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How To Convince Your Boss To Let You Work Remotely

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Latest researches show that remote work is here to stay. Thanks to digital communication improvements, people from many different fields are now able to work remotely. Yet, many employees are still dreaming of a flexible work-life balance and the ability to determine when, where and how they work. There’s just one thing stopping them: their current job.

Too often, we look at our current situation and see no way of changing the traditional 9-5 schedule, confined to the four walls of a conventional office. You might love your job, but crave the flexible lifestyle that you know you can have.

Before you start updating your resume and beginning to search for a new position, have you ever considered pitching the idea of a remote position to your current employer? Of course this may require some preparation on your end before initiating the conversation, in order to help your boss feel comfortable with the idea of you becoming a remote employee.

Here are five top tips that will help you to convince your boss to let you work remotely.

Choose The Right Time

If peak season or a particular busy time is coming up, this might be the best time for you to approach your boss. Why? Many times managers will be looking for employees to put in some overtime to meet deadlines, so the argument can be made that instead of spending time commuting, you can complete extra work in a space with no distractions.

Know Your Worth and Document All Your Wins

At least three months before you talk to your manager, start documenting all of your contributions, performance results, and what you’ve been doing that benefits the team and company. If you can quantify your value to your boss, you will have greater leverage when making the argument that you will be more productive and creative while working with more autonomy.

Do Your Research

Preparation is the key to success, so come to the table with research to back up your ask, i.e. bring a list of the pros and cons of remote work, particularly when it applies to you and your company, or do some research on how companies that allow greater flexibility with their employers could help attract and retain talent.

For example, a recent survey by the Society of Human Resources Management found that of those who work remotely at least a few times a month, 77% reported greater productivity while working offsite, and 30% said they accomplished more in less time. And LinkedIn data show that 51% of professionals say they are proudest to work at companies that promote work-life balance and flexibility.

By creating a well-informed case that shows how allowing you to work remotely is a win-win for both parties, you can convince your employer to grant you greater flexibility.

Suggest a Remote Work Trial Period

When you’re ready to start approach your boss, decide on a trial time frame that works for you based on your job and workload (one month, three months, six months, etc.) and ask what they think. Giving your employer an alternative to an all-or-nothing proposition makes it a lot easier for them to say yes.

Put Your Employer’s Interests First and Be Flexible

Before introducing the subject of remote work to your boss, you need to be ready to explain how personal benefits – flexible work schedule, work-life balance, less time commuting, a more relaxed job environment etc. – will translate into benefits for your employer.

Think about the “why” of why you want to go remote, and focus on how your “why” will help the company. By digging deep into your motivation for moving to remote work, you’ll also be able to anticipate concerns your employer might have and respond to them proactively.

Finally, let your boss know that you’re flexible and open to compromising. For example, you could agree on something like sending a full report of what you plan to do and accomplish every week on Monday. Or you could offer to come in for face-to-face meetings throughout the week, perhaps moving it to regular video calls once your boss becomes more accustomed to the idea of remote work. Accommodating your employer when asking for a remote arrangement is critical, especially at the beginning or during your trial period.

These are some of our top tips that we hope will help you to present your case for remote work to your current employer. If your manager is open to trying it out, congratulations! You now just need to make sure to keep yourself organised and productive, so that your boss will let you transition into even more remote and flexible work over time.  And if they’re not, you won’t have lost anything by trying—in fact, you’ll simply know where you’re employer stands on remote work, and that you need to start looking into new remote job options if you’re serious about making the change.

Three Benefits Of Organizing A Company Retreat

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When thinking about company culture and how to effectively engage your employees, a few things come into play. Whether you’re a fully remote team, looking to transition or a company that wants to start innovating with how you’re showing your employees that you care, something that should be put into consideration is organizing a team retreat at least once a year.

Team retreats are on the rise as companies begin to realize that employees are valuing immersive experiences over everything and aim to have immersive experiences in their day to day lives. When thinking about bringing your team together, there are some unexpected benefits to organizing a company retreat.

