In a recently published article by Fast Company, a noteworthy finding related to the American workforce has been highlighted. The story has focused on the significant rise in number of freelancers and work from home employees, and how they are changing the way organizations function. What is even more worthwhile to note is that the stigma associated with the ‘work from home’ class of people as being useless and underpaid is slowly fading away. And with this, a new breed of independent workers is seemingly emerging, and rather consciously too.
This was quite a refreshing read for a freelancer like me. Not because I was happy to receive the empathy for my kind (which was much appreciated, I must say) but because this feature has highlighted two highly underrated things. One, that modern work ecosystems have become flexible enough to accommodate a lot many independent entities over fixed ones. And two, that working from home is seemingly and scientifically a good way to work.
This week we feature Jesse Terry, Founder of FusionInvoice. FusionInvoice is a self hosted invoicing system for freelancers and small businesses.
In this interview, you can read more about his work at FusionInvoice, favorite marketing tools, productivity tips as well as his advice for budding startup marketers.
I am a pseudo-entrepreneur, which means that I have entrepreneurial characteristics without a venture to call my own. But I like to think that I extend my entrepreneurial characteristics into every single piece of work that I do, including writing this particular blog post. I own up to my work, feel responsible for it, feel satisfied when done well and can feel inspired enough to wake up another day to do a fantastic job yet again.
But then there are the ‘real’ entrepreneurs, the ones with an enterprise and a relative liability thereof. And while they work no differently than I do there are ways in which we differ (quiet obviously). I have been around plenty of start-ups (digital, mainly) to understand what it means to run a full-fledged venture and how increasingly effort-intensive the journey can be. Particularly in the case of a digital agency I have seen stress levels soar to Everest and one still had to make the effort to climb the incline.
This week we feature Phil Haslehurst, Marketing Manager at Decibel Insight . Decibel Insight is a lead insight tool designed for webmasters to gather intelligent data from analytics.
In this interview, you can read more about his work at Decibel Insight, favorite marketing tools, productivity tips as well as his advice for budding startup marketers.
As sad as it makes me to say this I have to admit that gone are the days when travel and work could be treated as two separate things. The need to be ‘accessible’ – thanks to flexible work cultures and remote teams – one often cannot afford to simply switch off and travel internet-free. Even if you bag the liberty to cut off from work for a while, can you imagine travelling to a new place without the Internet? For the relatively unadventurous kinds, the prospect reeks of paranoia and there exists solace only in the thought that no matter where you go, there will be Internet. Spontaneity is highly undesirable, but an act of planned spontaneity is an affordable enough indulgence.
Often simple things like navigating the airport trying to locate Wi-Fi or an outlet to power your smartphone can prove to be a giant pain. Even more harrowing is landing in a completely alien land and not knowing where to start, how to travel the streets, where to eat, and (yet again) where you can find a Wi-Fi hotspot. In this day and age, these small things can make your travel quite an unpleasant one, and so it is always advisable to power-pack some quick productivity hacks when travelling – either for business or pleasure.