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What It’s Like To Travel Through Latin America as A Solo Female Digital Nomad

‘Guys, I’m off. In two months I’m escaping Dutch winter for three months to explore what it’s like to venture around Latin America while working remotely — ‘digital nomad’ing’ as the hipsters call it. Oh and uh, I’m going by myself.’

Monday, Mar 5, 2018

What do you look for in a remote developer?

I’ve just created a blog for my future employer and potentially future clients, gotten testimonials from my previous clients, reading interview questions, anything else that I can do to improve my chances/add value to the company I’ll be joining?

How much money do people need to be happy?

Take three people. All are unmarried, 33-year-old women who live in the United States. One makes an annual salary of $40,000, another makes $120,000, and the third makes $200,000. Who do you think is the happiest?

Friday, Mar 2, 2018

State of Remote Work 2018 Report: What It’s Like to be a Remote Worker in 2018

With the goal to better understand the remote work landscape and to see where remote work is headed next, we teamed up with Workfrom and Hubstaff to collect data from over 1,900 remote workers around the world and create the first State of Remote Work report for 2018.

Estonia is launching a digital nomad visa

Though the visa is still in a preparation phase, Hindriks expects it will be launched in early 2019. Nomads who obtain the visa will be able to legally reside in Estonia for 365 days, and will also be entitled to a Schengen visa which allows them to visit member countries for up to 90 days

Thursday, Mar 1, 2018

The Tyranny of Convenience

So let’s reflect on the tyranny of convenience, try more often to resist its stupefying power, and see what happens. We must never forget the joy of doing something slow and something difficult, the satisfaction of not doing what is easiest. The constellation of inconvenient choices may be all that stands between us and a life of total, efficient conformity.

How we built a distributed, self-funded, family-friendly, profitable startup

A guide to how we work at Gruntwork.

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018

How to get yourself out of a funk

On Tuesday, I woke up feeling a bit tired, uninspired, and just generally not in the mood to tackle my to-do list for the day…So I asked on Twitter: “What do you do to get yourself moving when this happens to you?” I got tons of interesting responses, which I’ve organized into some broader categories in the hope that they’ll help someone out in the future.

Digital nomads are hiring and firing their governments

Governments are competing better to get talent into their countries, but now they need to work with nomads and global talent, and vice versa. We need to move toward a more expansive view that people can have multiple nations, and nations can share a single person. We all need to engage deeper with the places we live globally, and realize that it is not someone else’s job to make our neighborhood right.

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018

Working remotely, 4 years in

I live in Montreal. 4 years ago, I decided to take a job working remotely for a company based in San Francisco. At the time, I was worried that it wouldn’t work out – I’d never worked remotely before, so it was a pretty big unknown for me… So here are some thoughts about what I think has made it work for me.

The Biggest Wastes Of Time We Regret When We Get Older

We spend a lot of energy looking for shortcuts to save time, and sure, those shortcuts add up. But when I look back, my biggest time regrets aren’t spending too much time on Twitter or mismanaging my daily tasks. Those are bad habits, but there are bigger, more systematic time wasters that have really gotten in the way.

Monday, Feb 26, 2018

The 25 best icebreaker questions for team-building at work

Our most popular get-to-know-you questions for work, based on four years of data.

How We Manage Projects on a Fully Remote Team

Lessons learned managing cross-functional projects on a team of 60 people spread across 23 countries.

Friday, Feb 23, 2018

40 Lessons From 4 Years of Remote Work

Remote work is something we love to talk about at Buffer, because we think it’s the future – and we know it’s possible for more organizations than folks might realize. It doesn’t have to be a “Silicon Valley startup thing”; it can be an everywhere thing! So with that in mind, I’d love to share 40 quick observations from four years of remote work. I started out as someone who wasn’t sure at all about remote work.

Why hiring the ‘best’ people produces the least creative results

Corporations, non-profits, governments, universities and even preschools test, score and hire the ‘best’. This all but guarantees not creating the best team. Ranking people by common criteria produces homogeneity. And when biases creep in, it results in people who look like those making the decisions. That’s not likely to lead to breakthroughs.

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

The Case for Lowering Your Expectations

Still, it’s worth reiterating that setting high expectations is integral to personal, athletic, and professional improvement. If you don’t aim for progressively higher targets, you’re liable to stay where you are, or maybe even stagnate. But it’s equally important to realize that if you are setting unreasonably high expectations, you won’t be too happy (at least not for long), and it’s hard to be on top of your game when you’re feeling down.

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018

What to Do When Laptops and Silence Take Over Your Cafe?

Remote workers have staked out coffee shops for years, but small-business owners say their ranks are rising…Owners face a choice: Get tough and encourage workers to relocate, or embrace them and hope that a combination of guilt and loyalty will inspire them to spend more or leave sooner.

6 reasons to be optimistic about the future of work

The path to a good life appears increasingly difficult to find and pursue for a growing number of people. A key factor driving these concerns is the extent to which opportunities for finding stable, meaningful work have increasingly become polarized, favouring those fortunate enough to be living in certain geographies and to be holding certain in-demand skills.

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018

Here’s How to Make The Biggest Decisions of Your Life

What is the worst thing that can happen? Well, it could cost me some money. Ok, well money is replaceable so that’s a stupid reason not to do something with so much potential upside. Is this a once in a lifetime opportunity? Yes. Really, never again? I don’t know… Then you haven’t thought about this enough. And so and so on.

After being completely honest, Upwork banned my account for 'being dishonest'

There are plenty of articles online despising Upwork. For those that don’t know, Upwork is ‘the world’s largest online workplace where savvy businesses and professional freelancers go to work!’ Once I felt comfortable writing Go - I decided I could take some small side gigs to make connections and earn some extra cash. For reasons still unclear to me, that didn’t last for long.

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