Be sincere, be flexible, and communicate.
We recently received a comment on our Facebook page asking for advice on how to negotiate details surrounding a new remote job:
“Hello, I am looking for some helpful advice in negotiating a stay at home position. For example should the employer provide the hardware, and or software for my own equipment? What is the most effective way to log hours worked? Should the employer provide me a phone to conduct calls on their behalf. Please help, this is my dream position and I would hate to blow the deal.”
First of all, congratulations on your potential remote job! If you’re already this far in the process, it will be hard to “blow the deal,” so move forward with confidence — you’ve got this.
When it comes to negotiating these details, the three most important things to keep in mind are: be sincere, be flexible, and communicate.
If you need help with hardware or software, talk openly with your potential employer about it.
These situations are case-by-case; some employers will cover everything from hardware to a work phone, and others won’t.
A good starting point could be to simply ask what they provide to their remote staff — you might be pleasantly surprised, or you might get a response that will necessitate working out specifics.
Take stock of what you will need to successfully do this job every day.
What do you already have on that list? What do you need?
This list can be your starting point for negotiating. Raise your needs with your employer, and if they don’t seem open to negotiating, offer to meet them halfway.
For example, maybe your home internet connection is already part of your monthly expenses, but your computer is too old to be used efficiently for your new job
. Tell your employer what kind of hardware and software you need, then offer to cover your monthly internet and phone bill.
You’re hoping your new employer will be flexible, and they want flexibility from you, too, so be open to different options.
Also keep in mind that you may be able to write off certain expenses on your taxes from working remotely, such as a the square footage of your home office and your internet and phone bills (if not covered by the employer — please confirm with your local tax professional).
As for logging hours, this could be another good point to raise with your employer — they will be impressed that you’re being proactive.
They may not find it necessary and may evaluate performance based on productivity, rather than hours logged.
If they do want you to track your time, there’s a range of options from a simple Excel spreadsheet where you log your hours and projects each day to time-tracking programs like Harvest.
Again, so many of these details are individual to each company, so simply asking what they provide is an excellent starting point to open the conversation.
And remember: you’re already in the part of the process to discuss details, so move forward with confidence! You both have a common goal: you want to work together.
Now it’s just time to figure out the details to make that happen.
By openly communicating with your employer, you’ll be starting off on a great foot to a successful work partnership.
Power to Fly is a company connecting accomplished women with remote-work jobs that actually lead to work-life balance.