How to be Successful at Remote Work

How to be Successful at Remote Work

You hear people say all the time that they “want to be successful” but when you ask them what success means to them they have to take time out to think about it. Before we get into how to be successful at working remotely, let’s take a moment to think about what success means to you; take ten minutes and write down notes.

What is your end goal?

– Do you want to create a passive income that gives you freedom in your life?
– Is your goal to live in some of the world’s most expensive cities like Tokyo?
– Do you want to increase your income so you can become financially independent?

Spend the time now thinking about the end goal and this will help you going forward.

Listen to people like Gary Vaynerchuk whose inspirational videos tell us to hustle to success but hard work is not the only reason why Gary is successful. Work 12,14,16 hours a day, but if you are not being smart about how you are working, this time is wasted – seriously, spending all of your waking hours working but not having end goals or being smart about how you work is just wasteful.

You need to work smart, and in this article well go through some of the smart strategies to achieve your goals as a remote worker.

Goal setting

As mentioned earlier in the article, goal setting is critical, otherwise, it’s very easy to just live life and not have anything to aim towards. Setting yourself a short and long-term plan is a great way to make sure that you are heading in the right direction and not getting stuck in the comfort zone. Personally, my goal for the next five years is to become more financially independent by increasing my passive income and building this community into a lifestyle business. What are your goals?

Creating a profile of your perfect customer

It doesn’t matter if you are a freelancer, contractor, or building a lifestyle business, you should have in your mind a profile of the perfect customer. Think about who they are, where they live, what their struggles are, what would their goals be, and how can you help them achieve those goals? Go deep, think about how they might consume your content, how old they are, their marital status, where they would hang out online.

Crating this profile will help you when you are creating your content strategy and marketing efforts to attract this perfect customer.

Researching competition

Researching your competition can really help deal with self-doubt about a particular aspect of becoming a remote worker – if you see other people making a living online while travelling, this helps you gain the courage to make difficult decisions. If you have an idea for a lifestyle business and can see your competition is generating revenue, you know that there’s a market.

If you are a freelancer or contractor, look at how others are gaining clients, what communities are they active on, what strategies are they implementing to gain new customers, and what skills do they have.


This is one of the biggest mistakes that remote workers make – they have a fantastic website showcasing their skills, and end up using sites like Upwork searching for projects because they have forgotten about one of the best ways to make a living online. Networking is a task you should be doing daily, you should be building your network before you even quit your job to become.a freelancer/contractor.

All of the contracting and freelancing work that has come my way in the last four years has been through my contacts who have been in my network for years. You might be contracting for two years and then all of a sudden find yourself without work.

It’s this network that is going to help you find work quickly and not have to rely on the likes of Upwork, where you will scrap for work alongside people who are working for a few dollars an hour.

Start building your network now.

Prove that you are knowledgeable in your niche

It’s okay saying that you are an excellent Javascript developer, or, virtual assistant. People who come across you will have no idea of your skills so it’s important that you prove this by creating a website, with a portfolio of your work. Source testimonials from previous employers, and clients.

Write content to show that you are knowledgeable and publish this on your website. Join communities where your customers hang out and get involved by answering questions, and creating unique content.

If you are a developer, link to apps, websites and software that you’ve worked on. Think about creating small apps, tools that your target customers might find useful to attract their attention. Trust is important online and in a very competitive arena like the internet you need to stand out and prove that you are knowledgeable and hard working.

Learn new skills

The internet has changed how we learn new skills. No longer do we have to enrol in a course and visit a local college. There are a huge amount of courses that you can take online and work through the classes in the comfort of your home (or hotel room).

It’s really important that you learn new skills because this will make you more employable if you are multi-skilled. A friend of mine was a lifestyle writer and learnt how to become a technical writer because of his IT background. Three years later, he is now earning six times more money because technical writers command a high rate of pay.

Maybe you are a virtual assistant, learn how to edit videos, and use software like Adobe Creative Suite, since this will command an even higher rate of pay and more in demand since you are multi-skilled. Learning new skills is not expensive and sites like Creative Live have a vast amount of courses for you to browse through.