Last week we posted some of our favorite online resources to help remote workers. The response has been so positive we have decided to share even more. Making the transition from an office job isn’t always what people expect. There are different challenges as a remote worker, so we’ve included more of our favorite online resources to make your life easier.
It can be difficult to find clients as a remote worker. There are a few resources we know of that can help. Aimee Pass, from Aimee Diane Creative Services, loves the Work at Home Woman as an inspirational blog and idea resource. She says, “The Work at Home Woman has been the biggest game changer in my career. There are millions of different businesses, niche service offerings, experience levels, and prospective clients. Reading about them made me realize that if you have skill and passion, there’s someone who wants to pay for it. If you have an idea, there’s a way to monetize it.”
Pooja Krishna, from MaroonOak, says, “The biggest challenge for many freelancers or virtual professionals is getting visibility and connecting with customers in a sustained, meaningful way. MaroonOak is a free digital community that connects women in careers locally and virtually.” There are people who still prefer more traditional approaches, as Termeh Mazhari says, “I’m pretty old school and don’t use any fancy online resources, especially as I typically only work with 4-6 clients at a time. If there’s one resource I can always depend on – especially for inbound/outbound lead generation – it’s still LinkedIn. Almost a quarter of my clients have come through LinkedIn. I’ve optimized my profile fairly well so people can find me if they’re looking for a PR, marketing or SEO help. I also use LinkedIn to find clients I’m interested in working with (yes, cold pitches can work!).”
Of course, when you find work, there is the challenge of keeping in contact with your clients. There are resources that can streamline communication and make it more efficient. Our friend Jenny Hill, from JC Room Blocks, enjoys having transparent communication with her clients and says, “One tool that I could not live without is Calendly. My clients can easily schedule phone appointments with me without all of the unnecessary back and forth emails. Since Calendly is linked to my Google Calendar, I can set parameters when I’m available to schedule phone calls and clients can view my availability and select a day and time that works best for them. It’s like having a virtual personal assistant!”
There are many other online resources like this to aid in communication, like Awesome Screenshot. Daniel Thompson, from Tom’s Junk Collectors, uses it and says, “I can’t imagine a day without it… If you ever had to explain something specific on the phone or in a chat…impossible! With this extension, I have the power of taking a screenshot on the entire web page I browse or just a portion of it. I can then go to the editor and add my comments, notes, symbols and so on and so on…It all happens super fast! Sharing your screen on Skype could be annoying due to bugs and bad connection, with this extension problems like that are a thing of the past. Plus, it is super helpful in cutting out data visualizations for the purpose of a well-presented report.”
Our friend Melissa Smith, from The PVA, has other video chat services and says, “Zoom and Pluot are my favorite. There are a number of options and it makes it easy for others to connect with you which is what you want.”
We also have recommendations for online resources to help write and edit. You always want to appear professional to your clients and we have a few favorite online resources that can help. Holly Walrath says, “To double check myself when editing, Grammarly is a great resource, although I find I often have to double-check all its suggestions because it’s sometimes not up to speed on Chicago/MLA guidelines.” Grammarly can be a huge help to ensure your work is grammatically correct.
In terms of making your writing more accessible, David Stiernholm, author of Super Structured: How to Overcome Chaos and Win Back Time (LID Publishing, 2017) has another online resource that he recommends and says, “The writing app Ulysses is great because it allows me to add to the same manuscript from any device in any location and any situation when I’m traveling. Ironically, this was a lifesaver when writing my book. If I had an idea for a new passage, I could write it immediately, even if I was queuing to check in my luggage at the airport.”
Take it from us and try some of our favorite online resources. They will reduce your stress levels and make you a more valuable remote worker.