Transfer Your Skills and Create Time Freedom
The days of needing to be in an office, sitting at a desk for 9 hours at a time are quickly becoming outdated. Advances in technology have seen a huge rise in digital nomadism, more so after the pandemic when people got to experience remote work for the first time. But what about people who don’t want to quit their job and become a digital nomad?
Remote working is for everyone, we can all have a slice of the pie! People deserve the flexibility and freedom that they desire. Anyone can transfer their skills to a remote job, and believe or not, these jobs are actually easier to access than people think. The opportunities are endless.
In this blog post, I discuss the benefits of remote working and the most common types of remote jobs, as well some as real life examples . Whether you’re looking to create time freedom or just want to work from home, I’ve covered it all for you!
The benefits of remote working are vast. First and foremost, it allows for a lot more flexibility in terms of hours and where you work, which is why so many people prefer this way of working. Who really wants to drag themselves out of bed in the morning to commute or spend all day sitting in an office? After getting the sweet taste of freedom and remote working during the pandemic, very few people actually want to return to the workplace, and are pleading to continue as they are. Let’s face it, it’s not too much to ask.
Remote working is perfect for creating more flexibility in your life. The hours saved from not needing to travel to work and not needing to get yourself “office ready” are directly invested into you. This frees up more time to do the things that you find important, whether it’s taking time out by relaxing on the sofa binging on your favourite boxsets, or spending time with friends. Your time is precious and should be cherished. Regardless of what you choose to do with it, it’s still your time, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Commute Less, Save More
There are many financial benefits that come with being a remote worker. Commuting is expensive! With the rising cost of fuel and public transport, it’s no wonder that people prefer to work from home. On top of this, you can save money on food costs too. A lot of people buy their lunch at (or on their way to) work, which (in the UK) is around £10 per day – this might not seem like much when you tap your card at the checkout but by the time you add in a few coffees from Starbucks and office treats…I’ll leave you do the maths.
Confused.com reported that people working from home save around £300 a month, that’s huge and something that would give Kirsty Allsopp a run for her money after she attempted to publicly ruin millennials recently for not ditching their Netflix subscription costs to save for a deposit for their first home . But that’s a whole blog in itself.
For me personally, as a remote worker I now save around £22 per day on travel alone (based on what my costs were back in 2017). And with the rising cost of living, I dread to think what that would be now and I’m glad that I escaped when I did.
Let’s not forget that as a remote worker, you can often choose where you work, and when. This is perfect for people who need to take care of children or pets during the day but it’s the most popular option for those that want to travel more. Many new parents are having to reduce their hours or sacrifice a whole income after maternity/paternity leave, as childcare costs often exceed that of a mortgage and current government funding unable to cover this, which is simply insane! This inflicts a terrible impact on households but having the flexibility of remote working (mostly) resolves this!
With a laptop and an internet connection, you can work to your own schedule, from anywhere in the world! Why limit yourself?
Remote Working Benefits Business Owners Too
The benefits of remote working aren’t just reserved for workers, businesses reap the rewards of this too. Employees feel far more valued when their employer offers the flexibility of remote working – it doesn’t take a genius to conclude that a happy, healthy, valued team are far more productive. This also increases engagement and staff retention. Not to mention, cost savings on rent for an office space, staff mileage expenses, car allowances…the list is endless.
In a highly informative survey by Forbes, they reported the following top 5 benefits of a remote working team:
- 🎯 Productivity — Teleworkers are an average of 35-40% more productive than their office counterparts, and have measured an output increase of at least 4.4%.*
- 🎯 Performance — With stronger autonomy via location independence, workers produce results with 40% fewer quality defects.*
- 🎯 Engagement — Higher productivity and performance combine to create stronger engagement, or in other words, 41% lower absenteeism.*
- 🎯 Retention — 54% of employees say they would change jobs for one that offered them more flexibility, which results in an average of 12% turnover reduction after a remote work agreement is offered.*
- 🎯 Profitability — Organisations save an average of $11,000 per year per part-time telecommuter, or 21% higher profitability.*
*Source: Forbes, 12 Feb 2020
With so many companies now offering remote working as standard, why would anyway opt for the expensive, traditional way?
⏭ NEWS JUST IN: Airbnb just announced that employees can work remotely forever!! Yes Airbnb!
Who Needs An Office Anyway?
