It has been over ten years ago since I last looked for remote work. At that time, it was very discouraging. You could work from home IF; a.) you were willing to do sales AND b.) only if you were willing to work for 100% Commission. That wasn't exactly the job I was looking for. I eventually found the ability to work from home, not because it was advertised, but because I asked for the flexibility when negotiating the job offer.
Fast forward 10 years and now (thankfully!) there are multiple job sites focusing on remote work and hundreds of legit jobs! Woo Hoo! Probably because the trend to allow employees to work remotely is changing. And, technology is changing that allows for this flexibility. Global WorkPlace Analytics and FlexJobs recently released a report “State of Telecommuting”. Here are a few interesting facts:
The number of telecommuting workers has increased 115% in a decade. That translates to 3.9 million workers, or almost 3% of the total U.S. workforce, working from home at least half the time in 2015, an increase from 1.8 million in 2005.
Remote working has become more prevalent, specifically in the mortgage and real estate industry, human resources and recruiting, and accounting and finance. Each industry saw remote job listings grow more than 20% last year.
Employers can save over $11,000 per half-time telecommute per year. Across the work-at-home population, that adds up to potentially over $44 billion in savings.
Half-time telecommuters gain back 11 days per year - time they would have otherwise spent commuting.
Boulder, CO has the highest concentration of telecommuters with 8.5% of their workforce working at home at least half of the time. That's almost 3.5 times more than the national average of 2.9%. (Another reason to love living in this beautiful state!)
Do you wish you could work remotely? Here are our TOP 5 TIPS to get you there:
If you find your dream job and it is not remote, consider asking if they would consider the option during the interview or negotiation process. Perhaps begin with a few remote days per week until you build trust with your manager and the organization.
There are now websites and job boards dedicated to remote work. This is awesome! We’ve included our favorite places to find remote work here. However, there are many more. And, there are job boards specializing in specific skills such as; web development, marketing, education, etc.
LinkedIn is really becoming the place to be to find work and to be found by recruiters. When searching for remote work in LinkedIn under “Jobs”, simply type REMOTE in the “search job” box with the job title you are searching for and leave location empty.
Target specific companies who are remote friendly. Once again, FlexJobs is a great resource. They compile a list each year of the 100 Top Companies With Remote Jobs. Check it out here.
Network with others you know who are working remotely. Let them know you are seeking remote work and connect with them on LinkedIn. Be sure to include the specifics of what you are seeking in your message to them.
If you get stuck in your in your search for remote work, reach out to me - firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to help! - Kathy