I quit my 9 to 5 job to work remotely last November 2016 without a second thought!
Way back in May 2016, I quit my then job to pursue a freelance career. I thought it was easy for as long as you completed your profile and you’re available to start anytime. But I was wrong. It takes me more or less six months before I landed an online job and that time I was already working as an email support representative in the BPO industry.
It was Friday morning when I received an email from an employer inviting me for an interview for a Customer Support post. The interview would take place at 1 am Philippine time since the client is in the US and following Pacific Timezone. Knowing this, I went to work and go home as soon as my shift ended.
Come the interview time, it went well and ended up with my client giving me the schedule for the training which is on following Monday, and I’ll be handling the social media channels of the company and other marketing related work, not as a customer support. I was thankful. I’m not expecting that my personal experience on social media would land me this kind of job.
As of today, I am still with the company with the same job description. I’ve been with the company for seven months now and will still be in a few more months for as long as I can still handle the required schedule.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT WORKING REMOTELY?
1. My efforts are recognized. ALWAYS.
My efforts are always recognized no matter how small or big it is. Every end of the week I always send a weekly report even though my client does not ask for it because he can monitor my work. It was recognized. When a customer emailed our support team telling them that the person who is managing our Facebook page (which is me) did an excellent job, and because of that, it encourages her to buy an item. It was recognized.
2. The opportunity to grow and learn new skills.
My experience in social media is through my personal social media accounts. But when I started working as a Social Media Manager, I learned how analytics, keyword, SEO, Facebook ads, content management and scheduling work. My photoshop skills, HTML, and CSS also improved since I also designed for our newsletter. I also learned to use different kinds of software that we always use to run the business.
3. My English language skills improved.
Although it’s not every day, once in a while, my client calls me for a meeting. He is a native Chinese but speaks English fluently, but sometimes I couldn’t understand his accent. Through those calls, my English speaking skills improved. The same with writing since I create 40 different content every week for our social media channels.
4. It is flexible and location independent.
Although my schedule is not flexible since I am required to log in at 7 AM to 4 PM, some freelancers have a flexible schedule where they can work anytime. I envy them! Haha. But working remotely and as a social media manager gives me the opportunity to work anywhere. May it be at home, in Starbucks, in Cebu while attending the Sinulog Festival, Dumaguete, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and the list goes on. It is also easy to ask permission for an unlimited vacation leave and time adjustment.
Usually, vacation leave is not paid. But it always depends on your client. The last time I asked for a VL was when I went to Singapore. My client paid my four days VL, and he also booked my accommodation.
5. My earnings are flexible.
Aside from my full-time job which is 40 hours per week, I sometimes apply for a fixed rate or part-time job that I can work in a few hours or the work schedule is flexible. That way my income does not depend solely on my full-time job. And there are part-time jobs that pay way bigger than my weekly salary on my full-time job!
6. The opportunity to work for an international company or client.
Working in an independent setting is one of the perks being a freelancer aside from the obvious that you’re working for an international base client or business. It widens your knowledge and you have the opportunity to learn how business works in their country.
I mention above all the things I love working remotely, but I’m sure you’re curious what I hate about it if there’s any. Yes, that’s true. What I hate about working remotely, especially if I am working from home is I do not have someone to talk to face to face. Unlike when you’re working in an office, you have a lot of co-workers that you can have a chitchat. In my case, I only have my MacBook and Google hang out where I can chat my colleagues for as long as there’s someone with the same schedule as mine.
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