!

man working on his laptop

#2 Think about how you can be more productive.

And I don't talk about finishing more tasks.

I'm talking about being more efficient in how you work.

As a remote worker, there are certain processes that I have to follow to be productive and maintain my sanity when logging into our system remotely.

Here's what helped me become the most productive:

This is going to sound basic, but it has made a huge difference in my productivity.

  • Make sure you have a clean work environment with no distractions!
  • It's easy to get distracted when working from home, so try and create an area where you're only going to be doing work-related tasks.
  • I find that closing the door or putting on some headphones helps block out other noises that could distract me.
  • This goes hand-in-hand with being organized, but is important enough to mention again!
  • When working from home, you have no one around to remind you about deadlines or meetings that are scheduled for the day so it's up to YOU to be on top of your game.
  • I use my calendar religiously to schedule out my day, but you can also use a task manager to help keep track of your daily tasks.
  • If you have the option to work from home full-time, I highly recommend setting up an office space where you are only going to be doing work!
  • This might mean getting rid of your bed or couch so that there aren't any distractions when you're trying to work.
  • By setting boundaries for yourself, it will help you be more productive and ultimately allow your employer to see that they are getting a bigger return on their investment in you!

#3 Make a list of all the things you need to do and prioritize them.

If you're like me and work from home, it's easy to get distracted.

So I've made a list of all the things that need to be done so when my daughter goes down for her nap or my husband gets off work during naptime, I can just focus on working!

I write out everything in order of when they need to be done so that when I have a few minutes free, I can just focus on the task at hand.

By doing this, you'll find yourself getting more work done in less time which will equate to making your employer happy!

Paying attention to how much time you're spending on certain tasks is also important because some projects might need more time than others.

If you're spending too much time on a certain task, it's probably because your plate is too full so try delegating some tasks to other people if possible!

When I first started working, I noticed that several things could be delegated or automated through our software.

So I took initiative and worked with our developers to create new processes that would save time in the long run!

Not only did this make my department more efficient, but it also made me look like a rockstar because I was able to increase productivity for both myself AND others in the process.

#4 Get up early.

Get in some extra work time.

My favorite of all the Remote Work Hacks out there.

This is my favorite way to be more productive when working from home!

If I have a big project that needs to be done, then this is the perfect opportunity for me to jump on it before everyone else wakes up or starts calling with distractions.

It's hard enough getting through your day when you're at the office, but when you work from home it's even harder to focus on what needs to be done.

So make sure that if your day starts early (for whatever reason), then plan out all of your tasks for the day and prioritize them accordingly!

By doing this, I've found myself getting more accomplished in less time which has allowed me to work on other projects that need my attention.

Most importantly, it allows you to finish your tasks before everyone else starts asking for things (like a cup of coffee or helping with their kids).

If I'm able to get all of my work done early in the morning, then I can spend the rest of the day doing other tasks that need to be done because I'm ahead of everyone else!

stay organized

#5 Keep your desk clean and organized.

Keeping your desk organized is a great way to be more productive because it keeps you from "looking" like you're working when in reality, nothing's getting done.

If I'm at my best, then this means that I already have what I need for the day and know exactly where everything is so there are no distractions!

#6 Track your hours at work by using an app like Toggl.

This way you can analyze which type of work takes you the longest. Then figure out if any things can be automated or delegated to other people.

By tracking how long it takes for you to complete certain tasks, you'll be able to see your work habits in action which will help you determine what needs improvement.

For example, I use an app called Toggl.

This app allows me to track how long it takes for me to complete a project and then analyze my work habits so that I can improve in the future.

The best part: you don't even need an internet connection!

Not only does this save you time, but it also helps you see which projects and tasks need more attention (or less).

Sometimes if we go through our day like "autopilot", then we won't notice that certain projects are taking longer than they should be to complete.

#7 Plan ahead - make sure you have enough food at home.

Come on. Really?

Are we talking about food now?

Nope.

But it's important to have food at home so that you don't leave your work to go get groceries.

This will allow you to save money and time because then there are no "I'm hungry" distractions! Also, it's a lot easier for me if I have most of the things that my family needs on hand.

Then when they start to whine about things, I can just say "you have food at home... go get it yourself!"

Ok so maybe that's a little extreme. Haha!

But planing things ahead helps you to save money which in turn helps you become more productive.

It's a win-win!

#8 I bought a standing desk to work while sitting on the couch.

I've already talked about this, but I'm going to go ahead and bring it up again because it's that important!

Instead of sitting on your couch or a chair the whole day, get one of these desks and stand up!

I got mine from Amazon for under $100.

This saves you a lot of stress and in the long run, it also helps with your overall health. You can thank me later!

#9 Use an app called GetUp and Standup

Don't want to buy a standing desk?

GetUp tracks your standing time.

If you can't get up and move around, then at least make sure that you're tracking how much time you spend sitting versus getting up!

I recommend using an app like GetUp and Standup to keep yourself accountable for this. It's a fun way to see if or when (and where) you're getting up and moving around!

I use it myself, and I love this app because you can set reminders so that your phone tells you to get up and move around every X minutes.

That way, even if you forget or don't have time during the day to do something... there won't be any excuses for not standing up!

This is my favorite part of the day because it's so peaceful and relaxing.

I love to work at night when everyone else is sleeping... especially on days where I can get ahead of schedule for once! 🙂

Conclusion

In conclusion, these remote work hacks will help maximize your salary which in turn helps save money while also improving overall health.

In addition, you'll be able to save time by planning and tracking how long it takes for you to complete certain tasks. That way, you can see what needs improvement which will help improve your overall work ethic!

Not to mention, it'll help you become more productive and enjoy your work!

If you're interested in learning even more about remote working hacks, then check out our blog. Leave a comment below with any questions you have!