A couple of month ago I had an interview with a recruiter at a huge email marketing company. I have so many connections in the business and career blogging space that I KNEW I could bring more value to the position than any of their local candidates.
The only catch? I work remotely.
The recruiter asked me why they would hire me when they have candidates that actually want to come to work everyday. No company in the world would choose to hire a remote worker if they had the talent available locally.
Which brings me to my next point…
2. Negotiating a raise will be significantly harder Working at home is viewed as the ultimate perk. In theory, everyone in the world wishes they could sit home everyday. In reality, working from home can mean twelve-hour workdays, and bribing your kids with fruit snack to be quiet during a conference call.
This doesn’t matter.
Landing a job that allows you to work from home is really hard. And everyone at a company that allows you to work from home will think you are getting the best deal in the world. This will make it harder to convince them you need a raise or promotion or more perks regardless of how hard you work.
3. Your will have absolutely no career stabilityIt is almost always cheaper and more efficient to have someone locally do your job.The only way to compete with local talent is to become the master of a very specific specialty that is in high-demand.
Still, this will only land you the gig. It will not guarantee that the company will keep you on-board long-term.
If you work remotely, you have to constantly be thinking about your next step. There is absolutely no stability in your career, but acknowledging that allows you to build a plan around it.
4. Your manager will have absolutely no idea how to manage you
Managers are trained to lead a staff of people who work side-by-side to them every single day. Very few managers have experience with remote workers, which creates a huge learning curve for every new gig you take on.
The key to success is learning the art of managing up, and mastering your ability to keep yourself on track.
Next week, I am hosting a three day live-video course about how to build a career working from home.