Are you considering leaving the corporate world behind? Ever fancied the remote working environment? There are more work-from-home opportunities out there for employees and job seekers these days, while many forward-thinking companies now embrace remote working. So, what are the key benefits of working remotely? Julie Tijerina, the Boss of Social Media at pepelwerk, talks about her experience of leaving the corporate 9-to-5 to pursue remote work through freelancing.
What did it take for Julie to finally say goodbye to her cubicle and strike out on her own? Watch our video and read the transcript below to find out.
Transcript from Julie Tijerina's Interview:
I am a remote freelance social media director and a graphic designer. I also hold my yacht broker's license in the state of Florida.
Well, there were a couple of things that weren't really working for me. I was never able to use my entire skillset when I worked for a company. They just want you to do one thing and one thing really well, and that cramps your style as an individual. You're not able to express your own creativity or pursue your own goals when you work for a large company. And, I didn't really care very much about going to a cubicle every day. It was kind of depressing, so I was excited when I had the opportunity to leave my corporate career because I'd done it for 14 years and it was a really long stretch.
Benefits of working remotely and freelancing
For starters, I don't have to go to a cubicle every day, which is fantastic for my mental health. I also don't have to commute an hour each way to my job, which is not only great for me mentally but also the environment, because I'm not sitting in traffic for an hour idling. It's an opportunity to grow and develop my own personal skills, and my own creativity that wasn't available to me when I just worked for one person or one employer. I have much more control over my own schedule, and I can work for who I want to work for. That is really important to me because I want to work for people whose values I share.
I'm a freelancer and I make my own hours. And, I have my yacht broker's license, so I work a couple of different jobs. I have a couple of different social media clients and when I have the opportunity to do some sales, I do that. Here are just a few of the benefits of working remotely:
- It's a more relaxed lifestyle
- More fun for me because I can work on the projects that I want to work on
- I get to meet interesting people every week
- It's allowed me to do some growing
Drawbacks of working remotely and freelancing
We've looked at the benefits of working remotely, but what about the cons? It is a challenge at times because to go from an office job that you know extremely well, that you've almost templatized. So, going from knowing 100% of your job to knowing zero percent of your job [and being remote], it's challenging. And, I'm not going to lie, sometimes it's frustrating. But there's no growth at all if you're not challenged by what you're doing.
Final thoughts on remote working
[Freelancing has] been a lot of fun, and I look forward to continuing this path. In five years, I may be interested in a different path. But now that I'm comfortable and I know I can go to an app like pepelwerk and find any type of job, I'm not as concerned about where paychecks are coming from. I can get online, search for something that I have a skillset for and get matched to that job.
[My husband and I] had a long-term goal of buying a boat and eventually going cruising for a long time, and I had to make a choice. It was either my job or my life. And, that's what it came down to. Was I going to stay in this comfortable career and basically not do anything because it was comfortable and easy? Or make a choice to pursue a dream for the rest of my life? And, we chose to do the latter. It was thrilling and scary, and so far it's worked out great!
We now live aboard a Whitby 42 in Jacksonville, Florida where we found our boat. We sold our house back in Texas and made the choice to radically change and simplify our lives. It's been a wonderful adventure so far and we're looking forward to eventually casting off the dock lines and going cruising.
What is pepelwerk?
For job seekers, pepelwerk is a job matching app offering a streamlined, experience-based way to find job opportunities. Our intelligent skills-matching software matches Talent to Employers, with laser-focused AI technology. And if it's working remotely you're after, you can build that into your Talent Profile to attract suitable companies and get exciting job matches that could improve your work-life balance. Discover the benefits of working remotely.
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