Working Remotely

I know when you saw the image in this article, it put a smile or smirk on your face. If its a smile, you are wishing you were the one seated in front of that pink table in Thailand. And if its a smirk, you probably do not believe that it is possible to work remotely for any company in the world, and be trusted to carry out your tasks. Heck, you probably don’t think its possible to separate the endless meetings, email-sending, and networking activities that are a part of any job, from your location.

Think again.

2018 shines brighter for almost all professions because more companies are running the distributed model of running their businesses. In this setting, “distributed” means that there is no headquarters. From the accountants, to the IT department, to the Human Resources department, all the employees work remotely. Its unbelievable to do that here in Nigeria – how will you make sure your staff actually work during office hours when you cannot stand behind them to breath down their necks?

I am actually a testimony of how remote work can be successful. From 2009 through 2011, I worked for my employers remotely. First within the same city of Lagos, then later, across the country, from Abuja. I think its just a matter of putting down the right checks and balances to get results from the remote staff. Once there are deliverables that you have established, they are bound to achieve them, in record time, if not less. In most cases, some staff even produce results in a shorter time than if they had to commute to a physical office everyday.

Can I get remote jobs from Nigeria? The answer to that is yes. Almost everyday brings about the birth of more companies that are outsourcing their jobs because they realize that limiting their employment of quality staff to their demographic is a crippling idea. Some even realize that they can get better qualified personnel, for lower rates, outside their environment.

I took it upon myself to gather a list of sites that one can apply for remote jobs on. Admittedly these sites seem to cater to the Information Technology industry, but some are beginning to wake up to the fact that non-tech jobs are also needed, and have begun listing them. See my list below:

  1. Remoteok.io
  2. Remote.co
  3. We Work Remotely
  4. On The Go Systems
  5. Human Made
  6. Jobspresso
  7. Automattic
  8. X-Team
  9. List of more job sites by Dave Hansford

So, don’t limit yourself to the jobs available around you. This list is not all there is – there are a lot more out there. You can live in Nigeria, and work for a company in Frankfurt, Germany, or Singapore. Just make sure you do your very best and work smart.

Good Deed: #HelpChuksWin

  Last month, I got a jolt. I wished an old friend “Happy Birthday” two days before activity on her Facebook wall indicated that she was dead. Not only dead, Ada had been dead for two years. I was numb. Then I checked instagram, to try to buzz another old friend and be the first to wish him a Happy Birthday at midnight, only to see that he has cancer and was in need of funds for his second chemotherapy session. I wept. I have since reached out to tried to create awareness verbally, as well as donate a small token myself. I am happy to report that he has finished his chemotherapy session and is clear. We hope he remains a cancer survivor and never goes into remission. Please join us in prayers that Chuks will continue to win over this situation. Moral of this story: Reach out to your friends once in a while, especially old ones that you hardly hear from. Say hello and actually solicit a response. You never know what they may be going through. And I hope its not too late, like it was for Ada.

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