On advice for companies
What would you say to companies who don’t believe in Anywhere working?
I actually know a few.
When I started Remoters, I would talk about it and about remote work to business owners; to the decision makers.
They would say:
“Why? It’s already so difficult for me to keep my company running while everybody is in the same, physical space. I can’t imagine how running a company would be possible with everyone scattered all over the world”.
My answer is this:
If your company has an issue around organisation, communication or productivity, then you should definitely solve it first before going remote.
Having a business in a single location can cover up these issues. Going remote just makes any company’s problems more evident.
There is a saying in Spanish which translates to “put your house in order”. In other words, sort any issues you have in your company first, so that everything functions correctly when moving remote.
I would say that moving your company to a remote structure is a great opportunity to make things right in your organisation.
On the challenges of flexible work
What are the biggest challenges of flexible work?
I would say, usually, it’s about finding a place in which you will actually be productive. It’s about finding that environment that will facilitate you to get things done.
Another challenge is discipline. If you aren’t disciplined, you won’t get things done.
It can also be hard to achieve a work-life balance. When I was in New Zealand, I had to make calls with clients at 2 am. So having balance, it’s tricky. There is always a trade-off I would say.
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On the ideal working space
What is your ideal working space?
In terms of location, it depends on what my tastes or preferences are at the time.
I might want to go to the beach. Now, that is is winter in Uruguay, I might want to ski.
Aside from location, an ideal space for me is somewhere I can work with really fast internet. That is requirement number 1.
Requirement number 2, is that I work in a space that has really good lighting.
Requirement number 3, is that the surroundings are really quiet. Because of the type of work that I do, I need to concentrate and I can’t do that in a coffee shop.
A long time ago, I used to go to co-working spaces. That was challenging for me. Whenever I went, I couldn’t concentrate much.
On the current working space
Where do you specifically choose to work throughout the week?
Depends, I work wherever I am at the time because I travel a lot. There is no set place for work.
Wherever, I am, I try to connect. I even work in airport lounges.
On inspirational figures
What professional or famous figures inspire you and if so, why? Maybe inspires you in terms of the work you do.
In terms of remote companies, I am really inspired by the people from Basecamp; who wrote ‘Rework‘ and ‘Remote: Office not required‘.
They don’t have the typical startup vision of raising money really fast without having a solid business plan.
They inspire me because while being distributed and while being remote, they’ve been able to grow at their own pace without huge investment.
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