Here at Millo we’re always promoting creating a business (and career) you love. This typically involves building a business from the ground up and being your own boss.
And without a doubt, being an entrepreneur is a fantastic job. I cringe at the thought of being tied down from 9-5 everyday.
(I mean, it’d have to be a REALLY amazing job – or even better paycheck – for me to even consider it.)
So it surprises you as much as it surprises me that I have not one but two remote part-time jobs…in addition to my personal design business called Greer Genius and officiating youth sports.
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And you know what?
They totally ROCK.
Really, I’m not just saying that because all of my “bosses” will be reading (that’s Preston – founder here at Millo, and Lou & David – cofounders of Reliable PSD).
These jobs have helped me grow and learn in ways I’d never expected.
But before you dismiss me for taking a step away from freelancing, check out these 8 coolest aspects I’ve found about having a remote part-time job.*
*Not just any job, one that you actually want to have.
Technically, I’m an independent contractor in both positions. And I stress remote part-time job because I think that whole ‘commute and be there at certain times of day’ bit would really be a drag.
(Do you have a part-time job you totally love in addition to running your own business? Share it in the comments.)
1) Work with people worldwide
I interact daily with peers and clients around the globe. I’m talking Prague, Utah, Oregon, Ukraine, New Jersey, London, the Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, etc.
And even Canada, eh. 😀
In Finnish, “thank you” is “kiitos.” In Ukrainian, it’s “dyakui.” In Russian, “spasiba.”
How cool is that?
And it’s a true eye opener when your coworker tells you he grew up watching Rambo and loves it, and when you ask if that’s child appropriate, he tells you it was nothing compared to the real life war he grew up surrounded by.
2) Use new software and apps
In the past 6 months, I’ve used more new software than I have in the previous 3 years.
I feel more “in the know” and less of an old fuddy-duddy.
(This is a big deal as I transition from being one of the younger team members to one of the older ones.)
Seriously, as your business hums along and you don’t need to worry about team communication or project flow, it’s easy to get stagnant and let the flood of apps rush by you.
You get used to how you do things or don’t often justify productivity software as you’ve already got a system that works for you. And no one else is there to say, “really? Check out this new app…it automatically does everything you’re manually doing now.”
Read more about must-have software:
- The ultimate list of mobile business apps for freelance designers
- How to keep your business organized without drowning in software
3) Get exposed to new ideas
One of the perks of that global peer/client network is learning from them. Not only do you get to see how other businesses do business – through both what works and what doesn’t, but you also can learn from them on an individual basis.
My freelance business has benefitted immensely in the following ways from my colleagues:
- Better proposals
- More lucrative pricing structure
- Improved client communications
- More valuable testimonials
- Additional resources for projects (marketing specialists, development gurus, SEO specialists, copywriters, etc.)
- …and 1000 more little tweaks here and there
On a personal level, I’ve been introduced to culture, religion, values, food, interests, languages, relationships, and life from the far (and not so far) reaches of the globe.
And I have a tour guide and room to stay in a growing list of countries!
4) Find out what others think you’re really good at
I never would’ve told you that I’m good with client interactions.
Sure, I’m cheerful and friendly and optimistic, but when Lou & David approached me because of my communication skills, I was kind of surprised at how good they believed I was.
And then they kept reaffirming it, and my confidence in my “people” skills has kind of shot through the roof since.
The point is, when you’re with yourself and no one else all day every day, what you’re really fantastic at might not seem like such an amazing feat. But to others, you may be a rockstar, and you’d never know unless you put those skills on display.
Bonus! You’ll also figure out where your weaknesses are compared to other freelancers/entrepreneurs/businesses.
5) Be a part of something bigger than yourself
When you work by yourself, it’s easy to feel the world shrink.
Your excellent ideas (and they are excellent, by the way) only influence a tiny portion of the people who need to hear them.
It can be difficult to break onto the regional, national, or international level. Why would someone hire little ol’ you halfway around the county/state/world?
When you work with a team, often you’re working on a grander scale than your own. That means you as an individual – even as a part of a larger whole – have direct influence on a greater number of people.
Example: Roughly speaking, right now Millo reaches over 55,000 readers each month. That may not sound like a lot, but considering that a nobody like me directly influences what a small stadium of people (what I’d like to think eagerly await to) read each month is a bit mind-blowing…and confidence-boosting!
6) Make steady income (and maintain flexibility)
On a financial level, taking a part-time job means stabilizing your income somewhat.
Am I making less than if I were working for my own company? Yes.
But this is (nearly) guaranteed work, so I know when I wake up that there will be work in my inbox, and I didn’t have to do anything to make it appear there.
So I can count on a set amount of income each month before I lift a finger for any Greer Genius work. This kind of financial stability allows me to tackle only the freelance work I’m really excited about as well as helps me save for retirement and afford health insurance.
And with both of my part-time jobs, my hours are fairly flexible. So while Reliable prefers me to work a morning shift, if I have an appointment or my dogs need a 20-minute potty break, it’s no big deal. They know I’ll make sure the important stuff gets handled quickly.
Also, with proper advance notice, I’m free to take vacation as I’d like (within reason).
7) Open up new opportunities
Expanding your network almost always brings with it new possibilities. A friend of a friend needs services you provide, and now you’ve got someone to vouch for you.
That’s exactly how one part-time job snowballed into two for me. The Reliable folks approached me about working with them because they knew me (and my skillset) from Millo.
Now that they’ve seen my expanded skill set, I’ve been connected with overflow design work from their creative agency.
And I’ve found a part-time job for my boyfriend to boot.
Who knows what’s next?
8) Work on other passive forms of income
Since I’m covering my monthly expenses pre-Greer Genius work, I’m free to take my foot off the gas pedal and work on other opportunities.
I don’t have to be caught up in the “hustle” of needing to find another paying gig this month.
So I’m freer to pursue passive forms of income that will help sustain my lifestyle in the long run. Things like:
- Creating a Skillshare class
- Writing another ebook
- Translating my existing ebook into Kindle/Nook/Apple-compatible formats
- Collaborating on a new piece of software in another industry
Is a part-time job right for you?
It’s true, I’ve taken on less freelance work since working for Millo and Reliable PSD. But the work I have accepted has been more lucrative and more satisfying.
I’m happy. I enjoy my life and my work. I enjoy my career.
I’m being exposed to new ideas and opportunities.
And I love it.
Maybe the right remote part-time job(s) can do the same for you.
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