The pandemic must have brought this question to most of you. So how can you become a remote worker without losing all your profession’s knowledge and practice? Let’s find out!
Well, if your profession doesn’t work remotely, you have two options:
- You find a new profession
- You adapt
And the truth, my friend, is you better go with the second one.
Watch the video to find out more about remote jobs!
What to do if your profession doesn’t work remotely? Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to Virtual Coffee Chat with Luis. I am your host, and this is my coffee. I hope you’re enjoying a cup or a mug as well.
So, let’s talk about what you should do if you want to work remotely, but your profession doesn’t really allow it. Maybe you work in an oil rig, right? Maybe you’re like, “I was going to form a life of a dentist.” Pretty hard to do then just through remotely. So you really have two options. Number one, you find a new profession, duh. Well, number two, you adapt.
Now, let’s go number two first, right? You might think that working as a dentist could only be achieved in person. That’s mostly true, but there are other things that you can do as a dentist that’s not necessarily practicing dentistry. You could teach. You could consult, right? If you have some achievements under your belt, or if you’re specialized, you can give classes or you can consult, give consultations to other dentists, et cetera. You can conceivably make a career out of that, even a remote career.
It’s a bit of a stretch to say that you can see patients through Zoom, right? I can’t imagine there being… It’s certainly possible even to do some diagnosis over Zoom. But seeing that dentistry requires you to use instruments, to feel, let’s say, how firm an [animal 00:01:48] is, and stuff like that, I wouldn’t really go that route. But who knows, maybe your profession… If you’re a medical professional, maybe there are some ways to figure out how to do consultations online, a lot like dentists can’t. But you can always consult or teach. That’s an option.
Or then, Google is your friend. You can also learn something new, right? Learn something online, a couple of hours a week. That’s what I did, right? So I actually had some experience writing, but I didn’t really knew… When I was in med school, I did some freelance writing for a couple of video game websites, but that wasn’t really in the freelance market, but I started learning about it. And even if I already had some practice writing, but it’s nothing that you can’t learn, right? Just find an area that you feel you enjoy and start learning.
Legitimately, today, as of 2021, it is really remarkably easy to find a course or something, even a lot of good quality free courses on Google, that let you start a new profession with a remarkably high skill [selling 00:03:13]. So consider that, right? Do it a couple of hours a week. Don’t quit your day job, but just do it slowly. Get some clients; get your first client. That’s the hardest thing, to get your first client, and then expand it into full time if you like. As soon as you see that, I don’t know, you’re doing more or less the same with it per hour than you’re doing at your regular job, make a plan. Obviously, get some savings and, say, in case things get rough. Sometimes, the freelancer finances can be a bit of a roller coaster, so make sure you have a backup. You have a reserve fund. But then, start designing your own lifestyle around that, right?
I have a dentist friends… I don’t particularly like this. I’m a bit more risk adverse, but I have dentist friends that, while they don’t work remotely, they designed a lifestyle around: they work a lot for six months on some clinics that they don’t own, and then they take six months off. They say, “Goodbye. It was really nice working with you. Here’s the data for all of my patients. I’m gone for six months. Bye!” And they go live in Thailand, or Indonesia, or in some place that’s warm and has beautiful beaches. Right. If you want to live a rich lifestyle, let’s say, you don’t necessarily need to do remote work. The remote work makes it easier to have that rich lifestyle without doing crazy stuff, like my friend.
So anyway, that’s what I have to say it. It sounds a bit cliche, but right now, I’m the director of marketing of a pretty decent company. I’m the founder of Think Remote, a growing media property, and I learned not to do most of it online. So you can, too.
And if you want to learn more about remote work, how to do it, how to do it better; I invite you to [howtothinkremote.com 00:05:23]. You’ll find a lot of content there that will help you achieve that goal. That said, this was Virtual Coffee Chat with Luis. If you enjoyed, please like, subscribe, and share, and I’ll see you tomorrow.