When the pandemic hit, remote jobs became a normal mode of working. But many companies and many individuals have been doing this for some time already. Remote work was here before the pandemic, and it will certainly be here when it’s over. Jobs in remote industries are becoming easier to navigate and more desirable. But what industries use remote working more than others? Let’s answer this and a few more questions related to remote industries and remote working.
Remote industries and remote work – a little overview
First off, let’s put together a working definition of remote work and remote industries. When we are talking about remote work, we are talking about working away from your company. You don’t go into an office, and that office can be five minutes away from you or across the world. You may hear remote work used interchangeably with telecommuting, and while the two are quite similar, there is a big difference. Remote workers usually never go to a central workplace or office, while telecommuters may visit the office every now and then.
Remote industries are the industries that involve remote work. Content creation and Bunny Studio are great examples of remote industries and specific businesses. Our pros and employees can work from anywhere in the world. This has the ability to bring in the best worldwide talent and keep things alive around the clock. We’ll get to more benefits in just a minute but couldn’t wait to mention that one.
This article from Forbes mentions the impact that the Covid pandemic had on remote work. Though many companies were implementing this structure before the pandemic, almost all industries were touched in one way or another during the pandemic. Perhaps the traditional 9 to 5 Monday through Friday in-office job is a thing of the past?
The thing is, remote work isn’t just good for the people working, but it can benefit the company, too. And as we mentioned, some industries are more cut out for remote work than others, so let’s take a look.
Some industries that are cut out for remote work
It makes sense that some industries are better suited for remote work than others. For instance, industries that require face-to-face or hands-on won’t be as successful remotely as industries where communication can all be electronic and virtual. Although they can share tutorials and stretching examples, a chiropractor can’t physically adjust a patient remotely. On the other hand, an editor can work via different platforms to edit work and go back and forth with a client. They never have to meet, or for that matter, even speak to one another. Therefore, it’s easy to work from different time zones.
Workplace Insight shares some pertinent information on which industries are excelling in the remote work platforms. Let’s take a look:
Technology in a remote platform
It makes sense that fields in technology sync well to remote work. The highest number of these are in the area of software and technology, and then IT and then mobile app development. Some things that are contributing to the rise here are the increase of mobile tech, communication and project management platforms, and the rapid growth of Wi-Fi hotspots. You can work from virtually anywhere; Wi-Fi is not just in coffee shops anymore.
Marketing in remote industries
Marketing comes in pretty high as a top remote industry. Companies that focus on content (like us at Bunny Studio) are made for this. A content writer in the US can have their work proofed and quality checked by an agent in Canada for a client in England. Talk about it taking a village – we know how to involve the whole world. You’ll see this often in remote industries. Branding, content, digital marketing, SEO, and managing social media all fall into marketing and can all be done remotely.
Shopping and small business
You wouldn’t necessarily think of small businesses and shopping as being remote. Well, maybe a few years ago you wouldn’t, but now it’s very common. You may have shopped on Etsy or another small business. And if so, you never walked into a store or touched an item before it came to your door. You may not have talked to a person, either, but handled your purchase through their platform or maybe a message or email.
Training and education remotely
Who would have thought there would be so much virtual education. Sure, this has been around with virtual school, online college, and virtual certifications, training, and enrichment. However, these days, it’s the norm. It may not be the best scenario all of the time, but it can get the job done. On one hand, a teacher can be working with twenty 4th graders in his community. On the other hand, a trainer can speak to 400 professionals around the world. It’s a great way to not only share information, but be able to engage and share ideas, answer questions, and connect.
More remote industries
A few other areas we are seeing a surge in remote work are things like healthcare, consulting, and mental healthcare. During the pandemic, we saw a rise in all of these, and it’s probably here to stay. For instance, if you have a common ailment, like a sore knee, you can meet with a doctor remotely and receive some care – whether advice to ice it, a prescription of anti-inflammatories, or a recommendation for physical therapy. Consultants can work remotely, too, and make things more convenient for their clients. Even mental health care is taking a remote ride with virtual therapy sessions and apps for counseling.
Key traits of remote industries
Sure, a lot of businesses and industries had to go remote during the pandemic. Some will go back to in-person when they can; others may very well stay remote, or at least in some sort of hybrid form. What are some traits an organization should have to be a successful remote business?
- They should use the tools available effectively. Platforms like Slack and Teams make communication easy and efficient, and this is a key to a successful organization. Also, businesses should be willing to take the time to train employees on any new platforms.
- Successful remote companies set clear company cultures. At Bunny Studio, we believe in the importance of a positive culture that fosters leadership, mentoring, and collaboration. There should be a shared philosophy and company culture to bring everyone together.
- When businesses support flexibility, it helps remote workers. Maybe someone would rather work from a coffee shop rather than home, or take their kid to school, then get started and work a little later. As long as the work is getting done and done well, flexibility should be supported.
Clear benefits of remote industries
You can see that remote industries and work have a far and wide reach and offer a lot of benefits. Our article, The Many Ways that Remote Working Helps the Economy, helps explain a lot of these benefits.
One benefit is helping economies in smaller towns. People can work from anywhere when they work remotely. Therefore, they don’t need to live in big cities or need the corporate office to work. They can work in smaller towns, saving not only on commute times but also helping the economy thrive where they are. Speaking of commute time, working remotely helps the environment and saves the employee time. We are not adding dangerous emissions into the air and all have more time when working remotely.
All of this can add to productivity and job happiness, too. We see in this article, Benefits of Working from Home, that studies found that people working remotely are 20-25% more productive than compared with those working in an office. Think about this scenario of a remote digital branding professional. Instead of driving to an office, she can meal prep for the evening. Instead of driving home from the office, she has time to go to a yoga class. She can eat a healthy lunch and easily stay hydrated throughout the day. She’ll be home to take the dogs out during a break and doesn’t need to drive them to doggie daycare. You can see, she can maintain a better handle on home life by working remotely, and have a little time for herself, too.
Remote industries also have no geographical boundaries when it comes to finding talent. This means they can hire the best of the best and not just someone who can get to their office. This can create a top-notch team, and though they are working directly in a physical sense, great minds can collaborate remotely and create great things.
Also, because of the global possibilities of remote industries, it opens up minds to different cultures and other people. Maybe you’ve lived in the same town all your life, now your colleague is from around the world. How enriching to share stories, cultures, and traditions. It’s a beautiful way to connect.
A work-life balance is crucial to any remote job. No matter what the remote industries are, employees need to find a balance between work and life. This can get more difficult working remotely, but it’s fairly easy to manage with a little thought and boundary setting. Our Bunny team shares a lot of great ideas for switching off at the end of the workday and keeping that balance and happiness.
- Engage in a hobby
- Close your laptop and take a screen break
- Exercise – take a walk, go to the gym, or do some yoga
- Listen to. your favorite music or podcast
- Hang out with your family or pets
- Watch your favorite show
- Keep a designated workspace and stay away from it when not working
- Turn notifications off when not working
Remote industries are a win-win
You can see that there are really so many reasons why remote industries have an edge up. They’re here to stay and have the ability to thrive. The companies can be successful because their employees are happy, productive, supported, and fulfilled. If you’d like to read more about how we love our remote concept, check out our Bunny Studio Library. And if you’d like to learn more about joining our team or working with one of our talented pros, we’d love to hear from you. We’re always happy to chat!