Let’s talk dive into them and see how you can get started today.

Bring Company Culture Front And Center

Company culture is a hot topic where many businesses talk the talk but don’t necessarily walk the walk in their day to day team culture. Hosting a team retreat is a great way for a company to show its employees firsthand the type of culture that they want to have.

When you bring your whole team to a beautiful location, you’ll be able to inspire them and also show them a look inside the values that a company has. It’s not just about getting work done but also about the overall vibe and atmosphere that you’re looking to bring in the activities that you do.

Whether you choose to bring your team on a paddleboarding or kayaking adventure, maybe wine tasting or tapas… it will be able to show them what the culture is like behind the company.

Increase Employee Engagement

When you bring your team to a new location and innovate with activities in an offsite retreat, it allows for employees to not just feel seen and appreciated but also get them to engage with others on a different level.

Professional development is a big part of employee engagement with 87% of millennial workers stating that it’s important to them in their work. Taking time for workshops and learning opportunities in retreats can motivate top employees to continue learning and growing.

Being outside of the office and in new environments, it also allows for your team to share different talents, skills and knowledge that you might not see in normal day to day activities.

Work Smarter So Your Team Can Live Better

Work smarter, live better is our motto here at Sun and Co. and over 300 remote workers who have stayed with us are adopting the same mentality and want their employers to follow it too.

With 6 out of 10 millennials stating that work/life balance is very important to them when thinking about the companies they want to work for, your retreats shouldn’t just be about meetings, work and innovative ideas, but also incorporate social activities where teams can bond.

Company retreats are just one of the many ways for teams to feel better connected, valued and efficient so that they can do their best work. When bringing everyone together for a period of time it allows for purposeful connection, innovation and deeper connection.

If you’re thinking about hosting a company retreat, feel free to send us an email at sienna@sun-and-co.com. You don’t need to do any of the heavy lifting, we’ll handle all the details so that all you need to think about is arriving.

Real Estate Investing for Digital Nomads

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Written by Micki McNie

 

I meet a lot of nomads who are interested in real estate investing, but aren’t sure how it fits into their location independent lifestyle. That’s probably because most people think real estate investing means owning rental property. A traveling lifestyle doesn’t have to prevent anyone from owning their own home or rental properties. Real estate investing is so much more diverse than that!

I’d like to introduce you to a few nomad-friendly strategies, along with some questions to help you figure out the best option for your unique situation.

Owning Property VS Owning Debt

On the simplest level we can break things down into two categories. In the first category you own the property. In the second, you own the debt.

Owning property comes with the obvious risks of damage or loss of value. For example: bad tenants who trash the place; repair items like a leaking roof or an old hot water heater; changes in the market that reduce the value of the property.

There are many ways to invest in property that range from owning your own home to owning a share of a large apartment or office building (so called syndication). The upside to owning property is that over the long term it generally increases in value, and you can rent your home out when you’re traveling.

Owning debt has different pros and cons. When you own debt, also called “notes”, you don’t have to fix toilets. You act as the bank and the person paying you is the owner of the property, which hopefully means they intend to take better care of it. The risk with a note is that the person stops paying their mortgage. However, you can always work out a deal with them to get them paying again, or you can take control of the property.

How do you acquire notes, you ask? There are a variety of ways from selling a property with owner finance, to shopping online marketplaces where you can purchase everything from car loans to large commercial mortgages. The key is to buy the note for less than it is worth. For example, I purchased a $55k mortgage for $22k, meaning I collected interest on the full $55k and when they refinanced and paid me off I collected the full balance owed.

Understand Your Goals and Set Some Investing Criteria

Before investing in real estate you should ask yourself a few questions.

Are you looking for short term profits or do you want ongoing income?

How much money are you comfortable investing?

Do you want to manage your investment or be hands off?

Where do you want to invest and why?

Thinking about where to invest is important. Places you are familiar with or have people to help are ideal. If you want to invest in a country where you are currently living or visiting, you’ll need to carefully investigate the laws and tax implications. Maybe you just want to invest where the best opportunities for you are, in which case connecting with local investors in that area is a great start.