Commuting and needing to be in an office are becoming outdated. With advancements in technology it’s now easier than ever to collaborate with others no matter where they are in the world. At The Lifestyle Lab, our team works entirely remotely, with many of us having never met each other. We use Monday to manage our projects, Zoom to regularly catch up and meet, Slack to communicate, WhatsApp for team banter, and Discord to be at one with our community.
During our time together, we’ve had meetings where the team have joined from all over the place, including beach clubs, jungles, building sites and many, many airports.
The Future of Working
As mentioned earlier, remote working is rapidly becoming the norm. Studies have shown that by 2020, 50% of the workforce will be doing some form of remote work. But what’s the reason for this shift?
Prior to the pandemic, companies were generally reluctant to let employees work remotely from home, out of a self-driven fear that people would be laying in bed or on the sofa, in pyjamas and watching TV instead of working. Even I experienced this in previous roles – I had no base and visited different locations daily but despite having the tools I needed, I was never allowed to work from home to catch up on admin.
In 2020, the pandemic forced (almost) the entire workforce of the world into remote work which has now brought the masses to accepting and believing in the practicalities of working from home.
A few years ago, who would have thought that call centres for big corporations such as EE, Admiral Insurance and Natwest would run entirely from peoples homes? Since lockdown, it has now become the norm when contacting a “call centre” to hear someones dog barking in background or other general low-grade noise. Last year I heard someone cooking whilst contacting my mortgage provider with a query!
“People are more productive working from home than people would have expected. Some people thought that everything would fall apart and it hasn’t” – Mark Zukerberg, 2021
Types of Remote Jobs
Remote jobs aren’t reserved for the highly skilled (such as web developers or coders) and they’re not just for those that want to travel – hell no. As mentioned above, anyone can work remotely.
There are many different types of remote jobs out there that anyone can apply for, such as:
- 💻 Recruitment
- 💻 Customer service
- 💻 Programme manager
- 💻 Telecoms
- 💻 Freelance work
- 💻 Administration
- 💻 Data entry
It’s worth paying attention to the areas where remote jobs are booming and paying well right now.
- 🔋 Digital creators
- 🔋 Social media management
- 🔋 Digital marketing
- 🔋 Software engineering
- 🔋 Graphic design
- 🔋 Cloud architecture
As we move into a more digitally connected world of workers, we’re seeing a huge movement of people moving into freelance work, offering their remote services for:
- 💡 Teaching and tutoring
- 💡 Transcribing and copywriting
- 💡 Virtual Assistance
- 💡 Translation
- 💡 Cybersecurity
- 💡 Blog writing
- 💡 SEO
The above lists alone show the variety of remote jobs that are available out there. These are yours for the taking!
Transfer Your Skills
It’s important to know that your job title does not determine your skills, nor does your sector! A teacher isn’t confined to teaching kids their ABC’s and how to calculate the square root of a triangle. They have transferable skills that can be utilised in a variety of other jobs.
For example, teachers are highly organised, often very creative, are great with planning ahead, great communicators, very patient, confident speakers and proficient in using computing software such as Microsoft Office. These skills are for more than just teaching, right? Teachers can go on to become fantastic project managers, copywriters, researchers or people managers – all of which can be remote.
Let’s take a retail manager as another example. People that work in retail are not confined to working in shops, the skills they acquire are highly transferrable. Many retail workers up-skill themselves and go on to become fantastic HR managers (due their people skills) and mortgage advisors (due to their problem solving abilities).
Remote Working is For Everyone!
The team at The Lifestyle Lab are also perfect examples of how you can transfer any skills into other career paths. Let’s look at one of our Co-Founders, Lewis who served as a member of the Parachute Regiment, which is the airborne infantry regiment of the British Army. You probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you that following two tours of Afghanistan, he went on to become a Client Acquisition Manager in the finance sector, would you? You’re likely now wondering how the hell he transferred his skills from fighting the Taliban to the financial services industry?
When thinking about what skills you have to transfer, go further than surface level to get deep into the core of what YOU have to offer. Don’t put yourself in a box defined by your sector or job title. Let’s look at Lewis again.
Although Lewis served as an elite in the UK military and was basically trained to be hard as nails, the skills he was able to bring to his role within the finance sector (that were not directly associated with war) were perfectly matched.
- 💣 Highly attentive – if he didn’t pay close attention to the task at hand he could have gotten himself killed.
- 💣 An immense drive for perfection – when you’re at war, there is no room for error, period.
- 💣 Strategic thinking and high level problem solving – primed for rapid deployment, there is no task too big or small that can’t be tackled head on.
