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What is remote working and how to do it

Updated: Oct 8, 2018

Working remotely is one of the fastest growing working concepts in the job market. The evolution of this work style also means you need to be better prepared to work remote. Firstly, let's define what we mean by remote work, followed by top tips to keep you motivated day to day.

What is remote work

For a long time, a few professions, have always needed people to be based outside of the corporate office, for instance sales jobs. In more recent times, remote work has developed into a mainstream work concept, that promotes the ability that people can successfully execute their projects, work activities and tasks away from a traditional office environment.

Remote work is a work style that does not require people to commute to the office every day. Typically, job adverts will use the terms remote, offsite, working from home, mobile, telecommuting, or flexible working.

Why it's becoming so popular

Working remote is an evolution of the work culture, on the rise as technology and high speed wi-fi has enabled easy and quick mobile access to systems and data, sharing information and ease of connectivity between team members anytime, anywhere.

An increasing number of people seek positions that offer more flexibility or freedom from the traditional 9 to 5 work pattern. Benefits for employers includes more access to talent.

Top tips to working remote

1. Choose the pattern that suits you

Choosing the work style that makes sense for you and suits your employer and job role is one of the greatest advantages of remote work.

Working remote does not mean you never get to the office. For many people, will work from home most of the work days in the week, and travel to work for specific meetings, events and training. Plus, you definitely don't want to miss the Christmas office party!

2. Advanced set-up

Access to a high quality internet connection, laptop and possibly a printer/fax is critical for remote workers. Also, make sure you invest in good quality head gear, for example a noise cancelling headphone or a multimedia headset which will become very useful when you attend webinars, web conferences or Skype meetings.

3. Hit the road and network

People looking to travel, working with greater flexibility, expand their worldwide network and expand their creativity will hit the road. If you decide on this non-traditional work routine, than it's worth exploring work and travel programs, and take on that job with a view.

When working from home, ensure you plan and intentionally make time to join local business groups, or team up with friends that also work remote and organise meetings, or even create your own business networking group in your area. Get out and network!

4. Co working spaces

A co working space is half way between a traditional corporate office and a home office. It's an office where you rent out a desk in an open plan space, or small private office.

These spaces provide different amenities from high speed fast internet, reception, printing facilities, conference and meeting rooms, coffee shop, fun break areas, shower rooms, bike sheds, and some even allow pets under one roof. Many co-working spaces offer business networking opportunities and access to a professional community.

Popular amongst entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups with small teams, but even small to medium businesses are relocating to co working spaces.

For advice and recommendations on setting up a home office, check out our post here

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