During my weekend of writing I focused on a new manuscript which explores the varied pathways different remote and virtual workers find themselves working across.
As an increasing number of people find themselves working in the remote space, we find that many different people are attracted to the work.
From start-ups, to remote workers attached to organizations, from those who want to Work From Home (WFH) to digital natives who want to Work From Anywhere.
There are many different pathways which bring us to, and along, the remote work landscape. Let’s look at some of the various pathways. Across the landscape of virtual today we find:
- Fully virtual businesses with no physical hub – Consider organizations like Zapier, Buffer and Articulate. Look at Zapier’s article highlighting different companies that are remote.
- Digital Nomads who work from anywhere. Marketing specialists, writers and other freelancers can embrace the freedom of the “road” and sky as they continue work while travelling. WFA – Work From Anywhere is becoming the GO TO phrase for those who work anywhere.
- WFH - Those who work from home, from customer service, to global team members, to freelancers. Working from home provides unique challenges as well as opportunities.
- Remote Solopreneurs - From graphic designers to coaches, many solopreneurs opt to establish a virtual business.
- Remote workers for larger companies - Whether they work remote once a week or every day, many companies are looking to provide the flexibility and convenience of remote work. It also can offset the footprint costs of large office space in big cities.
- Virtual Team leaders who work with team members across a region or country.
What are the things you enjoy?
Benefits of remote work can include:
- Flexibility to work when and where you want
- Greater autonomy
- Fewer distractions
- Reduced commute time
- Smaller ecological footprint (yes, flying and driving and commuting does add up very quickly)
As I shared last month, there can be a number of pitfalls to remote work as well (LINK TO PITFALLS article) including unclear boundaries between work and the rest of your life, the challenge of matrix relationships, and the sense of isolation many remote workers feel.
If you work remote, what are the things you enjoy about remote work?
What do you find challenging?
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