Blog posts usually post the question the other way round. We will look briefly into 3 reasons why remote work might not be the ideal option for you and what to change if you want to develop the skills needed to make this function for you in the future.
1) Become better organized Setting up an at home-office, contrary to popular belief, requires a sophisticated level of organization and self-control. The workflow must be detailed and one must always adhere to elaborate to-do lists to keep everything in check and to make sure that all deliverables will be ready within the expected time frames. Start by becoming your ideal boss today. But how? Begin by taking small steps into this direction. Keep a journal. You can find some great ideas about journaling on Medium. Constantly monitor yourself and note down what went wrong and what well with a specific project or task that you had to complete. Try to be more concise in the future and do not get discouraged. You will get better at this as you exercise the skill.
2) Be picky if you are outgoing Advantages are transferable. For example, networking was one of your biggest bonus points while you were working in an office setting. You were the life of the “party” so to speak and you, of course, thrived in the attention of your colleagues, as a great conversation-starter. Talking to people directly might be not something you will be doing working for a remote company. It always depends on the job role of course, but if you are going to miss direct interaction, consider a job that will deal with speaking to or interacting with customers one way or another. You do not want to suppress the best sides of your personality just because you want to pursue work outside a strict office setting! Take advantage of all your good traits! Do not change a thing here. Set your goals, plan wisely and pick the right job for your personality.
3) Keep your CV and your skillset updated For better or for worse remote work requires a lot of keeping up to date with new technological advancements and an endless list of ever-multiplying skills. You, as a remote-job hunter, need to stay right on track. Our advice would be to join industry-related groups on Facebook ( like WorkRemotelyEurope of course!) and ask questions! Don’t be shy. Your peers can help you out. Do not be afraid to take on new challenges, like completing related seminars online. You can find very good up to date courses on HubSpot, Coursera, edX, OpenClassrooms and other popular MOOC platforms. Once you get the hang of it, everything will fall into place. Programs, apps, and tips that will make your (remote) work-related life easier will be something that you will be constantly hunting for- all by yourself. It is all a matter of training!