Remote digital marketing jobs are common, right?
You’d think so. At the very least, online marketing positions give you the option to work remotely. It’s all about selling things online, after all.
When I started looking for my next full-time remote gig, I figured it was easy. The competition for any work at home job is fierce… but I’m a digital marketer. I have large skillset and experience to match. I thought I’d have my pick. To an extent, this was true. Yet most of the positions I applied for were office-based and location-specific.
Plenty of the positions I applied for had a “work from home” option. Usually one or two days a week. Compared to my current job, that just didn’t cut it. It’s a big leap going from a mostly remote setup to suddenly sitting at the same desk nearly every day. A MASSIVE leap.
Look at any standard job ad in the realm of SEO, social media or paid advertising. There are some exciting roles out there. Until you read…
Benefits: A beautiful office located in the heart of Berlin. Free coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit snacks, games…
All well and good. If you’re comfortable in an office setup. For digital nomads or those who prefer remote working… it’s somewhat disheartening.
There’s an easier way to find remote digital marketing jobs
Don’t rule out remote-first jobs just because the competition is high. Chances are slim, but you never know. More importantly, remember: working in an office is the default. Most modern companies maintain outdated working methods because that’s what they know. Working remotely is slowly being accepted in many sectors. However, remote workers outside of the tech industry have organized “mobile” setups themselves… By asking for it.
Really? It’s really that simple?
Yes. Your prospective employer may say no… But really, that’s the worst they can say. Asking for a remote work environment is no different to asking about other perks or a bigger salary. Additionally, remote digital marketing jobs are best found in startups rather than big companies. Though if some corporate giant wants you, don’t be afraid to ask.
Successfully securing a remote setup
First things first: know what you want. Know exactly what type of remote setup you’re looking for. Do you want to be entirely remote? Are you happy to travel to their office at least a few times a year? Or… Do you mind going in on a weekly basis, one or two days? Perhaps you simply prefer having the option to work from home.
As with any position, read what they say about the job. Apply for it, sell yourself. Maybe slightly emphasis your remote working skills… But don’t overdo it. In addition:
- As with any other job, emphasize your skills and how they can be applied to the position. Your employer doesn’t care about your desire to work from home. They care only about how you can contribute to the company.
- Do not mention remote working straight off the bat. Only talk about it after you’ve discussed the role, your experience and your skills.
- When you do discuss a remote setup, ask about their “work environment”. If you’ve held a remote position before, don’t be afraid to say it. Explain that it’s the style you’re used to.
- Should your employer seem open to the idea, proceed.
This advice goes not just for online marketing, but any position that can theoretically be done from home. The main takeaway here is that you have to ask for some things. Remote digital marketing jobs are more plentiful than you think. You just need to be tactful!