The expanding trend for work flexibility has taken over almost the entire world. From the IT sector to the health care sector, each industry offers certain roles that can be executed without stepping out of your comfort zone with ease. Whether it's the trend or the cost-cutting element for companies or their intention to provide employees with much-preferred options, everybody is deriving benefits from it.
Earlier, remote employees tended to be low-level data-entry positions, developers, or designers. But the rapid advancement of technology is driving the popularity of Remote Work in the corporate sector. Since the growing trend and demand for flexible work is on a massive scale, it has encouraged many CEO's to transform their companies into the Remote ones. And for many struggling Remote Workers to establish their own Remote companies or consultancies to advocate 'Remote Work' in a better way.
Well, it is indeed said that "the best view comes after the hardest climb," and these 4 CEO's have proved it. So, have a look at their stories -
Carl Jonathan Hudtwalcker
Co-Founder - Hudtwalcker and Co. AS and Hudtwalcker Consulting
Carl founded his own consulting company - Hudtwalcker Consulting, in the year 2013, which provides services in education, IT, AI. Currently, it is engaged by the App, a speech technology in which the company is working on location and robot training. Apart from this, he also founded a Norwegian NGO - Cariad, which works to strengthen education initiatives abroad, starting in Myanmar, and aiming to release synergies from inter-religious cooperation.
Cariad is concerned with close collaboration with local stakeholders, enabling them to create long-term solutions as real and long-term impact are the components of self-sustainability.
On being asked about why he started working remotely, he said,
I focus on the broader aspects of the Work, what kind of change they are bringing along through doing that type of Work. As it may be pretty tiresome task to task, it's pretty impressive the systems we are contributing to building or the intelligence we are training in the whole of it. Remote Work is another concept of innovation and breaking the stereotypes of work culture, and I think one can never get a better opportunity than this.
According to Carl, location independence and creating broader mindsets drove him the idea of working remotely.
Anyway, I wish him all the very best for his future endeavors!
SellerPlex and AMZ Pathfinder Shared Marketing Director
From San Diego, California, Matthew started working as a Remote Worker for all the possible lifestyle of travel and easy-going work. He works with SellerPlex and AMZ Pathfinder as their shared marketing director. He also hosts a podcast - 'The Remotise Podcast,' wherein he brings on remote workers and talks about how they made this lifestyle work for them.
Matthew dreamt of going remote back in 2010 but never pulled the trigger because he never felt if he's ready to work that day. It wasn't until 2018 when a friend of Matthew asked him to help him with marketing. His friend offered him to travel and live in the Philippines, and so he agreed and commenced working with him.
For Matthew, working remotely was not what he expected, but instead, it was beyond his expectations as he loved this sort of work culture. For him, Remote Work is not only the most rewarding way to live, but it's rather challenging. Having derived so much of exposure from working remotely, Matthew said, "I think there are aspects of working remotely that require so much mindset changes." Well, this defines his zest and sincerity towards achieving significant accomplishments.
A message from Matthew to all the aspiring Remote Workers -
Remote Work is not for everyone. Successfully creating a work/life balance becomes harder, and at the same time, linch-pinning yourself becomes more of a priority. Community, networking, and communication matter more in a remote environment.
I wish him all the good luck and deem him to flourish more and more in life!
From Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States, Jessica Hagmaier is undoubtedly an epitome of triumph in Remote Working industry as she has worked as a Remote Worker for eight years. She commenced working with Craigslist in Houston, Texas, in the year 2012, where she mostly worked from home underboss' supervision but then thought of going fully remote.
Later, in 2015, she moved back to Colorado Springs and continued working for the same company as a Remote Worker and worked till 2018. In the same year, she established her own remote company in contract with other remote workers.
On being asked about how she felt working remotely and how did she grow much in this sphere, she said,
I love it! I wouldn't have been able to jump straight from corporate America (in an office) to be fully remote without the practice of working for the company in Houston... I wouldn't have been disciplined enough... but now you couldn't pay me to work in an office. I also love the freedom of being able to travel and work. For example, I travel at least once every few months... I get to take my son with me and can work from anywhere in the world that has wifi.
According to Jessica, it's very easy to blur the lines between the work-day and personal time. Also, she said that she tends to work more than she really should because she is in the process of building a business and want to take on as much work as possible and also if she's home she's not typically doing much of anything anyway, so why not work? As per her, it's also easy to become secluded and used to being alone or in your routine. She makes a conscious effort to make sure she works out of the house at least a few times a week and makes time for things that have absolutely nothing to do with work."
I wanted to know if she has faced any problems during her journey of working remotely so far. She addressed my question by saying, "No, I haven't really had any issues there... The one issue would probably be keeping everything straight. I communicate with clients through zoom, email, and text... but also use different platforms for different clients based on their preferences. For example... I currently have one client/Partner that uses Slack, another that uses Teamwork, two that use Basecamp, I communicate with several through UpWork and even one through Discord, which is traditionally used as a gaming communication app/platform."
Jessica conveys a message for all the peeps who all are intending to embark on their career as a Remote Worker - "Don't be afraid to dive in... you never know what you're capable of if you don't try... The reason I work remotely is that I value freedom more than anything... sure I love money... but more than that, I value the freedom it affords... working remotely compounds that value exponentially."
I wish her all the good luck for her future desires and hope she outshines all.
Owner of India Works Remotely Consultancy
Women indeed have the power to manage things beautifully and that too without complaining. And so, Bhagyashree made this happen eight years ago when she commenced working remotely eight years ago with a Data Analysis and Trend Analysis Company. Belonging to Udaipur, Rajasthan, Bhagyashree got Married to an Army Officer.
It was surely not a piece of cake for her to have a thought of quitting her job to be with her husband. However, she managed things gracefully by choosing to work with this company in Bangalore, which let her work remotely while traveling with her husband.
Since ever then, she always worked remotely with international teams. She further told me about her experience wherein she told me that she has worked in teams as big as 200 employees and as small as 3-4 people, ranging from large, billion-dollar startups to small bootstrapped ones.
Working remotely has given her an enhanced lifestyle, which she elaborated by saying, "I am a new mother, and yes, working remotely is helping me strike the perfect personal and professional life balance."
On being asked about if she faces any problems while working remotely, she said,
Yeah, the biggest problem is in communication. It is never instant (even on Slack or such tools); the delay in clarification and replies can be frustrating. Plus, when you haven't met in person, there could be a lot of assumptions in terms of way of speaking, tone, etc. which could add to office drama. But for this, Team retreats are the best way to solve this issue. It is not a perk, but such meetings are a necessity for teams to bond and understand each other better.
Bhagyashree is an avid advocate for remote Work, and is currently running her consultancy for marketing and remote operations and also owns India's only remote job board - India works remotely group on Facebook.
I wish her all the very best for her future endeavors!
What is your story?
Well, these were their success stories. What about you? Haven't planned to go remote yet? If no, then I guess these inspiring stories will surely thrive you and your employees to get a better lifestyle while working remotely!
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