Remote Letter #9

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present." - Bill Keane

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News & Views

Our remote work future is going to suck
While the upsides to remote work are true, for many people remote work is a poison pill — one where you are given “control” in the name of productivity in exchange for some pretty nasty long-term effects. In reality, remote work makes you vulnerable to outsourcing, reduces your job to a metric, creates frustrating change-averse bureaucracies, and stifles your career growth. The lack of scrutiny our remote future faces is going to result in frustrated workers and ineffective companies.

Dream Remote Work Locations
In this study, CIA Landlord has revealed the top international locations to move to post lockdown to save on expenses while still earning your current salary and living abroad in a similar time zone, either permanently or temporarily. The study takes into account a variety of cost and popularity factors to highlight the best destinations that both save your pocket and allow for some escapism!

Permanent WFH sounds great. But it's harder than it sounds
The spread of Coronavirus forced many companies to go remote. And some have already pledged to make the work style permanent. Twitter (TWTR) said some employees who want to work from home permanently can, and Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg said as many as 50% of the company's employees could be working remotely within the next five to 10 years. Google announced Monday that it would allow workers to remain remote until July 2021, but stopped short of committing to a permanent shift. But sustaining a remote workforce over the long-term is easier said than done. We've seen companies have work-from-home policies only to eventually bring workers back to the office.

Where Do Digital Nomads Pay Their Taxes?
Whether rightly or wrongly, digital nomads have appeared to gain reputation as tax dodgers. This article attempts to explain the general laws of the land regarding taxation and de-bunk the myth that digital nomads do not pay any tax whatsoever. This article is not just for digital nomads though, this applies equally to any remote worker. Even those who are working remotely during this pandemic.

Remote Work Drives Surge In Telecommunications Business
Local telecommunications companies are busier than they’ve been in years, with investments in upgrades to handle remote worker demands. In March, Traverse City businesses like Anavon Technology Group and Ascomnorth saw a surge in calls and contracts that coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic closures. Now, area businesses are evaluating their next steps. Anavon Technology Group Vice President Michael Madsen says that investing in technology upgrades has become a top priority.


Discussions

How much do you need to earn to be a nomad?
Hi, I´ve been checking this subreddit for a while, I live in Mexico and work as a freelance translator for a company based on the US, the salary I earn is pretty good to live where I live but it wouldn't be enough to live in the US or Europe, not even close. So I wondered if somebody with a "low income" could actually try being a digital nomad, I´ve read a lot of you are either from the US or Europe so you get a higher income and have no problems moving anywhere (literally), but I see that a lot of you also work in places where everything is relatively cheap, maybe Asian countries or something like that?

My experience getting my first few clients, and 5 tips
I’ve lurked around this subreddit for a while but just recently landed my first handful of freelance clients (web & graphic design). Wanted to share what worked for me and try to keep the advice as unique as possible so I can help out those just starting in the freelance world.

Are we about to enter a golden age of remote work?
Where since one can work from anywhere, one can take advantage of it by moving somewhere dirt cheap and keep the same wage? Is it illegal to just up & move without telling your company, as long as you're 100% remote & all communication is electronic anyway? Say if you did it any way, and kept your hours the same to not raise suspicions that you moved to another time zone, an you be caught? Are there any penalties to doing this (assuming the pandemic ends but the remote work stays)?

Launching a digital product/platform w/ a freelancer
So I hired a freelancer about 2 months ago to develop a toolkit for my companies' own use in the industry we operate in. A couple weeks ago I thought, why not turn what we're building for our own use and make it available so anyone in our industry can use it as well. So while the freelancer I hired is developing the backend, I have a bit of frontend experience, so I'm doing what I can as well in that area. What we're building won't necessarily be its own brand identity, as I'm thinking of just making it a product under my existing companies' umbrella.

PSA - Airlines have or are introducing limits on how many lithium batteries you are allowed
Note: there has always been a limit on the massive 100Wh+ lithium batteries you can travel with of 2. And you needed airlines permission ahead of time to travel with them. This new limit i am talking about is for batteries < 100 Wh which is all the stuff normal people travel with. Couple of days ago i flew into Osaka Japan airport from Kyushu. You already know all lithium battery products must be carry-on, and if they can be removed they must have been. Apart from a Macbook only thing i take carry-on is a camera bag, water flask, and wireless mouse. With a tray each for Macbook and camera bag( Sony mirrorless and Osmo Action), and my few pocket items(powerbank, watch, keys, phone). All my batteries for cameras travel in its bag.


Podcasts

Remote Show Live with Barb Collombin, Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University (The Remote Show)
In this second episode of our Remote Show live, recorded earlier in June, were were able to dive deep into the nuances of remote education. Barb has an extensive work history that spans marketing, small business ownership, writing and finally teaching (or guiding, as Bard likes to say) students in the realm of communication and culture.

Nomad Stories EP6 with Aline Dahmen | Nomad Soulmate (Nomad Stories)
Aline talks about her own nomad dating story, how she met her partner and why she has a homebase in Bali. She shares tips on building community, what you can do about the typical dating challenges, about her new venture with building a dating app for their community and the greater vision for the next years to come.

Andreas Klinger on how to operate your company remotely without experience (Inside Remote)
Andreas Klinger shares practical tips and tricks on how to operate your company during lockdown. This is a great episode for everyone who is struggling to operate their company remote or doesn't have experience doing it and wants to learn how to survive and make the most out of this situation.