What I’ve ACTUALLY Done Since Reading Remote: Office Not Required
The Follow-Up To An Article I Wrote
In November of 2013 I’d just finished reading Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson’s latest book, Remote: Office Not Required. I enthusiastically wrote a post enumerating a few things I did pretty hastily right after reading the book. You can read that post here, or to save time here are the 3 ideas that comprised the short post: “I’ve Decided What I Want To Do”, “I’m Rewriting My Resume”, and finally “I’m Planning A Trip.”
Today is June 6th, 2015 (about a year and a half later) and I thought I’d write a brief follow up, if nothing more than to humor and give a shout-out to Jason Fried who encouraged me back in 2013 when I shared the original post with him via Twitter.
And before I dive in, I have to thank you both, Jason and David, because your book meant a ton to me and I consider it a catalyst for what I’ve been able to do.
So here’s what I’ve ACTUALLY done since reading Remote: Office Not Required:
I Quit My Job And Started My Own Company.
When I first read Remote, I decided to focus solely on looking for job that allowed me to be a remote worker, at least in part. I quit my job at REI, and after applying for some copy-writing jobs in Cupertino and getting turned down, I was given a more significant marketing role for a company closer to home. It allowed me to work from home most of the week and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Rhino Camera Gear.
To take it a step further though, I started a company with my brother and began to dream of the remote work I’d be able to do once it became somewhat autonomous. It took a while, but I’m finally there. I work for no one but myself, and right now I’m on a 7-week Europe vacation while things run smoothly at home!
I Got Rid Of My Resume.
Another thing I’d done after reading Remote was rewrite my resume. It didn’t help. Showing people on paper what meaningful work I’d done WAS better than listing a bunch of somewhat boring roles for previous companies, but ultimately it failed to produce any type of result.
Instead, I relied more on networking, showing 0ff my work in unconventional ways, and I even worked for free to get a role at a company I wanted to work at. I have not looked at my resume since.
I’m On A Trip.
The idea of remote work so inspired me that I vaguely committed to working remotely from Kardamili, Greece. While I never got around to moving my family of 4 to Greece for a month, I upped the ante and decided to tour Europe with NO work for 7 weeks. Right now I’m on that trip and we’re in the London, Oxford, and surrounding areas for 4 weeks, southern France for 2, Prague for a couple days, Switzerland for half a week, and driving / flying the rest of the time.
I said this in the first post, and I’ll say it again: I highly recommend picking up a copy of ‘Remote: Office Not Required’ and reading it for the motivation, and creative ideas as much as the practical application of how to navigate remote work. And if you do read it, try doing something about it, it worked for me!
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