Remote IT World is a 2022 Clutch Leader

Remote IT World is one of the Best HR Companies in Bulgaria According to Clutch

The IT industry has been helping companies transform their businesses into modern workforces. With that being said, the need for reliable IT services grows each year. Thankfully, our team at Remote IT World is here to help! We're a top choice HR and Staffing Partner of the companies and startups that are looking to hire top remote tech and Blockchain professionals worldwide. 

As a matter of fact, our team has been recently named as one of the best HR companies in all of Bulgaria by none other than Clutch. In case you don’t know, Clutch is an established platform in the heart of Washington, DC, committed to helping small, mid-market, and enterprise businesses identify and connect with the service providers they need to achieve their goals.

This is a huge achievement for our Remote IT World team. We are very thankful to Clutch and their team for making this award possible. Our team is grateful to be named as one of the top B2B companies in all of Bulgaria. This is a testament to our hard work and dedication to providing the best services for our clients.

Speaking of our clients, we would like to dedicate this award to all of you! You guys have been vital to our success and we honestly couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you so much for trusting us and believing in our team. 
Not sure where to begin in your mission to go remote? We empower both tech talent and employers to go remote.  Start with hello.  End with remote success!

Considering a Counter Offer? Stop and Read This First!

Considering a Counter Offer? Stop and Read This First!

It may be tempting to request a counter offer from your company, but as you’ll soon discover, the “counter offer game” is actually career suicide. Why? It’s quite simple.  

First, consider what your actions are saying.

Perhaps you feel undervalued or unchallenged at your company, so you decide to look elsewhere.  You apply until you receive a job offer, and you decide to use that to ask your company for a raise or career advancement.  In your mind, you believe you are showing them your true value.  In your employer’s mind, however, they hear things very differently.  Your employer hears, “I am the one in power now.  I’ve got you cornered now, and if you don’t give me what I want, I’m leaving.”  

When you ask for a counter offer, you don’t demonstrate your value in a fair, professional way.  Instead, you force their hand, and you appear to be manipulative and unreliable.  

The counter offer strategy is also a short-term, short-sighted solution.  Sure, that money may save the day, but it won’t save the year.  In fact, research shows that if you accept a counter offer from your own company, you will very likely change your job within the next 10 months anyway.

Even worse? Since the company no longer views you as a reliable employee, when times are tough, you’ll most likely be paid off or terminated first.

"When you play the counter offer game, you disrespect three people: yourself, your employer, and your potential employer (whom you turned down).

Here’s what you should do instead.

If you’re feeling undervalued or unchallenged in your current role, advocate for yourself in a professional manner.  Write down a list of your accomplishments which benefited your company, and speak with your current employer about a potential raise, bonus structure, or path to promotion.  Negotiate a win-win for both you and your employer.  A conversation might begin something like this: “Based on my accomplishments which I’ve outlined here, I see myself as an asset to the team.  I’d like to continue to add value for years to come, and I’d like to see how we might work toward a reasonable new compensation plan or performance-based promotion path.  Would you have some time to chat about ways in which we might come to a mutually beneficial agreement?”

Give your employer the chance to work with you on a new compensation or promotion plan, and be patient but reasonable in your negotiations.  During this time, yes, it’s perfectly okay to look privately and quietly for other job opportunities as well.  If your company is unwilling or unable to offer you a higher salary or better career path, then it’s probably time to start looking for another company.  If you have found another job offer at this time, then accept it and tell your employer that you are leaving for a better opportunity.  Thank them for the opportunities and experiences you did have with them, and leave on a positive note!

Don’t play the counter offer game!

If you’re tempted to play the counter offer game to get what you want, don’t.  Be professional and ask for a raise or promotion based on your merits instead.  Look quietly for jobs if needed, but don’t force an employer into making a decision by threatening to leave.  If you’ve decided to leave, leave.  Playing the counter offer game will get you blacklisted by employers; you’ll be known as an unreliable, unprofessional individual.  Your name and your word is all you have.  Honor it.


Looking for a change from your current employer?  Considering a remote career opportunity?

Browse open positions and bring your talent to a reputable, remote-first company!

Your Remotely, 

Yanny 

Rosen Todorov - Remote Work Ambassador

Meet Rosen Todorov. 

We’re happy to introduce you to one of the most passionate Remote Work Ambassadors in our community. 

