In the past we discussed how freelancing can help Lesotho graduates. But even more interesting is the phenomenon of remote work. For Lesotho to climb higher in the technology ladder and solve the unemployment problem, job seekers must have the experimental spirit of the modernist vanguard. Companies in the US have become more open to allowing remote work. As such, job seekers should be in forefront of new developments and ideas.
There’s many benefits to remote working, but one twisted view is that remote workers are more willing to negotiate for lesser pay. That is, many Indians now compete with US employees because they are willing to take on jobs that US employees view as unworthy.
But if we take this to Lesotho, where internet or data charges (as known) are fairly cheap, almost all individuals eligible for remote work own laptops and are fluent in English; then why aren’t we competitive in taking remote jobs? Not to mention that companies or startups that are remote tend to be especially vocal about it.
There are various reasons why we should consider joining the remote work-force. The most obvious ones are discussed below.
Lack of Opportunities
We’re all aware that there’s a lack of job opportunities in our country. But are we that poor or is it our mindset? Companies abroad are aware that there is an amazing talent all over the world. One thing for sure, we have the best talent in this country – unemployed. If remote job opportunities exist, then why do we limit ourselves to opportunities within our radius? This is why we have introduced Remote Jobs within our job listings.
Thanks to Vodacom and Econet. Today we are able to enjoy increased internet speeds. This makes it easier to access tools that make remote work feasible. Talk about emails, Skype and other important communication challenges. Companies that allow remote working also use certain tools and practices to help remote employees work better. A huge advantage for prospective employees.
People want flexible schedules. We might not be vocal about it locally but many people don’t want to work from 9-5 every day. For increased employee satisfaction, companies abroad have embraced remote working. Thereby providing employees with flexible schedules. There’s more to it than flexible schedules. Advantages include working flexible hours and working from anywhere. Anywhere, and so that includes Lesotho.
There’s are numerous remote opportunities available. To seize such, make sure you have your resume up to date and online. Your portfolio should always be ready and highlight and elaborate on your previous experience. Samples of your work should also be accessible and you should think on how much you will charge per hour for your work. Remote jobs are competitive and very challenging, but as with any other thing, there’s a way out.
We can finally say it’s a boon if we live in a country with few local opportunities. This is because we are able to enjoy a low cost of living while we are at an advantage of earning highly competitive salaries. Sounds like a win-win for those who will break-through. All the best as you send out those applications.
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