Here at ASE Assist we help train and support individuals to become more entrepreneurial in their careers – whether that means setting up remote working business, freelancing, home working, or just taking a more entrepreneurial approach to their existing careers.
Having worked with hundreds of people, at all different skill levels, and having created our own successful Remote Working businesses we’ve learnt a thing or two along the way.
5 Pitfalls to setting up your Remote Working Business
- Going in blind. The first pitfall is to launch into remote working without understanding the market. Read everything you can on setting up a Remote Working business and look in detail into some of the main platforms out there (we suggest you research Elance, oDesk, PeoplePerHour – if your crafty have a look at Etsy).
- Being a ‘generalist’. If you are a PA/Secretary then you are in competition with a lot of other PA/Secretary’s out there (some of them willing to earn a lot less than you). The same is true if you are an accounts assistant, IT support, designer etc. You need to find a way to differentiate your skills – you do this by specialising. Your speciality could be a skill (a language, document design, audio typing, a specific package you can use), an industry (construction, media, health & safety), a location (if you are based in the UK look for employers who are based in the UK too and mention it in your job pitch) or something unique that you can do (you could be a voice over artist if you have a lovely voice, or animate pictures in a specific style). Don’t worry if you don’t know what to specialise in right at the beginning – but keep in mind that the more specialist you can become the more you can charge.
- Giving up. Nothing worth having is easy, otherwise we’d all have it. The key to building a successful remote working career is just to get through the first 6 months. It can be tough when you are staring out, but don’t give in to the negative voices in your head. Persist, really try, really stick it out and things will get easier.
- Taking it personally. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been sacked throughout my Remote Working career! It happens. Sometimes it’s not the right fit, or the client didn’t know what they wanted, or you weren’t actually qualified to deliver. Don’t take it personally. It happens, a lot. Just move on. It helps to talk to someone about it and have a laugh – make light of it. If there was something you needed to learn then take that on board (without letting it crush your self esteem). Be determined to get it right next time. In fact probably the reason I’m such a good remote worker now is that having been sacked so many times I learnt a lot about what not to do!
- Falling for ‘get rich quick’ scams. My mother used to say to me if something looks too good to be true it probably is. There are a lot of scams out there (or difficult working environments that are close to being a scam). Don’t pay to get started. Stick with reputable sites (see our suggested list above) and don’t believe the hype. Whichever route you take it will be hard work – but so worth it when you have an income rolling in and no nasty slog on the tube to a job you don’t like.
We hope that helps you stay clear of the pitfalls of building your Remote Working career.
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