How to do your job from anywhere in the world - from the experts at ASUS
The wonderful world of remote work calls to many, and is certainly gaining popularity as work cultures shift away from the nine-to-five office life we know.
If you’re craving the chance to make the transition to remote work, our expert tips can help you on your way -- so all you’ll need is your laptop, your passport, and your taste for adventure.
Is remote work right for you?
Before delving into the ins and outs of remote work, do determine whether it’s a good fit for your own work style, personality, strengths and weaknesses. Remote work is a fantastic option for those of us who are independent and self-motivated, but will end in disaster if you struggle with procrastination and are driven by the supervision of your seniors. Once you’ve mulled this over and established whether this lifestyle is right for you, you’re ready to begin the process of transitioning into remote work.
Convince the boss to compromise
This part can take a fair bit of diplomacy. Even if a job can technically be done from anywhere, many older companies have a long-standing culture of cohabitated work. The biggest question your boss will have is, “How do I know you’re working and not just goofing off?” Without the added overhead of a commute, coworkers distracting you from your primary tasks, unnecessary meetings taking up your time, more time to sleep, and generally increased happiness, you’ll be producing more than you are in the office.
Failing that, freelance work is a viable alternative depending on your area of expertise, skill level and pay expectations. From programming to graphic design to content writing, the world is your oyster and the internet puts thousands upon thousands of jobs (freelance or not) at your fingertips through sites such as OzLance and FlexJobs. Though it will mean parting with your full-time gig, exploring freelance roles or jobs that specifically advertise as ‘remote’ can be a necessary course of action if you’ve got your heart set on working remotely and your employer can’t accommodate this.
Find the right communication tools
You probably already have the full suite of software on your laptop to get your work done. Requiring physical access to certain company resources will limit your flexibility, but if you’re in a primarily digital industry, the biggest gap you’ll need to fill is communication - your phone and laptop! We recommend a lightweight device like the upcoming ZenBook S UX391, weighing in at just 1.05kg.
The immediacy and responsiveness of talking to people face-to-face is hard to beat, but if you’re using a full range of communication apps (and can make sure others on your team are as well), then all of your bases should be covered. As a baseline, there’s e-mail. Make sure you’re replying quickly, since it proves to colleagues you’re still on the ball even if you’re at home or on the road. This might mean setting up custom alerts for high profile senders.
Skype is a great choice for one-on-one interactions, and a well-established option for video calling. Hopping on a video call is a great way of cementing with your colleagues that you’re still present and active, even if you aren’t right there with them.
At a team scale, Slack is the de facto standard for collaboration. You can easily break down different groups into their own chat rooms, share relevant files, and use plug-ins to integrate industry-specific tools.
Establish a routine
Whether you’re enjoying an exotic location or working from home in domestic bliss, there are plenty of potential distractions when it comes to remote work. The key to ensuring you aren’t victim to these pitfalls is to have a solid routine from the get-go. Set up a dedicated work area and set yourself deadlines for the day’s tasks to avoid falling victim to chronic procrastination.
The routine has to work both ways, though. It’s very easy for work to bleed into your personal life if you’re not careful. Knowing when to shut down and unplug when working remotely is key to staying happy and healthy.
And with that, you should be well on your way to the exciting world of working remotely. The last thing left to do is to do your job, and do it well -- Document your actions if they aren’t readily visible from corporate home base, meet your deadlines, and stay productive on-the-go with an ultra-portable laptop that you can take with you as you go about your international adventures.