Remote admin jobs, virtual jobs, and home-based jobs are becoming more popular these days. If you still hadn’t figured it out, all these job descriptions, though mostly interchanged, would mean one and the same – working away from a traditional office setting.
When people think of an admin, they think of someone sitting behind a desk at a company’s leased office. But is it really necessary? I thought so. Until March of 2016 when I began working independently through Upwork.
Before March of that year, I firmly believed that I needed the structure and accountability of working in an office. However, come March, needs drove me to try my hand at Upwork – an online freelancing platform. Imagine my surprise when I not only succeeded but flourished in the role of remote admin!
And so, let me gladly share my thoughts on the benefits of becoming a remote admin. If I was able to traverse this path successfully – then there’s no doubt you can too!
Personally, I found that I work ‘better’ in that role. I have far more expectations of myself and my work than any supervisor ever has. As a result, I work even faster (a superpower of mine), with more polished results (because I’ve always been a stickler for accuracy).
What I noticed on the client-side is even more surprising. With the removal of personalities from a job, the focus is solely on the work to be performed. My clients are also far more responsive and informative than my employers before.
I also have the freedom to work within my own structure, as most clients don’t have the time or desire to tell me exactly what to do, where, and when.
Yet another surprise – I have a ‘great’ working structure, complete with organization, two monitors (if you aren’t doing this, I highly suggest it), my own computer (I have separate working “space” on it), and my own schedule. It turned out that I prefer to hit the office first thing in the morning – anywhere between 5:00 and 7:00. I get ready for the day, check my emails, going over the day’s list of tasks for each client, and setting my game plan. Then, at my official start time of 8:00 am, I’m ready to tackle the ad hoc tasks clients throw my way.
In this age of very small businesses and solo-preneurs, the once-necessary cost of office space is quickly diminishing. When business is booming, it’s greatly possible to hire a remote admin who may not be physically present in a leased office space but is still able to accomplish tasks on the same level as that of in-office.
For example, I have one client in LA who leases an address for $150/month. She gets her mails and even conducts meetings in available conference rooms in that same address. The rest of the needed work – she does it from home. Now compare that to the market cost of leasing an office space in LA! She definitely is saving thousands of dollars a month.
The work structure we’ve had for generations is changing quickly to one that allows more freedom for both the employer and employee. If you’re a business owner with more tasks than time, you might want to consider a freelancer – in this case, a remote admin. Who knows? The results may just surprise you!