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How to crush it in business working remotely.
01 July 2017
I'm pumped to be launching a series of seriously valuable blogs in collaboration with the co-founder/CEO of Four Pi App and Web Development Chris Long. Chris and his team are changing the web development game with highly distinctive, yet professional websites and apps for their clients.
But right now, it's all about the knowledge this man brings to the table. Four Pi's growth has come with of plenty risk, hard lessons and indeed an insane amount of work! It was a pleasure that I got the opportunity to pick Chris's brain about some of the hottest topics in business success right now.
In our first instalment, we discussed the idea behind working remotely. It seems like a dream, working from the beach, your favourite cafe or even from the comfort of your own bed. However, people can get sucked into the romanticism of working remotely all too quickly - It's not a walk in the park, and if you think simply opening your laptop up at home is your ticket to success, I strongly suggest you keep reading this before you drop the proverbial mic on your boss.
Chris not only manages himself remotely, but he also manages eight staff and counting. I can guarantee you his team communicate better than most teams who operate in person, and he has still managed to instil a culture of success from his home office.
So first up, Chris, why did you choose to work remotely with Four Pi?
We started during 2011, Brad (business partner) and I were both studying at university - it was out of necessity really, we could hardly pay ourselves, so an office was certainly not on the agenda. Initially, we collaborated in Brad's spare lounge at his share house in Bundoora, and it suited both of us nicely. From there, our first team member Graeme was comfortable with it, our next team member Tom was as well, so it's become a really natural thing. The pros to a zero commute, quiet workplace you're comfortable with easily outweigh the cons of working/talking on top of one another. It's not for everyone, but we're able to pass some value onto customers, and they certainly appreciate that.
I'm sure people worry that they will get distracted at home, has this been a problem for you?
At what point will working from home be unpractical for your business?
Does being at home always feel like work now? Are you able to switch on and off?
Toggl is a time tracking tool - when it's running, you're accountable to yourself and assign that time to different projects. The team can browse your tracker, and we all know how long a task should roughly take, so it's pretty obvious if you're fudging time. We're a really motivated and caring team, so we all keep each other on track and regularly go over hours as we have such a comfortable environment (with a few travel hours up our sleeve each day!).
What's the biggest challenge about working from home?
1. Appear.in - the most flexible and easy video conferencing tool on the market. They have a really down to earth CEO who personally replies and listens to their customers.
2. Toggl - A great time tracking tool that allows for easy individual or team tracking.
3. Google's G Suite - Gmail, Google Drive & Google Chrome are all dream products and they 50x productivity if used as intended.
Why should someone reading this right now consider launching their start-up from home?
We look forward to releasing the next instalment of our value bomb blog series with Chris next week. If you work from home, tell us what makes running your remote business or job possible!
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Daniel Kovac - Digital Marketing Director/Founder