Inspired past and present by remote teams and ingenious startup companies like Buffer, Automattic, and Basecamp (which was originally founded in 1999!), we are also passionate about making the web an even better place to work and do business. This year, it seems that everything is coming together for remote workers, including more acceptance of the freelance life and more tools to help designers and developers thrive on their own.
Many people claim that they could never work remotely, especially alone, because they would not be able to focus or stay motivated. Some people are afraid that they won’t be able to blur the lines between professional and personal. These are valid concerns, and of course, the freelance lifestyle is not for everyone. In my years of remote work, I’ve found that there are 5 main traits that the remote worker or freelance entrepreneur should possess in order to succeed in such an environment.
It happens every day in America—an entrepreneur decides to close the books on a startup business, feeling devastated and defeated in the fallout. Yes, it’s true that 90% of startups fail. That statistic alone scares many people away from even starting a business—let alone beginning again after their first—or second—or third business idea fails.
Believe it or not, working at home is not always the heavenly dream that many people think it is. Whether it’s the distractions, lack of space, or the inability to get out of bed on time, many of us who work remotely yearn for a comfortable spot outside of the house where we can stay focused and be productive. Let’s also not forget our innate desire to be around other people, because an 8-hour shift at home can certainly get a little too quiet.
Remote work offers many benefits besides the flexible working hours. It’s environmentally friendly, the atmosphere is typically less stressful than a traditional office environment, and it’s less distracting. Less distractions lead to more productivity!
Many companies do and that’s undeniable, you get to socialize, spend time with people, you discover how great teamwork is, see a fantastic presentation prepared by someone from your department and discover your colleague’s working habits. But we all know that some people work better in a quiet, distraction free environment. Can working in an office crammed with people provide that?