Start Investing!

Real estate is a highly creative industry. There are any number of ways to invest and make money, it just takes some education to know where to look for opportunities and how to manage your risk. So where do you start?

Biggerpockets.com has a great podcast that talks about all sorts of investing strategies. When you hear one you like, take a deep dive into that topic and reach out to some people who are already doing it. Real estate investors are some of the most generous people I know, always happy to talk about their success and share what they’ve learned.

I’ve dabbled in all these strategies and am still learning more, so if you ever want to talk about real estate and what might work for you, I’m happy to chat!

Micki McNie has been working and investing in real estate since 2011 and manages Big Why Real Estate. She is passionate about creating financial freedom through real estate investing, and loves helping others do the same. Her favourite thing to do is to turn neglected buildings into beautiful, useful spaces again. You can reach her at micki@33zenlane.com.

What being a digital nomad means for your taxes

What Being a Digital Nomad Means for Your Taxes

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As a digital nomad, what are the tax issues that you need to be aware of? How is income reported, what provisions are there for full-time travelers, and what are the pitfalls? While location independent work is on the rise, tax regulations struggle to keep up with it and there are still a lot of grey areas in the matter. Regulations also vary greatly from country to country, so it’s always recommended to do some research of your own or talk to a tax professional.

However, if you are a US citizen digital nomad you’re in luck! We spoke with Krystal Pino, seasoned accountant, digital nomad and founder of Nomad Tax, a firm dedicated serving the nomad community when it comes to small business and personal tax issues.

Keep reading to find out Krystal’s recommendations when it comes to dealing with taxes for US digital nomads.

Krystal Pino

 

Making a Federal Case Out Of It

First and foremost: the foreign earned income exclusion (FEIE). The tax code provision states that if you are outside of the United States for either a set number of days, or you’re considered a resident of another country, you could be exempt from paying federal income taxes on a portion of your income ($103,900 for 2018 and $104,100 for 2019). Hold your horses though, it’s not automatic simply because you’ve decided to travel. There are tests that need to be met.

First is either the bona fide resident test or the physical presence test. Under the bona fide resident test, you’re considered exempt should you qualify as a resident of another country for a full calendar year. For those of us constantly on the move, there’s the physical presence test (PPT). Under the PPT, you need to be outside of the United States for 330 out of 365 rolling days (which means you can use any 365 day period, not just January-December).

Once you pass the PPT, the next thing the Internal Revenue Service wants to know is where your tax home is. For our FEIE purposes, this tax home is not your residence, or abode (discussed later), but rather refers to how and where you make your money. If you’re self employed, you make your money wherever you are. Congrats, you’ve passed the second test!

W-2 employees take a little bit of an extra look at the nature of their work and assignment. You’re going to have to convince the IRS that your remote work is for the benefit of your employer and not only personal. Not impossible, but it weakens your case for the FEIE.

But wait! We’re not done yet!
The last thing the IRS takes a look at is what is called your ‘abode’. This is a referral to your social, family, and economic ties to the United States. Own a home in the US and not renting it out? Still voting in local elections? Have a car registered? Strong family ties? While none of these automatically disqualify you from the FEIE, they could potentially weaken your case that the US is not your permanent home, and this lifestyle of travel is only temporary for you and you’re trying to get out of paying taxes for a bit.

Self(ish) Employment Taxes

Another important thing to note when considering the FEIE is that it only applies to FEDERAL income taxes. None of us are exempt from paying social security and Medicare taxes. Good news for W-2s: you get to split this with your employer, and it is already taken care of for you. Those of us who are self employed are responsible for the full burden (12.4% for Social Security and 2.9% Medicare), although a credit is offered for half. Self employed and don’t want to deal with SE tax? You can mitigate your SE tax by setting up your business as an S Corporation, but this does subject you additional tax filings.

