12 Must Have Characteristics of Remote Workers in 2012

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2011 is quickly drawing to a close, the curtains are almost drawn, the door is shutting, and it is time to reflect on the new year and how you can make 2012 your best year ever.

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According to Dictionary.com,

Character is defined as: “1. the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing. 2. one such feature or trait; characteristic. 3. moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable character. 4. qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity: It takes character to face up to a bully. 5. reputation: a stain on one’s character.”

And a character trait is defined as: “a distinctive but not necessarily invariable feature exhibited by all individuals of a group and capable of being described or measured”

So what do employers, customers, business partners, and others look for in the remote worker? What character traits do you need to be find success as a work at home employee, freelancer, contractor, or business owner?

Here is the must have list of twelve character traits to develop and strengthen in 2012, one per month.

1. January – Trustworthiness. Trust is the foundation of all relationships, business and personal. Success is not possible without a high level of trust. This is especially true for virtual workers, who are given more latitude and freedom. Trustworthiness is given the highest weighting when compared to other character traits.

2. February – Dependability. You need to deliver on you commitments, period. No ifs, ands, buts, excuses or exceptions.

3. March – Honesty. Be honest in everything you do. In the internet age it is difficult to live a lie very long. The truth will eventually come out if you are dishonest in your business dealings. The difference between today and earlier times in history is that the truth will come out and be face booked, tweeted, emailed, texted and posted at near instant speed.

4. April – Integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is looking; it is the cornerstone of good character.

5. May – Hard Working. Always over deliver on your promises and commitments. Hard work is the key that unlocks success and opportunity. Gaining a reputation as a hard working will have people beating down your door to hand you money to work with them.

6. June – Optimism. Optimism carries you over the bumps in the road when the task seems impossible.

7. July – Committed. Commitment is required to stay focused and see things through to the end, even when you are tired or being distracted.

8. August- Creativity. Your creativity will be called on regardless of what type of work you are in. Virtual work is generally geared towards creative work and creative workers.

9. September – Perseverance. Perseverance helps you find a path over, under or around the obstacles you will encounter. Believe me, you will encounter them, usually at the worst time, and in the worst way.

10. October – Independence. Most remote workers have a strong independent streak. This is what draws them toward virtual work in the first place. You need to be able to meet deadlines and keep motivated without a supervisor looking over your shoulder.

11. November – Problem Solving. Problem solving skills are the price of entry for any service type work that enables the work at home lifestyle. As a remote worker you do not always have a strong bench of resources to draw on, so you need to be able to figure it out on your own.

12. December – Follow Through. It cannot be over emphasized how important it is to follow through. Never let commitments slip.

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