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With the pandemic ongoing, remote work will likely only grow in popularity. If you’re out of work due to the pandemic, however, this could be a very good trend. You can find a remote opportunity to hold you over, or you could find a more permanent remote position. Here are some tips to help you out.
Get Your Finances in Order First
Looking for a remote job will be even harder if you’re stressed out about paying bills and making ends meet. This is why you should research assistance before you take any other steps. Some forms of financial help that may be available to you include the following:
- Assistance with mortgage or rent payments.
- Unemployment benefits.
- Credit card payment deferrals.
- Utility bill assistance.
Once you have plans in place to keep your finances stable, you can focus on your job search.
Think About Alternatives
It may take some time to find another full-time job. Luckily, you can earn income in the meantime by looking for temp work. There are so many options for those interested in being temp employees, including healthcare, industrial, clerical, and even managerial roles.
If temp work doesn’t interest you, furthering your education could be a smart alternative. You could enroll in an online MBA program, for example, to fine-tune your business skills and prepare for your next venture. Some skills you can expect to pick up include strategy, leadership, self-assessment and self-awareness.
Search Online for Remote Work Tips and Tricks
If you’re not interested in starting a side business or going back to school, you can create profiles on job boards to find more suitable remote positions. Some of the best online job boards for remote work include:
- Dynamite Jobs
Since these sites promote remote work, they also tend to provide tips and help for those who are new to working from home. For instance, FlexJobs suggests creating flexible routines, looking into remote work tools, and explaining boundaries to family to boost productivity.
To avoid burnout, you should also know when to disconnect from your work, which can be much more difficult when your home is also your office. One way to accomplish this and create more work-life balance is to avoid reading emails right after you wake up. Instead, reserve this time to complete other tasks on your list. You could even fit in a quick morning workout for more energy.
Work on Organizing Your Home Office
Whether you plan on working or learning remotely, you’ll need a dedicated space in your home so that you can focus and succeed. For the best results, select a room in your home that has a lockable door so that you can keep kids, pets and other potential distractions out. If you don’t have an entire room, a separate corner will do as well.
Dedicate as many resources as you feel are necessary to setting up your home office. It is an investment in your house, after all. It can even boost your home’s value. So don’t be afraid to spring for some nice office furniture. Once you have your new office decorated, plan on hiring a furniture cleaning service to keep your space clean for you. It is a professional setting, so treat it like one.
Working remotely is likely to be the new normal for some time. If you’re looking for work right now, you should consider a remote opportunity. Even if it’s just a side business, having a source of income can take some stress off your plate.
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