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What to Do If You’re Not as Productive as You Promised

March 13, 2017
Un-productive guy

Switching to working remotely seemed like a fantastic idea. It would be a win-win for everyone. You were so excited by how productive you were going to be without the usual office interruptions – no more pinging of everyone’s phones, no more trying to focus while people talk about the latest episode of Game of Thrones across your desk.

You’d be in control of your own destination (and thermostat – no more wearing 5 layers so you don’t freeze to death before lunchtime) and you dreamt of all the work you could get done now you really had room to spread out.

Unfortunately, reality hit and you began to realize how much time you suddenly spend: (check all that apply)

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Doing laundry or dishes because you now actually have to look at all the chores you haven’t done.

Check markDriving kids around to and from school/appointments/classes/friend’s houses

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Answering questions from your kids once they get home from school

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Watching Netflix

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Maybe You’re Not Ready for Self-Employment

January 5, 2017
Self-employment
This is something I have really been struggling with lately. I haven’t wanted to admit it to myself, but I also know that we learn from our experiences, both good and bad. I’ve been self-employed as a freelance jane-of-all-trades business developer on and off for the last 7 years. And while there have been periods of sufficient income, there are the low periods as well where I was scraping by. I’m at a point right now where I’ve decided that 100% self-employment probably isn’t the best fit for me at this point in my life. Queue the search for a complimentary career that will allow me to continue pursuing my passions (helping businesses grow) and afford me the freedom and flexibility I need in a job to maintain my sanity.

I believe that it’s possible to find a J.O.B. that will allow me to continue using my entrepreneurial spirit. Here are some of the benefits I see to putting full-time self-employment aside (until you’re really ready)

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What Does Flexible Working Mean?

January 4, 2017
Flexible Working
Flexible working at the beach

Squeezing in some work at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Flexible working feels like a bit of a global goal at the moment, with as many as 80% of North American companies offering some type of flexible working arrangements.

“I think everyone could use some more flexibility in his or her life and I think the expectation will be that jobs in the future incorporate at least some of these aspects.”

What I’ve come to discover is that the term ‘flexible’ means something different to almost everyone I speak to. Recently I’ve been interviewing a number of people who are working remotely and one of my first questions is always “why do you like being location independent”. Their answer is usually “I like the flexibility” so I began to probe a little deeper on what they meant when they said “flexibility” 

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Flexible Working – a Legal Right?

December 19, 2016
Flexible Working

Flexible working is a hot topic these days. I’ve been observing conversations taking place around Canada about whether the country should make flexible working a legal right. The Liberal government is considering a change to the Canadian Labour Code that will make it a legal right for employees to request more flexible working conditions (eg. flexible working hours or the ability to work from home) without fear of negative repercussions from their boss.

The UK has recently adopted similar changes to flexible working; maybe it’s time for other countries to hop on board?

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Digital Nomad Profile: Dani Tate Stratton

December 13, 2016
Dani Tate-Stratton
Skog Wedding Invitation

Skog Wedding Invitation

What do you do professionally?

I’m a freelance graphic designer who doesn’t like to be geographically tied down. My husband and I have a seasonal woodworking company called Skog.

How did you come to be living a digital nomad lifestyle?

I had an office job at a magazine in Tokyo. When I moved back to Canada to go back to school, I knew I would be returning to Japan in a year, so instead of giving my job up completely we worked out a way for me to work remotely. Unfortunately, with the time zone difference, I was expected to be available from 6pm-3am on weekdays and was also going to school full time!

Although it was sometimes a challenge, I realized how much I liked the flexibility. After finishing school, I continued working remotely for the Japanese magazine for another 5 years and found some other clients which enabled me to turn freelancing into a full-time job.

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Living the Dream – Work Anywhere in the World

December 12, 2016
Peta working remotely

My career goal in the past 3 years has been to have a fulfilling career that will enable me to work anywhere.

I had an operations position in a small startup. As with most startups, this meant I did a little of everything – marketing, HR, financials, logistics, admin.

I had spent a few weeks here and there proving that working from a remote location was possible – there had been a few weeks on Vancouver Island on the West Coast of Canada and a few weeks in the UK where everything had gone very smoothly, bar the occasional phone call where it had been a little challenging to find a quiet corner amongst 10 of my closest family members!

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Digital Nomad Profile: Peta Williams

December 9, 2016
Working Remotely in Split, Croatia

What do you do professionally?

I am Director of Chaos Management for Sheldrake & Ross where I look at processes and data to identify how systems can be simplified and automated.

I have knowledge of many different productivity tools coupled with a great deal of experience helping small businesses and non-profits to run as efficiently as possible.

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Digital Nomad Profile: Barb Erickson

December 1, 2016
Barb Erickson

Barb Erickson

What do you do professionally?
I’m an executive assistant for 2 real estate agents. I have administrative and social media/marketing duties.
 
How are you able to do this job remotely?
As long as there is wifi and a printer I can do my job anywhere. Generally, my bosses are not in the office so they don’t need me to be in a particular location.
 
What do you love most about your lifestyle?
Flexibility – I can work in different environments for a change of scenery and can shift my hours around when I need to.
I really like not being dependent on other people.
 
Is there anything you don’t like about your lifestyle?
It can be a little lonely by myself sometimes. It is sometimes nice to be in an office where people are bouncing ideas off one another.
 
What do you find most challenging about being location independent?
Not knowing where my bosses are or being able to get hold of them. We’re now sharing calendars and working more effectively.
I’m also still learning a lot of the technical platforms which can be challenging.
 
What tools, equipment and platforms do you use and are you happy with them?

  • Macbook Air
  • Dropbox
  • Microsoft Office
  • Pages/Numbers (Mac)
  • Google Calendar
  • Constant Contact
  • Bespoke Intranet
  • Skype

 
Of all the places you’ve worked remotely, which were your favourite and why?
A hotel resort overlooking an ocean in Parksville, BC
 

Where have you traveled and worked? Where do you plan to travel?
I love tropical hot spots, especially Hawaii.