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Starting a New Job Remotely: 7 Ways to Succeed

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Wow, you've landed a new job, and it's remote.

Congratulations! Working remotely comes with a lot of perks, like flexible hours, no commute, and the ability to work from anywhere in the world. But it also comes with some challenges, like maintaining a work-life balance and staying motivated. Here are a few tips to help you hit the ground running in your new remote role.

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#1. Get to know your team virtually.

One of the best ways to start on the right foot is by getting to know the people you'll be working with. If you can't meet your coworkers in person, set up some virtual coffee dates via Skype or Google Hangouts. Talk about your hobbies, interests, and anything else that might help you bond with your team members. You could even schedule a weekly virtual happy hour! Y Don't be afraid to reach out if you have any questions or need help getting acclimated to your new role.

#2. Get clear on expectations.  

One of the first things you'll want to do is to get clear on what your new boss expects from you in this role. If you're not sure, ask! It's better to start off on the right foot by setting (and meeting) clear expectations from the beginning.

#3. Overcommunicate with your team members. 

In a remote work environment, miscommunication can happen more easily than in an office setting because body language and other nonverbal cues are not available. To avoid misunderstandings, err on the side of overcommunicating with your team members via email, instant message, or video chat. This way, everyone will be on the same page, and no one will feel left out of the loop. 

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#4. Don't be afraid to ask for help. 

Starting a new job is always going to be challenging, whether you're doing it remotely or in person. So don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it! Your boss and teammates will be more than happy to help you get acclimated to your new role. 

#5. Learn the company's culture.

Every company has its own unique culture, and you must take some time to learn about your new company's culture before jumping in headfirst. The best way to do this is by reading your company's Employee Handbook and/or talking to your manager or HR representative. Once you have a good understanding of your company's culture, values, and norms, you'll be better equipped to succeed in your new role. 

#6. Get organized.

One of the keys to being successful at any job is staying organized, but this can be especially challenging when you're working remotely. To stay on top of things, make sure you have a designated work space set up in your home, create a daily task list, and set aside time each day for email and social media breaks. By staying organized and focused, you'll be able to be productive and efficient – two things that are sure to impress your boss!

#7. Keep learning and growing. 

Taking risks is a necessary part of professional development. When you have the chance, consider exploring new projects that will expand your internal network and give you opportunities to work with other colleagues on different kinds or tasks. It's important for everyone’s growth- don't be afraid!

Just because you're not in an office doesn't mean you can't continue learning and growing in your career! Take advantage of online resources like eBooks, articles, webinars, etc., to continue developing professionally. You could even start blogging about your experiences as a remote worker! 

Starting a new job is an exciting time, 

But it can also be a bit nerve-wracking – especially if you're starting remotely. By taking some time to get to know your team, learn about your company's culture, and get organized, you'll be well on your way to making a great first impression!