The Benefits of Working RemotelyBy: Lacey Wilcox
When you hear the phrase “remote work”, you might immediately think of telemarketing, network marketing schemes, or spammy ads you’ve seen on the side of the road promising to make you rich quickly overnight.
Fortunately for all of us, all of those things couldn’t be further away from the reality that is remote work. Far from being a gimmick or a get rich quick scheme, remote jobs are an opportunity to work anywhere in the country in a position that pays well, uses your skills, talents, and training, and allows you the freedom to be a part of the rural community you love and enjoy.
The Benefits of Working Remotely
Working remotely comes with a unique set of benefits that are especially valuable to members of rural communities.
One of the most obvious and rewarding benefits of working remotely for someone in a rural community is the opportunity to earn a higher income. Salaries for jobs in rural areas can range from $30,000 - 40,000, while a remote worker can earn $40,000 - 50,000 or more. That’s a $10,000 raise that doesn’t even require an awkward conversation with your boss.
Use of Skills and Training
Job openings are fewer and farther between in small towns, which means it’s more difficult to earn a job that uses the skills, training, and education you’ve acquired. Working remotely from anywhere in the country allows you to put these skills to good use without leaving your community.
Working remotely cuts out time spent traveling to and from work, idle chitchat with co-workers, and impromptu meetings. Remote jobs also allow you the opportunity to create your own schedule, and provide the freedom to care for kids or family members.
Stay Close to the Community You Love
The benefits of living in a rural community are pretty extensive: a slower pace of life, closer proximity to family members, strong community relationships, smaller schools, and so much more. With remote work, it’s possible to experience these benefits and work in a position that is lifegiving, challenging, and uses your skills and training.