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Mastering Remote Work: A Guide to Thriving in the Digital Workspace

When the entire world was forced to stay indoors during the global standstill, working from home gained a lot of popularity when people did their jobs sitting in their homes. This concept is also known as remote work. Many employers offer employees permanent work from home so they can work from their homes easily and comfortably.

A person can work remotely in another country for a company that may be in the same country or remotely from another country. Some people also prefer to work remotely to settle in a country with a lower cost of living compared to the parent country of the company.

To successfully work remotely in another country, you need a stable internet connection and a focused mindset for working remotely. However, if you think remote employees are free to work as per their choice, then this isn’t true. While working from home, employees must follow certain protocols to maintain a work-life balance.

A. Advantages of being remote workers

1. Travel and work can be carried at the same time

Travel lovers can pursue their jobs without compromising their love for exploring other countries. They can work during office hours and then enjoy their life. They don’t have to take unnecessary leaves to travel and, hence, don’t have to give up their careers to pursue their travel love.

However, remote workers should always keep a balance between their job duties and their fun time. Discipline should be maintained; otherwise, you will find this a bane instead of a blessing.

2. People can work freely in their own country

People who find working in a foreign country uncomfortable due to regional differences, especially the language barrier, can work from their own country. Nowadays, more and more companies are promoting remote work.

3. No tensions of the work visa requirements

This is another problem from which a remote worker is saved. Many times, work visas aren’t available for an extended period, due to which people have to face difficulties at the last moment.

B. Jobs that can be pursued while working remotely abroad

Here is a list of a few jobs that a person can pursue if they wish to work remotely from another country:

1. Freelancers 

Freelancers and self-employed people have the edge over full-time employees as they can work remotely as digital nomads from another country per their wish. Working abroad is no big deal, and neither do they have to wait for their employers’ approval before living abroad.

2. Programmers 

For computer programmers, it isn’t mandatory to work from the office. However, especially after the global pandemic, many countries have given permanent work from home to their employees; hence, they are also free to work remotely as per their choice and comfort.

3. Other job profiles

They are among those sections of employees who can continue their work while working remotely from another country.

Apart from self-employed people, many other job profiles offer you the opportunity to pursue work remotely in another country. These job profiles typically include content writing, editing, copywriting, customer support, software development, etc. People who have their own businesses can also avail of digital nomad visas and expand their businesses in various countries.

C. How to work remotely in another country?

While planning to opt for remote work, the first question that comes to a person’s mind is how to work remotely abroad. What rules and regulations should be followed, and what things should be kept in mind while working remotely?

Hence, you should keep a check on the following things before you move to another country

1 Work policies of the company

Before opting for remote work, the employees should thoroughly go through the policies related to remote work. If they feel that they can cope with the policies, they should only go for a remote job.

2 Availability of the tourist visa or the work visa for the specified time limit

When you move to another country, you should check the availability of tourist visas for the period you plan to stay there. Freelancers can also opt for many countries’ digital nomad visas for remote employees.

3. Keeping track of the time lag between two countries

When you work remotely in another country, another problem you can face is the time difference between the two countries. This can lead to late-night work shifts, disturbing your daily schedule. So try to shift to countries with no huge time lag concerning your office country.

4. Tax situation of that particular country

This is one of the most important factors that need to be checked. You should check all the rules and regulations regarding the tax implications of that country.

Confirm beforehand whether you have to pay taxes when you shift to that country and whether you will be considered a tax resident or not. Researching this will be beneficial to you as this will also help you estimate your overall expenses in that particular country.

You should always be aware of the tax rules. There are a few countries where the employees have to pay taxes like income taxes per the strict tax laws. For example, when a US citizen chooses to work abroad, he becomes susceptible to double taxation. Double taxation refers to tax implications under which he has to pay taxes to two countries, i.e., the US and the country he decided to work in.

However, to avoid any troubles, it is highly recommended to take expert advice. For this, you can consult someone residing in that country. One should assess the risk factors associated with remote work. Will it be beneficial to work remotely in another country or hamper your growth?

D. Steps that should be taken before you work remotely in another country

1. Research the new country you are willing to settle in well

You should always research the other country’s culture, region, and other prospects before you make up your mind to settle in that particular country. This is important so that you are aware of the cultural differences and language barriers you might encounter, whether you are expected to pay taxes or not, etc.

2. Plan effectively

You should always move to a foreign country well-planned. Make sure you pack your stuff as per the country. Don’t forget to keep all the important things and documents with you so that you don’t have to run anywhere at the last minute.

Also, you should shift to another country only when you have arranged accommodation and transport facilities so that you don’t face any troubles once you reach the specific country you want to move to. Not only this, but you should also plan how to execute remote work in the early stages.

3. Keep a check of your funds

It is easy to manage expenses and save money when a person is in his home country, but such a scenario is not possible when you are in a different country. There can be sudden emergencies that may lead to a rise in one’s expenditure. Therefore, it is always advisable to have a sufficient balance that can be used in different countries.

You should always consider the financial aspects before you settle abroad. If you plan to work remotely from another country, then make sure your financial status isn’t affected.

4. Make connections

When you are away from your home country, you don’t have your friends or family whom you can contact during sudden emergencies. Therefore, before you plan to work remotely in another country, build enough connections you can contact during crucial times. You can expand your circle with the help of your friends, family, colleagues, etc.

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On a final note

Working remotely from another country is a unique concept. It offers you many advantages, such as not leaving family and continuing your job simultaneously or pursuing your travel love along with your job.

But before you make up your mind to continue remote work, it is always advisable to consult someone who has expertise in this field, has explored all the aspects of remote work, and can give you the best advice.


Last Updated on October 20, 2023 by Sathi Chakraborty, MSc Biology

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