How to Work From Anywhere

Meredith Hart

Meredith Hart | October 29, 2019

Have you ever dreamed of working from home or from a remote location, but didn't know where to begin? You're not alone.

More than 50% of in-office workers say they want to start working remotely in the future. Even if you work from your company office, you've likely had some remote work experience. Remote work advocate, Mitch Turck, says:

"If you send an email, use the internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Sheets, a CRM tool, etc., [or] if you're attending meetings over the phone or virtually because a client is not there, all those things are identical to working from your home or working remotely anywhere."

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When people have the flexibility to work from anywhere, they're happier, more productive, and more likely to stay at their company long-term. Whether you want to work from home, work remotely, or become a digital nomad, follow the steps below to join the Work From Anywhere movement!

1. Evaluate why you want to work remotely.

Ask yourself why you want to work remotely. We surveyed remote workers in the State of Remote Work report and found some of the top reasons why people work remotely:

  1. Better work-life balance
  2. Increased productivity/better focus
  3. Less stress
  4. Avoiding a commute
  5. Saving money/financial reasons

Other common reasons for working remotely include moving away from their office location, childcare or eldercare responsibilities, and accommodating a disability. When you determine the reasons why you want to have a flexible work arrangement, you'll have a clear idea of your goals and it'll be easier to make a business case for working from anywhere.

2. Research work from anywhere jobs.

Do you have a job that you can do from anywhere? If not, it might be time to explore work from anywhere jobs and career options. Luckily, with video conferencing technology and asynchronous communication tools, it's easier than ever to work from anywhere.

Some common work from anywhere jobs include:

  • Coding and Software Development
  • Information Technology
  • Nursing and Health Care
  • Freelance Work
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Sales
  • Writing and Editing
  • Translating and Interpreting
  • Consulting
  • Graphic Design
Consider your skill set and professional background to find a job that works best for you. When you've determined your ideal job or career path, it's time to find jobs and identify companies that offer flexible work arrangements that will allow you to work from anywhere.

3. Identify work from anywhere companies.

Research companies that embrace remote work and flexible work arrangements to start your search. Some companies allow you to work remotely (e.g., Trello, HubSpot, and Amazon) and others are fully remote (e.g., Buffer, Doist, and Zapier).

Use job boards to narrow down your search. Job boards are some of the greatest tools you have at your disposal. Not only can you filter for jobs you're interested in, but you can also filter by company, location, and full-time or part-time positions. Here are a few work from anywhere job boards to help you with your search:

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4. Ask to work remotely.

If you work at a company that allows remote work or you want to see if it's possible to work from anywhere, but you currently work from the office you'll likely need to ask to work remotely. Are there people in your office who are working from a remote location? Reach out to them see what the process was like and ask if they have any tips.

Use the reasons why you want to work remotely to help you build a business case. Why will working remotely help you work better? Maybe you'll avoid a lengthy commute by working remotely and can use the time saved to get more work done. Whatever the case may be, your employer will want to understand the reasons why they should allow you to work from anywhere.

5. Find your ideal work from anywhere setup.

Pick the environment where you'll be able to focus best to get your work done.

If you plan to work from home, make sure your home office is set up so you can be your most productive. The best thing about working from anywhere is the flexibility you'll enjoy. You can even select a combination of these work from anywhere locations. For example, you might primarily work from home but you work from a coffee shop or a coworking space a few days of the week.

When you work from anywhere, you have the flexibility to work when and where you'll be most productive. Looking for more? Learn how to become a digital nomad next.

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