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.