This was such an issue for me I built a biz around it. My company GoGoDone is virtual coworking. You sign up for a 90 or 120-minute session. The 90-minute ones are run in Pomodoros and are awesome for misc admin and checking emails. The 120-minute is two 50 minute sessions for deeper work. So signing up is basically time-blocking. All have brief networking breaks so you can get to know other bootstrappers and remote workers. Our ritual is to state what we're going to work on and then we all check-in with one another during the breaks. This is actually two layers of accountability - just working on zoom with other humans focused on work increases your own focus (we're communal creatures). Then the stating out loud and knowing you'll be asked about it is the next layer. I have tried to do Pomodoros on my own. NOTHING works for me better than setting an appointment with other people doing the same thing. It's like the difference between working out at home and going to a class. Everything you do is leveled up. AND we have fun. Remote work can be isolating. I pick what I'll be working on in each session of the day and it helps me prioritize, not overschedule and make sure I get stuff done.You can of course join us (www.gogodone.com) but it's a paid service. That being said, you can always develop your own group of folks for $0 who are committed to GSD!
Heather Chavin (she/her)
Remote Work Experience
I have worked remotely for a small business, half-time remote for a medium-sized company and now have launched my own business, GoGoDone Virtual Coworking Community so that I can do work I love from anywhere with AMAZING people. It's really a way to get the benefits of having positive, supportive coworkers without any office politics. Think accountability, masterminds, cheerleading, tough questions, other people's experiences, working with people from other countries in other industries -...
I worked a corporate job half-time in the office and a few other employees with long commutes did the same.
We had skype so you could see who was active if someone wanted to big-brother me and we had email/chat/video conference.
Reluctance for remote work is generally a management issue in my experience. Lack of trust in workers and lack of agreed-upon outcomes. If you have agreed upon outcomes and they're not being met, then intervene. If someone is regularly unsuccessful at home, send them to GoGoDone or Focus Bubbles and help them learn to self-manage. ;)
There will be some folks who can't work at home due to resources, family members also at home and possibly some safety issues if there's drug use/domestic violence (more common than you think). But if the employee wants to work from home and save commute time and pollution, make it happen!
I would not consider myself a pro with all tools. I'm strongest in Zoom as it the basis of my business https://www.gogodone.com. I have used most features in a variety of types of sessions and many improv and ice-breaker activities.
As for other tools, I would consider myself strongest with ClickUp, Mighty Networks, Buffer Publish and MentiMeter. As I'm in productivity, I might not be a match because I'm big on essentialism and figuring out how to use as few tools as possible - but use them well.
My real strength as a 44-year-old solopreneur is I get your audience (I too am one of them!) and I am experienced with adult learning theory, workshops, and presenting. I focus on story and interactivity. (I'll also be working remotely from Bonaire as a digital nomad on the date of the conference!)
I'm not totally understanding how a panel will be used to inform folks uncomfortable with tech? Are we doing any visual presenting or just talking about how we use tools and doing Q&A. And if you're already thinking I'm too high maintenance - no worries. I take "no" well. I'm a miser with my time. I only want to do something if I can meet or exceed expectations and really provide value.
If you're thinking, "Yeah! I love this lady asking a thousand questions!" then feel free to ping me. [email protected] :)
WoW ! There is some real talent here at Remote Clan. Thanks to all of you for your response. We only need one panelist for this topic; however, I have noted all in our resource file for future summits and programs.
Heather : Please check your inbox for an email from me and a LinkedIn invite
Federico : I would like more info on the SnapFIT; maybe we can help promote it at the summit. I sent you a message via LinkedIn
I'm an 'unintentional' Digital Nomad and the Originator of Digital Nomads Beyond 50. I left Texas in March 2020 to launch my nomad travel life with a 6 Countries x 6 Months itinerary and the plan to rinse-repeat in 2021 on forward.
Due to the pandemic, instead of returning to the states September-January for my work season, I stayed in Ecuador and pivoted my Medicare + Health Insurance business to remote work/travel. Now that I have experienced that opportunity, I'm happy to continue being...
