Remote Letter #14

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"Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important." - Stephen Covey

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News & Views

250+ Remote Work Tools: The Complete List [2020 Updated]
The most complete list of remote work tools on the internet. Find collaboration, productivity, finance, documents, payments, communication, project management tools and many others.

Remote Work Is Killing the Hidden Trillion-Dollar Office Economy
For a decade, Carlos Silva has been gluing, nailing, and re-zippering shoes and boots at Stern Shoe Repair, a usually well-trafficked shop just outside the Metro entrance at Union Station in Washington, D.C. On a typical day, he would arrive at 7 a.m. and stay until 8 p.m., serving the crowds of professionals shuttling by on their way to work. But since the near-shutdown of office work and train travel, he has been closing the shop at 4 p.m. “There is no traffic, my friend. The whole station is dead,” says Silva. “Now it’s only a part-time job.”

Tips for creating a productive home office in the remote work era
In recent months, millions of people have transitioned from the standard office to the virtual workplace due to the coronavirus pandemic. While some organizations initially adopted remote work policies to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in the short term, some companies have made long-term commitments to remote work in the years ahead. Needless to say, working from home does come with its own set of challenges. To assist, we've compiled a list of tips to keep in mind when designing a productive, dedicated workspace in the era of remote collaboration.

Beyond work from home: Why ‘digital nomads’ think they’re the future of remote life
With much of the professional world shifting to remote work and widespread acceptance of the concept among previously skeptical corporate management, the traditional idea of work-life balance is being pushed in new directions, including a concept of remote work-life-tourism never before imagined. Drew Sing, a fully remote growth product manager at a technology start-up, has been living and working from Lisbon, Portugal, since the beginning of March, after a few months in London. He had planned to fly back to the U.S. in May, and had even booked three flights back, each with a 24-cancellation policy, but when he looked at the Covid-19 trends in the U.S. versus Europe, “each day I spent here I said, ‘I think I will stay.’ I think this is a safe place to stay during these unprecedented times.’”

Stephen Olmstead of inVision about approaching remote work as a fully distributed team
Stephen Olmstead is the Chief of Staff at the fully remote company inVision, the well-known digital product design platform. As the right-hand to the inVision CEO he takes part in a lot of parts of a well-working fully distributed remote-first company. What it took to grow a fully distributed business over almost a decade and how this all changes in the times of COVID-19 in our interview.


Discussions

What's a service/app you couldn't live without as a digital nomad?
I'm a big fan of Bike Flights, SafetyWing, Uber, and LugLess, but curious about the other options out there from fellow nomads.

Fair warning - this one is going to be depressing - I wish I didn't go freelance
I've posted here about my ups-and-downs with freelancing over the 2 years that I have been doing this full time, but I haven't posted anything in a long time. I'm at a point where I am thinking of quietly closing my solo-business and returning to a regular jobey-job. 2020 has been fucking devastating for my business. I won't go in to the details, but my income has dropped significantly. On top of that, my wife and I separated toward the end of last year and we're now getting to the point of dividing assets. My intention was to keep the house (she doesn't want it anyway) and buy her out of it.

Do I have to tell my current employer I’ve started freelancing?
I’m going to start freelancing/volunteering my skills to build a portfolio as I’m fairly new, but I have a job as a Marketing Assistant currently. Is this still considered a conflict of interest that I’d have to address with them?


Podcasts

Remote Work Secrets with Frank Cottle (The Remote CEO Show)
In this episode of The Remote CEO Show, I had the pleasure to interview Frank Cottle. Frank is the Founder and CEO of Alliance Virtual Offices. Frank is a truly experienced business leader and a renowned speaker and his focus, like you probably guessed, is remote work, and that is the reason why I absolutely wanted him on the show.

Building a Future for The Remotekind with Darren Buckner (All Remote Podcast)
In this episode, Anja talks to Darren Bucker, co-founder and CEO of Workfrom. Darren shares his perspective on why building a resilient and caring team is essential for the overall wellbeing. We reflect on the recent changes in the way we do work due to COVID-19.