23 Tips: How to find Remote Work Ridiculously Easy

When you're looking for remote work, how do you find it? There are many different places to look and each has its own pros and cons. Check out these list that helped tons of people find remote work ridiculously easy!
by Billy Stone » Remote Work Nerd » 
last updated on November 13th
Remote work has become a popular topic in the workplace, and for good reason. More people are realizing how much more flexible remote work can be, how it can drastically reduce commute times. It also allows you to live an easier life without having to depend on someone else for your income. This blog post is about how to find remote work that fits into any lifestyle!

The internet provides us with the opportunity to live and work from anywhere in the world. This is an amazing benefit for people who are looking for a sense of adventure, crave change, or want to escape their current location. However, how do you find remote work?

Where Can I Find a Remote Job?

When you’re first starting to consider working from home permanently, or even traveling for an undetermined amount of time, and need a flexible job.

It can be intimidating.

Trust me.

Luckily, finding one is simpler than you think! As popularity increases, job boards meet demand by specializing in remote careers.

Trust me, it’s nice to not have a boss breathing down your neck 24/ hours.

But first, let's get some basics.

What is a remote company?

A remote company hires people who work from home or anywhere else they can access the internet.

Remote companies may want to increase their productivity, meet new talent, and diversify their workforce by hiring people who live in different places or have a second home somewhere else!

The benefit of working for such companies is the flexibility and how much you get to control your life.

You can choose when, where and how long you want to work. Plus, there are no commute times or office dress codes! How does it work? It varies from company to company, but there are a few commonalities:

  • Work independently: how you manage your time and how much work is assigned to you.
  • Work in a flexible environment: how quickly you get assignments, what processes are in place if someone needs help or something goes wrong?
  • Have the right tools to do their job well: often this means having access to technology that allows them to work remotely (i.e.: laptop, internet connection, phone).
  • Ability to communicate with the team: how often they can be in touch and how is that done? Is there a specific time of day or number of times per week that you are expected to check emails etc.?

What Types of Companies Hire Remote Workers?

There are more and more remote companies hiring talent.

And those companies often post on Job Boards for Remote Work.

These sites provide a place where employers can post jobs and candidates who are looking for this type of opportunity can apply.

Some examples of these include:

  1. CodeTrails.com – our website, that has an extensive list of remote jobs for developers.
  2. Work Remotely
  3. Working Nomads
  4. Authentic Jobs
  5. FlexJobs
  6. …the list goes on!

If you’re searching for a particular position, these sites will have it.

Some examples include: Copywriter, App Developer, Front-End Designer, Market Researcher … the list goes on! You can do a quick google search to find popular sites that specialize in this kind of work.

But remote companies aren’t only tech-related!

If you think creatively, there are many ways to find these kinds of opportunities. Do you have any skills or talents? You can use them to your advantage! For example: if you know how to make coffee you can start working for a local cafe as a barista.

23 Tips to get remote work

  1. To get a job, the best way is to have an outstanding resume and cover letter.  Use these tips from hiring managers on how you can create one:
  2. Research companies in your area of expertise or career interest! They will be more likely to hire you if they are familiar with what you do, how big their company is, how long they have been around etc.  It shows that you are interested enough to know about them and care about their company!
  3. Do your research on the hiring manager as well, find out what makes this person tick so you can relate to them better in an interview! This is a great way to stand out from other candidates because it shows how much you care about the position.
  4. Have an email template ready for when they get back to you! Don’t reply with a generic one, use it as a way to introduce yourself and your interest more in-depth.  This will showcase how well you know their company culture or how long they have been around etc.
  5. Be enthusiastic and passionate! Show how much you want the job and how motivated you are to do well.  You can’t fake it, so be genuine with your excitement for this opportunity!
  6. Make sure what they need is something that you already have or can acquire quickly/ easily: if not, don't bother wasting their time with an application.  You’ll be able to show how determined you are by how quickly you can get the necessary skills!
  7. Be patient! Many companies receive hundreds of applications for one position, so it’s not personal if you don't hear back from them right away.  They are just extremely busy with interviews etc.
  8. Don't be afraid to reach out on social media once in a while either! A follow or like can go a long way 🙂
  9. Of course, you can always apply to a company directly as well! Research how big they are and how many people work there.  If it’s too large or not the right kind of business for what you want to do/ learn then keep looking!
  10. Follow the company on social media to see how they interact with their customers and how often they post etc.
  11. Be persistent! Don’t give up if you don't hear back from them right away, follow up after a few weeks or so of not hearing anything.  Don’t be annoying though; emailing every day is annoying!
  12. Be proactive about how you want to be hired, whether it’s through a recruiter or hiring manager find out who that is and send them your resume.  They will likely see how interested you are in the role by how quickly you take action on this step!
  13. Do some research on how they work so you can find out how you can stand out from the other candidates!
  14. What if I want something that isn’t advertised? Or how do I know how to find the right job for me? If you don’t see something that fits your expertise or career interest, then think about what kind of company culture would make you happy.  Then search online using keywords like “(company name) + (keyword)” and look through news articles/ social media profiles to see how they interact with their customers and how often they post etc.  You never know what you may find!
  15. What if I don’t have any experience? It is an advantage for companies to hire people without much (or any) work experience because it means that there will be more room for growth and
  16. Learning how to do the job!  Companies are interested in people that show how motivated they are and how much they want this opportunity, so be sure to highlight what you can bring to the company.
  17. Always remember: persistence pays off 🙂 How can I stand out among other candidates?
  18. Be proactive about finding a position, whether it’s through a recruiter or hiring manager find out how to contact them and send your resume.
  19. When looking for work it is an advantage if you don’t have much (or any) experience because of how much room there will be for growth!
  20. Don't give up on applying even if you don't hear back right away.
  21. Do your research on how they work so you can find out how to stand out from other candidates!
  22. Don't reply with a generic one, use it as a way to introduce yourself and your interest more in-depth. This will showcase how well you know their company culture or how long they have been around etc. Show how much you want the job and how motivated you are to do well.
  23. Research how big the company is and how many people work there if not then don't bother wasting their time. Research how well you know their culture or how long they

