This is a conclusive guide to working remotely that consist of 10 steps on how to start remote work or online work, how to make connections, how to get a Working Holiday Visa, what kind of backup plan to have & maintain a budget when it comes to living in another country, along with other helpful tips.
A lot of this information is based on the #1 Amazon Best Selling Book called Global Career: How to Live Anywhere and Work Anywhere by Michael Swigunski. The book focuses on his 10+ years of working and traveling all around the world. Anyone looking to work remotely online should read this book since it will give them insight into what it takes to work remotely online.
Step 1. Study Abroad.
The experience of studying abroad will help anyone build connections as long as they are committed to meeting new people. For instance, in Michael Swigunski’s Global Career: How to Live Anywhere and Work Anywhere, he tells of how it helped him get a job teaching financial economics in Prague. It also helped him work at startups in Australia and New Zealand to eventually working remotely at marketing agencies.
Studying abroad is an easy way to understand a new culture, see if you like traveling abroad. When you travel abroad, there will be opportunities to contact staffing firms, look for jobs online in your area, and ask the locals on Facebook and in person where to find a job. From there, you will build a relationship with clients that can potentially take your work from onsite to a remote job.
Step 2. Intern Abroad.
In addition to studying abroad, interning also provides valuable experience in working remotely in another country. Interning abroad provides opportunities to meet people, understand the work of another country, as well as work remotely or online part time or full time.
Traveling or interning abroad is an opportunity for anyone, regardless of age. Interning offers the experience of working in another country as well as being able to travel to that country. In Global Career: How to Live Anywhere and Work Anywhere, Michael Swigunski shares his knowledge of study abroad programs and internships, and how it’s an opportunity to build relationships. He explains how there is more than one way to live and to be educated and how it shaped his understanding of the world.
Step 3. Adjust to the Culture of the Country.
Before you study abroad and intern in different countries, it’s important to research the country beforehand to adjust to the cultural practices to be respectful of something you may be unaware of especially if it’s concerning religious practices. Being mindful of cultural practices apart from your culture will show how respectful you are of another culture, particularly if you are living in that country long-term.
While every country is different, some countries offer more opportunities to work remotely and online part time and full time, which is why it’s important to do the research beforehand.
Step 4. Work Remotely.
It is a major benefit if you first start at home remotely before working abroad. Working remotely at home in the U.S. before working abroad will provide some knowledge of what it will be like to work remotely abroad. An example is of how to deal with working in isolation. Being prepared to work in isolation will only help you when you are in another country working remotely.
When it comes to working abroad remotely, you’ll need to work at coffee shops or libraries to have a social setting. This social impact is needed for anyone, especially since remote work is always done alone.
Step 5. Where to Find Work Opportunities.
While traveling abroad and finding work opportunities, you’ll need to know where to find remote work part time or full time. There are resources on GlobalCareer.io on job opportunities in other countries. This offers the opportunity to be a part of a community of people who are looking for similar job openings.
Other opportunities are from Google searches and adding the country at the end of your search. Do not hesitate to also ask the locals or people on Facebook with similar skillsets about job opportunities.
Step 6. Have a Working Holiday Visa.
Before working remotely abroad, it’s important to have the Working Holiday Visa and understand the requirements that there are for each country when it comes to acquiring this particular visa. The benefits of having this visa is that you can start work right away.
A Working Holiday Visa offers an opportunity to live and work in another country for 6-months to a year. Although some countries do not accept this visa, some countries such as New Zealand, however, do accept this visa. You should also be aware of the age requirements, the application fee, bank account balance requirement ($3000-5000 recommended), health requirements, and education requirements.
Step 7. Understand the Work in Another Country.
Although some countries are workaholics, New Zealand and Australia make vacation mandatory and can be more relaxed with their work. If a working visa is not possible, look at duel citizen opportunities, especially if you have family in another country. You can also teach English in another country and bypass the visa process.
There are also websites that provide information on how to find a job, how to budget for living in this country, and what the requirements are to live in this country with a visa. With some research, you’ll figure out how to build freelance and remote work and how to work in a particular niche. This research will help you build a career as a remote worker and you’ll understand how well the market is thriving in another country.
Step 8. How to Make Connections.
While it can be difficult to make connections as a freelance or remote worker, making connections can be one of the most valuable things to do to further your career. Through Facebook groups, sites like Meetup.com, and many other groups sites, you will never find yourself alone. You will always have friends, advice, and opportunities to further your career. You can also learn from others and people who may have higher skillsets from yourself.
Step 9. The Transition from Tourist to Expatriate.
It’s important as you become a remote worker to transition from living as a tourist to living as an expatriate. This is similar to the prior step. But this step is different because it requires being a part of a community as a remote worker. This offers an opportunity to be a part of a community, and you can find these expatriate communities by looking on Facebook or finding groups on Meetup.com with common interests.
Step 10. Before Finding a Job, Have a Backup Plan.
If you haven’t found a job by the time you have a working visa, it’s important to have a backup plan. For instance, you may want to stay at hostels while you are looking for work in another country. They provide lockers as well as women-only hostels. They are also low-cost. After you find work, you may find something more private. Although, hostels are a great option and backup plan if you haven’t found work yet while in another country.
Also, keep multiple credit cards available in case you lose a card, or a country does not accept a particular card. This is especially helpful when it comes to making arrangements, how to deal with banks, and how to handle important credit cards and documents.