Part 1: life before remote life
My obsession with landing a remote job is far-reaching, and 4 years in the making. I originally came across this mystical work-from-anywhere- lifestyle through travel blogs. Right around the time I started my own blog in 2013, I was deep in the travel blogging underworld, absorbing everything I could about the traveler’s lifestyle and trying to figure out how to get paid to travel while surfing with Leather Back turtles and sipping Mai Tai’s .
That illusion didn’t really pan out (but I have done loads of traveling since the inception of this blog AND I’ve gotten paid for my writing. But more on my triumphs in parts 2 & 3). I wanted to be a travel writer or at least have the freedom to work from anywhere in the world I wanted, making decent money doing something I enjoyed.
I dedicated many hours of my life to online research, connecting with the people who were doing what I wanted to be doing, living the life that I wanted to be living. I found myself in many a sketchy FB group promising thousands in returns, “with just a small $5k investment, you can automate this system and watch the bucks roll in from your hammock in…(exotic location).”
But I also connected with some really inspiring people offering valuable –and free–information and support. I call this the Screw the 9-5 Movement, as many of the groups I was a part of then bolstered the same sentiment of: Screw the Cubical! Ditch your 9-5! Location Independence! Digital Nomad! Laptop Living!
I took advantage of the free trainings and all the printable worksheets promising to help me outline my roadmap to freedom. I eventually chose my direction and invested in the Secret Bloggers Business, a blogging course teaching the ropes of setting up a successful blog and connecting with your ideal reader. I also invested in an online CSS & HTML course from Skillcrush, knowing that learning code couldn’t hurt my efforts and would look great on my resume.
This was the beginning of getting serious about focusing my effort towards working online.
So now you may be thinking, ” Gee, thanks for the backstory, but how the hell do I find a remote job?!” And I’ll tell you this: There is a surplus of sites promising to connect you to companies hiring remote workers– some are good, few are great, most are spammy and sell your email address.
But don’t fret! Keep reading to learn my most trusted sites for remote work job searching– I even found my current remote job on one of them!
♦Next week I’ll be sharing how traveling abroad leveraged my remote job search, and I’ll disclose my personal interview horror stories.