Are remote jobs as reliable?
I am interested in remote jobs, I have done some freelancing work but not over the internet. I wanted to know can we take up these jobs as full time jobs? Are these jobs reliable? Would a remote job employee be the first to be fired in the case of loses for the company? Can we consider remote jobs as long-term and stable?
As someone who has been working remotely for more than 25 years (first as a writer, later as a life and business coach as well), I'm delighted to see the world finally catching up to the virtual option. I know there are myriad sites for content development, with more cropping up every day; I imagine the same is true for web development, only more so. With Skype, Facetime, other forms of video conferencing, the ability to share documents in Google docs, Dropbox, and a number of other platforms, and good old email, it's never been easier to work with clients across town or across the globe, and I've been doing both for a long while.
In terms of full-time positions, companies are starting to expand into full-time remote work, but in this case, you'll want to be sure you have the access you need to management, other team members, etc., as well as the resources to do your job effectively. When you locate such opportunities, why not ask the hiring manager the questions you pose here: has the company hired remote workers before? How has that worked out, on both ends? How long did the employee(s) stay with the company?
Finally, I would ask why you are seeking a full-time position if your freelance work is panning out well? For the stability? If so, why does it need to be a remote company?
Do your homework and, as Ed advises, bring your A-game, and you will be on the forefront of the telecommute movement.
Hi Vamsi. As with most things human, you will find a distribution curve. While stable, full-time, remote jobs exist, I believe they tend to be on the rare and underpaid side of the curve. Remote workers bear the image of being cheap, temporary labor and have to compete with extremely cheap, low-quality labor. In addition, limited face-to-face contact results in weaker relationships and reduced loyalty.
Hiring managers tend to assign them only the work that in-house staff cannot accomplish, so the amount of work tends to vary. If you juggle multiple jobs to fill a full-time schedule, you have to delay deliveries, drop work, or double your work hours because you cannot go to a single boss and ask him or her to prioritize your tasks.
I've found another disadvantage. Unless you work from a library or coffee shop or have regular social involvement, the isolation can affect your emotional health and your ability to interact with others; and the lack of visibility to coworkers and authority figures can challenge one's character. There are solutions to these challenges, but you must remain aware of them.
These are great questions Vamsi. Yes, there are full-time remote opportunities out there (Virtual Vocations is one site that lists remote opportunities; there are many more). The reliability, longevity and stability of such jobs are contingent upon several factors. The industry, the business and yourself. The best I can suggest is that if you find something appealing you look into the industry and the particular hiring client. If they pass your test, apply. If you get the gig, bring your A-game to the table. I wish you well in this endeavor.
Using remote employees typically saves a company money on resources and space, so in most cases, they would in all likelihood be the last to go.
Freelancing remotely is only going to grow in popularity and acceptance as time goes by, so although it will depend on the type of services you want to offer, it is definitely worth considering.
Are to planning to offer services other than web development? I’d be happy to discuss this with you further and offer suggestions. If you’re interested, feel free to contact me here.
I find your question interesting along with the responses.
We are now in the tech age. and in a Global City. no more a global village. that was last century.
The main think you have to offer is yourself, your skill set and your abilities.
Many companies now hire project by project.
This is about as reliable it gets.
You are in a great position. you can develop your skills across a number of different industries, and projects. by that you can insulate yourself and grow at the same time.
This takes more planning and business development.
You can use other electronic communication including emails, skype, Whatsapp. all of which are free if you are already on line.
I spent 70% of my time working internationally across a number of different sectors. if one is down the other tends to be up.
One thing I should also point out to you.
It's not only a language thing, it's also cultural, and mindset and their thinking and understanding process.
Also I always quote and get paid in USD which is the most common currency.
you are welcome to contact me if you want some additional pointers.
(The first one is free)
Well I think it can be reliable in certain situations , It depends on the company situation & your situation , the role you can play , your results , Of course, any management will into consider the present & expected situation whether going into expanding markets or expanding situation & of course the company work according to plans short or medium or long term . finally what kind of work & results determines remote jobs as long term & stable .
Yes they can be reliable as long as you do freelancing work right. Be patient in finding right clients. Some offer full time jobs and some are part time. I can consider that it can be long-term and stable as long as the relationship between you and your client is stable. I suggest having a back up plan in case worst things can happen.
Be very wary of the site where they have you competing with others for work, like showing layouts or styles. I'm a freelance designer too, and I refuse to give away any work unless it's a non-profit. Make sure whatever terms are agreeed to protect you!
I work in marketing and get a fair amount of email from people offering web design services. I've never needed the services I've been offered, but I have often wondered why I would have a company that sends me an email riddled with grammatical or spelling errors design a website. So if you'd like to stand out in an extremely crowded market, make sure your offering is on point.
It does seem as though a cold email is the preferred path of a lot of companies like yours. It might be that you reach out to some western based web dev, marketing or PR companies and offer your services as a contractor. That will allow you to develop a trusted relationship and generate more consistent work.
Hi Vamsi, I used to work as a full time employee for many years and then in 2012 I switched freelancing mostly because I actually wanted to challenge myself. It took off very quickly and here are my advises on what is key:
make sure you provide value and your offer stand out where possible
pay attention and be carefull with how you apply for the jobs - imagine there are 30 or more people applying for the same job as you - how is that you will try to catch recruiter's attention?
don't give up - you need to goal oriented and be gritty and try to work out can do attitude
once you will get the job - make sure you will actively become vital member of the team and you will be seen - one of the remore works challenge (not really constrian) is that you need to find a ways to let other people know you offering really - so they know who you are (getting to know personality so they can attach to you and build relationship)
organize your work - if you don't have real structure and organization you need to think how you want to organize your remote playground - it is not about Skype and other tools - it is more about keeping your docs in some clear structure, knowing where to find what, having all credentials in single place + think about how your freelance day will look like, so you achieve productivity
I hope this helps! Good Luck :)
It's just like anything else. Know, Like and Trust. I also like to add,
You're In 'til You're Out!