Is it possible to work for a US-based company while living in Germany? The answer is yes. You can work for a US-based company regardless of your location as the company accepts remote workers from other countries. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have opened up to the possibility of implementing a work-from-home setup. To succeed as a remote worker, however, there are some things that you need to keep in mind.
Communication is important
Communication is important in a regular work setting. But it is even more important if you’re working remotely. If you’re working in an office setting, you can just walk over to your coworker or even your boss’s desk if you have any questions. You can’t do that if your coworkers or your boss is located thousands of miles away from you. If needed, schedule regular meetings with your colleagues where you can update each other with your tasks and projects. You need to state clearly your progress and if you have any problems and concerns that affect your performance.
Invest in reliable equipment
If you’re a regular office worker then you need to invest in items that will help you do your job well. You need the means to get to your office daily of course then you also need professional-looking clothes. If you’re working remotely, you need to invest in reliable equipment. First of all, you need to have access to a stable and fast Wi-Fi connection. You need an Internet connection that can handle video calls and fast uploading and download of files. You also need a decent computer and headphones with noise-canceling capabilities. These are just some of the basic things you need to invest in if you want to be an effective remote worker.
Have an effective work setup
If you’re working in an office, you’ll most probably have your own cubicle where you can do your work in private so you can concentrate. At home, you also need to arrange your work area so you’ll be able to do your work with minimal distraction. It’s not necessary to have your own private office at home and you also don’t need to set up a cubicle. But you should at least make your work area conducive to working. Pick a spot in your home where there is little foot traffic. It’s also probably a good idea not to have a television set or radio nearby.
Don’t forget to have some “me time”
When you’re working from home, it’s often hard to set boundaries. It’s easy to lose yourself at work and spend most of your waking time in front of your computer. Such a working style is not sustainable. Soo, you’ll find yourself burned out because you forget to take care of yourself. So don’t forget to take some time off from your work. You should also learn how to log off from the Internet so you’re not always accessible to other people. When you take care of yourself, there are fewer chances of you experiencing burnout soon.
Ron runs his own IT business in his own home. He has some employees living across the country. He is currently living in his own apartment with his dog.