How to get started with remote employment

Lots of people are turning to remote employment in order to generate some extra income or even replace a full time job. If you are interested in working from home, this guide should be able to help: we talk you through the process of getting started with working from home.

Getting started

Of course, your first step to getting started is actually finding work. There are two main methods you can use to do this: you can either start your own company and seek assignments, or look for jobs with a company that can be performed remotely.

Whichever method you use, you should ensure that your CV and cover letter best reflect your relevant skills and experience, and that your portfolio demonstrates what achievements you have made in the industry.

Once you receive your first project or are offered a contract for an employer, you need to consider your employment status. Are you self employed or are you a employee? The information on Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs website will help you determine this, and will offer advice on how to proceed with your tax affairs.

You should also consider the practical aspects of your working arrangements - do you have a quiet space to work? Do you have all the equipment you need in order to effectively perform your role?

Getting off on the right foot with remote employment will require that you have a good home office set up. This doesn't necessarily have to be a whole room, but it should be uncluttered and free of distractions.

Continued success

Once you've got started in remote employment, remember not to take your eye off the ball. Work from home projects and assignments come and go, and if you're not careful you could easily lose a contract.

That said, there's no reason why you shouldn't be successful in your endeavours if you work hard and use your expertise.

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