I'm gonna be real. I have a decent amount of debt. Between student loans, credit cards, and a divorce, things are not rosy in my financial garden. Most of the advice you'll find recommend you fix all of these problems before pursuing this idea. I've been considering this lifestyle change for several years and my financial situation has stayed the same in those intervening years. So I've decided my first step is finding a remote job.
I'm done waiting to be 'ready'. As long as I maintain my current level of income, I can support the lifestyle I want to have and make headway on paying down my debt. I will have to incur more debt to buy an RV, but to me, that's no different than paying rent. As long as I keep my payments low and manage the costs for wherever I stay, I will keep at or below my current housing cost.
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So how do I go about finding a remote job?
I've been spending a lot of time recently looking for remote jobs. My current position (Scrum Master) would be difficult to do 100% remotely, so there are not a lot of positions for it. Basically, my job is to coach a team to be better as a team. This is done through a lot of face-to-face interactions and meetings, which would be difficult to do remotely, even with technology. It's still my first choice for a remote position, but I'm also looking at project manager and business analyst jobs, which require a little less face-to-face interaction.
I've used a lot of different websites for looking for the perfect remote position. I've found that several websites don't allow entry of "Remote" as a location (I'm looking at you, LinkedIn). In my job search, here are the websites I've found to be the most helpful:
Resources for finding a full-time remote job:
- Virtual Vocations - I found this website late in my job search, but I've found it to be very helpful for the type of job search I'm doing. There's a free version and a paid version and I upgraded to the paid version. The free version gives you job leads, but not enough detail to apply or do further research. The paid version allows you to apply for the jobs. The search filters include telecommute level, travel percentage, and employment status, which really helps me to weed out the jobs I know wouldn't work for what I want. Free/$15.99 a month
- Indeed - This is a very well-known job search website. It's not as thorough as Virtual Vocations, but it allows for searching for Remote as a location. You can also set up email alerts for positions that match your search criteria. Free.
- Glassdoor - Similar to Indeed, but has more company information and ratings from current and past employees. I prefer the interface on Glassdoor to Indeed, but your mileage may vary.
Resources for finding remote gigs:
- Fiverr - is excellent for graphic designers, programmers, writers, editors - basically anything that can be done on a one-off basis remotely.
- Upwork.com - this website is setup for short-term, remote technology work, among other tasks. Similar to Fiverr, but the jobs are more involved and more technology-focused.
So far, I haven't had any luck actually getting a telecommute position, however, my specialty is very specific and difficult to translate to remote work. I'm still trying and searching every day, since I have a little time before I can't be picky.
Have you found other remote job resources? What do you do to make money on the road?
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