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Jan 27, 2023
Advice for making the most of remote work potential

It’s a new year and with it comes new opportunities to grow our businesses and careers. To help you achieve your goals, we’ve collected career and business advice from executives within Upwork, human resources experts, experienced freelancers, and business leaders. We’ll be sharing these tips all month long! You can subscribe to the blog to avoid missing this valuable insight.




Here's Fernando's insight:


The option to work online has opened up the doors to a whole new world of opportunities. Suddenly, we are not tied to a specific location, and the direct link to a dream job now equals a computer and internet connection… this feels like something you could be reading back in 2014 right? Well, is still relevant and stronger than ever!


For older generations, this has been a process and significant change to existing work routines, while younger generations are growing up with online and freelance work being the new normal. The key is to know how to make the most of your virtual possibilities because, as comfortable as it sounds to work from home, it isn’t for everyone and it isn’t necessarily easy… at least in the beginning.


Step one when aiming for a successful online career is managing your expectations. What are you hoping to achieve and how are you planning to reach your goals?


Everyone starts somewhere, and you shouldn’t be afraid to start from the bottom and work yourself up. No one starts out being the best, and while it can be frustrating at times, online work is the perfect example of how hard work pays off. The most common mistake among new freelancers is giving up too soon, which happens when we don’t adjust our own expectations. In freelancing, what you put into it directly reflects in the outcome.


What makes the internet and Upwork unique is that it caters to a wide range of professionals, creating a shared experience across career fields.


Pro Tip: You are completely in charge. So, why keep work local when you have the world at your fingertips?


Invest in yourself, read, share, reach out to other freelancers, take that online course, set up a space to work comfortably, try to create a routine, highlight your achievements and unique skills… remind yourself (and write down) why someone should choose you!

Lastly, always always always have in mind that rejection is part of the job… your new job.


This is how free-lancers work now.


What business or career advice would you give for the new year?