State of Affairs

So, what about state taxes? While some states do have foreign earned income exclusion provisions, most of the time you’ll still be subject to state taxes. Traveling full time? CA, CT, DE, ID, MN, MO, NY, OK, OR, and WV all offer safe harbor provisions, provided you’re out of the state for a number of days and subject to other residency requirements.

State residency is another hot topic among US digital nomads and something my firm looks at intently. Residency can be both hard to break and to establish, especially when trying to do it from overseas. Thus, consider it before you leave or talk to someone who’s already done all the leg work.

Deductions Reasoning

Finally, another frequent question I get is “what can I deduct?” 
If you’re a W-2 employee: nothing. Sorry. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act basically got rid of anything you could previously deduct.
For self-employed individuals, the answer is: it depends. First, consider the nature of your business and the nature of your travel. The IRS states heavily that business expenses must have a clear business purpose, and nothing that is considered personal is allowed. What you can deduct include coworking space fees, trips made specifically for client/business work, meals with clients, and professional fees, which are still deductible simply as if you were sitting still.

Congratulations, you made it this far! Dealing with taxes can be daunting, but it should be on your top priority list when planning your life on the road.

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5 Tips to Hire Top Talents For Your Remote Team

5 Tips to Hire Top Talents For Your Remote Team

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Going remote can be daunting at first when you want to build and scale a business or agency, but as long as you hire the right team members straight off the bat, you’re well on the road to success. The top talents aren’t drifters; rather, they’ll stick around for the long haul, which is exactly what you want.

However, the hiring process has for a long time saddled all businesses. When we don’t hire the right people, productivity slows down, morale drops, and we have to spend money repeating the process until we get the right person in.

The last thing we want is to hire an individual who suddenly vanishes from the online world.

For your company to be a success, you need to bring the A-players to your team. The thing is that, with everyone working remotely, you might need to be a bit more creative with how you identify and “seduce” the top talent.

Let’s take a look at 5 tips to hire top talents for your remote team.

 

5 Tips to Hire Top Talents For Your Remote Team

Know Where to Look

There are a variety of places to look for remote workers, from Craigslist to LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is one of the best places to find your next hire because you get the advantage of seeing an individuals resume, testimonials and credentials there and then. Plus, they’re just a DM away. If you do decide to use LinkedIn, switching to a recruiters account gives you access to perks that a regular account doesn’t have. Then, you need to use keywords like “remote graphic designer” to find potential hires.

Moreover, if a talent really is the best talent, it’s highly likely that they’ll be on LinkedIn. And they’ll probably have examples of their work for you to browse.

Global freelance platforms like Upwork and Freelancer are worth taking a look at, too. These hubs allow clients to post jobs — long term or short term — and multiple businesses have used them to hire the best talent. The problem is that, while there are top-rated remote workers on these sites, there are also lots of dead wood, too. As such, it might take you some time before you find the right person for the right job. However, these platforms allow clients to give freelancers feedback and scores so that you can take a look at an applicants profile to determine how skillful, motivated and reliable they’ll be for you.

 

Outline Your Why

The best remote workers don’t have to work for you. Unlike an office worker who might be terrified of being made redundant because they’ll never find another job, the best remote workers always have other clients they can work for.

This is why you need to sell the job to them.

Outline your company’s ‘Why’. Why should someone work for you? Share your company’s vision with remote workers. Explain your purpose and where your company is heading. What are the perks of working for you? Why should the best talent choose you?

The more attractive you can make your company appear, the easier it will be for the top talent to want to be a part of your future.

 

Go for the Experience

When assessing who is right and who isn’t for your team, it’s a good idea to take a look at how experienced the remote worker is. This doesn’t simply mean how experienced they are in terms of the role — it also means how experienced they are as a remote worker.

For example, if someone has literally just started working remotely, it might not always be the best idea to hire them. They could be a starstruck remote worker who quit the 9-5 grind in the hopes that working remotely would bring them a better work/life balance. Ultimately, however, they have no track record and you don’t know how motivated they’ll be as a remote worker.