When you think about Lewis’ core skills described above, despite how random the career swap was, you can now see exactly how they were transferred. When dealing with finances and people within it, the industry needs people that operate as close as possible to perfection. You wouldn’t want someone who was easily distracted, lazy and unable to problem solve handling your finances, right? No, you want someone that works like a machine! You can catch Lewis’ incredible story in an interview with Joe on the Moore2Life Podcast here.
Let’s Make A Plan
Now it’s your turn to make a plan and take action today! Sit down, grab yourself a notepad and pen, and start brainstorming what transferable skills you have. I want you to think outside the box here, get creative! Think like Lewis.
Here are some probing questions to get you started:
- ❓ What job role do you currently have?
- ❓ What would you like your day-to-day to look like?
- ❓ Are there existing remote opportunities readily available at your workplace?
- ❓ Do you dislike your job? List what you don’t like (make them non-negotiable)
- ❓ What skills do you utilise in your job?
- ❓ What other skills do you have that you can offer to a job?
- ❓ Do you work best under pressure or in more laid back circumstances?
- ❓ What type of remote job would you like to do?
- ❓ Would you like to upskill yourself?
Once you start answering these questions, the rest will flow and start falling into place – you just have to get the ball rolling. Our Remote Working Mentor, Jamie is a Digital Nomad who makes a snazzy living whilst living her dream life of freedom, from house sitting in global locations, to blog writing on the beach. The world is her oyster! If you’re not sure where to start, feel free to reach out and we can help guide you in the right direction.
Jamie’s remote working course is available via The Lifestyle Lab and it’s our most comprehensive collection! It covers everything from budgeting, to freelancing, finding clients, and even mindset. This course has it all, including a handbook to help you organise your journey. Jamie also offers one-on-one mentoring calls that you can book via the Members Hub, if you’re looking to fast-track your way into freedom. With the help of Jamie and our amazing community, you have everything to find the right remote role for you.
Upskill, Skill Stack and Then Exit Stage Left!
If you want to get into freelance work and find a remote jobs, the best way to do so is to learn some new skills. In the words of Steven Bartlett in his best-selling book Happy Sexy Millionaire, “stack skills” and lots of them. This can mean taking online courses, reading books, or attending workshops. Often, the more random the skill stack, the more niche your offering to a company or job role is.
Using me as an example. I studied pharmacy in university and stacked a shit load of skills from working in the world of healthcare, clinical innovation and operational management. Who would have thought I’d now be making a living by onboarding people onto a global online platform, email marketing, and copywriting! And not forgetting, writing sick blogs about entrepreneurship, mindset and online incomes (just let me have this humble brag please, I really enjoy writing these blogs). When I look back, I was skill stacking like crazy and didn’t even know it.
If you’re struggling to find remote jobs that don’t match you skillset, don’t despair! You can always upskill yourself to make you more attractive to potential employers. There are plenty of online courses available that will help you develop the skills you need for certain jobs. We’ve seen many members do this already, fleeing mundane office jobs to create more flexible lives as Social Media Managers, Digital Creators, coaches and SEO specialists. All you need to do is find what drives you, what you’d enjoy doing, and just take it from there.
You Deserve The Best
Wow- this blog is quite a monster but when I tell you it’s been written from a place of passion, I really mean it. I speak to new people daily who all have one thing in common and that’s being fed up of exchanging their time for shit pay, only being able to take 4 weeks of holiday a year, and who are fed up of working for profit-hungry companies who don’t give two-shites about their workers.
This is something I really empathise with because after 17 years of career grinding, chasing fancy job titles that didn’t really fulfil me, and commuting the length and breadth of the UK in my free time and not getting paid a penny for it, I was able to leave that life behind me. I want this for you because that’s no way to live!
Whether you’re 18 and just starting off, in your 30’s and wanting to escape the corporate life, or even if you’re 50 and thinking “fuck it”, we can help you with everything you need to know about transferring your skills to a remote job and creating time freedom. It’s never too late to be free. It’s time to take action and bring your remote working dreams into reality.
I hope this blog post has helped you understand the benefits of remote working and how to life more freely. At The Lifestyle Lab, our comprehensive course and workbook is jam packed full of remote working alpha, along with where you can find remote work and weekly job posts from Jamie’s network. Remember, remote working is the future. If you’d like to be part of our global community, surround yourself with success driven individuals and build your dream lifestyle, join today.
“CHOOSE A JOB YOU LOVE AND YOU’LL NEVER WORK A DAY IN YOUR LIFE” – Confucius
[My favourite quote and life motto! ⤴️]