It’s no secret: Remote work is becoming a lot more common. In fact, 70% of professionals around the world are working remotely at least one day each week, according to a recent study. And some are even working remotely full time.
One of the biggest benefits of remote work is the flexibility it allows you in other areas of your life. Sick of where you live now? Move somewhere totally different. Need to take care of a parent who lives in a different state? You can do that. Want to be one of those people who hops from beautiful beach to medieval city to cozy cabin? That’s an option, too. Working from anywhere in the world has become so popular that you can even participate in a work travel program that plans your itinerary and sets you up with co-working space.
Of course, there are some occupations where you’re unlikely to be able to work remotely—healthcare providers, emergency personnel, and so forth. And there are some companies where remote work is frowned upon, if it’s even an option at all. But there are plenty of other roles and places where you can, as long as you have a laptop and reliable internet.
The tricky part is finding one of these lucky gigs. But you might not have to leave your current job to make your remote work dreams come true. We’ve put together some tips on how to ask your boss if you can work remotely—from anywhere at all on the planet—full time. Because yes, you can do this.