The Future of Work is being invented before our very eyes. Remote jobs are playing a key role in this new world. The development of remote working offers parents the opportunity to strike the right balance between their professional activities and family life. However, working from home presents its own challenges. How can we overcome them so as to combine the best of both worlds?
Of course, working from home can be fraught with distractions. Between personal obligations, household chores and the needs of the children, days can get very full very quickly. That's why, when working remotely, it's important to be optimally organized. And to achieve this, the first thing to do is to create a dedicated workspace, while defining clear ground rules with your family members. This way, they'll know exactly when you're working, and take every precaution not to disturb you.
Mastering Time Management
As with any balance, achieving the optimum work/life balance can be difficult, even when working remotely. To achieve it, effective time management is a prerequisite. Your daily schedule needs to allocate time for both work and family. Put it in black and white, and use productivity tools and applications (such as Toggl, Trello or Microsoft To-Do) to stay organized.
This is one of the most important advantages offered by remote jobs: they're flexible. It doesn't matter whether you work from 9am to 6pm or 10pm to 3am. What matters is that the job you're working on gets done, and done well. You need to take advantage of this flexibility by aligning your schedule with your family's needs whenever possible.
Which Remote Jobs for Parents?
Even at a distance, some jobs are better suited to parents' needs than others. While it's impossible to be exhaustive, here's a selection.
Content Writing and Blogging
Do you love words and playing with them? Have you thought about content writing? Blogging can be a great way to work from home and enjoy flexible hours.
Another idea: why not offer your services to companies as a virtual assistant? This is because there are so many tasks behind this generic name. They include email management, appointment scheduling and data entry.
Online Teaching and Tutoring
The COVID-19 crisis is over, but online education is still booming. Opportunities in this field have multiplied even further recently. Online educators and distance tutors are all the rage to help students achieve their academic goals. So, parents looking for an online job, why not join us?
For parents with graphic design skills, remote work opportunities abound. Whether it's marketing materials or creating designs and visuals for websites, the demand for graphic design continues unabated, and there are plenty of opportunities to work remotely. So why not take advantage of them?
Job advertisements in this field are proliferating. More and more software developers are working remotely, inventing tomorrow's web and mobile applications. Today, there are many remote career opportunities for parents specializing in this field.
Tips for Enhancing Your Remote Work Experience
Now that you're firmly established in remote working, don't think you've done everything. There's always room for improvement to enhance your remote work experience.
To reduce stress and promote concentration, nothing beats a well-organized workspace. It's the key to creating an environment conducive to productivity.
Invest in Comfort
Remote workers are above all sedentary people. Long hours spent sitting can multiply posture-related health problems. That's why it's highly recommended not to cut corners, but to invest in an ergonomic chair and a desk that offers enough space to work comfortably.
To stay competitive when working remotely, it's essential to keep learning. Keeping abreast of the latest trends in your industry, improving your current skills while making sure you acquire new ones, is more than a necessity. It's an obligation.
Give special attention to your well-being by incorporating relaxation activities into your daily routine. Meditation, regular physical activity, a balanced diet and sufficient sleep are key factors. You'll be able to maintain your energy levels and productivity.
For parents in search of a better work/life balance, remote jobs offer an ocean of opportunities. Now it's up to them to make the most of them.