The Digital Nomad – Part 6 – How to Find the Right Remote Job

Have you been chasing a full-time job for too long and are about to get bored at home? Maybe you need to consider career alternatives such as freelancing. You do not have to start your own business right away. There are payroll providers who organize your work permit, payments, social security, and tax payments. We are welcoming your feedback. We are trying to find legitimate and easy ways to earn money online and through platforms. Please send your feedback to monica@globalpeopletransitions.com or comment below the post.

 

Crowdsourcing

http://www.link.ch/?lang=en

I was invited to work on a project for a large recruiting platform. This was real fun and also the reason why I am exploring the idea further. I learnt a lot, had a great exchange with other participants and did more research into a topic I find interesting. Atmosphere was very professional.

 

https://www.hyve.net/de/

Create and account and start contributing to ideas. First project was to come up with an idea for a special service and rate other ideas. I enjoyed this as I could choose and it related to my business so I even thought I learnt something. Not sure if I will get paid and how.

 

Crowdsourcing Platforms in German / French

https://www.entscheiderclub.ch/ueber-uns

 

Freelancing Platforms

www.guru.com

Created a profile to see how it works. You are proposed projects based on your skills (tag specific skills). It is advisable that you transfer your skills from LinkedIn. Guru sends projects based on your skill set. That’s very convenient. Then you hand in a proposal. Within a few days I got selected for a really cool transcription project based on my German. Next step: Do it.

 

www.jobsinzurich.com/?sector=freelance

JobsinZurich is offering specific freelancing roles through individualized search machines. 

 

www.freelancermap.ch/

Freelancermap was once recommended to me by a programmer at a networking event. He said he got work through this platform regularly. It looks more like a platform for IT Professionals.

 

https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome

Heard through the grapevine that mturk is a good platform to work from.

 

https://www.upwork.com/

Heard through the grapevine that upwork is a good platform to work from.

 

www.freelance.com

Heard through the grapevine that freelance is a good platform to work from.

 

www.leapforceathome.com/qrp/public/jobs/list?uref=e7ef95699e54a88c3b2da93a6f4495cb

According to a contact, decent pay and work outside the US.

 

www.appen.com

They offer projects and micro tasks that you can start right away from the comfort of your home.

 

www.gignow.com

Gignow is a talent marketplace that matches contract workers with gigs at iconic organizations around the world. (present in 42 countries and growing, not in Switzerland yet).

 

Technical Services

www.mila.com/explore/

On Mila you can offer technical services in Switzerland. You can also receive fast and competent help with any problems regarding your technical devices.

 

Bookreviews on Goodreads

Write book reviews on https://www.goodreads.com/ and become an authority there. Edit books and texts if you are an English native speaker.

 

Support intercultural trainers as a country resource

This has become a great side income for us. We regularly advise expats moving to Switzerland as “country resources”. You can let me know if you are interested in such a work as well for your home county and I could introduce you to trainer colleagues. Payment for two hours is around 200 USD if you are based in Switzerland.

 

  • Technical Aspects

 

How can you work as a freelancer?

As a “third-country” national or EU/EFTA citizen (without a C-permit) you are not allowed to start a company. As a freelancer you will need your own company (sole proprietorship) to be compliant with social security and tax rules in Switzerland or go through a payrolling company.

 

You can work with one of the employment companies from this website:

https://www.thebusinessharbour.ch/

 

Obviously you need to have a work permit in order to work in Switzerland. The B-permit usually allows you to work. With the L-permit a special request to the authority is required.

 

LinkedIn:

Platforms like LinkedIn become more important than ever nowadays. They enable you to build effective connections and provide a great base for networking all from the comfort of your home. In order to find freelance job opportunities you should polish your LinkedIn profile and make it standout. This involves for example filling your bio with relevant information to capture the recruiters interest or adding a professional headshot. Besides, you want recruiters to be aware of your LinkedIn profile. This is where the “Open to Work” feature comes in quite handy as it signals that you are ready to take on a new job. 

 

Additionally, in this world of anonymity it is highly important to personalize your job applications to standout from the crowd. Customizing and tailoring your documents individually towards each company increases your chances of landing the job position. And finally, you should work on what LinkedIn stands for: Networking. Try to build your network as this gives you the possibility to expand your search area. It enables you to talk directly to your first-degree connections but you could also ask your connections to introduce you to mutual connections. This is where the power of networking lies. Finally, it is always advantageous to be present to increase visibility. Sharing valuable insights or interacting with your network is a great beginning. Another thing you could do is to join and engage with industry-specific LinkedIn groups. And  in case you feel extra bold: simply reach out to the hiring manager. 

