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)
On social media
Doing laundry or dishes because you now actually have to look at all the chores you haven’t done.
Driving kids around to and from school/appointments/classes/friend’s houses
Answering questions from your kids once they get home from school
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)
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”
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.
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.
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.