Think You’re Cut Out for Remote Work? Take This Quiz
If you’re reading this, then I assume you’ve decided to take the remote work quiz. Good, that’s assertive. In fact, that’s exactly the kind of attitude that somebody needs to have if they want to do remote work! But of course, you’ll need lots of other qualities too, from self-management skills to surviving the day without human interaction. Think you’ve got them? Well, let’s get straight down to the questions!
1. Are you good at self-management?
- I don’t like to blow my own trumpet, but I’m not bad
Your alarm goes off. It’s 6 a.m. You need to get up, get dressed, showered, etc. and then sit down to work. Nobody’s going to tell you to do it and, if you don’t, you probably just won’t get paid. Unless you can motivate yourself to get your work started (and then to power through for eight hours) then this could prove to be quite an issue. Not that it isn’t possible to work erratically throughout every day, but it can make it harder to keep focus.
One thing worth keeping in mind is that what works for others may work for you too. Check out this earlier article about raising employee motivation and try to apply some of the ideas to yourself.
2. Do you require human interaction?
- I wouldn’t say I’m needy, but I do like company
This is quite an important one. If you live by yourself and you haven’t made any social arrangements on a particular day, then chances are you won’t interact with anyone all day. You could get lonely, and if you’re a naturally sociable person, you may find it has a negative impact on your mental health. If you’re worried about this, you should definitely install Skype on your computer because that interaction with your clients or remote co-workers could make all the difference. Maybe call a friend after work too.
3. Have you worked from home before?
- Only for short periods of time
If you’re taking this quiz, you’ve probably never had a job where you work remotely for long periods before. But did you ever have to occasionally work from home in any of your previous roles? How did you feel when this happened? Happy to get a break from the hustle and bustle of an office environment? Or frustration at being exiled from it? Chances are that if you hated it then, you’ll hate it now.
4. Do you have any tech skills?
- Fair to middling
When you’re working remotely, you won’t be able to call the office IT person to help you out in the event of trouble. You’ll either have to resolve problems yourself or just stop working while you get your device repaired.
It’s not just problems with your device you may encounter, but also potential difficulties with whatever CMS or web creation tool your employer uses for their website. If they use something user-friendly like Shopify or WordPress, it should be quite easy for you to edit (since they are intentionally very accessible), but if it’s a custom-built website made by an independent web designer, you might run into some roadblocks, especially if you’re not very technologically inclined. As a remote worker, you will need to be independent and develop good tech skills — you may want to head to places like Udemy for some digital training.
5. Do you like to distance your home life and your work life?
- Well, as much as the next person
If you like to keep your work life and your home life distinctly separate, then you may not like remote work. Working from home will mean that distinguishing between your home life and work life will be difficult. The two things merge together – sitting on the sofa and leisurely scrolling through social media feels very similar to sitting on the sofa and working hard. For some people, these blurred lines could become a cause of anxiety and stress.
Here it is. The moment you’ve been waiting for! Are you cut out for remote work? Well, let’s see your results:
- Mostly As – If you selected A for most of your answers, then congratulations, you seem to be the ideal candidate for remote work. Independent, skilled and motivated.
- Mostly Bs – Sadly, if most of your answers were B, it sounds like you may not be cut out for remote work. Obviously, that’s not definitive – everybody is different and a B-heavy person might thrive in remote work, but it seems unlikely.
- Mostly Cs – This is just a quiz, not a genie. It’s hard to say either way. Maybe you’ll love it, maybe you’ll hate it. The best way to find out for sure is to try it. Every new experience is valuable.
What were your results? Were you happy? Sad? Surprised? Indifferent?
Victoria Greene: Brand Marketing Consultant & Freelance Writer.
I work with ecommerce businesses and marketing teams to create valuable content and targeted marketing strategies that yield strong results. I’ve done my fair share of remote work and I know what it’s like when you’re struggling to juggle work and home life.