 

Negative experience

There are a lot of scams and less serious offers out there. The main failure is when they promise you fast money or when you have to pay anything upfront. One danger is as well that you fall into the trap of network marketing (MLM). When you have any doubts please feel free to discuss this with me. It’s also strange when companies ask you for a training fee or anything similar to an advance payment. Also, if you have a negative experience please share it. 

 

Challenges when working from anywhere

Working from anywhere can become a bit lonely, crowded or annoying especially if you do not have an office room. One of the ways to deal with this is to go to a shared office space or work at a café (which is fine as long as you do not have confidential phone conversations).

 

I know freelancers and entrepreneurs who prefer to have an office where they have to go to and dress up for. It might sound weird but the idea of working in PJ can become less romantic after several days. Test out what works for you. For me the secret is in variety. Work one day at home, one in an office and make sure you build networks and meet real people in your break times.

 

If you have many projects to juggle, productivity becomes more important. Let me know if you have a challenge around remaining productive.

 

More on this topic:

Here’s an overview of 25 companies with the most work from home jobs in the US.

http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/25-companies-with-the-most-work-from-home-jobs/

 

Further Resources

http://digitalnomadhelp.com/findaremotejob/

The Digital Nomad Series:

The Digital Nomad Part 1: Why I’m inspired to grow Global People Transitions Organically

The Digital Nomad Part 2: Same Old or New Breed?

The Digital Nomad Part 3: Improve Your Productivity Kanban-Style

The Digital Nomad Part 4: How To Be A Global Digital Coach, Consultant or Trainer

The Digital Nomad Part 5: Which Channels To Use in Order to be a More Effective Global Digital Nomad

 

Freelance Writing and Blogging

Please ask me to send you a handout on this topic.

https://globalpeopletransitions.com/guestblogging/

 

FREELANCING
ZebraSkill https://zebraskill.ch/projects/
Toptal https://www.toptal.com/
Free2Freelance https://www.free2freelance.com/
PeoplePerHour https://www.peopleperhour.com/
Freelancer https://www.freelancer.com/
Freelance www.freelance.com
Upwork https://www.upwork.com/
Fiverr https://www.fiverr.com/
Expertlead https://www.expertlead.com/
Guru www.guru.com
Jobs in Zurich www.jobsinzurich.com/?sector=freelance
Freelancer Map www.freelancermap.ch/
Mturk https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome
Appen https://appen.com/
ithire https://ithire.com/freelancers
Truelancer https://www.truelancer.com/
99designs https://99designs.de/
Gigster https://gigster.com/
REMOTE JOBS
Dribble (for Designers) https://dribbble.com/
Behance (for Designers) https://www.behance.net/
DeviantArt (for Designers) https://www.deviantart.com/
FlexJobs Writers Category https://www.flexjobs.com/search?search=writer
Freelance Writing https://www.freelancewriting.com/jobs/
Journalism Jobs https://www.journalismjobs.com/job-listings?JobTypeID=4&jobType=4
ProBlogger https://problogger.com/jobs/
Contena (for Writers) https://www.contena.co/jobs
Scripted https://www.scripted.com/become-a-scripted-writer
INTERIM MANDATES / CONSULTING AGENCIES
RGP – Consulting https://careers.rgp.com/
A connect https://www.a-connect.com/
Toptal https://www.toptal.com/
KMU Verband https://www.kmuverband.ch/interims-management.html
Hunterpersonal https://www.hunterpersonal.ch/interim/
RECRUITING AGENCIES
Adecco https://www.adecco.co.uk/
Hays https://www.hays.com/
Randstad https://www.randstad.com/find-randstad-in-your-country/
Newcruitement (specific for CH) www.newcruitment.ch
Hunterpersonal https://www.hunterpersonal.ch/
Badenoch & Clark https://www.badenochandclark.com/
Experis https://www.experis.ch/
Power to Fly https://powertofly.com/jobs/
Globalization Partners https://www.globalization-partners.com/
Wunder Talent https://wundertalent.co.uk/other-roles/
TEMP JOBS (Zeitarbeit)
Career Jet https://www.careerjet.ch/zeitarbeit-jobs.html
Joker Personal https://www.jokerpersonal.ch/
Randstad https://www.randstad.ch/en/job-seeker/
CareerPlus https://www.careerplus.ch/
Career One Step https://www.careeronestop.org/JobSearch/FindJobs/employment-agencies.aspx
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