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    I can surely say that I won’t go back to the office. Commuting is one of the worst aspect of “normal” work IMO.

    As long as you find a place where you’re comfortable living in, you should be able to achieve results in that location instead of being obligated to move to a bigger city for opportunities.

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      Go big or go home

      If you’re looking to focus on remote work, you should embrace it correctly. Otherwise, it’s two mindset tough to put together.

      Great article!

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        Great post Hrishikesh! As a music listener while working, headsets are crucial for productivity in my opinion.

        On my end, I’ve been using the Bose Soundlink II and they are working really great. I got an issue where my microphone is not working well 100% of the time but the listening experience is out of this world.

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          That’s amazing Gabriel! I like Bose products and in fact recommended it to @suvansh 4 years back - he’s loved every bit of it and they are as good as new even now.

          The only major downside I see is the heavy price tag. Otherwise, as you said, they sound really amazing :-)

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          Great story Lindsay :) Really interesting background!

          I’m curious to know about how you’re dealing with a workload increase as a mom & a remote worker.

          The great thing with remote work is the work-life balance, but there’s also the part where work is always there (constant messages on Slack, urgency, deadlines, etc), it doesn’t stop when you come home like normal jobs.

          How do you manage those two parts of your life?

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            Oh that is a really important question! I actually just published an article talking about how remote workers can carve out time for rest and create restful practices: https://www.doublefourteen.com/post/7-ways-to-rest-for-remote-workers.

            So I’d say start there.

            But I would also add that I think it’s important to take stock of 2 things:

            1. when are you really experiencing a work surge with absolutely unavoidable deadlines. If you are in the middle of work surge, take a few mins to plan how you can get as much done as possible during your normal work hours (whenever those are). I’ve found that with this kind of planning, I often can actually finish during work hours. If you’re still working late, have a contingency plan. I have a couple, and I will write about those soon.

            2. Develop really clear delineations between work time and not-work time that you subtly or explicitly communicate to your team. For example, I try very hard to avoid sending any emails over the weekend and late at night, even though I do sometimes work those hours. (I schedule my emails to be sent at a different time). I also make a rule that, unless it is absolutely urgent, I don’t respond to work text/Slack/etc. messages out of work hours. I do sometimes check these, but it sets a precedent for my boundaries.

            This is a super important question though, and I’ll work on a full article about it. I’ve definitely experienced my share of work-related all-nighters that I probably could have avoided.

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            Hey Kevin. Pretty nice content idea! I didn’t really thought about the lighting and climate aspect but it’s so much important.

            I was pretty much working anywhere when I started remote work but nothing beats a home office in my opinion.

            You could add a part about digital nomad travel kit or the toolbox for remote workers in coworking station? I have worked on an article about my first year experience as a remote worker and I added a part about my everyday tools.

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              Hey Alexandra. We are using Donut for weekly coffee chat and last Christmas we used https://www.pizzatime.xyz/ to enjoy a nice pizza pie all at the same time.

              I’m trying to push our remote culture forward and I discovered recently a remote escape room. It might be something we might consider in the future. Here’s the link: https://www.tryreason.com/moonshot/

              If you’re focusing on shooting “great work everyone”, I have tested https://joinassembly.com/ a couple of weeks ago but it’s didn’t work for us. It can be great for peer-to-peer recognition tho.

              Hope this help!

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                Wow, those are really interesting services! I know of an alternative to Assembly called HeyTaco (where the coins are tacos instead) - why didn’t Assembly work for your team?

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                  It was an engagement problem. Not everyone was on board and they didn’t use the platform that much. It can work for you but you need to remind the team to use it I guess.

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                I think for me, the blocker has always been the feeling that the experience on a personal laptop, might not be mirrored in a virtualized setup. My past experience through VPN, etc. has been a bit laggy.

                But maybe better software can make that experience more seamless, so pretty interested to see your product :).

                P.S. Followed you on PH!

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                  Hey Karthik,

                  Totally understandable feeling. To be honest I was kind in the same situation before. I would say that it depend of the different virtualization software.

                  My experience so far is that a cloud computer is wayyyy more fast than my owned laptops and that I don’t experience lags a lot. Quick self-promotion: We provide 7 days supports at V2 Cloud with technical experts so, if you have any problems, it’s solved fast.

                  Last thing I would say is that a VPN can be an interesting choice, but it depends of what you’re doing on your desktop. On a virtual desktop, the resources are defined and completely dedicated to each cloud computer, this means that each machine works independently of the others, which may be important to highly regulated or secured environments.

                  Hope I was able to educate you on the subject :) Feel free to ask me any questions you might have!

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                    Thanks Gabriel, this was indeed pretty educational. Clearly, I haven’t used the right software for such a use case. So would really be interested to give it a try some time!