Rosen Todorov

Rosen Todorov is a Product Manager and Scrum Master in one of the fastest growing fin-tech startups in Bulgaria. Every day he contributes to revolutionizing the way we handle our personal finances.  

Let’s see what he shares about his lifestyle as a remote worker and his best advice for working from home. 

1. Describe your working day in 3 words?

R: Dynamic, challenging, fulfilling. 

2. What do you love the most about remote work?

 R: I love that I can concentrate when I have to be really focused on a specific task. I also get to work from a workstation that I find comfortable and built personally for myself.

3. How do you unplug from work?

R: I love photography and traveling. The latter is a bit hard to follow these days, so shooting landscapes and cityscapes is my thing 🙂

4. Would you recommend a friend to Remote IT World and why?

R: I'd absolutely recommend Remote IT World. The reason is pretty simple - of all agencies I was in contact with during my last job hunt, Remote IT World was the only one that actually spoke with me openly, discussing my options and comparing offers and conditions. This shows a high level of professionalism and is something I was looking for back then and will continue to seek forward.

5. Any advice for remote workers?

 R: Don't work outside office hours. No, seriously. Don't.

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WFH Alternatives

WFH alternatives

“I was in quarantine, a long time before the quarantine,” one of my candidates said to me through laughter. For someone who has been working remotely for at least 4-5 years now, the pandemic didn't bring anything new when it comes to working from home, online communication, and team management. 

As Technical Recruitment Consultants and and remote work ambassadors, we consider ourselves fortunate to chat with so many amazing tech professionals. Some of our usual questions are:

For many of us remote work is a lifestyle, but sometimes we need a few changes and some distance from our home office, maybe even just for a few hours.

Co-working Space

Co-working spaces can be a great place to meet people, share knowledge and ideas, and discover potential collaborations.

Find a co-working place in your city or wherever your internet connection leads you.

Co-working places are very popular among tech contractors and freelancers.

Nearby cafes

As we all know, there is a special relationship between coding and coffee. If you have a favorite cafe, take your laptop, find a comfortable seat next to the power plug and get to work. Maybe you won't be able to attend the conference calls, but can certainly do some code review. 

If you are not familiar with the staff and place, ask for permission to plug in your laptop or anything else you might need.

Don't forget to leave a tip. 

Family countryside home

You can work globally, have an international career in your small town or village in the countryside. 

During the pandemic, many remote workers decided to go back to their roots and set up a home office.  

Enjoy the fresh air, organic food, and family time. Maybe you'll be back with 2-3 kilos more, but it's worth it if you can spend some time with your parents or grandparents. 😀

Beach

Have you heard about biophilia? It describes how humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other living things. 

Whether it is a beach or riverside, perhaps a park or garden, a day of work in nature brings multiple benefits. It can help you focus, bring a new perspective, and boost your creativity.

Many studies show that our moods take a positive shift when we spend time outside. Research also suggests that spending time in nature can also reduce the risk of depression and anxiety, making you happier and more energetic.

Conclusion

Whatever you do, don't forget to take a break for a while. Keep an open mind as you consider the alternatives and what works best for you.

“We don't live to work, we work to live!”

Don't forget:

Working remotely is a lifestyle, and like anything, it takes preparation and a change in mindset.  To be an effective remote worker, you’ll need to set yourself up for success first.

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3 Secrets to Working from Anywhere

3 Secrets to Working from Anywhere

You’ve heard about those people who work from the beach, who go skiing on their lunch breaks, who buy a van and travel the country while working remotely.  You envy them.  You admire them. You give them permission to be themselves and work from anywhere.  So .. why not you?

You’re working from home, and it proved to you that you don’t need to work in an office building.  But guess what?  You can prove one more thing to yourself next.  You can actually be effective outside of your home too.  Here’s how to work from anywhere.

There are 3 essential tools that will allow you to work from anywhere: a workday ritual, a remote kit, and a daily reminder.  Let’s take them one by one.

Secret #1: The Workday Ritual

When you started working from home, it was essential to create a daily ritual for yourself.  You decided what time to wake up, what to have for breakfast each morning, which meetings were “cameras on/off”, and how to call it a day and turn off your computer for the day.  You defended your personal time by sharing your work hours with your team, and you added daily away messages on Slack and other collaboration tools to help colleagues respect your personal time.

