Frequently Asked Questions

What is ongoing remote?

This site is a listing of remote jobs across a variety of industries. It is meant to help remote workers find jobs suitable for them in a quick and convenient manner.

This is a personal project of mine that I threw up relatively quickly after seeing a similar site. So yes, I copied someone else's idea!

While building it I learned more about NextJs, which is a framework I hadn't used before. This site is a way for me to experiment with different web development technology and techniques outside of my full time job.

How does the job list get populated?

There is a form where companies can enter the job details to create a new post. This function is currently free for anybody to use. I've also posted some jobs from my current full time position at Shipa Freight and it's sister companies at Shipa.

I may add a crawler in the future that automatically populates the site with remote listings, but that hasn't been implemented yet.

What should I look for in a remote job?

Remote work, or 'work from home' has been around for a long time, but now with the changes brought about by COVID, many more companies are opening up to this model. Here are some things to consider when looking at a remote job position:

  1. Does the company have a history of remote working arrangements?
  2. Does the company have employees currently working remotely?
  3. Does the company have standard contracts and procedures for remote work?

In general, you want to know if the company really takes remote work seriously or not, and if they are committed enough that the role will be permanent, rather than eliminated once COVID restrictions are lifted. The worst case scenario is that you join a company that had no idea what to do, you struggle to get paid on time, and eventually they give up and let you go with no recourse.

You should be asking the above questions and getting tangible answers when you interview. As an example, my company has a number of active remote workers and has used them since the company was created. We have daily virtual stand-ups and remote workers are treated exactly the same as on-site workers. The work is software development, which lends itself well to remote work, due to everything being cloud-based. We have a standard contract for working with either individuals or sole proprietorships, and prior to COVID we had quarterly on-site meetups, where we flew in our remote workers to join us for a week-long hackathon.

The answers you get should be very tangible and make you comfortable about what you are getting into.

If you are also interested in a long term relationship with the company and advancing into management, you should also inquire about if eventually working as a remote manager is possible, and if such employees exist today. In many cases you will find that only non-management employees work remote and all managers are on site. Before putting years of your life into a company hoping for something that will never happen, you should at least ask the question!

What is remote work?

Remote work is any work that does not require your presence at the office. In this case, you're working from a location that's not your company's office. Instead, you are working from any location that suits you. The most important thing is that you have a PC and a good internet connection, which are the digital tools required to work remotely.

What types of jobs are best for remote work?

The best jobs for remote work may include, but not limited to:

  • Customer Service
  • Programming
  • Teaching
  • Data Entry
  • Social Media Management
  • Translation
  • Web Development
  • Graphic Design
  • Writing
  • Editing and Proofreading
  • Mobile App Development
  • Virtual Administration

What specific skills do I need for remote work?

Time Management

You should be able to make the best use of your time to accomplish set tasks. Since no coworkers or supervisors are looking over your shoulder to ensure you're on track, it is up to you to ensure you deliver your work on time. If you struggle with time management, some apps like Toggl can help you track your time and boost productivity.


Keeping in touch with your team members, coworkers, or leaders is crucial in remote work. You should be familiar with the most common remote communication tools like email, Slack, Skype, Zoom, etc., especially those used in your organization. Ensure you reply to messages on time. Your messages should be clear, concise, and in the right tone. Endeavor to proofread your messages before sending them.


Working remotely doesn't necessarily mean you're working alone. Most times, you'll be working on projects and tasks with your colleagues. How you work with others will affect the performance of your team. You need to get used to the popular project management apps like Slack, Asana, Trello, etc., so you can work on projects with your colleagues. Communication goes hand in hand with collaboration. Without proper communication, you will find it hard to work with your team members.

Technical Knowledge

Remote work relies on digital technology. So, you need to be tech-savvy. For example, you should know how to use software to accomplish set tasks, be familiar with office tools like Microsoft Word, and not have a problem uploading a document as a PDF.


Working outside the traditional office setting comes with many distractions, especially if you're working from home. Your ability to be focused on your current tasks despite these distractions will be crucial to your success as a remote worker.

How can I manage remotely working from home with a family?

  • Depending on the size of your home, set up a practical workspace that will minimize distractions and put your mind in tune for work
  • Be flexible with your working hours
  • Let your family be familiar with your work schedule
  • Be clear about communication expectations with your colleagues and leaders.

How do I move into management if I am working remotely?

To become a manager, you should be able to set work expectations regularly and on time, provide a means of collaboration for your subordinates, track workers' progress, and maintain maximum productivity from your workers. Depending on your organization, you might need to undergo some training or meet some set goals to get into managerial positions.

Should I get paid hourly or monthly when working remotely?

If you like to be rewarded based on the time you spend working on a particular project, getting paid by the hour is just fine. Monthly payments are best if you prefer to be paid based on the perceived value you offer. Most remote employers have a payment scheme that's either hourly or monthly. For others, it depends on what you negotiate.

Should I ask for paid holidays when working remotely?

You don't need to. Some employers offer paid holidays as an incentive that you'll find in your employment offer. You should find out if your employers offer paid holiday incentives and whether you're entitled to them.

How do I benefit from working remotely?

As a remote worker, you have greater work freedom. You can control your work hours and location. You become more productive since you have full control of your work environment and conditions. Working remotely helps you better balance your work and personal life.

What do I need to start working remotely?

To start working remotely, you need a PC, a phone to ensure you're reachable, and a reliable internet connection. For collaboration or to organize your tasks, you'll need project management software like Asana, Trello, or Basecamp. You'll also need communication tools like Slack, Skype, etc., to keep in touch with your colleagues or employees.

How do I set up my workspace as a remote worker?

To set up your workspace for remote work:

  • Survey your space and separate your working area from your living space
  • Use an ergonomic chair and table to enhance your posture
  • Ensure you have a reliable internet connection
  • Eliminate distractions like the TV, radio, etc.
  • Ensure your work area has good lighting
  • Get relevant peripherals like headphones, speakers, etc.

Are there any tips for working effectively as a remote employee?

  • Set up your workspace to put you in the right mood when it's time for work.
  • Be familiar with your communication and project management tools so you can stay connected with team members and collaborate effectively on projects.
  • Set daily targets and keep track of them
  • Remove distractions
  • Understand that your privacy is important.