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                  Sounds interesting! Yeah, I wonder if latency would be an issue, and if employees would have concerns about remote work surveillance.

                  Followed you on PH too :)

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                    Hey Alexandra,

                    Latency can be an issue depending of the datacenters location. If you’re cloud computer is located near a datacenter, you should not have any problems with this.

                    However, you can still encounter problems because of your local connection. I traveled in SEA in January through March and I was connected to a datacenter in Singapore. Except a few bad wifi network, the performance of my laptop was great.

                    For remote work surveillance, I believe it can be useful for freelancers since people have gotten bad experience before. The in-house surveillance is possible but since remote work is a different thinking, it’s only checked by management when something is going wrong (a lot of missed deadlines by example).

                    Hope I was able to help :)

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                    Surely an intriguing read Gabriel! I always thought performance is worse off on a virtual desktop because transfer of data over the internet creates a significant lag. Please correct me if I am wrong here.

                    After reading this, I would surely like to give VD a try. Could you help me with a recommendation that probably is free or has a free trial?

                    P.S: Wish you the very best for your PH launch! Just followed you there :-)

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                      Hey Cathy,

                      Virtualization used to be laggy and only accessible for enterprise with a huge IT budget. That’s not the case anymore with a handful of desktop-as-a-service offer.

                      The possibility of experiencing a slow virtual desktop can happen, but it’s all about managing your cloud computer resources right.

                      I’m working at V2 Cloud and we’re launching our basic pricing later this week, feel free to give it a try :)

                      And feel free to ask me any questions you might have!

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                        Ah! That’s very nice. Will surely give it a try :-)

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                      Remote team equals worldwide talents. Some snob VC might keep their eyes on the Bay area but at the end, what matters in the team inside of the startup and not the localization of it.

                      If a team is able to function correctly and scale fast, it’s logical to invest in it. Whether they are all in physical distance of each other or distributed all around the world.

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                        That’s right Gabriel. I believe VCs always deemed remote as a risk factor and now that mindset is up for a radical change.

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                        I believe it all depend on the industry. However, everything starts with value.

                        Like Ashley said, giving away POC is a solid idea to get started. A great way to do that is to start documenting your processes.

                        Ask yourself:

                        If I die, and someone needs to keep my business running, what are my steps-by-steps guide to show them how to do the work?

                        I’m using Notion to document my work with a lot of screenshots combine with Loom for video. It’s time-consuming but it’s worth it.

                        Make a solid POC from that and afterward, use it to close your more difficult clients.

                        But be careful. If you’re giving away value, you should make sure your “lead” is warm enough to be converted.

                        It should be use as a gift if the person seems geniously interested, not something you only throw away to everyone.

                        I’m all for added value, but there’s a difference between having the resources to provide ultimate resources to become a re-known source of knowledge versus showing that you can walk the talk when working with your customers.

                        LinkedIn might be a nice way to start building your personal brand. Hope this can help.

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                          Hey guys! Gabriel here.

                          Thanks for your comments :) I remember when I collaborated with remote.tools on this testimony. A lot has changed since then. Our team is bigger, I visited SE Asia before the COVID-19 outbreak, and I’m now CMO of V2 Cloud (and currently looking for an intern).

                          Feel free to ask me details about this article and share your stories about remote work!

                          Cheers.

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                            I’m sure it will reduce the number of people traveling as digital nomads. At the same time, once you’re committed to spend your life around the world without attachment to your home, I don’t think all of them will be bothered by this.

                            About the digital nomad lifestyle;

                            I believe it’s cool to travel as a digital nomad while being paid at the same time.

                            I did Spain/Portugal & SE-Asia in the last year.

                            But for me, productivity will always beat trying to work while visiting the world. Long travel trips can be done to relax and get your mind off things, but I make real achievements from my home office or a co-working space.

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                              Been fully-remote for a year and more—I believe it’s the best way to work :)

                              My best advice would be that you cannot over-communicate. Feel free to share your results afterward!

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                                That’s great Gabriel - hoping and working towards being successful at this too!

                                For sure, super advice! Need to instil the mentality to over communicate in everyone.

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                                Cool way to explain it! My friends are not really tech-savvy people so I’m using a garden analogy to talk about SEO;

                                SEO is like a garden. Your keywords are like differents plants & flowers. Your domain is your garden soil. Light, Water, and Manure are your On-page, Off-page, and Technical SEO efforts. And Google Algorithm updates are bad or good weather. Everybody wants to have a beautiful garden. But everyone wants their crops to grow fast. Patience is the key.

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                                  Thanks Gabriel :)

                                  That’s a beautiful explanation too! Like the addition of Google’s algorithm as good and bad weather, haha.