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Quiz: Are You Ready to Work From Home?

Think you're ready to work from home? Take the workplaceless readiness quiz to see exactly what your score is — and to see what you can do to prepare yourself to make the transition to remote work as seamless as possible.

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Four Best Places to Find Remote Jobs

Want to find remote jobs? You have a few options to start with: 

  1. Ask your boss if you can incorporate location flexibility into your current position. 
  2. Find a freelance gig.
  3. Find a part-time or full-time position that’s either offered as fully remote or flexible.

This blog post will cover the resources you can use to find jobs in any industry at any level. Skill, industry, and level-specific posts are coming soon! 

There are a ton of job search sites out there, as evidenced by Google search.

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There is no way that I could list all of them here — and anyway, that’s what a search engine is for, after all.

This list is meant to be abbreviated so that it is manageable. When you are first starting to look for a remote position, it’s more helpful to explore a handful of excellent resources than waste your time combing through every job site that’s out there. That’s why this list only has four resources listed. If you want more examples,...

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Boost Your Remote Job Search: 5 Things To Do Today

You're already searching for remote jobs using job search engines and boards and you've probably already applied to at least some. If you're looking for other ways to boost your search for the perfect remote job, here are 5 things you can do today. These 5 things are simple enough that you can do in just one day that will improve your odds of landing that ideal remote position.

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Boost Your Remote Job Search Today:

1. Update your resume

When was the last time you really took a look at that resume of yours? Are you sure it has all the most up-to-date information possible? Take some time today to really look through it, and use this list as a guide to create your amazing resume.

2. Reach Out

Reach out to someone in your network to let them know that you're looking for work. If you're not sure how to do it in an email, ask them to catch up by phone or in person so you can bring up the topic more organically. Remember that your personal network is very likely to help you land...

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8 Keys to an Amazing Remote Work Resume

Think of your resume as the very first example of remote work that you can provide a potential employer. It will tell the hiring manager whether you've read and understood the job description. It will also tell them how much you pay attention to detail and care about your work. 

As you conduct your remote job search, make sure your resume accurately reflects you and how you wish to present yourself. Make sure it is accurate and well-designed so that your experience and skills stand out.

1. Tailoring

Make sure you tailor your resume to the job you're applying for. For example, if you are seeking a teaching job, but you don't have much experience, you need to highlight any background that gave you valuable skills that could be applied to teaching. Remember that it’s up to you to show your potential employer what skills you have that would help you perform your expected duties. Your resume is your first chance to show that you would be a good fit for the team. If...

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Where to Find Remote Education Jobs

Did you know that the online education industry was valued at $107 billion in 2015? And that’s just elearning. The general education industry is much, much bigger. That’s good news for job seekers — including teachers, curriculum developers, administrators, and tutors. Traditional education institutions are also exploring more online options and incorporating more infrastructure that allows telecommuting, so you don’t necessarily have to be in the elearning industry to work remotely in education. All this to say: if you’re in the field of education, you’re in luck — there are lots of remote education jobs. If you’ve already checked out the four places to start looking for remote work and haven’t had any luck, try these options.

A tip on searching for remote positions on jobs boards:

There might not necessarily be a “Remote” or "Work from home" option in the location search field. If that’s the case,...

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Staying Focused When You Work from Home

Tell me this has never happened to you: You were hyper-focused, and you finish up an important project. Then you decide to check your phone or social media as a quick mental break. 30 minutes later, you’ve gone down the internet rabbit hole and you realize you’ve just wasted a huge chunk of time. In the amount of time you spent following meaningless links, you could have gone through your inbox, provided some feedback to another team member, started another project.

If this happens every now and again it’s not that big a deal—if your schedule is flexible, you can tack on time to the end of the day to make up for lost time. The problem happens when this kind of slacking off happens repeatedly and it affects your performance. Believe me, I understand the temptations of social media! But there are ways to keep temptation at bay.

9 Ways to Stay Focused

Use a tool that blocks time-sucking websites or other distractions.

This is perhaps the best way to make sure...

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How to Get Your Boss to Let You Work From Home

Want some flexibility in your job? You're not alone. You can find a new job that's fully or partly remote, or you can ask your boss if you can work from home.

If your company has a history of allowing telecommuting, then your conversation will be pretty straightforward. Since there is already a precedent for this practice, you can refer to specific examples or to that particular policy if it exists in writing.

If there isn't a history of telecommuting in your organization, then it's a little less straightforward. But that doesn't have to mean that it's impossible! It just means you will have to put a little more work into making your case.

To actually get your boss to let you work from home, you need to present a detailed plan. You can't just ask, "Can I start working from home?" and expect a positive result. The more prepared you are, the more likely it is that your boss will recognize the importance and feasibility of this option.

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Steps to Create Your Plan

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Use a Time Budget to Get More Work Done

There are tons of tools out there that can help you get more done. These include time tracking tools like Harvest, timers, or productivity trackers. My absolute favorite tool is a time budget. A time budget is just a simple spreadsheet that tracks two things:

  1. The time that's left in the day
  2. The time it will take to accomplish each task I have to do

There is a finite amount of time in a day. And no matter how much you want to, you can't fit everything into the 16+ hours you're awake. So to make sure you actually have time to:

  • Do your work
  • Sleep
  • Eat
  • Move (exercise is critical to your health and your productivity!)
  • Run errands
  • Do chores
  • Do fun stuff

It's way too easy to get burned out because we underestimate how long tasks will take. Also, we tend to overestimate how much time is in a day. Sometimes, this is because our time gets eaten up by meetings and interruptions.

If you use a tool like this, you're setting realistic expectations for your day. When you have realistic...

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Goal Setting: How to Break Down Your Work to Get Things Done

Goal setting is crucial for any kind of work, but if you work remotely it becomes especially important. Being able to set and meet goals will allow you to accomplish the work that you're hired to do and also prove your value.

There are many approaches to goal setting. This post outlines how to approach goal setting in the context of projects. Whether you are a freelancer working for clients, or an employee with a boss, you need to know how to break down projects into small, measurable, and achievable tasks.

For tips on how to set more broad, far-reaching goals, visit this helpful resource.

Step 1: Clearly identify expectations. 

Make sure you completely understand what is expected of you. For a large or small project, that means identifying exactly what the components are. It also means determining what success or failure looks like for each of those components. Finally, figure out when each component needs to be completed.

Putting this information in a simple table will...

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What to Do When a Remote Team Member Doesn't Do Their Fair Share

Group projects: the bane of every student’s existence because you always knew that at least one person wouldn't do their fair share of the work. 

Fast forward to now: all those who never learned how to pull their own weight in group projects are adults, and some of them are working on your team.

So how do you deal with someone who is not pulling their weight when you can’t actually see what they’re doing?

Reasons Why Someone Isn't Doing Their Fair Share

  • That person is unprepared for the job
  • The expectations are not clear
  • They don’t spend the adequate amount of time or resources in order to complete a task
  • Lack of communication

And as usual, we’ll go by the mantra, “It’s not my fault, but it’s my problem.” Which means that even though this individual’s poor performance may not be because of anything you did, it does mean that it affects you, the team, and the company. It's not good for anyone if everyone isn't...

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