Instead, it’s much safer to go for remote workers who already have a proven track record working remotely. If they’ve been doing this for 2+ years now and have strong testimonials to back them up, they’re well worth considering over young pups who may end up like rabbits caught in headlights. They might be good at what they do, but are you taking a gamble?

 

Assign a Test Project

When hiring a remote worker, it’s typical for a company to assign the candidates a test project first. This gives you a better insight into the quality of their work, as well as the speed at which they work. Turnaround time is key, so it makes sense to test each candidate first with a small (but paid) project.

 

Be Communicative

The top talent wants to see a few things from a prospective company they might work for before they commit. One of them is good communication.

The best talent know that communication is the bedrock of all good working relationships, and it’s important to remember the reasons why someone has decided to work remotely in the first place. It might be that they did it for family reasons, but a prime factor is often that the individual doesn’t want to work for a boss they hate anymore.

The top talent can pick and choose who they work for. If they no longer want stress in their working life, they won’t work with someone they dislike.

Poor communication skills can easily make you appear unappealing to a remote worker. If you take too long to respond to messages, or if your messages are often blunt, impersonal and full of criticism, it’s going to put the best talent off.

Be a good communicator. Be friendly, personable and open. Stay in touch with your prospects and your hires. Offer feedback and offer criticism, but offer praise, too. Be positive. That way, it will be a lot easier to hire and keep hold of the best remote talent.

 

These are 5 top tips to hire top talents for your remote team. Look in the right places, sell your company to the worker, go for the experience, run a test project by them and be communicative. If you can do all this, you should be well on your way to building a stronger team.

 

About the author: Aljaz Fajmut is a digital marketer, internet entrepreneur, and the founder of Nightwatch a search visibility tool of the next generation. Check out Nightwatch blog and follow him on Twitter: @aljazfajmut

How To Stay Productive While Traveling

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Mojito on the beach with Gmail open on the computer screen. If we believed everything we saw on Instagram, that’s what it would look like when you’re someone who works and travels at the same time. If you’re actually one of those people, you know that the reality looks a bit different.

Whether you have a home base and travel occasionally or you’re a full-time digital nomad who is always on the road, the reality is… work still has to get done. Being productive in different places can sometimes be harder than what it seems but we’re here to share some more tips on how to do so.

The Colivers in our community are some of the smartest people we know with such a wide range of experience so we decided to go to the source. We asked them how do they aim to stay productive while working remotely or on the road and this is what they had to say!

“Get Serious About Your Workspace”

Rachel says… Get serious about your workspace–spend some time finding a good place to work that is comfortable and meets all or most of your needs and then keep going back. Knowing what you are going to do and where you are going to do it gives some structure to the workday.

 

“Dress Up”

Chelsea’s advice: When I’m working remotely and don’t have to go into an office I’m more productive when I dress up, versus staying in my pajamas, even if I’m not going anywhere. Then when I’m finished with my tasks, I reward myself by just walking around the town I’m in – since I’m already dressed ;).

“Get Inspired”

Ann Kathrin says; For me, as an illustrator and graphic designer, it really helps me to be productive to get inspired by the local art and culture scene. Whether it’s a trip to a museum during the day, a visit to a theater or just sitting in a cafe and watch the everyday life around me.

 

“Plan Your Week”

 

Alex believes that you need to… plan your week so that it’s always clear what you’ve got to do next. It makes the distractions less tempting.

 

 

“Exercise Between Tasks”

 

Ella says; Go out for a walk or run in between tasks. It helps me to clear my head and focus more when I get back to my work. And it’s great to get some sun and see the surroundings while you’re at it.

 

 

 

“Make Location Work For You”

Ali says; My favorite productivity travel hack is to use the location freedom to help me focus. I choose a project to complete at each location whether it be a coffee shop, or even one desk versus the sofa in a co-working space. Once the project is complete (or a few tasks if they are smaller) I change locations. The new surroundings help me refocus and the time it takes to get up and walk around helps me get some fresh air and re-charge. 

