I wonder how many remote work bloggers like me are out there right now, just thinking about what they should write about next.
With the news of the coronavirus sounding grimmer each day, businesses feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility for helping with its prevention. Even if they’d scarcely allowed it in the past. they’re now making it possible and in some cases mandatory for their employees to work from home.
Then, there are those people who weren’t in love with the idea of a remote job but are now committed to “social distancing”. Suddenly, remote work is an obvious fit for them, too, as long as their job is done mostly over the phone or on a computer.
Just like that, within a matter of weeks, remote work has gone mainstream in the United States. And, this is definitely a good thing.
But now that remote work is becoming a widely accepted and necessary practice for the masses, is it time for remote work writers to step down from their soapboxes? After all, the point of our article was to spread awareness and acceptance of remote work. And while we were slowly changing the world, COVID-19 has shown us its power to make change happen much faster.
Does this mean our mission is accomplished?
Will remote work blogging become redundant?
In a way, yes.
Before the coronavirus outbreak in our region, remote work was already a big enough trend that for a website to rank for it on the first page of Google, it would need to post at least two pieces of valuable content per day.
That’s a lot more than what a part-time blogger can do.
And, if you look on any social media platform today you’ll be barraged with stories of people that are being pushed into remote work, advice on how to work remotely, and memes posted by nervous employees whose jobs can’t be done remotely.
By the way, I empathize with workers that would rather practice social distancing but still have to go a location every day. Usually, they hold jobs serving the public and they deserve our respect for all the sacrifices they make in times like these, also in times of inclement weather, on holidays, and more. Hats off to them.
Back to whether or not remote work is becoming a remote topic, I believe that articles about how to work remotely, how to manage a team remotely, how to transition to remote work, and other related posts are needed now more than ever. But, if we remote work bloggers are honest with ourselves, we’d have to admit that the internet already has tons of resources in place to fill this need.
So, if anyone wants to blog about working remotely in response to the coronavirus crisis, more power to them. But, I suggest that they make it worth their effort, and push out some information that’s actually useful.
Also, I suggest that they try not to sound like a broken record.
Shifting Dreams, Changing Times
In my post about YamteQ’s goals for 2020, I mentioned that change would come.
Whether or not changes go according to plan is always a question, having faith that all things work together for good is another, and how we react is a third.
During 2019, our workload started to grow into more than what I and my husband could handle as a 2-person team. At the same time, we decided that we should downsize our home–it was just too big. We wondered how we could grow and shrink simultaneously, and maintain the same level or better in terms of professionalism.
We started to believe that we may have to go into an actual office space and hire another person. I thought, what would that mean for YamteQ? I would no longer be a true remote worker and surely, my passion would shift.
To make a long story short, after considering a number of options, we realized we can still live without an office. Here’s the process of elimination we went through over the course of a few months:
First, we thought about having a public office attached to our home which would consolidate our home and office expenses and allow us to avoid a commute. Then, we determined that could be detrimental to our privacy and potentially our personal safety.
Then, we considered renting commercial space to work from. But, logistically, even a short commute would be very disruptive to our personal schedules, school, other activities.
A co-working space would have been our last option since there are a number of them that we can walk to from home. After putting forth a number of inquiries we discovered co-working spaces for more than two people cost as much as small independent offices. Sure, you don’t have a long term commitment and it’s less risky, but the cost just did not make sense for us.
We agreed to continue working from our home base. We sold a bunch of our excess furniture and equipment or just anything that was too big. Then, we did things like buy smaller desks and took additional steps to get organized so that our work would not continue to take over the rest of our living space. (Thank you, IKEA)
After that, we managed to find our third team member who loves working from home just as much. She lives locally and is a working parent like us, already accustomed to working independently.
Just like it’s been for the rest of the world, the beginning of the year has already been a whirlwind for us. And we can’t predict the future, but we couldn’t be more thrilled.
I’m not sure.
YamteQ paid for itself and more last year but it does take a lot of work to keep it updated. The website also needs to be overhauled and possibly rebranded. When I say these things, please know that it’s not that remote work doesn’t excite me anymore. I’m thankful for it and I love it, but it’s just what I do.
As the world changes, so will remote work. I have recently thought that maybe, the content on this site would be more valuable if it was more related to the technology that drives remote work. Or perhaps, maybe it would be better off if it belonged to someone that will nurture it more than I do.
I will continue thinking about it, and I will be sure to let you know when I come up with a sure answer.
In the meantime, I will continue perpetuating my lifestyle of introversion, bookishness, and the pursuit of success in home and business. (Sly smile)
In modern terms, I’ll be socially distancing, but mostly in front of my computer. So for anyone that needs me, I’ll only be a click away. If anything, that’s one thing that hasn’t changed at all.