Getting the most from remote working

A practical guide to remote working for freelancers

written in partnership with

Rebekah Carter


Getting the most from remote working means finding your ideal position, and coming up with a unique strategy to enhance your productivity, wellness, and work/life balance. Rebekah Carter from discusses the various ways in which you can make the most of remote working:

In this guide

Getting the most from remote working as a freelancer

Finding the right spot

First of all, if you want to make remote working work for you, then you need to find the right spot to make your efforts more effective. This means focusing on everything from having the right equipment and software, to establishing the right environment. As a remote worker, you can find you miss the buzz of an office and the 9-5 set up. If for you this is the case, there are plenty of environments you can access which may be able to help, including:

These options can help you to feel less isolated in your remote working position. What's more, some will include many of the essential equipment options that you're going to need, including:

How to avoid "out of sight, out of mind"

Remote working may appear an attractive option for freelancers. However, most people who opt for the remote working lifestyle find they struggle to get by without regular interaction with other professionals. A profession away from the traditional company office routine can be very isolating, and you might find that you begin to lose some of your motivation and inspiration when you fail to interact with others.

To avoid this problem, make sure you:


How to remove distractions

Distractions are a serious problem for a lot of remote workers. After all, there's no executive looming over your shoulder to remind you of an impending deadline. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can limit distractions and make the most of your productivity. For instance:

Tips and techniques for making the most of your schedule

A good way to make the most of your schedule as a remote worker is to include rituals that boost your energy levels, for instance:

Stay social: networking solutions

Whether you're running a business, or working from a remote location, networking goes a long way towards expanding your future, and ensuring you have the right connections to build success by opening your business up to new opportunities. You can find networking opportunities in a range of locations, such as:

Remember, while you're at a networking event:

Most of all, enjoy your remote working experience

Remote working is a global phenomenon, and its popularity isn't going anywhere any time soon. Around 61% of workers in a global survey by PGI said they'd leave their job for a remote position if they could.

Working remotely can be an amazing experience - but it can also be very intimidating. However, when you understand the factors that go into successfully managing yourself, remote working can be a brilliant way to propel your work and your career.

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