Now, you’ll use the same principles to create your workday ritual!

  1. Choose hours when you are clearly “away from the computer.”  Communicate and protect those hours firmly.  You will need to give yourself predictable personal time to be an effectively remote worker who can work from anywhere.
  2. Decide how you will start your workday, regardless of your location.  Your brain still needs a signal that it’s time to work.  Choose a ritual that you can do anywhere, like 15 minutes with a hot beverage, reading your favorite online newspaper, or journaling. You will need a ritual that you can do anywhere, so there are no excuses to skip it.
  3. Decide how you will end your workday too!  Choose an end-of-day ritual that is location agnostic - you can do it anywhere regardless of where you are working that day.  Perhaps it simply means checking your calendar for tomorrow and closing your laptop.

The workday ritual used to be driving to an office.  It’s changed.  Now, we have the freedom to create our own workday ritual. And you know what?  Remote workers find freedom in rituals!

Secret #2: The Remote Kit

Working from anywhere might scare you a little.  You may have some anxious questions:

Here’s the secret!  Your solutions to your anxious questions … are your remote kit!  

What should go in your kit?

If you’re worried about finding wifi, your remote kit needs to include a wireless hotspot.

If you’re worried about a noisy location, invest in quality noise-canceling headphones.

If you’re worried about a busy background, use a virtual background or buy a popup one.

If you’re worried about unpredictable lighting, buy a portable lighting kit.

Every kit is unique because our needs are unique.  Buy what you need to address your concerns, and take your remote kit with you.

Secret #3: The Daily Reminder

You need a reminder that you are valuable, not your location. You can be effective anywhere.  Write it somewhere so you can see it every single day until you internalize the message.  

“They hired me, not my location.”

“I’m effective anywhere I go.”

“I’m prepared, I’m talented, and I’m free to work from anywhere.”

Write your own daily reminder: __________________________.

What’s Blocking You?

If you can’t visualize yourself working from anywhere yet, identify your blocker:  

Interruptions - If you are worried that you will be interrupted by work, then your blocker is a weak workday ritual.  Take a couple of weeks to clearly communicate and defend your schedule because your daily personal time will give you the freedom you need to work from anywhere. 

Unpredictable work conditions - If you’re concerned you won’t have what you need at each location, then your remote kit is incomplete.  Spend some time buying what you need to put your mind at ease.  To work from anywhere means you’re prepared for anything.

Imposter syndrome - “Other people can work from anywhere, but I can’t.” If you continue to tell yourself that you are limited … you are limiting yourself with a negative daily reminder.  Replace that with a positive daily reminder that, “Anyone can work from anywhere if they’re prepared.”

Identify your blocker, and choose the right solution to unblock yourself.  Ready to go remote? Let’s look at what you need to get started in a remote career that gives you the freedom to work anywhere.

Get Started

Yes, you can work from anywhere.  You admire people who do, and they probably make it look easy.  But everyone needs to prepare for flexible work.  Before your can confidently start working from anywhere, you need to check these off your list:

Working remotely is a learned lifestyle, and like anything, it takes preparation and a change in mindset.  To be an effective remote worker, you’ll need to set yourself up for success first.

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“We don't live to work, we work to live!” - Meet Nikolay Vuchkov, Remote Work Ambassador

Meet Nikolay Vuchkov

We're happy to announce one of the most passionate Remote Work Ambassadors in our community. 

From developers for developers. 

Nikolay Vuchkov, Niki is a Frontend Developer, from  Bulgaria. He works remotely at a startup company. They build an unicorn product disrupting the esports gaming with AI.  His motto is less stress the better, so that's why he decided to leave us his job search.

Let's see what Niki  says about remote work.

“Remote work gives me the freedom to work from anywhere I want: desk, couch, coffeeshops, beaches, even on a couple occasions at my car 🙂 I highly dislike office atmospheres and in time of global pandemic remote work is a must for me.”

We believe that Remote Work Is A Lifestyle, as everything has its advantages and disadvantages. We asked Nikolay a simple question: How’s your day going?

This is how he described it: Inspired, excited and chilled. 

One of the hardest challenges for people who work remotely is to unplug, so, Nikolay recommends going for long walks, as that also helps him solve more complex programming issues.

