My Wish for 2019

My wish for the coming year, 2019, is that in Bude (and Beyond) we start to embrace and recognise ‘Remote Work’.

I’ve been doing it for the last 6 years. I work full time for a company in Switzerland. It’s all computer-based work, so provided I have an internet connection I can (in theory) work from anywhere.

There are many other people that either do freelance work, or work remotely like I do. It doesn’t have to be as glamorous (well, glamorous sounding, because in reality it’s not glamorous) as working for a company in Switzerland though. It could be that you do freelance graphics work, and work for clients all around Cornwall. It could be that you do CV re-working, and get your earnings from PeoplePerHour. In fact there are a lot of different ways that you can be ‘remote’.

Essentially it means you don’t go into an office to do your work. There is usually a zero commute time (though some remote works go to places like The Hive, a co-working facility, so that they are surrounded by other remote workers).

I could, and maybe will in the future, write a lot more about working remotely. For now though lets just consider that it is becoming more and more popular, and I hope with the steps forward (for many people) in broadband and mobile phone coverage, that it’s going to become an option for more people to work this way in 2019.

4 Comments

  • John Gimson says:

    Hi Rob, Interesting … particularly the term “remote work”. I understand ‘remote’ – but does ‘work’ include voluntary or unpaid work such as Dawn does with B&B? I considered the term ‘remote working’ – but that almost implies remuneration. Back to the ‘remote’ bit – an implication that an element of isolation applies – then we get to complex issues of social isolation, for whatever reason. Even more complicated.
    You know I’m involved with Bude Coastal Community Team (BCCT) – so my wish for 2019 is for more collaboration. BCCT’s structure is based on a three-way partnership involving local authorities, businesses, and community groups/individuals. All very time-consuming as each element has their own goals and priorities – but more can be achieved by working together.
    BCCT still has aspirations to see some form of tech-based community hub in the Bude area – so maybe both our wishes might be met. But how do we identify all these ‘remote workers’?
    ATB for Christmas and NY.

    • Thanks for acknowledging my voluntary work, John!
      A tech-based hub would be lovely, wouldn’t it, but then volunteer remote workers couldn’t afford to pay the fees, so a bit of a catch.22
      Be lovely for volunteer workers to have a hotdesk situation which was free, warm and had internet connectivity. Dream on!

  • Rob Wilcox says:

    Thanks John.
    Yes, I would suggest that remote work includes:

    a/ Paid for work
    b/ voluntary and unpaid work

    The paid for work is ‘easy’. Either you do freelance stuff for one or more clients, perhaps with breaks in between clients, or, you do a ‘full time job’, like me. Instead of going into an Office, you do it remotely.

    Typically remote work is ‘knowledge work’, so not arts/crafts. They, I think, are more solo-preneurs. That doesn’t mean that these people don’t need ‘office type stuff’ from time to time, nor does it mean that they couldn’t benefit from a co-working facility.

    The ‘remote’ bit does sometimes conjure up visions of people sat on their sofa in their PJs and not moving for 3 days. Worse, they don’t go out of the house for a week or two or three. I’m sure there are people like that. When you are remote you *can* sit on your sofa in your PJs. It’s not recommended though, and neither is the not going out for days and days!

    As mentioned most ‘remote workers’ are knowledge workers, and most read a ton of stuff on the internet which suggests (strongly) that you should be ‘getting dressed’ for work, and going to work, even when you’re remote, even when you’re working from home. If you’re lucky you might have a room / office in your house, or a dining table at least. You might go to a co-working space already. You might even just go to someone else’s house.

    How do we find the ‘remote workers’? Hopefully they read this, and I’m sure some will. And sometimes a remote worker knows a few other remote workers… and the word gets around. I don’t know if we could get a full spectrum of all remote workers in the area though, plus, there is another category of remote worker who are nomadic. They might spend a few months in, or around, Bude, but ultimately they move on.

    Dawn’s right though as well. Those people that do voluntary, or unpaid remote-work would struggle to pay for a co-working facility. But then perhaps they wouldn’t need to pay ‘full price’? I guess those sorts of things would need to be discussed further down the road.

  • John Gimson says:

    Two reasons for this post:-
    Firstly to check if the B&B system is working properly. Usually, (I didn’t have the courage to say ‘always’) I tick the box to be notified if further comments are posted. But until I looked, I hadn’t seen the replies from Dawn and Rob.
    Secondly, it’s to say that in the local area there are a large number of people, using Rob’s term, who are ‘remote workers’ – and I firmly believe BCCT should have a channel through which their voice/s (and any concerns) are heard. How do we do that???
    We are aware of the term ‘social isolation’ – usually applied to older people in rural areas who can’t get out and about as much as they like. But there are many others who work from home who are also isolated.

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