Remote work could solve some of our society’s biggest social problems. Bali’s hosting Running Remote – the remote work scene’s biggest conference – and I feel Remoters should ask me to report on it.
Running Remote runs from June 29-30 at Sofitel Bali in Nusa Dua, Southern Bali and offers ‘Practical advice you can apply to scale your remote business’.
But why build a remote business in the first place?
Remote work could change your life. And your finances.
Remote work is on the rise. 43% of Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely in 2016 – up from 39% in 2012 – according to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report. So what’s driving this trend?
Remote work can boost productivity.
Freedom to choose a workspace that matches your personality type and interests can only be a benefit. It’s no surprise that 65% of workers said that remote work would boost their productivity. Another 86% feel that working alone is crucial to achieve maximum productivity.
Remote work can reduce stress and chronic health conditions.
Data suggests the workplace is the single biggest source of stress – which causes a range of chronic health conditions and behaviours like overeating, under-exercising, and drug and alcohol abuse.
Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organisational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business claims, ‘We are harming both company performance and individual well-being, and this needs to be the clarion call for us to stop. There is too much damage being done.’
Remote work can help tackle climate change.
Commuting doesn’t just waste time and cause a range of health issues. It also damages the planet – as millions of people take unnecessary journeys in cars, trains, and planes every day.
- Gas consumption reduced by more than $20 million.
- Greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 54 million tons.
- Oil consumption reduced by 640 million barrels.
Running Remote can help you to scale your business.
Running Remote is only in its second year but already offers an impressive roster of business leaders who will offer advice on building and running a remote team.
Last year Joel Gascoigne – the founder and CEO of Buffer – explained why his team decided to build their business remotely. Buffer generates more than $15M in annual revenue and their team of more than 70 people works remotely across 50+ cities on five continents.
This year’s Running Remote speakers span a range of top remote companies:
- Andreas Klinger – Head of Remote, AngelList
- Andrew Warner – Founder, Mixergy
- Zack Onisko – CEO, Dribble
- Amir Salihefendic – CEO, Doist
- Nick Francis – CEO, Help Scout
- Marcie Murray – Director of Support, Shopify
- Michael Craig – Founder, Dojo Bali Coworking
Running Remote is a unique event that offers huge value to anyone who runs a remote team; is interested in founding a remote company; or is considering shifting their existing business to a remote model.
I’m the ideal journalist to report on Running Remote.
Cards on the table. Remoters are offering a free Running Remote ticket for a writer who can cover the event for their blog. Here’s why I’m the right person to win.
I’m a former journalist.
I’m a professional writer. I graduated with an NCTJ in journalism and cut my teeth working for a top British press agency where I wrote articles that were published in the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. I’ve got the copy-chops to craft compelling content.
I write sales copy for remote tech companies.
After working as a journalist I spent six years in international sales for big (and tiny) technology companies. I then founded my own business – GorillaFlow – and now I write conversion copy for tech brands including Salesforce.com. Some of my clients are remote (and at least one is at Running Remote) – so I understand the remote and tech scenes.
I’m passionate about remote work.
I quit a well-paid corporate career and sacrificed ‘security’ to build my own remote business.
Because I know how frustrated, trapped, and unfulfilled I felt when I was forced to build a life around an expensive city that featured none of the mountains, beaches, or opportunities to snowboard and do adventure sports that I love.
I’ve worked relentlessly hard for two years since then to build my remote business – against conventional wisdom and advice – because I believe in the benefits of a lifestyle focused on creative output, rather than pointless metrics like clock-counting and arrival-at-desk times.
I’ll grab the opportunity to experience and report on Running Remote 2019 with both hands – because I believe that remote work is the future.