You’ve done it all! You have already accumulated the knowledge and skills to choose what kind of work you would like to do, and you can even choose where – and in what way – you prefer to work. If remote work is an interesting possibility for you, check out what are the main remote work options and how to pick the best path.
Before you begin, learn more on the matter.
“Remote work is any full-time, part-time, or project-based job that one person is doing from outside the company’s office.“, writes Alexandra Cote. But do you know what this really means?
- Working physically away from the office, not necessarily from home;
- Being digitally very close colleagues, in the case of distributed teams;
- Meeting with the team in person, even if it means traveling one or more times a year;
- Tailoring your work environment to your focus and productivity needs.
- Having more time for activities and personal interests, without worrying about traffic, for example.
The right to work remotely is closely associated with performance. But you also gain a lot by picking the remote work options that best suit your personal priorities. You can sleep more, fit in the physical activity you were putting off, spend more time with your children… it’s worth it.
The truth is that there are many twisted myths and concepts about remote work, and it is critical to align your expectations with the reality of the job market. Ubi’s blog is full of content on the subject, but we recommend going through at least these two before coming back here:
Have a read:
- 9 reasons to work remotely in distributed teams
- Find out whether or not you are cut out for remote work
Get to know your remote work options.
Have you decided to work remotely? Go ahead then! The following are some available options for professionals who want to work remotely with their pros and cons.
- Try your luck at digital nomadism
- Work as a freelancer or entrepreneur
- Work for a modern-ish company
- Explore Job Sites
- Rely on a specialized employment agency
Before we begin, you might want to check whether a career in IT is in the cards for you. All set? Let’s get to it!
1 Try your luck at digital nomadism
This is an option for Instagram fans. There are influencers of all degrees showing the good life of those who are self-employed and can travel 365 days of the year. Although this lifestyle is seductive at first, in real life it is not always so.
First, because the idea of “anywhere” doesn’t work for most professionals – unless you can have a high degree of autonomy. After all, digital nomads need good internet connectivity and, of course, funds to support themselves during dry spells between one source of income and another.
2 Work as a freelancer or become an entrepreneur
Much more down-to-earth, although less flexible, is becoming an Individual Microenterprise (MEI) and acting on isolated projects for other companies, as a Legal Entity (PJ). The advantage is the ability to work from home, at alternative times, and all in a fairly regular way, issuing invoices.
The counterpoints are old acquaintances. First, the freelancer also needs to run the business itself, and cannot just focus on the core activities. This ranges from accounting bureaucracies to customer service.
Second, lack of labor guarantees, maximum working hours, and lack of guarantees, such as paid rest. This means that you can end up working long hours, without fair pay. Freelancers are not entitled to vacations, for example.
You can also do freelance work more “anonymously” without a formal relationship with the company you are working for. That’s where marketplaces come in, sites that bridge the gap between those you are looking for and those who offer tech skills. Some of the best include:
Although it seems like a good start to anyone who wants to work from anywhere, in practice freelance work marketplaces pay little, and it’s hard to know someone who effectively makes money on this type of channel.
3 Work for a modern-ish company
Have you heard of StartUpBase? There you find companies that are growing and innovating – many of them in tech. It’s a great reference for finding potential employers.
The cool part is the capacity for innovation. The companies are new and the products they develop too. By contrast, resources are limited and in some cases there is lacking organization.
4 Explore Job Sites
There are many sites that deserve attention. LinkedIn, Catho, Jobs, Indeed – all bring volume. These search engines have many open positions, and are an option for those in a hurry or early in their careers.
With the exception of the first, however, channels have more jobs for less experienced professionals, and it can be difficult to find senior positions. In addition, they are used by more traditional companies, which are not always adept at remote work.
5 Rely on a specialized employment agency
Buffer has published a wonderful post about remote work, with the key concepts you need to differentiate. We’ve brought you some advantages and disadvantages for you to understand how instead of picking from the above remote work options, choosing a consultancy/agency specializing in remote work can help you instead. Ubiminds:
- Puts you in a distributed team with excellent levels of communication and documentation.
- Facilitates collaborative work, with everyone working in the same language (English) and time zone.
However, working through such an agency is like being on a league first division team. Excellence is constant. This is the case with Ubiminds – and very well represented by the values that drive Ubiminders:
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So, have you chosen the best option (s)? What works for your profile? Now just go for it.
Wondering how to get a remote job?
You can try any of the remote work options above, or combine several of them. Ubiminds specializes in the subject and is always providing job openings for technology professionals. If you are interested, be sure to apply!
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