This past month, I celebrated my first year working remotely. It is seen as ‘unconventional,’ I know. However, if you look at the trend, more and more companies are offering remote work, or at the very least, remote days. Working remotely cuts the costs of running a company, saves wasted energy, and it is also seen that remote workers tend to be at least 20% more productive than sitting in an office for eight hours a day with a boss hovering around you. The new jobs created in the last seven years, and the use of the Cloud, make it a viable option.
I work in digital marketing and my formal title is “Social Media Strategist,” but my job goes so much more beyond social media. I’ve worked face-to-face with clients who don’t necessarily get marketing on the interwebs, and do not see the value, and I am able to educate them. I wear the Project Manager hat, the blogger/content creator hat, the PR hat, and so much more. I connect with hundreds of people all around the world while sitting in my yoga pants.
I save clients hundreds of dollars, I boost traffic to their website, and I keep myself happy and healthy all at the same time. I am able to make plans with friends after work a lot more easily, as I do not have a commute to worry about. I can work from anywhere as long as I have a good WiFi connection. Work from St. Tropez? I’m working on that. If I want to meet face-to-face with my co-worker, I can. We meet and work at a tranquil cafe or coffee shop all afternoon. I can take my lunch break to go on a walk, to take care of errands, and to stay active.
Let’s be real though: The road here was certainly paved with bumps. I left Las Vegas because I was not receiving the same advancements in my career. But there’s a silver lining…
It took a while to get here. All of this would not have been possible without the daydreams I had while sitting in a toxic office, plagued with anxiety, which I also suffer from. Working from home is an excellent option for people like myself. Alas, I worked my way up to be here, and I am pleased with my career advancements.
Working remotely allows me to have the extra time for side-projects and going back to school, while still saving money and paying rent. I look forward to going back to school one day and working on these passion projects I have always imagined being the road to my success. I have been blessed with opportunities in the past year to enrich myself; from getting my Real Estate license, to networking, and traveling. I would not have met my boyfriend by chance if it wasn’t for this dream coming to fruition. Maybe it’s not for everyone, but it’s for me.
My advice? Go with your intuition, and don’t give up as your friends, family, dog walker, etc., may have other opinions. Whatever you want your next phase in life to be. Stay humble. Stay kind. This with Perseverance, patience, and prayers certainly all pay off in the end. Oh yeah, and… Stay tuned.