So - you’re thinking about jumping ship and leaving your corporate 9-5? I know, it can seem like one of the most daunting things to do. For centuries, our society has pictured work as something done outside the home. But hey, congrats! You’re a part of the 21st century where an internet connection and hard work can make you money from just about anywhere! If you haven’t taken the leap towards working from home, you’re probably being held back a couple of thoughts racing through your brain:
“How do I actually get work done from home?”
“What do I need to get started?”
“Where do I find remote work?”
Ugh! Yes, that list of worries and fears can be endless when making a huge career move. Here’s the great news, starting a professional career working from home is completely doable and can actually pay off in the long run! Roughly three years after the COVID-19 pandemic destroyed workplaces, about a third (35%) of workers with jobs that can be done remotely are working from home in 2023, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Wait - here’s the good part! Studies have shown that remote workers are 22% happier with their jobs than on-site workers. Ready to get in on the action? As you know, separation is in the preparation! Get ready to prepare yourself for work done remotely, all from home (or your favorite coffee place).
Set Up a WorkSpace at Home
Think you can just hop on a meeting from bed? Well, I suppose you can…but should you? Data has shown that remote workers can experience more mental health issues on average. We believe this is in large part due to a lack of work/life balance! The best way to protect yourself from falling into a groundhog’s day rhythm is by keeping your work and your home as separate as possible. Set up a certain section of your home that’s dedicated only to work, whether it be a desk, your kitchen table, or even your back porch (cross your fingers for no rain)! Make sure it has space for a computer, a notepad, and anything else your job requires. If possible, keep it near a window and somewhere bright, yet secluded. If you live in a studio apartment or nosy environment, try purchasing a room divider!
Stick to a Schedule
As tempting as it may be, the best way to keep yourself moving and grooving is with consistency. Just because you don’t have to get dressed for work doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! Try waking up and heading for bed at the same time each day, and give yourself that time you need to wake up before your shift starts. If it helps, put on makeup or do a consistent workout each day that gets you out of the house. This is the perfect way to avoid cabin fever and keep your confidence sky-high!
Search Online for that Dream Job
Getting a remote job is not nearly as difficult as it seems, and there’s actually more freedom than you might expect! There are remote, hybrid, and flexible jobs, as well as freelance if you prefer to work for yourself. You can search for your next dream job on a ton of different sites, just make sure your resume and profile are up to date so you stand out from the competition. Steer clear of unreliable websites, there are remote work scams out there! Never give out personal information or bank details before verifying the opportunity is legit.
Some popular websites you can check out include:
Make Sure Your Tech is Ready
This part is often overlooked - and can make or break your new job! You’ll need a newer laptop or computer, connection to meeting apps like Google Meet, Zoom, Skype, and more - as well as a workplace communication app such as Slack. Every company is unique and will have its own set of rules and needs - some jobs even provide things like computers once you’re hired!
However, the most overlooked aspect by far is your internet connection. Yep, Google, Zoom, and even Microsoft Word don’t appear and work from thin air! Your best bet is to put your trust in an internet provider that understands you’ll be living and working in the same space.
Hey, guess what? We do that! At Nomad Internet, this is literally our mission - we’re on an adventure with you as you live, work, and play wherever your heart desires.
Nomad Internet connects rural communities with homes, businesses, and even RV’s for as little as $49.94/month. I know, shocker! With speeds up to 200mbps, you’ll never be that person who’s always late or can’t show up to Zoom meetings (you know who you are). And since we know you’re a free spirit and can change your mind anytime, there are no contracts with us and no commitment!
Congrats, Nomad! That new itch you’ve had for remote work can now begin in just four simple steps. If you have any questions about your internet, feel free to reach out to us at Nomad Internet!