Thanks for posting this Hrishikesh. As much of a gut-punch as it was to read. The leaders of this company are admired by many. Knowing that they're still steeped in white fragility and white silence is helpful for my research on how to be a good leader and where I spend my $$$. Definitely sharing this article with my community. I am currently doing DEI contract work with a company that recently became a B-corp with a goal to become an anti-racist organization and you absolutely can have amazing meetings on Zoom but it takes working with intention and setting up some guidelines and agreements. It takes a commitment to come back to the table after you screw it up. It takes a commitment to come to the table knowing there will be screw-ups. I'm on the team due to previous experience working with people with disabilities and mental health issues. I carry most of the privileges out there. I have and continue to put time and energy into understanding and identifying my privileges and biases and working to dismantle them in myself and hopefully in the larger systems where I participate.If you want to be a good leader, this work is a prerequisite. And it's just the right f-ing thing to do no matter who you are.
I'm a brain.fm-er too. For all y'all interested in trying it, I have a paid account meaning they give me a referral code so you can use it and get a free month: brain.fm/invite/MYpLvlQQJ7 (I don't benefit other than karma).
Also a huge fan of Buffer for ages. I run a virtual co-working community and I recommend Buffer to all the members of my premium community (that smaller group is focused on regularly promoting their biz on social and we give each other feedback and promote each other's posts). I also recommend Pablo and have promoted it in just about every presentation I've ever given on any topic!If you're still lonely come co-work with us! I've crafted in work cycles, connection points and accountability pieces so many folks find it more connecting than typical zoom co-working. Or check it out and "steal like an artist" and give it a go at Buffer - I'd love to pitch it to 100% remote companies at some point but I'm still working on automation and getting the right tech. Ah, solopreneurship...
Thanks for the kind words, Heather! I've heard lots about virtual coworking communities, I might give it a go one day. :)
There's an air of mystery about Hailley 😮. They haven't filled their profile yet.
THANK YOU for sharing. As soon as I can get back into my Airbnb, I'm going to carve out a more deliberate workstation!
Glad to be able to share it out with the community! I think that's a great idea - as a remote worker, I immediately skip through all of the listing photos to try and find the one or two workstation photos (if there are any).
There's an air of mystery about Patrick 😮. They haven't filled their profile yet.
Seems interesting, I think Airbnb has options for choosing long-term stays but unsure whether the parameters are helpful for remote workers.
I have filled out the survey, Patrick :)
There's an air of mystery about Shahul 😮. They haven't filled their profile yet.
Thanks so much! Airbnb does allow for long-term stays, but as a remote worker, I have felt that the parameters aren't that helpful.
I have an airbnb that I do long-term stays only with and I have booked long term stays. I just need a picture of the work station and if there's wifi but would love a requirement for business travel to list your mbps. I'm going to put that on my listing now!
Love this topic!
I hear you about the isolation of remote work. I run a start-up where remote workers come together for zoom work sessions and networking: www.gogodone.com and another person here whose name I'm blanking on but I think the group is called Focus Bubbles (someone tag this person! ;).
Another group I've run across is Cave Day that has longer work sessions. You can throw a rock and find others. I highly recommend exploring all of the different options as you'll know when you find your tribe as you say.
But I feel strongly that the human connection face-to-zoom-face is a big deal. I know you have your Atlanta Ladies and I hope you keep them - I'm just throwing my unsolicited advice around that you ALSO join another group that's not gender and geographically limited to expand your network considering your career goals. I have at least two pro photographers in my group and multiple authors and editors.
I think you're 100% right about the movement of remote work and tech. I'd add that unless you're in a service business, networking really needs to take place in the cloud too!
Loved reading your story! :)Heather
Thanks Heather! Great response. Also, I think we should meet and chat :) I will reach out via LI or your website. -Dawn (Focus Bubbles)
I am a productivity trainer helping people to be more efficient and effective with their time, energy, systems and specifically MS Office tools. I've worked from a home office myself for 25 years and supported remote workers for 10 years.
During Covid I started a pilot program to support dispersed teams and people newly working from home. I created a virtual coworking platform called Focus Bubbles and it started to take off, so I have launched it as a new business.
Yay Dawn! Thanks for jogging my memory. I'll head over to LinkedIn right now. :)
It's so funny folks are figuring out that the greater proportion of your employees are trustworthy when trusted. And those who are not will show themselves!
