I signed up to my fourth remote work gig this week since 2014.
I’ve done remote work–before becoming a parent and since having our two kids–logging on from cafés, pubs, hotels, libraries, museums, art galleries, airports, coworking spaces, conferences, hospitals, apartments and home offices.
While balancing major life moments like pregnancy and childbirth, miscarriage, the illness and deaths of loved ones, the celebrations and marriages of loved ones and moving countries three times (once with a baby!) for a mixture of companies, over the past six years.
Some things they all have in common (besides me)?
- They approached me
- I pitched them
- We negotiated the arrangement
- I defined what I would be delivering
- We communicated regularly
- I delivered what I said I would
- They paid me for my time
- I got to do flexible work
- They got what they asked for
- Everybody wins
It’s worth noting I’ve provided marketing communications and project management services for all four arrangements–as opposed to producing a product based offering–but all of the companies have been in completely different industries, one was in a different hemisphere to me and I worked with both B2B and B2C.
All of the companies had physical premises but we created a remote work arrangement, I learned on the fly and grew with the businesses as their priorities evolved.
I’m still learning and growing but I feel there are a few things I can share with you to make your transition to remote work (and life) easier, whether it’s a current temporary set up or future long-term goal for yourself.
My biggest secret to ‘remote work success’?
Create meaningful relationships, build trust and deliver results on time (and ideally above your employer/client’s expectations). Rinse and repeat.
Sounds simple but there are many layers beneath those points (like looking after yourself, managing your time, getting the right tools, effective communication, I could go on…) and it’s much more difficult to execute on all of those consistently, over a long period of time.
Which is why, like entrepreneurship, I believe remote work IS POSSIBLE for everyone but it is NOT EASY.
Otherwise, everyone would have been doing it already, no problems and crushing goals online.
What works for me, may not always work for you but I can share a bit about what I do.
You can take from it what you will, test it out and see how it impacts your life and your results.
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