Until recently, if you reviewed 100 remote coding jobs, you’d find that nearly all of them were full-time.
But what if you don’t want to work remote and full-time? Well, things are changing and now it’s possible to get work coding (as a programmer, not entering remote medical records) on a part-time basis more easily than it once was.
And we’ve got some great tips on getting those coding jobs.
How To Find A Part-Time Coding Job Where You Can Work From Anywhere
You can get part-time remote work in coding, though it may involve a longer job search and, perhaps, some self-motivated changes in your approach to your professional career.
Seek Freelance Coding Work
The most popular way to break from full-time coding is to opt for remote freelancing, instead of taking a full-time job.
Freelancers set their own hours and most of them work in remote locations rather than in an office. The downside of this approach to coding as a career is that it can leave you isolated from a traditional career ladder. You will need to take care of your own development in both coding and running a business.
It’s easy to start your own coding company as a freelancer and if you want to be an employer at some point in the future, it’s going to be easiest if you start coding as a freelancer.
You can find freelance coding work on these job boards.
One thing we would note is that freelancers tend to be experienced professionals even if they have no prior remote work experience – if you have no experience at all, you might want to check out our guide to getting remote work without any experience.
Please don’t think this is the “easy route” to remote work though. Freelancers may find it hard to find clients, they will need to become proficient in selling, and they will have to learn all the basic skills associated with running their own business.
This is offset by the ability to set your own hours, work from anywhere, take on as many (or few) clients/jobs as you want, the ability to earn more per hour than an employee, and the right to say “no” to any work you don’t want.
Switch From Full-Time To Part-Time Coding With Your Current Employer
We’ve got an awesome guide to preparing for an interview for remote work but imagine if you didn’t need an interview at all, wouldn’t that be a better way to get what you want?
This is easier than you might think. If you’re already employed then the odds are pretty good that your boss knows how hard it is to find good staff.
So, why not ask them if you can turn your full-time coding job into a part-time remote one?
A decent employer will certainly give you a fair hearing on this front and many would prefer that you went remote rather than lose your services entirely.
Of course, they may want to reduce your pay, if you go from full-time to part-time remote work but that may still be an attractive deal, particularly if you don’t want to go through interviews and hassle to get a remote position elsewhere.
Look At Near Full-Time Positions With A 4 Day Work Week
Remember back at the start when we said that if you looked at 100 remote coding jobs online, most of them would be full-time?
Well, that’s still true but if you review 100 remote coding jobs now? You will find that around 1% of them are offering positions on a four-day working week basis.
The Covid-19 crisis helped to start this trend in remote work and while not every company is onboard with it, yet, there’s no doubt that you can find a company that is.
Many of these 4-day positions are for 32 hours, rather than the traditional 40, and most will allow for remote work.
You may also find remote positions advertised by a company on an “80-100%” basis which means they are open to considering a 4-day week, if you can show that you can get 100% of the work that they want done.
Final Thoughts On Part-Time Coding Jobs
Coding is a great job and it pays well. You don’t need much more than a high school diploma and some basic coding knowledge to find an employer and if you want to work in a remote fashion – it shouldn’t be hard to find a job that supports that.
Going part-time is a little more challenging, but there are companies that will offer a 4-day week to employees, your own employer might be prepared to scale your current job down and you can always freelance too.