In today’s digital environment, there’s no better time to take your skills, services, and products online so that you can reach a worldwide audience. This is why many are choosing to begin their career in an online environment so that they can ensure it will provide an income well into the future years ahead. Working primarily from a computer, or laptop also gives this generation of employees the flexibility to work from wherever they need to. They might need to work from home some of the days in the week, fit their job around other commitments like childcare, or work on a freelance basis due to their time and lifestyle. Nowadays, if you have the skills people need and a laptop, you can enjoy doing your hard work from the comfort of your sofa or favourite coffee shop.
Therefore, if you’ve started out in a digital field of any kind, or want to further your online prospects; it’s crucial that you explore your options. The competition can be fierce, make sure that you’re equipped to pitch to companies, work for yourself, and keep up with the pace. Whether you’re an illustrator, designer, writer, or you’re great with numbers; now is the time to get to grips with the software you’ll need, and build your knowledge and portfolio. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who want their job and future career to be flexible and are ready to embrace working from a computer or device, in an ever-evolving online age.
Brush Up And Keep Learning
Whatever field you’ve headed into; it’s always worth being one step ahead when it comes to software and programs. Therefore, it’s worth ensuring that you invest enough time and effort into training, learning, and honing your skills where you need to. If you’re working for yourself on a freelance basis; potential employers will tend to choose someone with more attributes when it comes to their skills and knowledge. Check out places like Training Connection to see where and how you can enrol in computer skills training classes. You’ll not only be able to develop what you can do with your laptop from home; you’ll be studying with those in a similar position to you, which could be a great chance to network (a must for any freelancer).
Never Get Too Comfortable
It might be tempting just to keep going with whatever role you’ve found within a company, especially if it means you can work remotely, from wherever you are at the time. However, freelance work tends to have a time limit, so it’s important to be mindful of this at all times. If your contract could be potentially cut short at any point; it’s vital that you’ve created a contingency fund, and plan for yourself. Saving regularly is a great place to start so that you know you’ll have enough to live on while you secure a new role. It’s also worth keeping your eyes peeled for potential long-term opportunities every now and again. You never know what may crop up, and you’ll be glad you took a little extra time out of your day to scope out the digital job market. Freelancing isn’t for everyone, so make sure that you’re ready to roll with any changes that may pop up.
To find out more about boosting your online presence have a read of my last post; LinkedIn etiquette. The do’s and don’ts of social media.