“We don't live to work, we work to live!”

“Free yourself from the grasp of corporate, boring, 9 to 5, cubicle jobs and live your dreams. 🙂 We don't live to work, we work to live!” - Best advice we recently heard.

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The ugly truth about why you can't hire developers revealed 🔥

The ugly truth about why you can't hire developers revealed 🔥

Hello everyone, 

Today we start the conversation about the ugly truth behind why you can’t hire developers.

I have news for you. 

When your car engine is broken, your car is broken. 

It’s the same with hiring developers. The inability to recruit properly, breaks your company's ability to operate and move forward. 

I’m Yanny Hristova, Founder at Remote IT World. We’re the go-to recruitment agency for hiring developers and blockchain professionals worldwide. 

In today’s video, you are going to learn the mistakes you do that prevent you from scaling your team. Observe and notice if you already do some of them in your current hiring process. 

Even if this is the case, Don't panic. 

We’ve prepared exclusively for You the best industry practice in 2021 for hiring developers in less than 3 weeks. 

+ plus extra tips for hiring remote too. 

Stay with us. 

Mistake № 1 You don’t know what you are looking for! 

Your job specs include 10+ must have requirements. 

Candidates struggle to understand what do you expect them to actually do. 

You struggle too, because you can’t find the :right: person. 

I bet it takes you months if not years with this long list to recruit. 

Btw 💡A 2021 tech hiring insight here. We observe on the market an increased demand for more specialized professionals. FE and BE engineers are the preferred as opposed to Full stack developers. 

Mistake № 2 You don't know how much you are willing to pay for it! 

Hiring managers sometimes sound a bit hesitant to say what’s the budget planned for the vacancy. 

This can mean two things. 

Maybe it can mean more things. But the point is: 

Have a range before you start. 

Mistake № 3 You don't know how to evaluate the core needed skills and competencies! 

It directly correlates with the  first mistake above. When you don't know what skills and competencies you really need, you get lost in pursuing lengthy, overwhelming and complicated assignments whose success rate is close to zero. 

Say “NO” to over engineering the take home tasks

It’s not needed. Respect the time of the candidates on the other side and focus on efficiency instead. 

A Viral Recruitment Joke nowadays says 🤡:  “ A candidate needs to take 1 week vacation to complete tasks, when they decide to change jobs”.  

This is an insane candidate experience, a rapidly growing company just can't afford. 

So you got it. 

When the recruitment process or the engine of your company is broken, it’s high time you do something about it. 

Here is a top industry solution in 2021, that is proven to work for hiring developers in 3 weeks. 

  1. Define top 3 requirements need to get the job done 
  2. Estimate salary range 
  3. Design efficient technical assessment steps

If you want to go even further, you get

✴️ Extra points for culture “click” or values based recruitment. Simply said, hire people who share the same values. 

🌎 As promised, also one more hot tip to hire developers remote: When you hire remote workers, think about PTO coverage and career growth possibilities. 

For more remote hiring insights, subscribe to our weekly remote insights and follow us on social media. 

To start the conversation about your unique company recruitment engine, connect with me on LinkedIn, Telegram & Twitter 

Talk to you soon, 

Yours Remotely, 

Yanny

The 2021 Independent Remote Contractor: An emerging post-COVID trend!

The 2021 Independent Remote Contractor: An  emerging post-COVID trend!

In 2021, many top remote employers are looking for contractors, but you may be wondering if life and work as a contractor is the right choice for you.  Let’s take a moment to consider what it means to be a contractor as well as the challenges, opportunities and lifestyle benefits of being a contractor.

There are different types of tech contractors

Many articles that you will read about contractors only focus on one type of contractor: the freelancer.  However, some contractors are not freelancers; instead, they work for a staffing agency or follow new, post-Covid trends. So let’s talk about your options here!

  1. The Freelancer
  2. The Contractor paid by a Staffing Agency
  3. The 2021 Independent Remote Contractor (Post-Covid Emerging Trend) 

Life as a Freelancer

This lifestyle has the greatest financial risk yet it also has the most freedom and perhaps skill growth potential.  You are your own boss, and you can seek out exciting job assignments.  Along the way, you can travel and “follow the money” to the highest paying opportunities.  It’s also a chance to network.  Imagine how many talented people you will work with at each new position, and you have the chance to make a great impression and become regarded as an expert in your field by your many new peers.  You also have the opportunity to negotiate your rates as your skills and reputation grow.  You become your own brand, essentially.  You’ll need to market yourself, continually update your resume and portfolio, and aim for mastery.

