So, we’ve talked about how amazing remote work is, and how it could very well revolutionize the workplace of the future. And hey, all of us on the iRemit marketing team are living proof that remote workers come in all shapes and sizes, and with expertise in various, diverse fields.
Having said that, we also need to emphasize that remote work isn’t for everyone. Sure, receiving decent pay without having to leave the comfort of your home (or that of the nearby coffee shop) is a great gig, but it certainly doesn’t come easy, and it’s better suited to people who are either naturally inclined to it or are determined and able to make a few personality changes in order to adapt to this unique set-up.
Would you like to know if you have what it takes to work remotely? (Or what traits you need to develop to do so?) Take our short quiz and find out:
1. You’re working on an important report when your co-worker in the next cubicle starts playing “Versace on the Floor” on full blast. (Ugh.) You call their attention, and s/he dials it down, but then the same fricking song starts up again moments later. What do you do?
a.) Plug in your earphones (the same ones you use on your morning commute), access your productivity playlist, and then soldier on with your work. You’ve got a report to finish.
b.) Hum along with the song, tapping your fingertips on the desk and spinning around in your chair. Either that, or get antsy and shoot your co-worker daggers with your eyes as the 5 pm deadline for your report whizzes by.
2. You arrive at the office before your boss does. You:
a.) Log-in and check your to-do list for the day. There must be a task you can get started on before your boss clocks in.
b.) Log-in….to your Facebook account (if your company’s server doesn’t block it, that is). You may as well check your notifications and besides, you’ll log right off and get straight to work the moment your boss walks in through the door.
3. What does your home (i.e., your potential remote work venue) look like?
a.) It’s a little cramped, but you’ve got a desk, chair, and enough space to hook up your laptop or desktop.
b.) Um, does my bed count?
4. What’s your relationship like with your team?
a.) It’s great. They trust me enough to let me work on things independently, and I respect the parameters and deadlines that we agree upon before starting on projects. As a bonus, it’s nice to hang out with them every once in a while (i.e., at Christmas parties and the like).
b.) It’s great. We work really well together and I can’t live without our daily water cooler conversations between tasks.
5. Let’s say you’re already working from home. Your Internet connection is, yet again, busted for the day, and you’ve got an important article to finish. What’s your game plan?
a.) Head on over to the nearest coffee shop, buy yourself a cheap latte, and tap into their free wi-fi so you can work. You’ll call up your Internet service provider after you’re finished with the day’s task.
b.) Pester your Internet service provider until they restore your Internet connection, however long that may take.
If you’ve answered mostly A’s, then, congratulations! You’re a very good candidate for remote work!
For those of you who answered mostly B’s, it doesn’t mean that you’re inferior, only that you might do better in a traditional office set-up, which is perfectly fine.
As you may have surmised, remote work requires self-starters who are able to tune out a myriad of distractions and work independently while still producing quality output. Having a reliable Internet connection (or a plan B in case this falters) and a space at home that can be used solely for work are essentials too.
If you don’t have all of those, fret not. You can always choose to consciously change your mindset and attitude (and your environment) if you’re determined to be a remote worker eventually. Being proactive, after all, is crucial to becoming such, and that IS something anyone can do.