Remote Letter #15

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Why Silicon Valley workers who relocate for remote work face pay cuts
Silicon Valley workers who opt to take advantage of remote work policies and relocate to other cities during the coronavirus pandemic may face pay cuts to account for their new cost-of-living expenses. VMware Inc., a software firm based in Palo Alto, California, has begun allowing some of its staffers to transition to permanent remote work. Workers who move from Silicon Valley, one of the country’s most expensive places to live, to other less-expensive cities experience significant salary adjustments, Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

[Monitor] More firms adopting remote work system
Some 88.4 percent of companies (among top 100 companies by revenue) have implemented remote work systems since the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey by the Korea Employers’ Federation showed. Some 8.7 percent said they were not considering a work-from-home system at the moment. But they said they would review it if the social-distancing measures reach level 3.

How to Become a Digital Nomad – Guide to Taxes and Business Registration
Believe it or not, around 5 million people in the US alone consider themselves digital nomads and additional 17 million aspire to one day become nomadic. And this data comes from before the pandemic! With more and more companies embracing remote work beyond the temporary, with worldwide restrictions for the number of people in office buildings, digital nomadism is a rising trend. And rightly so! In this article we won’t discuss the basic steps for becoming a digital nomad since there’s publications already covering those. Instead, we’ll focus exactly on the one boring thing most articles on this topic miss. That is, your digital nomadic taxes! Let’s dive in.

Remote-work visas will shape the future of work, travel and citizenship
During lockdown, travel was not only a distant dream, it was unlawful. Some even predicted that how we travel would change forever. Those in power that broke travel bans caused scandals. The empty skies and hopes that climate change could be tackled were a silver lining, of sorts. COVID-19 has certainly made travel morally divisive. Amid these anxieties, many countries eased lockdown restrictions at the exact time the summer holiday season traditionally began. Many avoided flying, opting for staycations, and in mid-August 2020, global flights were down 47% on the previous year. Even so, hundreds of thousands still holidayed abroad, only then to be caught out by sudden quarantine measures.

Remote working: Best visas around the world for adventurous digital nomads
As the pandemic moulds us into an even more digital-first society, workers and employers have come to realise that plenty of jobs can be done entirely online. With a computer, decent broadband connection and a little self-discipline, you can work from just about anywhere in this new era. But who says working “from home” has to be your home? Or that “remote working” can’t be truly remote? Destinations are cottoning on to the opportunities presented by a whole new breed of digital nomads and are offering visas to match. Here are some of the best places to potentially see out the pandemic without having to quit the day job.


Principles for being a Nomad during COVID.
Curious what the situation is. If things are getting better I'd love to Nomad somewhere in the winter but don't want to do it irresponsibly. What are some guidelines people have been doing in this time.

Did anyone ever get a remote job without experience?
I am currently a student on the learning path I have completed some minor projects that employed machine learning and data science techniques. I am currently learning web development via The Odin project. I have no experience working in any organisation is it possible for me to land a remote job? Can you guys share how you landed your first remote job or what resources and websites to use for the purpose? Or should I complete my web development learning and then apply? Thanks

Is it better to stay in my home country, Ireland, or work remotely from continental Europe during the covid pandemic?
I am considering is it better to stay in Dublin or to travel to continental Europe, considering Italy, France and Spain, but also open to others. I will be working remotely until early 2021, but that could be further extended. In your assessment is this a reasonable opportunity to travel and work remotely. I would enjoy the warmer climate, the new culture and setting, as well as the relatively lower accommodation costs. The one concern is around the covid pandemic, and the risks of traveling during same, particularly if one had the misfortune of requiring treatment abroad (likely in another language).


Playfulness at work with Teresa and Stephanie (The World of Work)
James and Jane are joined by Teresa and Stephanie to speak about playfulness and laughter. The conversation explores what playfulness and laughter are, how they affect us as people, how they affect teams and specifically how they affect creativity in work.

Remote Mentoring with Stacy Cassio (Remotely Prepared)
Greg & Colin sit down with Stacy Cassio, founder of the Pink Mentor Network, a women's-focused mentoring network based out of Charlotte, NC. Like many organizations, the Pink Mentor Network made the flip to remote months ago and has subsequently extended its reach and expanded its activities. We talk about Stacy's journey, mentoring in a remote environment, and women's issues in the workforce and mentoring.