Today's guest blog post comes from Go Paolo
6 Transferable Skills You Develop as a Remote Worker
Working as a remote worker has plenty of benefits, but also has its own set of challenges. People who are new to remote work may need time to adjust but with the experience comes many transferable skills you develop.
Although many of these transferable skills can also be developed in an office environment, working remotely can potentially develop them at a faster rate. Here are six you will develop:
Time Management: even if you’re paid by the hour, completing tasks by deadline becomes a bigger focus than if you were in-house. And because you don’t have a literal person looking over your desk, you’ll need to discipline yourself.
Time management is half the battle for remote workers. You will learn to cut back on bad habits and maximize the amount of work you complete. By doing so, you develop one of the most important transferable skills that will help you work more efficiently and consequently, land more clients.
Budgeting: many remote workers are paid by contract or by assignment and juggling multiple projects makes this structure trickier than if you were being paid a flat rate like an annual salary. Budgeting becomes necessary.
Working together with time management, you will learn how to keep track of your finances more than if you depended on a regular two-week or monthly paycheque.
Research: as a remote worker, most if not all your time working will be spent online. The most common industries with remote jobs are business development, writing, and education.
As a remote worker, you will find yourself constantly researching latest trends, developments, and material to not only keep you updated but competent at your job.
Introspection: this is a skill that tends to get overlooked because it is difficult to gauge how effective it is; introspection allows you to better analyze who you are as a person. This allows you to determine what your passions and priorities are. This will greatly help you in staying motivated and organized.
As a remote worker, you spend a lot of time by yourself. Developing your inner being is essential and will help you gain confidence and stay mentally healthy.
Online Communication: you may miss plenty of face-to-face interactions as a remote worker, but the trade-off will be even more online communication. This means you develop how you respond online via email, social networks, and/or Skype.
Everyone communicates via these methods regularly, but you will learn to sharpen your skills here more as you will need to respond to clients with many different personalities in many different situations. Things like message tone, timing, and etiquette will come to play.
Grit: also known as “toughness” or “resolve”, this is more of a trait than a skill but one you develop otherwise. As a remote worker, the longer periods of isolation can leave you drained. You may lack social interaction and may have to work more hours if you are working for multiple clients.
This can lead to a potentially more disorganized and stressful life. But if you keep at it, you will become grittier. And the more you develop this trait, the more you’ll be able to take on tougher challenges and grow your career as a remote worker.
Remote work is a fun and challenging experience. It’s not for everyone but if you choose to pursue it whether it’s for good or temporarily, you will pick up and develop new skills that will help you grow as both a person and a professional.
Paolo is a freelance writer from Ontario, Canada, who has worked remotely for the past 3 years. Having started his career as a full-time sports writer, he later realized that life had much more to offer and transitioned to freelance. While being self-employed has taken him out of his comfort zone, Paolo enjoys pursuing his passion for writing captivating and practical stories and continues to work remotely in the ever-changing world of social media and digital marketing.