Ep. 307: MOJ: Does Your First Remote Job Matter?
In this episode, I talk about whether your first remote job matters.
We’ll dive into why the skills you learn are more important than the title and more!
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Hey, everyone, welcome to another episode of my offbeat journey where I share with you how to make a remote work lifestyle more sustainable.
And today, I’m really excited to talk to you about whether really your first job, your first remote job matters because I know there is a lot of you who are diving into this lifestyle, maybe you already got a remote job. You’re not too happy with it. Maybe you’re thinking about going into it and a lot of you have most likely gotten a glimpse of what this lifestyle will be like, and already know whether it’s right for you or not because the pandemic pushed a lot of people into this lifestyle, a lot of people got the bug and want to do this more sustainably. They want to do this full-time but maybe you right now, don’t have a job that will allow you to do that or maybe you need to learn skills – digital skills that you will need in order to get a better job.
So we’re going to talk all about that today, whether it really matters what your first job is or maybe it doesn’t, you know? So if you want to get into this type of lifestyle, I do have to say that there may be some sacrifices that you have to make.
So in this episode, I really have to tell you the truth about this lifestyle because it’s not peachy-keen. It’s not like what they tell you on social media. A lot of time you’re not going to make $10,000 a month within a few months, unless you get either A) very lucky or B) you’ve been doing this for a very long time, and you already have the skills and the know-how and you implemented it in a different style of business. And that’s how you get it going or C) you have the right mentors to do it.
And sometimes in order to do that, you have to either pay them a lot of money. Or maybe you have a boss, or a company that you work for that teaches you the skills.
So we’re going to be talking about that and how you can too.
So I do have to say, like, I had mentioned, you’re going to be most likely making some sacrifices in order to finally find a remote work that you really love whether it is having lower pay in the beginning, more work that you have to do. And it’s not exactly the dream job that you are hoping to have. Or it’s not actually how it looks on social media because you actually do have to work a lot more than you’ve thought, not just, you know, 45 hour work weeks. Or even 10 hour work weeks, right?
Because let’s face it like with anything else in life. You don’t start at the top. You go from the bottom up, you always have to work your way up to anything that is worth anything. Anything that is going to be successful, takes a lot of time and dedication and it’s the same thing with this type of lifestyle.
So the answer to the question, whether your first remote work, matters is a yes and a no.
Yes, because you want to make sure that you are pursuing something that can help you succeed in the future and No because if you don’t know what you are doing yet, then the best thing for you to do is just to try something different and figure out which one is best for you.
So again, you have to be prepared for the ups and downs because most likely you’re going to be, you know, not making ten grand a month yet your hours may be similar to your old job. Or maybe it could be more or maybe you’re going to be working a lot harder because this is a new path for you, but when you are doing this, you are working towards something and you’re going to have more freedom to become location independent. You’re going to have to, you’re going to be able to move to different locations where the cost of living is lower.
So even if you are getting lower pay, you may be living somewhere where you don’t have to spend on as much on the accommodations or food, the entertainment and so forth. So maybe it’s evening out what you actually made and you’re probably going to be having a better lifestyle, right? And you’re going to have more opportunities to spend that time the way you want it to be, instead of just traveling back and forth into an office.
And we all know we’ve all done it, when you travel back and forth to work that takes hours of your life. But when you’re working from home, or from anywhere, you can just put your laptop down, close it, and then you can do whatever it is that you want to do. And if you’re somebody who wants to start a new career, there’s a lot of things to think about because it can be really nerve-wracking.
It can be intimidating if you don’t know where your place is. So, I am going to give you a few tips of what you can do that has helped me and my husband, when we were transitioning into all of this.
So, the first thing that I would say is to take a look at the tasks – take, a look at the work that you enjoy most and see if you can get paid doing it. So this may be like, okay you’re talking to me right now and your like, “Okay, I wish we could all do that is to get paid doing what we like.”, right? I know that may seem ridiculous to some but it can work. I have done it. My husband is doing it right now because it’s not about the entire work. It’s about the skills that you’re doing. So meaning, can you get an entry-level job from a company? Who’s going to be paying you to train you to do something to do a skill that you’re interested in? Can you learn the skills and implement it into a higher level career later or even implement it into your future business, right? Think about it, as going back to school. But instead of getting, you know, paying a college to teach you the skills, you are the one getting paid to learn. So I love that concept. And I think if you can take advantage of that, you should definitely do it.
So, the next thing I would say is instead of looking at the entire job, look for the skill that you like to learn. Maybe there is one or two skills that they teach you that can help you get to the right place. Maybe there’s just one or two things missing for a business that you would like to start but you don’t know these things and you want to learn more and this company teaches that now you may have to do you do 80% of work that you don’t really care about. But the 20% is exactly what you need in order to succeed. Then I would definitely try to get those types of jobs and just put up with it for six months, for year, even two years so that you can become an expert in those types of skills.
So for example, with me I work in an SEO agency because I really wanted to learn more about SEO and I’m still doing that right now and every skill that I’m learning, I am implementing into the websites that I’ve created. And I’ve seen a huge growth and I’ve learned so many skills that I would not have learned on my own and even if I did it would have taken me years to learn all these tips and tricks from actual experts in this industry, or it would have taken me a lot of investments. A lot of money to be able to get these courses. Maybe one-on-ones with these SEO experts to learn and how to implement them. But because I took this job, not only am I getting paid to learn all of the skills that I want to learn, but I’m also getting mentorship from people who actually know what they’re doing, and that’s exactly what my husband is doing right now as well. And I think it’s really great that, you know, we kind of did a little hack with this and we’re trying to be the best that we can and work with the best in the business, but also getting paid to do it and implementing it with what we want to do for the future. Because the main thing that I want to tell you is think about what you want and where you want your future to be and start looking for those skill sets and not exactly the job, right?
So if I say to you all, I want to be an SEO expert. And I got two job offers one for an SEO company and the other one is, I don’t know for digital media company that you don’t do anything with SEO, maybe you get higher pay, maybe your own position looks better, but it doesn’t give you the skills, right? To get to that place that you want, then. If you can afford it, you know because sometimes you can’t, sometimes money talks and that’s what we do. But for the most part, I would always recommend taking even the lower pay. If it’s going to get you to where you need to be. Because remember, at the end of the day, this is not something you’re going to be in for the rest of your life. It’s just a stepping stone to where you want to be in the future. So again start from the bottom and work your way up and that’s how you’re going to get better with these remote jobs, learning these digital skills, and you’re going to get experts to give you all of their little secret of what it’s going to be and that takes a lot of time and effort to do on your own. And if you can’t afford these thousands of thousands of dollars worth of courses than this is the next best thing for you to do.
And the next thing I would say is that really think outside of the box and don’t overlook the work just because it’s not perfect and look to see how it can help you in the long run and not just in the present. Because if you’re learning the skills, I know a lot of times it’s going to be really painful because you don’t know what to do and don’t be afraid to look foolish. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to again, you know, be at the bottom and work your your way up.
So that’s pretty much it for today. So does your first remote job really matter? Yes and no, yes, it does because you want to make sure that you’re learning the right skills that will take you to a higher path in your career or business. And no, not necessarily if you don’t know what you want to do yet and you’re still experimenting.
So if you’re in that position, then it’s just the best thing to do is just to get whatever you can get and then figure out if there’s any skills there that you can take with you and go from there, you can always switch around and figure it out along the way. I hope this helped you. I hope this was clear. I wasn’t going around in circles.
If you have any other questions for me, make sure to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be sure to answer back with any questions that you have until then I’ll speak to you guys later, bye!