Working Remotely.Freelancing.Working from home.Remote jobs. No matter the name, this a fast-growing industry especially at a time where the world is turning into a global village
Working remotely seems to the solution to the problem faced by people who are struggling to create a work-life balance, create their own working schedule, and manage their income. Work from home Moms reap the biggest benefits from freelancing as they find more time to take care of family. With a good internet connection and a laptop or computer, you can be able to achieve so much from the comfort of your own home.
Yet, as easy and fulfilling as it may seem, not everyone can be cut out to be a remote worker. To succeed in this cut-throat field, there are certain traits and characteristics that you will need to have.
Here are eight traits, characteristics, behavior and aspects to help you succeed on remote jobs in Kenya;
GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS
As a remote worker, your communication skills should be top-tier. You need appropriate written skills with correct usage of grammar especially since most of your work interface involves online correspondence. You should construct meaningful sentences. When you are communicating with clients, write in a manner that shows professionalism and with little to no grammatical errors. You need to be proficient with both email and phone, as you will be using these as your mode of communication, and understand how to relay results in a clear and concise manner.
Good communications skills as a trait does not only touch on how you present yourself but also on having the ability to be proactive, to seek clarifications, to be polite, to offer adjustments and suggestions in a way that will make your client trust you.
You will be spending the majority of your time working on computers, laptops, and other devices. Thus you need to understand how to use software and important programs as efficiently as possible and make sure you are comfortable using a few of the plethora of cloud-based communication tools out there. This will help you tremendously with completing assigned tasks from the word go. Most clients tend to look for a remote worker who is sharp and informed when it comes to technology.
Sometimes you might get a client who will ask you to list specific technical skills, such as mastery of HTML, CSS, and Word press so if you are not familiar with all this you might want to invest in a short course that could save your future as a remote worker.
PATIENCE AND PERSISTENCE
Remote jobs are not all sunshine and rainbows. Some days are harder than the other, you may hit a bought of a dry spell and feel like giving up. Those are days with little or no clients, difficult clients, days with mental blocks where you seemingly can’t achieve anything especially as a creative. There are weeks where you will bid on all gigs available and still get no job, especially in the initial phases. You may even get a job and underestimate it then you come to realize you are working more for less.This is where patience and persistence comes in.
To become a successful remote worker, you need to have persistence. Persistence is what will keep you motivated on the really bad days. You're able to push through any difficulties and come out on top.
Persistence also pays off in winning clients. If a client replies to your bid with a negative answer like your skills are too low or your price is too high, don't leave it at that, try your best to convince the client that they either misunderstood you or you misunderstood them.
Searching for a job requires patience. You should be fearless in such situations and continue to do so, throughout your professional journey. If you do not have the strength and patience to look for remote work regularly you might want to consider a different career path.
ORGANIZATION AND TIME MANAGEMENT
Remote jobs have strict deadlines. It is imperative that you meet the set deadlines. If you fail to do so, clients probably won’t tolerate you and there is a high chance that you will not get good reviews and ratings.
Now, for you to be able to meet this deadline’s you have to organize your schedule and manage your time well. Whenever you get work you have to organize yourself and plan your day accordingly so as to meet the deadlines.
But, the real challenge arrives when everything is important. This is where prioritization comes in. Learn how to organize your work in order of deadlines and importance, with this you will be able to complete everything on time without the last-minute rush, you will also be able to stay ahead of your work.
Additionally, organization includes keeping your work in a manner that will not cause confusion. E.g. on your laptop, ensure there are different folders for different works in a way that it is easy to locate files or a particular client.
SELF DISCIPLINE AND SELF MOTIVATION
The biggest factor that people consider before signing up to be a remote worker is independence, working during your preferred hours, at your own speed. You do not have anyone constantly reminding you about deadlines and no one to always keep you on your toes. This therefore means huge descipline. You have to be responsible and work without supervision without a compromise on quality.
Result-oriented people like to approach situations differently and with more professionalism: with goals and deadlines at the front of their minds. They create strategies on how to tackle big projects, acknowledge the importance of finer details, and execute tasks systematically thereby making them more likely to not only deliver top-quality work but also have total control of their time. This is what remote jobs require.
When doing a job, make sure to go through it with a fine-tooth comb if possible, ensure it is the best quality of work you can submit to a client. They pay attention to the little things that they probably left out of the instructions on purpose like the visual appeal of the delivered work. The language of the work submitted should be perfect, make sure you follow all the instructions. Do your research, and for articles, make sure it passes the plagiarism checker.
To succeed work remotely, this is one very important because in the end, it is the result that matters.
CURIOSITY TO LEARN
Many remote workers start off not knowing much at all about the industry. You may know the bare minimum like how to write a good article or design the perfect responsive website or logo. However, whether it's how to develop a marketing strategy or how to keep accurate accounting records, many freelancers don't have a complete picture of everything needed to get by smoothly. Instead, you will find yourself learning as you go. That curiosity to learn new things is what got you into freelancing in the first place, but it's also what will allow you to grow in the industry. To be a successful remote worker you need to be constantly improving your skills and learning new things.
You should know that the learning process never ends. You should be watching tutorials and taking online courses regularly to learn everything you need to know. Things change every day and you will always need to stay on top of your game. Your constant need for learning new things will allow you to take your remote working to a whole other level.
If you are passionate about what you do, you will always succeed. The take-off may be slow but you will eventually get there. As long as you love what you are doing you will never run out of patience to wait for that job, you will always be up to date with everything in that field and eventually, things will work out.
Working remotely is not for every single person who wants to, it is for the few who really want to. If you decide to go into freelancing, now you have a more clear picture of is important.
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Article By Tiffany