As the gig economy continues to grow, more and more freelancers are finding themselves working remotely. Working remotely has benefits for both employer and employee but can also pose challenges. Here are some tips that will help you make a success when you’re working away from the office.
Excellent communication skills
Good communication skills are more important than ever when you’re working remotely. Most of the time you will need to communicate via email and phone instead of in person, which will require you to bring across your points more succinctly. Try a 5-minute video chat instead of back and forth emails.
Schedule regular breaks
It is important to take regular breaks when you work remotely, doing so will improve your productivity and be good for your health. Regular breaks may be a part of the typical office schedule but when you’re working from home you’ll need to plan breaks yourself. Taking regular walks outside can revive your productivity and refresh you for the next challenge.
Stay organised to keep motivated
Working in an office can keep you motivated, whether it’s the buzz from the team or regular direction from a manager. When you’re working remotely, creating and living by a to-do list can help you stay motivated and on top of things.
Even though remote workers have fewer disruptions from colleagues, they have their own distractions. Discipline is crucial for freelancers who work from home to avoid getting diverted by your personal affairs during working hours. Creating a professional home working environment such as an office study may help.
Margaret Kelly, Marketing Assistant based at K2 Partnering Solutions HQ in London.