Originally from Canada, Coralie has been living in Germany for the past 7 years. Passionate about women’s issues, social equality, and human rights, she has been volunteering and interning internationally on related projects while finishing her sociology degree. Now having launched her online business and “Years of Change”, she has been working day and night to build herself an exciting future.
As it is now January, many are now starting to think about how they will fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. You might have noted a few things, such as eating a healthy and balanced diet, or perhaps you decided that this year was going to be your year, the year you finally launch your amazing business. The month of January comes with a feeling of invincibility, like the new year can’t stop us. So why let it? This week, I am going to be talking to you about working remotely, something I have been doing over the past few months.
Back in April, when I left the Mayshad Morocco, I started an online career. First, a few contracts here and there and I started to really understand what these digital nomads were talking about; flexibility of time and location, being able to set your own prices. Overall, it felt like an amazing deal! Now I work for Mayshad remotely while living in London. I also study full-time and have a successful ghostwriting business, so working remotely allows me the flexibility I need in order to get it all done. This may sound like a great way to live, but it does come with challenges. Here are three tips and platforms that make working remotely easier.
Less Instagram, More Work
This is something you really need to know. When I started, I had this idea of remote work that was all about laptops on beach chairs. In reality, remote work involves communication at all hours of the day and night, sitting at a desk when you would prefer to be outside, and endless hours coordinating all your contracts, deadlines and more. Organization is key.
Your Online Presence Is Worth Investing In
Depends on how you decide to advertise yourself and your services online, you need an idea of what you want your clients to find. For example, start by creating a profile on Fiverr or UpWork or dive right into creating your own website. The important thing is: create something that represents who you are and why clients should choose you. This may require hiring someone to write an amazing biography or build your website. Invest in this as this is the first (or potentially last!) impression you are offering customers.
Create A Routine
Creating a routine is something that I, to this day, still struggle with. Between university work, answering clients, working on contracts, coordinating orders for ghostwriting and multilingual translations, writing for Mayshad and still finding time to socialize, it can be tough. However, it’s doable because I’ve created a routine. A routine can keep you from feeling overwhelmed by the number of messages and expectations you receive every day. Planning your projects in advance and time for answering emails can make it easier than if you try to do it all at once or keep it all in your head.
Finally, there are a few programs you can use in order to be more efficient. For example, I use ClickUp and Notion to manage my ongoing projects. Slack is great for communication between team members and can be automated easily! Trello is a great task manager for all my visual learners and workers out there.
Many new platforms have emerged to fit the needs of remote workers and digital nomads, so it is absolutely the best time to get started in this field. Do you have an amazing idea you have had in mind for a few weeks? Do you think it could be the next Facebook or Tesla? Or do you simply want to have more freedom in terms of how, where and when you earn your money? If so, what are you waiting for to start reaching these goals? As we say at Mayshad, “Be Who You Want to Be!”
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