Learning is essential for you. Even more, if working for yourself.
The easiest mistake that anyone can make is ignoring constant and continuous learning.
Remote work starts your independence and if processed and led properly, it will become your nature.
You may stay and work on one thing for months or even years but you’ll be restless after some time, anyway. If you accept your calling, you won’t be able to accept routine and monotonous work anymore.
How can you avoid that?
By learning and expanding your knowledge and skills.
The challenge is when to learn.
You want to be independent, work only sociable hours and enjoy the rest of your private life?
First of all, choose your priorities.
Work on a project you are being paid for as a high priority. Even the highest. Learning has to be the second and a very close one to it though. What does it mean?
If you schedule your work time, include the learning time too. Learn in the prime time not when tired and unable to comprehend anything anymore.
Sure, the world is full of stories about people working nights and days and making it at the end. A few. The rest got burned out before achieving anything. Nobody writes about those, right?
What should you learn?
Anything that challenges you, interests you and can work for you.
If you need a few examples, look at it from the natural path perspective.
Are you a developer? You should become a salesman. Or a marketing guy. It would allow you to understand differences between developing and selling stuff. It is what I call a natural path.
Or, if you work in marketing. What do you know about human psychology? How do you apply the marketing rules to be more precise and not too generic?
Do you work as a VP? You don’t read this article most likely as you feel you know it all. I suggest you learn more core stuff about the product. Is it a code? An electronic device? Some medical equipment? Learn about the core. Try to understand the coding principles, electronic rules or chemical reactions responsible for the existence of your device. Is it necessary? Probably not. But, you keep learning and getting better at what you are doing, anyway.
Lack of learning new things is one of the top reasons people get sucked into an “I am already too old for this” way of thinking.
If learning is not a continuous process, it will become even harder later on. As a remote worker, you don’t want to get there. The whole of your existence is based on your ability to be as flexible as possible.
Learn in small chunks, often, all your free time. That is the best investment you can ever make.