Do remote companies pay well?

Most remote companies pay based on the amount of work you do. However, some offer salaries or hourly rates.

The main difference between working remotely for a company vs an individual client is how much commitment level they expect from you and how quickly your employer wants projects completed. Also if their clients are all over the world, you will need to be flexible with your working hours.

So it comes down to how much you are willing to work, how flexible your schedule is and how well-organized the company is. With that said, remote companies usually pay better than other non-remote companies.

How Do I Find Remote Work?

The internet provides us with the opportunity to live and work from anywhere in the world. This is an amazing benefit for people who are looking for a sense of adventure, crave change, or want to escape their current location. However, how do you find remote work?

There are many resources out there to help!

Here is how: job boards, classifieds/for sale websites, local resources (i.e.: Craigslist), and ads on social media or chat apps like Telegram, etc. Let's explore each of these methods in more detail below:

What do remote companies look for in candidates?

It is easy to get the impression that all you need for a remote position is an internet connection and computer. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth!

Remote companies look for candidates who are self-starters. They want people who can work independently without much supervision or guidance needed. Of course, how they determine if you’re a good fit depends on how their company is structured.

There are not many requirements different from working on site. But you need to be :

  1. self-motivated
  2. reliable
  3. have basic computer skills including how to send an email, etc.
  4. problem-solving
  5. thinking critically
  6. work independently without supervision
  7. Of course, having a great attitude is also important!

What are the pros and cons of working remotely?

One thing that many people love about remote work is how flexible it can be. You have more freedom to choose when, where, how long you want to work, etc…

Of course, this type of flexibility can come with some challenges as well. For example, how do you motivate yourself to work if no one is watching? How can you make sure your productivity doesn’t suffer from working in a different environment/time zone than the rest of your team?

What are some tips for transitioning into remote work?

If this sounds like an appealing option, how can you transition into remote work?

Here are some tips that will help:

Start working from home or coffee shops to build up your confidence. Work on building a team of people with who you regularly communicate via phone/email, etc., so you won’t feel isolated. Build skills that allow you to be flexible and self-sufficient. For example: how to use project management software, how to delegate tasks and responsibilities, etc. Learn how to work independently so you don’t need constant supervision or guidance from your employer/manager.

Is remote work better than an office?

Many people believe that remote work is the best alternative to working in an office. But how do you know if this type of environment would be a good fit for you?

Remote companies are looking for individuals who don’t need constant supervision and guidance from their managers/supervisors. They want employees who can use initiative, motivation, creativity, and problem-solving skills to get their work done.

Remote companies usually depend on how motivated you are, how well you can communicate via technology (i.e.: video chat) with your team members/managers, etc. If this sounds like a good fit for you then remote work is probably the best option!

Do remote companies hire people from all over the world?

Many remote companies are hiring people from all over the world. This is great because it gives more opportunities to talented individuals who might not be able to relocate or move away due to family, friends, etc.

For example, I used a job board that was focused on non-remote companies and found one company in Japan looking for someone with my skill set. I wanted to work for them but the only issue was that they were located in Japan and I couldn’t move because of my family, friends, etc. But using a job board devoted to remote companies allowed me to see how many other local companies are available as well!

Is remote work the future or is it just a fad?

Remote work is here to stay!

As you can see, how much does it take to find remote work? All that’s needed are an internet connection and a computer. But beyond this, there are many skills necessary for making the transition into working remotely successful!

Conclusion

Is remote work the future or just a fad? The answer depends on your perspective! If this type of environment sounds right for you then it’s the future. But if this type of environment doesn’t sound like a good fit, then remote work is just a fad (for you)!

I hope these tips help you find your dream job 🙂 Good luck with your job search.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below!