In today’s tight labor market, job hopping is becoming the norm. But how is remote job hopping different from a traditional career progression? Jessica Day of Dialpad shares some ideas for increasing your income while keeping your existing work schedule.
Today more than ever we could all do with some extra money in our pockets at the end of every month. More income brings with it extra freedom and opportunities, but doesn’t it also require a lot of time and effort?
Luckily, the widespread adoption of remote work means that work-from-home jobs are more widely available than ever. That makes searching for extra income much easier. Research has found that 25% of professional jobs will be performed from home this year, meaning that remote work and the freedoms it offers are here to stay.
Job hopping — either to improve your main source of income or as a side hustle — is feasible without relocating or changing your work schedule.
What Is Remote Job Hopping?
Job hopping usually refers to quickly moving between different places of employment rather than pursuing your career over the long term with one business. However, remote work offers far more flexibility in addition to what ‘job hopping’ can grant you.
Most obviously, remote job hopping can offer opportunities for a side hustle alongside a main 9-to-5 job. In one day for instance, you might go from a call on video conference security with your main job one minute, to writing freelance copy the next. Part-time or freelance jobs can allow you to bring in an extra income stream without having to leave the comfort of your own home. You can manage your time to make sure it doesn’t affect your main job.
Do you work from home already? The extra freedom this brings means that you may also have extra time to set up additional income sources. These can often be managed completely remotely and can be integrated into your remote work schedule. Remote job hopping also represents the opportunity to change your main job easier. In the past, changing your 9-to-5 job often meant relocating, increased commute lengths, and the daunting process of meeting new colleagues.
However, remote work allows you to move between jobs without these added stresses. You can take advantage of more competitive wages or promotion opportunities at other organizations without affecting your daily schedule or work-life balance.
Ideas for Remote Job Hopping
Now that you know what remote job hopping is, what are some specific ways in which you can increase your income?
Part-time and Freelance Jobs
Part-time remote jobs can be an excellent way to bring in some extra income for relatively little effort. Remote job hopping means that you can move between freelance work easily while also performing in these roles on top of a regular job. Remote part-time work is also especially beneficial to college students who want a job while still focusing on their studies. Here are some examples of the types of work available to people looking to add a remote part-time job on top of their existing working schedule.
Tutoring has long been a favorite part-time job for college students. With the shift to remote work, it has never been easier to help younger people and make some additional income. Online tutoring usually occurs over video calling software. This means that you don’t have to leave your house to work. And scheduling can be done with flexibility according to when you are free in the week.
This is another completely flexible example of a part-time remote job. Often, copywriters receive assignments at the start of the week which can be completed when it best suits them. This means that it is the perfect second job if you are already working a strict 9-to-5 schedule.
Social Media Manager
Just as you spend a couple of hours every other week updating your Instagram or Linkedin, many companies are looking for people to manage their social media accounts. This can be a perfect second job as it isn’t overly time-consuming. It also uses software that you are probably already familiar with. All that is necessary is basic marketing knowledge and an understanding of general writing conventions such as inclusive language.
Remote job hopping doesn’t necessarily have to mean working for an established company. Instead, you can pursue complete freedom by using the opportunities of remote working to establish your own side hustle.
These will often involve an initial period of work to set up a source of income. However, it can then be easily managed on top of a regular job. If your main job follows a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, you will be able to manage this income while working. How best to pursue a passive income depends on your personal circumstances and passions, but here are some popular examples.
If you have experience in marketing or website creation you may want to set up a dropshipping store. This is where you provide a virtual interface for suppliers to reach customers, setting costs and shipping rates but without having to store or produce and stock. Dropshipping requires only a little bit of initial work and investment while it is run entirely remotely. This means that it is a perfect opportunity for those wanting to make extra income by remote job hopping.
Many people have started to earn extra income in the rental business. This doesn’t require owning lots of extra property. Instead, sites such as Airbnb mean that you can start to make money by renting out a spare room in your apartment. Because of the popularity of these online sites, renting out a spare room can occur completely remotely and easily.
Creating an Online Course
Do you believe that you have specific expertise that others can benefit from? One good source of remote passive income would be through the creation of an online course. They require some work at the beginning to establish the course. Ideally, you should have some certification documenting your expertise, but these can be done remotely. Once the course is set up very little work is needed as your income grows steadily.
Full-time Job Hopping
If hopping between a full-time job and remote part-time work or a side hustle doesn’t suit you, you can still benefit from the extra freedom of remote work. Remote work has made it easier to hop between full-time jobs in search of better pay and conditions. The advantages of remote work are the same. Rather than worrying about changes to your commute, you can pursue job opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t have been available to you. You can even work for companies across the globe — that is, if you don’t mind the time zone difference!
Online full-time jobs can be incredibly varied and cover a range of different professions. This means that you are likely to find one that suits your expertise and skills. 83% of employers see remote work as a success, so it is likely only to grow as time goes on. If you are changing jobs to an online work environment for the first time, it may take some time to adapt to working remotely.
Similarly, if you are ‘hopping’ from one online full-time job to another, you may have to accommodate different expectations, responsibilities, and software. If you are struggling to manage your work in this new environment, consider using a workflow platform. It will be an adjustment, but the adaptation period will likely be less difficult than switching in-person jobs. It’s much easier to focus on new working practices without having to move house or navigate a new commute.
Time to Start Remote Job Hopping
Remote work has made many people’s working lives easier and more flexible. But it isn’t just your job itself which has been simplified. It is now far easier to pursue new working opportunities. Whether you want to ‘hop’ between a full-time and a part-time remote job or even hopping between full-time jobs, there are numerous opportunities out there for remote job hopping.
By following the advice in this article, you can be fully prepared to pursue that extra income from the comfort of your home. At the same time, you’ll still have full control over your working schedule.
Jessica Day is the Senior Director for Marketing Strategy at Dialpad, a modern business communications platform that takes every kind of conversation to the next level — turning conversations into opportunities with services like the PBX line from Dialpad. Jessica is an expert in collaborating with multifunctional teams to execute and optimize marketing efforts, for both company and client campaigns. Jessica has also written for other domains such as Geckoboard and Trujay.
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