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The 3-Step Guide to Remote Work

Congrats! You’ve just taken the first step to take charge of your future and live life on your own terms.

It’s not always easy to leave your job, the comforts of home and the familiarity of your routine.

Finding remote work will take at least one stressor away – you’ll know you have an income no matter what.

Landing that job or starting your own business will take time and effort. Don’t be fooled by get-rich-quick promises or jobs that sound too good to be true.

Honing your skills and applying for jobs takes effort. But that’s okay!

Many of our hopes, dreams and passions in life take hard work.

Hopefully, my 3-step guide will help get your creative juices flowing. With so many industries moving toward hiring remote workers and so many ways to learn online – the world really is your oyster.

Let’s get started!

STEP ONE: WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?

Woman working on her laptop outside her RV

The first step in finding good remote work jobs is to figure out what you want to do. It’s not good to endlessly browse job listings with no end goal in mind.

Think hard about whether you want to be an employee or start your own business. There are pluses and minuses to each.

A company means you have a steady paycheck and often benefits, but you have to stick to a schedule, participate in meetings, be accountable to a boss, etc.

Working for yourself means endless freedom. You decide when and how much to work, but your paycheck may not be steady, and you’ll have to figure out your own benefits. Plus, you may not make much money right away.

Want to work for a company? Here are the industries hiring the most remote workers:

  • Executive assistants
  • Tech (coding, developing apps)
  • Creative
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • IT
  • Medical and health
  • Writing
  • Administrative and Office Work
  • Project Management
  • Data Entry
  • Database Administration
  • Editing
  • Accounting & Finance

Prefer to start your own business? Here are great ways to make money freelancing:

  • Virtual assistant
  • Proofreading
  • Transcription
  • Freelance writing
  • Graphic design
  • Website design
  • Blogging
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Video Production/Editing
  • 3D modeling
  • Accounting/Bookkeeping
  • Tax and financial planning
  • Coding

According to FlexJobs, here are the top 25 companies that most often hire remote workers. Go to those company websites and browse job openings for something that suits you. Or use FlexJobs to find remote work – FlexJobs uses a team of curators to ONLY post legitimate, good jobs.

  1. VIPKID
  2. Appen
  3. Conduent
  4. Rev
  5. Liveops
  6. TTEC
  7. Amazon
  8. SYKES
  9. Dell
  10. Working Solutions
  11. LanguageLine Solutions
  12. 12. Kelly Services
  13. Intuit
  14. UnitedHealth Group
  15. Williams-Sonoma
  16. Convergys
  17. Aetna
  18. Cactus Communications
  19. Kaplan
  20. BroadPath Healthcare Solutions
  21. Hilton
  22. Commonwealth of Virginia
  23. Leidos
  24. Robert Half International
  25. K12

STEP TWO: SKYROCKET YOUR SKILLS 

Now that you’ve figured out what you want to do, the next step is to educate yourself. You’d be surprised at how many free and cheap classes there are out there. These are all classes you can use on your resume, or when going after prospective clients.

There’s pretty much a class for anything you want to learn or any career field you’re interested in, which is amazing!

Here are some awesome places to take classes:

  • Udemy
  • LinkedIn Learning
  • Salesforce Trailheads (completely free, teaches you how to work with Salesforce software, which is the top customer management software on the market right now, used in thousands of companies)

Download a list of 30+ Udemy courses to get you started!

If you want more specialized training on how to start a business, that will be more expensive.

Here are examples of those types of classes:

STEP THREE: LAND THAT AWESOME JOB 

Now that you’ve decided on a skill to pursue and educated yourself, it’s time to start making money!

This is my favorite list of websites where you can start browsing for remote work jobs. I’d also highly recommend signing up for the Pangian and GuavaBean newsletters. They send out remote job opportunities all the time!

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 Top 10 sites with remote work opportunities to do on your computer:

  • Upwork is a site that allows you to bid on a variety of jobs and projects
  • Rat Race Rebellion has all sorts of jobs you can do from anywhere. From transcription, to captioning, to virtual assistants, to online receptionists.
  • Working Nomads has everything from tech jobs, to writing jobs, to personal assistant jobs.
  • FlexJobs has all sorts of jobs, from part-time to full-time remote work positions. The only problem with this one is that you have to pay a monthly fee, but it’s a popular site as it weeds through the jobs for you. For readers of this ebook, enter the promo code “NOMAD” for up to 30% off FlexJobs subscriptions.
  • We Work Remotely gets an average of 2 million visitors per month, and has jobs in sales and marketing, devops, customer support, programming, etc.
  • co has tons of jobs in a variety of fields, from accounting, to customer service, to remote design.
  • Virtual Vocations has jobs across all types of industries.
  • GuavaBean is a site for freelancers by freelancers. The website says the site is for freelances, digital nomads, self-employed people, writers, designers, editors, programmers, translators, etc.
  • Pangian – many digital nomads swear by this website, which has a huge variety of remote jobs
  • Jobbatical has tech, business and creative jobs you can do from anywhere

Top 5 sites for finding freelance writing work

To look for a remote job with a non-profit

  • Non Profit Remote – open database of nonprofit organizations hiring remote workers

 Facebook groups with remote work jobs:

Jobs for people traveling around the US, seasonal and temporary work:

I hope this information helps!

A few years ago, I lost my full-time job as a news reporter at KGO Radio in San Francisco. I had no idea what to do next or how to make money.

Fast-forward to 2019, and I make $10,000 per month blogging!

This is a dream come true, and something I never expected would happen. I worked hard, took lots of classes, and made it my vision to make a remote income.

My plan is to travel the world – both on a sailboat and in my van.

I’m living proof that you, also, can do this! You can find your dream job or start your own business to make money remotely.

If you have any questions, I am here! I read and answer every email: [email protected]

Let’s do this together!