Your daily inspiration! Are you sitting at your desk right now? Are you trying to find things to do to help with the mind-numbing boredom of your job?

There is another way! Over the past ten years, remote work has become more commonplace and better paid. Many people are throwing off the shackles of a work place environment for something with more freedom, whether that’s to travel, for flexibility or to get more out of their home life. In 2016, the TUC found that the amount of people working remotely in the UK was up by 241,000! That’s almost a quarter of a million in a short decade.

What’s more, it’s predicted that by 2020 half of all companies will hire remote staff over workplace staff. It makes sense for them – it’s been proven that hiring a remote staff boosts productivity by around 16%. So whether you choose to go it alone or look for a company that offers you something better than a 9-5 in an office, there are options out there.

So with that in mind, there’s never been an easier time to find new work with more freedom and flexibility. Answer these 8 inspiring questions and decide if it’s time to hand in that notice.

See you out here!

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“You only have one life…Obviously, we have all heard that but it hit me REALLY hard one night when I was working until 2am for the 4th week in a row. I’m an accountant and knew there was a better way for me to do the work I love (I really do love my job) and enjoy traveling, which, to me, means enjoying everything life has to offer.” Amanda Sievers

Sure, 9-5 isn’t so bad, it pays the bills. But is this what you want to do? Is there something else in the back of your mind that you’ve been pondering? Whether it’s opening your own business or moving your work online to make it fit around you, being sure you’re doing what you truly want to do is the first step.

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“Freedom we nomads have has no price, I often sit down and take a moment to remind myself of that fact.I started small children and family photography business parallel to my studies and fast forward today I work and globally.” Jovana Rakezić

It’s no wonder than when asked why they chose remote work, most people mentioned the freedom it offers. Having a job that can fit around you and give you a more free life is the dream. It’s also a reality that many people are living today!

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“You can’t experience success beyond your wildest dreams until you dream something wild.” Scott Sorrell

What have you always wanted to do? Have you wanted to be an artist, create your own business, or just find a job that allows you more time freedom? Being honest with ourselves about what realistic dreams we could strive towards is the first step in making them come true. You can do it!

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“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”  Maya Angelou

Research has suggested that working remotely makes us feel more happy and successful as it allows us to better organise ourselves in terms of location and working hours. By giving ourselves more freedom and becoming our own boss, there’s more room for personal and professional success.

Although could all do with a million dollars and a private island, what would make you feel successful? Is it travel, is it feeling accomplished, or are you going to change the world as soon as you quit the office job? Whatever it is, you need to have an idea of where you are heading and what would be enough to make you feel truly successful.

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“I found something that I don’t need a vacation from, I do a few minutes here, a few minutes there talking sailing holidays with the world’s nicest clients. If I retire, I’d simply want to do what I’m doing.. so I quit the rat race of London in 2005 and never looked back. I can run my sailing “empire” from anywhere I can get online, and I love every minute of it.” Richard Rowe

What would you be happy to do for free? Starting from here, is there any way of making that pay the bills? You’d be surprised. More frequently, people are taking their ideas online, making them a reality and learning about themselves on the way.

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“Waking up every day and knowing exactly how my day was going to go….. and the next day ….and the next day… literally made me so depressed. I knew there HAD to be a way to travel full-time without being wealthy.” Julie Martin

We all get stuck in a rut, it’s human nature to become bored with the typical 9-5 lifestyle. However, by trying new things and spending more time developing something that might allow you to get out of that rut is exhilarating. Working a 40 hour week in the same office may have worked for our grandparents, but the world is changing and as such so is the way that work looks.

It’s a better time than ever to go it alone and start your own business. Online entrepreneurs are reaping the rewards of a larger online market and clear ways to earn money from it. Most successful online businesses report considerable growth in the first two years, meaning that there’s no time like the present to do something new!

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“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”  Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek

Lots of us put off plans until a “better time”. As Ferriss says, there’s unlikely to be a time where everything lines up perfectly. Being brave enough to take the plunge now, even when things around you don’t seem perfect, is likely to be just as successful as waiting until the time is ‘right’.

 

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“I didn’t quit until I got bowel cancer and was told I had three months to live, then thinking I need to get out of the rat race. That was 4 years ago.” Mandeep Chana

All too often, it takes something life changing to make us sit up and take stock of our lives. Luckily, Mandeep is still with us and used his experience to make his life better. How many of us will have the same opportunity? By asking ourselves what’s stopping us today, we might be able to see that we’re able to quit the 9-5 sooner than we expected.

Now more than ever, companies and people going it alone and realising that working remotely is a more flexible choice. Are you thinking of quitting your job to go remote? Or are you already working remotely? Let us know in the comments and tell us what inspired you to go online!