Hey Everyone! I'm an opera singer turned wellness guru (all things nutrition, yoga, and sound healing) that's now forging a mindful path with the #1 Flowstate app, Centered! I came to the tech start up world via my network marketing business with Arbonne, a holistic wellness company, which I've been building for the past 7 years. I help people to get healthy and happy through our wellness products. Unlike what I thought I knew about "one of those companies," Arbonne has truly been a game changer for me and I am so grateful that I decided to do something that so many were against. And now it has led me to the tech start up world working with Centered as a Growth Strategist!! I'm currently based out of Long Beach, NY, spend my winters in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico, and now looking for my next remote WFH destination. I'm so grateful to be here!!
I've been building a global virtual franchise for the past 7 years in the network marketing industry and wellness space. Now I'm adding another venture to my plate with a tech start up, Centered, which is transforming the way that we work!
Hey Sammi, it was nice reading about your journey 😃. Happy to have you here!
Been a remote worker all throughout my career. Of course have worked in an office setting as well, but only a few days or weeks at stretch primarily when working out of a client's office.
Thanks so much Ashley! It's great to connect with you. Looking forward to chatting with you more about all the things, and noodles of coure. ;-)
Hey Sammi - I'm just finishing up working from Cozumel. Love to hear your next stop. I'm currently reseraching Turks and Caicos, Bonaire and maybe the Caymans (scuba diving required!). Love to hear your criteria for choosing...besides good wifi! :)
Hey Heather, I'm all about the scuba diving too and I can speak on the beauty of Bonaire, hands down the best scuba I've down. Although I do hear amazing things about Turks and Caicos. At the moment, I'm up in NY for the sping and summer softball seasons with a short trip out to the west coast in May and then again in July. I'm looking for somewhere exotic for the fall and great scuba diving would be a total plus. I also love taking advantage of the value of the American dollar and making it stretch far. Let's connect, perhaps we can arrange a fun buddy dive trip.
Just got a notice of cheap flights to the Caribbean from Scott's Cheap Flights. Gonna try and score trips to Turks and Caicos, Belize and Bonaire. Then BACK to Utila off the coast of Honduras. I'll let you know my dates and where I (hopefully) find a hostel or cheap lodging...
Hey Sammi, welcome again :)
You've a truly inspiring journey -- look forward to chatting more on the Clan!
I have worked remotely on and off. For some time, back in 2014, I was freelancing and taking up remote projects. During the first half of 2019, I was working as a remote co-founder.
I'm Yessica, a product and content marketing expert with over 10 years of experience, based in Berlin after stints in São Paulo, London, Liverpool, and Lisbon. I specialise in B2B marketing and content strategy with a rich and diverse background in SaaS startups in European and Latin American markets.
I am also a literature lover and a published poet with a MA in Creative Writing and extensive journalism background. I am fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and English, and I'm slowly getting a grasp on German too.
How would I describe myself in one Gif?
I have been working remotely for over 5 years now: in Liverpool, Lisbon, and now, in Berlin.
LOVE this gif. Am pro weirdo...not sure I qualify but I aspire to. Also jealous of your many languages.
Welcome Yessica -- great to have you here :)
Wow, that's a super impressive background! You excel at the thing I am suck at - creative writing. Lots of learn from you!
Look forward to your posts on the Clan!
My name is Heather Chavin and I also have a start-up called GoGoDone Virtual Coworking Community. I incubated it in Seth Godin's alumni community where I'm also a coach for his altMBA program. It was growing slowly and steadily...and then I got laid off from my corporate job in professional development. It grew a lot faster once I could work full time on it!
I have a few hundred people in the community and run just under 30 coworking sessions per week with Euro- and Aussie-friendly times (and good for anyone in nearby time zones!). We also run two-week sprints and have a premium community where we promote each other's content on social media to build our businesses and side gigs.Been a remote worker for a decade and a half and was a mental health counselor before that. Needless to say, my community runs on the touchy-feely side of things but we do know how to GSD!!My fav gif is below because even superheroes have rough days. Give yourself a break already! ;)
Haha, totally love the GIF :)
Welcome Heather, glad to have you here!
Amazing to read about your experience -- curious, would you like to contribute your story to remote chronicles? Happy to share more details if you're interested!
Look forward to chat more on the Clan.
Thanks for the offer @hrishikesh - I just subscribed and would love to contribute my story to Remote Chronicles. I'm actually just finishing up six weeks of working remotely in Cozumel, MX so I could scuba dive in my downtime rather than watch the sad, sad rain out my Oregon window. I know a lot of remote workers who keep thinking about making that leap...happy to provide a shove. Or I can take any frame that you like for the blog. Share all the details and I'll get it in the todo system. :)Heather