The challenge?  You’ll always need to keep your eyes open to job opportunities because you never know when the next assignment will be available. You also need to pay for your own healthcare, save for your retirement independently, and remember that you’ll need to pay what you owe in taxes because there’s no company taking care of that for you.

Overall, if you value variety, independence and are willing to take risks for high rewards, being a tech freelancer may be a good lifestyle fit for you!

Life as a Contractor paid by a Staffing Agency

The key difference is that you are an employee of the staffing agency, and they will help match you with positions at companies. The staffing agency will take care of your salary and health insurance; they may offer additional perks and benefits like moving costs and annual sick days.  When your position ends at the company you contract with, your staffing agency can connect you to other positions.  

The downside?  You are limited to the companies that your staffing agency is willing to work with and your staffing agency will be less flexible in what it can pay you (they need to make money too!). Ultimately, you may still need or want to consider working as a freelancer at some point in your career.

The 2021 Independent Remote Contractor (Post-Covid Emerging Trend)

In 2021, a new kind of an Independent Remote Contractor is emerging. You accept engagements which combine the best of the two worlds above. When it makes sense, you freelance. When it makes sense, you work with agencies. Above all, you focus on networking and partnerships to build stability and security. You look for remote-first companies and build connections there.

You understand that companies are investing in your learning curve. With your focus on learning and connections, you are calm because you don’t need to constantly be on the lookout for new job offers. You look for positions that offer vacation days and holidays, so you can spend time with family and friends.  A new kind of company is hiring for these professionals: the remote-first company.  They have no office. Their team is distributed across tens of countries and at least two continents. The remote-first company is also one of the highest performing. You will be in the middle of the action in a growing tech market.

The pandemic transformed the future of work and it’s the new normal. The need for technology, innovations and advancement is ever-growing. Smart cities, self-driving cars, space missions. Name it and they need tech talent. 

From an administrative point of view, the most common setup is to register yourself as a company or a software development agency in your city and country of residence. Contact a local accountant and book a consultation. They can advise you on the best setup that fits your needs.  

What’s the Best Part of Contract Work?

Personal growth! You are working with growing companies who need your skills and expertise.  You’ll have new opportunities to encounter exciting, cutting-edge technology and innovative services.  Each new assignment has a learning curve, of course, but your skillset will grow as you learn.  Ultimately, you will build your reputation as an expert in your field as you meet other talented industry professionals along the way.  We learn through new experiences, and you, as a contractor, will have plenty of new experiences.  

Another possible benefit?  Many contractors are converted to employees.  That consultant position may eventually become a full-time job offer.  You have the freedom then to accept or continue on your path as a contractor.   

TL;DR

There are different types of contractors: (1) freelancer and (2) those who work for staffing agencies, and (3) the 2021 independent remote tech contractor.

Contractor Lifestyle Benefits

Contractor Lifestyle Challenges

Additional Lifestyle Considerations

Ready to see what remote contractor opportunities are available?

Come browse our job postings!  New listings are posted weekly, and you can always subscribe to new remote job alerts.

For individual career and independent contractor consultation, get in touch with me on LinkedIn or pick a  Professional Remote Career Consultant from our team Kolyo Slavov, Jelena Rakic, Aleksa Boyadzhieva.

Yours Remotely,

Yanny,
Founder at Remote IT World

Remote Work Is a Lifestyle

Remote Work Is A Lifestyle 

Avoid burnout by mastering the freedom of remote work

One of the hardest challenges for people who work remotely is to unplug. This is what we see in the 2021 year report The State of Remote by @buffer. This challenge continues to be one of the top 3 struggles for four years in a row. 

Having worked as a remote worker for over a decade, I can 100% relate to it, agree and confirm it is there and it exists. The inability to unplug has caused me serious burnouts. It took months to recover. But now I understand it’s actually possible to get it right. The concept of "being a remote worker" as a lifestyle choice is radically different from what we are usually familiar with. Remote work is not just a job, it’s so much more than that. It’s a lifestyle and in the following article you will understand why that is, how to shift your mindset and enjoy every working day as the best day of your life. 

