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The number of remote workers is on the rise. It’s easy to see why. People who work remotely enjoy flexible schedules and the freedom of location independence. Whether you choose to travel, or simply work from home, the appeal is clear.
This doesn’t mean the life of a remote worker is stress free. It isn’t by any means and one of the major causes of this stress is finding work. Since much of this work is temporary in nature, many remote (or gig) workers are constantly on the lookout for new clients and new jobs.
Let’s make 2019 the year this all changes. To get started, check out these easy, actionable ways that you can land more remote gigs in 2019.
1. Find some great remote job connections
If you’ve been using traditional job sites like Indeed or Monster to find work, you may not have had much luck. These sites simply aren’t designed for you. Instead, check out sites like RemoteOK or Remote.com to connect with employers that are interested in hiring location-flexible help.
2. Develop the valued traits of a remote worker
Before you hit the pavement and start looking for work, there’s one thing you can do to increase your chances of success. That’s to learn and develop the traits that hiring managers want to see in a remote worker. If you don’t have the following traits in abundance, it’s time to do some work:
- Self Starter
- Clear Communicator
- Receptive to Constructive Criticism
Develop a proven track record that proves you can work independently, will communicate without being prompted to and that you can adapt to any work culture.
3. Consider local jobs
Gig workers tend to think on a national and global level when it comes to finding work. As remote work is becoming more mainstream, these jobs are no longer limited to tech startups and major corporations. There may be employers within your own city that are open to hiring remote workers.
Small businesses in your area are another potential source of work. Many are looking for web design, bookkeeping, marketing and other assistance, but don’t have the ability to hire full time staff. You could fill those needs with your skills.
4. Get out of your house and network
Not all remote jobs will land at your feet via your computer. Sometimes it helps to make connections with other gig workers and business owners in your area. Head out to local networking events and join a meetup group for freelancers and entrepreneurs. You will likely make some valuable connections.
5. Add to your skill set
If your skill set is lacking, that could impact your ability to get enough work to sustain yourself. Now is a great time to go back to school, or otherwise add some new skills to your portfolio.
6. Don’t be afraid of part time work
If regular full-time gigs are elusive, don’t give up. Instead, consider lining up a few part-time contracts to make an income and keep yourself busy. You may find that you enjoy the diversity of the work you do and you could stack up a bit of cash in the meantime.
7. Become a tech-ready remote worker
Are you ready to meet the requirements of any potential client or employer? Remember that each company you work with is going to have their own set of requirements when it comes to online meetings, communications, etc. One business may want all communication done via Skype, another might be a dedicated fan of WebEx. One business could be a Microsoft office traditionalist while another sticks to Google. Basic digital literacy will no longer cut it. The more tools you know — the more gigs you can secure.
8. Create a remote workers resume
It’s clear that business owners look for different skills and characteristics in a remote worker than a regular employee. So, shouldn’t your resume highlight the skills and experience you need as a gig worker or freelancer? If you’re using the same resume you did when you worked in an office, it’s time to update it!
9. Build an online presence
It’s very simple. If people know who you are, you are more likely to get work. Even better, if you create an impressive, online presence, people may start seeking you out. That’s a very nice position to be in. Doing this starts with creating an online presence.
Now is the time to build a professional website and to establish professional social media accounts. Your online presence should include information about your talents and accomplishments, content information, a portfolio and any other information that a potential client might need.
10. Become a thought leader
Once you have established your online presence, it’s time to go a step further. People who are seen as thought leaders in their fields are likely to get more work. Thought leaders are people who are seen as trustworthy sources of information, mentorship, even predictions about their industry. They earn name recognition and also tend to show up in relevant search engine results when people conduct industry related searches. So work on your authority and personal brand.
11. Get feedback from your current clients
It’s not a fun thing to consider, but if you are struggling to get work, you may need to consider that you are doing something to turn clients off. The problem with this is that when there is an issue, many people will never say a word to you. Instead, they simply won’t use your services again. Worse, they could share their negative takeaways with others.
This is why it’s imperative that you ask clients for honest feedback about your performance. You may find that making a few small changes, perhaps in your communication style or the rates you’re charging, leads to a lot more work.
12. Ask for referrals and recommendations
When you know that you have done right by a client, don’t be shy about using this to your advantage. This is the perfect time to ask them for any referrals, or see if they would be willing to write a testimonial that you could include on your website. Some freelancers even include a convenient link on their website and in their emails for clients to leave reviews on Google and other sites.
13. Reconnect with old clients
Your email lists are gold. Take some time to periodically reach out to old clients. This can help to keep you fresh in their minds when they do need your services. Some may also pass your name along to their connections.
14. Consider working in-house for the time being
Hear this one out. Sometimes, you can help yourself in the long run by strategically accepting a standard, employee position. If you have the opportunity to spend a period of time at a desk learning a specific skill or working on a noteworthy project, you could significantly improve your marketability over the long haul.
Not only that, if you prove yourself as an employee, you could always approach management about a more flexible work arrangement in the future. Plenty of people have turned employers into freelance clients, or successfully gained permission to work remotely.
15. Take advantage of seasonal or event work
What do major holidays, sports championships, conferences and other events have in common? Businesses tend to get really busy when these things are going on as they try to find ways to leverage these events to make more money. During these times businesses often have an increased need for marketing help, social media management, web design, customer support and more. Use this to your advantage and engage in some well-timed marketing and promotion.
16. Maximize your opportunities by saying no
There’s nothing worse than turning down a lucrative job because you are too busy working on a not-so-lucrative job. If you take on every job that is offered to you, it’s likely that you will miss out on some better opportunities. Don’t accept every job out of fear and desperation. It can help you in the long run to be more selective.
17. Simplify your paperwork
Every moment you spend struggling with paperwork, contracts and financials is a moment you aren’t spending finding clients and networking. Find solutions that will help to automate the administrative side of your business so you have more time to focus on growth. Consider using apps or even hiring outside help for financials, accounting and taxes, web design, or customer support.
18. Dedicate time each day to business growth and client acquisition
You won’t have time to acquire more clients if you don’t make time to acquire more clients. This isn’t a task you perform when its convenient or you have spare time. Instead, you should commit to spending time each day reaching out to clients, networking and marketing yourself.
19. Partner with other gig workers
Have you ever turned down a great job because you were missing one particular skill, or because you thought you couldn’t meet the deadline? What if you’d had a work partner; someone who could tackle the job with you bringing along skills that you don’t have? If you are ‘almost’ a perfect fit for a job, reach out to someone who can help. Sometimes it’s better to split a job than not have one at all.
20. Learn to write a great pitch
Never underestimate the power of a cold pitch when it comes to landing gigs. Not every business is actively looking for remote workers. Some may not even realize they could benefit from your services, until you let them know. Learn how to write an amazing pitch and you may find that you increase your workload significantly.
2019 can absolutely be the year that you land more remote gigs than ever. Try applying these actionable strategies now in order to achieve maximum growth over the next year.
December 24, 2018 at 05:30AM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs