Remote Work & Culture

Getting Remote Ready: 5 Must-Have Skills For Your Remote Work Toolkit

Everyone loves quizzes. From learning your dream room aesthetic or personality type to find your Hogwarts house, curated quizzes provide you with valuable insight about yourself. You’re probably all too familiar with learning-based quizzes, designed to measure and test your skills in various areas.

Even Instant Teams utilizes quizzes to help you identify your professional strengths and areas where your skills need continued improvement. Potential candidates are encouraged to take the Remote Ready Quiz before creating a profile with our Automated Remote Team Innovation platform, or Arti. Your results can help you confidently make your Arti profile, knowing you have the skills needed to succeed in a remote assignment with one of Instant Teams’ customers.

However, while the Remote Ready Quiz is a powerful tool that can help confirm you’re ready to join the remote workforce (YAY), your results may have also revealed some areas that need improvement. If you weren’t pleased with your Remote Readiness Quiz results, don’t get discouraged. We’re here to help!

If you’re seeking to add more skills to your remote work toolkit before making an Arti profile with Instant Teams, THIS POST IS FOR YOU!

(And, if you’ve yet to take the assessment, this is the perfect opportunity to click the above link and discover all of the skills you already have in your remote work arsenal!)

5 Digital Skills You Should Have In Your Remote Work Toolkit

While each remote assignment will require a different set of skills, these eight skills are standard requirements for anyone in the remote workforce. Though expertise is not required, working knowledge of these hard and soft skills will only equip you for success!

1. Awesome Digital Communication Skills

Clear, effective, and polite communication is vital when working remotely, both with your team and customers! At Instant Teams—and many other fully-remote companies—most communication happens using remote communication platforms, like Slack, Google Teams, and Zoom. Knowing how to use these tools makes it easy for you to integrate and communicate with new remote teams. Thankfully, YouTube offers many videos to help you learn to navigate new digital communication tools. Instant Teams monthly newsletter also provides tips and tricks to upskill your remote communication – subscribe today!

2. Basic Digital Marketing knowledge

Social strategists, copywriters, and graphic designers all have specific skillsets essential to a digital creative team. However, no matter your role (even if you don’t work directly in Marketing!) knowing the basics of digital communication, selling, and advertising .

Some marketing essentials you should understand include:

  • Ad creation and analytics
  • Copywriting
  • Email marketing
  • Sales basics
  • SEO & SEM
  • Social media marketing

Even without a detailed understanding of these skills, knowing how they work and the ways they work together to execute successful digital actions adds to your value as a remote team member.

3. Stellar Organization

All information (including marketing, sales, Customer Success, technical support, etc.) is stored digitally in on-premise or cloud-based software for most remote work teams. Knowing your way around programs like Google Drive and HubSpot makes it easy to learn new software with similar interworkings and makes you an attractive candidate for hire. Again, YouTube is an excellent resource for learning to navigate cloud software and CRMS. Instant Teams Academy, our stellar remote learning environment, also offers helpful courses (explicitly designed to increase your expertise in digital skills).

4. Tech Savviness

All three of the skills we’ve already discussed (digital communication, digital marketing, and digital organization) require some level of technical software savviness. While HTML proficiency isn’t required for most roles, knowing how to learn new programs and tools is a skill of its own! The more software you can confidently navigate, the easier it is to learn new tools and gain an in-depth knowledge of the ones you already have. Common tools and software used by digital teams include:

  • Asana, ClickUp, and other task-management tools
  • Google Suite (docs, powerpoint, drive, gmail)
  • Grammarly
  • HubSpot
  • Slack
  • Zoom

5. Time Management

Working independently takes focus, dedication, and time management to do well. Especially if you’re used to an in-person office environment with co-workers and supervisors close by, working remotely is a huge adjustment. To set yourself up for success, create a clean, distraction-free workspace where you feel inspired. Make sure to check team communication channels and your to-dos frequently, ensuring you have the bandwidth to complete your work well and on time.

Let’s Get To (Remote) Work!

Now that you know the skills needed to excel in a remote work environment, it’s up to YOU to rise to the challenge and learn them. Take the time to use the above resources and increase your skills. When you feel ready, take a second stab at the Remote Ready Quiz and prepare to be excited by your improvement!