Unlearn bad habits

We often make the mistake at the beginning of our remote work journey to mimic the habits, schedules and routines that we inherited from the traditional office jobs. By traditional, I mean really copy the 9 to 5 already known option. Well, honestly, you could choose to do that. Yet it would provide you with access to only a limited portion of the meaningful and valuable benefits of working remotely. 

Harness your peak productivity hours

I’m a firm believer that, as remote workers, we must have already mastered the skill of time management. Efficiency is crucial. However, let me also start the conversation by taking an unpopular perspective, one which will actually grant and leverage the maximum flexibility available to you. Have you noticed how your energy flows up and down during the day? We human beings function differently. There is a theory that makes the distinction between two types of people - the early birds and night owls. It’s scientifically proven that for each of these types, the brain reaches productivity level peaks at highly individual time frames during a normal day. 

Being aware of when these time windows are for you allows you to fully own the freedom to design the perfect day just the way you want it to be. To have things done, in less time, with higher satisfaction and reward. The quality of life you can fully experience by embracing remote working as a lifestyle is not easy to describe in words. You need to experience it yourself. 

Build a sustainable lifestyle

The combination between excellent time management with the proper energy management flows helps you to achieve results with ease. It creates a space where you are able to focus on 20/80 rule activities and prioritize on what needs your immediate attention. 

I invite you to think about it for a moment. Think about what the possibility of having flexible working time can bring to your life? Not to shock you, but it’s literally everything you may dare to want. Just choose it and do it sustainably. Sustainability is a key word here, because in nature, we don't live in a vacuum. Any unhealthy behavior has its impact, although sometimes we prefer not to admit it. 

What if you could choose what time to wake up? 

What if you could architect your most energizing morning routine? 

What if you could have full control over how your day goes? 

It’s a huge responsibility and takes practice to learn to commit to getting done with so much freedom available. Distractions conveniently bombard us from anywhere like notifications, emails, messengers etc. (Psst: a fun trick here that works is to just mute all possible notifications and even put your phone on do not disturb mode 😉 As an employee, you most probably are expected to be online for around 8 hours per day. But let’s be honest with ourselves that we can get the actual tasks done in even less than 6 hours. And there are many books on this topic. The six-hour work day is a contrast to the classic agenda; however it is a dream come true when you embrace remote work as a lifestyle. The deep work hours techniques are perfectly suitable to  focus and concentrate on creatively delivering your top best results free from disruption. How cool is that. 

A great book on my reading list is Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy. It essentially tells us that we all have one hard thing to do each day (which feels to us like eating a frog). Get it done first and free yourself from that distraction.

It’s empowering to know when your energy levels peaks are and dedicate them to work and projects. Even the toughest "eat that frog first" kind of assignment starts to seem easier to complete. 

Leave your chair behind! Life is waiting

A must-have healthy habit (and to some extent a necessity to be able to unplug) is to incorporate any form of physical activity into your day! Workouts, gym, brisk walking, swimming, hiring, riding a bicycle, yoga practices, you name it and stick to it. It can be a mixture of any of the above and more. This is essential because one of the pitfalls of remote workers is actually the fact that our bodies stay static during a huge chunk of the day. On a desk and a chair. Indeed, there are plenty of options for ergonomic chairs promising better and longer lasting comfort. Investing in one is a thing you shall not compromise with. But there is more to that. The truth is our body and brain needs oxygen, aka fresh air. Cardiovascular diseases, oncology conditions, peripheral nervous system disorders, hormonal and spine problems are just a few of the most common risks for our health that we are exposed to when we lack active physical activities and regular exercise. The actual problem is that once any of it occurs, it’s irreversible. So, it’s obvious that there must be room in your day for your health and the first to come to your mind is to replace the commute time with exercise time. It’s just that simple. 

Shifting your mind from “How to fit life into a 9 to 5 job” to “a life where work finds its place naturally in your life” is a powerful and rewarding perspective to consider. 

Set hard boundaries

Last but not least, to be able to unplug and enjoy sustainably the life of your dreams by enjoying the flexibility that this lifestyle is about setting your own boundaries. You can always go far and beyond in reaching your highest performance without being overwhelmed and exhausted. Know your own limits and do whatever sparks joy. It may be travelling, spending time with your loved ones or your hobby. Do what’s meaningful and invigorating for you. 

Remember, we wake up every morning to live a life we dream about, we don't wake up only to work. So if you like this uncommon perspective of remote work as a lifestyle, share it with your friends. They may be struggling to unplug, experience loneliness or burnouts and this may be exactly what they need to hear now. 

Yours remotely, 

Yanny,

Founder and Remote Work Ambassador

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What It Takes To Be “A” Remote Worker

What It Takes To Be “A” Remote Worker 

Have you ever thought what it takes to be a remote worker? You’ve already been in ‘remote work mode’ long enough to say if you like it or not. You may be the happiest person in the world empowered by the freedom, flexibility and all the benefits that come with it. Or you may be willing to go back to life in an office environment, ignoring everything that includes ‘remote.’ 

You already know, the only sure thing in life is change. And the unconscious resistance toward change causes you pain. It’s normal. It’s as normal as the fact that evolution only moves forward. From now on, remote work is here to stay. So the need for you to evolve, adapt and learn new skills is evident. And what does it take to be a remote worker? So, to end your struggling, we bring clarity in a structured way with a list of the must have skills and attributes of any successful remote worker.

  1. Autonomy 

Autonomy is the ability to be self-directed. You independently set goals, make decisions and take actions. All the way until you succeed! It breaks down to many transferable skills such as prioritization, time management, and sometimes, creativity. The asynchronous nature of communication in distributed work means you have to be able to self-navigate your daily or weekly agenda. Autonomy implies trustworthiness, reliability and an ownership mentality. 

  1. Discipline 

Tell me what you do when you are alone, and I will tell you if remote work is for you! Nobody is watching you when you work outside of a physical office. In addition to that, you deal with all the noise and temptation of endless distractions all around you. Being disciplined means you set your own standards. And yeah, you set them high. Not because of others, but because of yourself and your self-respect and self-interest. Creating your own rules is beautiful and empowering. This makes following them a pleasure instead of a burden.

  1. Integrity

We work best with people we trust. Being recognized as trustworthy at work spotlights your morals, ethics and authenticity. Demonstrating self-awareness of who you are, what you stand for and how you demonstrate integrity increases your trustworthiness. It helps you build strong relationships, partner with others, solve problems and deal with conflicts. Now you understand the real meaning of the most common interview question, “Tell me more about yourself.” Tell them about your integrity.

  1. Resourcefulness

You surely don't know all the answers and solutions. The question is how quickly you can find them and if they will be smart ones. Being resourceful starts with an insane curiosity and passion for what you do. Knowing where to search, starting from Google is a good idea. And joining relevant social networks, professional networks, facebook groups, and meetups. Following thought leaders. There are limitless sources and ways to find resources, ideas and inspiration. Adopt this habit and you are going to rock as a remote worker. And not only in a remote setup. Hint: Be proactively resourceful by regularly reading books and blog posts relevant to your profession, industry and interests. 

  1. Strong Written Communication  

Mastery of communications is needed in virtual collaboration. And here the bar is beyond the skills to express yourself in a verbal manner. In a virtual working environment your primary communication will be in the written form. You use chat, shared files and online collaboration tools. You need to be able to write clearly and explicitly. Providing context, describing problems or elaborating on your thinking is critical for you to work well in a hybrid or a fully remote team. 

  1. Constant Learning

 What was the last thing you learned?  This is a commonly used question during remote job interviews. And this is for a reason. The most successful remote workers are usually A-performers. The A-players constantly learn new things and embrace new skills. You train intentionally to stay competitive and ahead of the competition and become a better version of yourself. The growth and constant learning mentality help you thrive despite the exponentially growing requirements of the modern workforce. 

  1. Proactiveness & Innovation

You don’t need someone to tell you to start because you are proactively learning, researching, collaborating and uncovering problems to solve.  This is a critical skill in remote work environments.  You won’t have someone in an office next to you, looking over your shoulder.  Part of the joy of remote working is the freedom to take control of your destiny.  Set your own schedule, explore new technologies, be a creative problem solver, and start adding value to your team on Day 1.  If you can be a responsible, valuable self-starter, remote companies will be thrilled to have you!

Ready, Steady, Go!

You know what it takes to be a remote worker, and these 7 skills and attributes will make you a better virtual collaborator, remote interviewer and leader. 

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