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I was looking for the kinds of remote roles that offer the freedom to manage your own time, the security of consistent monthly income, the support of a team, and the promise of growth. Because we capped the list at 10, some pretty exciting remote opportunities didn't make the list.
Namely, product and project management.
Both make for great remote jobs, but before we get to that, let's make sure we all know which kind of PM does what.
Product vs. Project Manager: What's the Difference?
If you've heard the term "PM" tossed around as much as I have, you might've asked yourself whether the roles of product manager and project manager are actually interchangeable.
They're not. And while both are crucial to executing on a company's goals and vision, people with different skillsets and interests might find themselves better suited to one role than the other.
High level, a product manager deals with the entire product lifecycle, from ideation to marketing and sales. The product manager is responsible for big-picture strategy: why do users need this product? what's the vision? what features will it offer? what benefits will it provide its users?
A product manager wants to build a product that users will love.
Alternatively, a project manager is a bit more focused on the nitty-gritty. They oversee a project (or projects) from start to finish, bringing to fruition the vision and strategy established by the product manager. They oversee the team of people required to complete the project, and deal with things like task delegation and budget.
A project manager wants to help the team reach a previously defined outcome (which could be any aspect of product development) on time and under budget.
In a nutshell, the product manager deals more with the what and the why, and the project manager focuses on the how.
Still confused? Check out the graphics below that outline the key responsibilities of a product vs. project manager.
Product Manager Responsibilities
Project Manager Responsibilities
Why They're Both Great Jobs to Do Remotely
Now that that's covered - the fun part. Why can both these roles be done remotely?
Product managers and project managers are typically expected to work with and oversee contributors from a variety of teams, from engineering to marketing and sales.
The implication? Product and project managers need to be communication pros, comfortable managing distributed teams!
The idea of product and project managers overseeing at least partially remote teams is nothing new, and with tools like Zoom, GitHub, Jyra, Slack, and Asana (the list goes on...), PMs have multiple means of communication at their disposal.
Thanks to these technologies, tracking project milestones, assigning tasks, hosting ideation meetings, and articulating product vision can all be done virtually... and arguably, it's easier that way!
Another point in the favor of remote product managers is that no matter where they're located, they need to be comfortable using technologies to communicate virtually so they can talk with the users of their products -- wherever they are!
If you're a virtual communication wiz who's ready to work from the comfort of your home, check out the open remote product manager and remote project manager jobs available on our site!
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