 

Hopefully these tips will give you a good starting point for things you can do to stay productive while on the road! Of course, productivity doesn’t always mean being in front of your computer for 8 hours a day. In our eyes, when you’re truly productive, that’s the key to #worksmarterlivebetter.

 

Mastering Remote Work: 3 Ways To Improve Team Culture

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Being a full-time remote worker definitely has its benefits but if we’re being honest… sometimes it can be hard to navigate the world of remote work 24/7. If you’re used to office environments and coffee banter, sometimes it can be an isolating experience but it doesn’t have to be that way.

With the future of work inevitably leading to more companies having remote employees and more people being brought on to teams so they can work from anywhere in the world… it’s vital to have the right tactics in place both as an employee and an employer.

There are some companies who do remote work really well and one of those is Hanno, a business that focuses on helping organizations build and launch life-changing products. The team is 100% remote and does all of their collaborations online, even with their clients. We had the pleasure of connecting with Laila, the Remote Work Mentor of the Hanno team to teach the Sun and Co. community about Remote Team Culture and now we’re going to share some of the takeaways with you!

Keep Your Systems Effective

One of the biggest hardships of being on a fully remote team can be systems and organizations. We asked Laila how do they keep their systems effective both within their team and with their clients as well.

In their company, they have “playbooks” which are perfect both when onboarding new team members as well as frequenting them in their day-to-day work situations. When you have guidelines within a team it not only helps you figure out how you do your work internally but it also helps your clients understand how you work as a remote business… just in case they need some clarity or have never worked with a brand remotely before.

Keeping systems effective also means that team communication is transparent on all fronts. They use something called Everyday PPP which stands for Plan, Progress and Process. It allows for everyone to be able to check in with one another and be able to keep everyone on the team accountable.

 

Connect On A Deeper Level

Sometimes when working remotely, it can be a bit difficult to connect with your coworkers on a deeper level outside of the meetings and daily tasks that you have ahead.

Some different ways to combat that and connect on a deeper level as a team?

Implementing things like check-ins before your meeting. It helps you all open up about how you’re feeling and get to know what’s going on with your teammates outside of work.

Another way to connect with teammates is having activities like “Friday Beer or Coffee” to be informal. Hanno hosts this weekly so that there is time within their team for informal chatting and connecting on a different level.

 

Know What Tools You Need

What is so impressive about the Hanno team is that although their business focuses on creating and implementing new projects and services for their clients, they are truly thought-leaders when it comes to remote work culture and efficiency.

They don’t just help their clients learn how to work remotely and be more efficient but they also help thousands of other people in the world learn how to implement better remote work practices via various online resources.

What tools could be useful to you and your team?

Here are some things you probably haven’t heard of before when it comes to thinking about what your team needs and what you can use to help with productivity and collaboration working remotely.

Remote Starter Kit: The Hanno overview of all the tools that you need to help your team collaborate better and be happier.

Oskar: The tool you never knew you needed. A bot that helps track your team’s happiness via Slack!

Donut: A site that helps you build amazing company culture online.

Reinventing Organizations: Laila recommends reading this book when you’re thinking about your own company culture and how to work better as a team and a new way of rethinking how an organization works and operates on a daily basis.

Do you work or lead a remote team? What tools and practices do you use to keep everyone organized, efficient and happy? Let us know in the comments! 

Why Coliving Is The Future of Remote Working

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What do professional growth, clarity and coliving have to do with one another?

Let’s take a moment and think about why people long for vacation or “workation” in remote working terms.

Why do we look to explore new places and have a change of scenery? More often than not, we escape to find clarity and gain a new understanding of how we see the world and our place in it. So what does all of this have to do with coliving? And what is coliving?

Coliving is something that is on the rise and we believe is the future of remote working. Over the years, we’ve found that many people join us at Sun and Co. when they are in search for a sense of clarity or change in their lives: transitioning to new business fields, looking for new job opportunities, working on side projects…

The list goes on, but we’ve heard over and over again from Colivers that once they leave Sun and Co., they have a sense of clarity that wasn’t there before.

So time to dive into three ways that coliving won’t just give you a sense of overall clarity, but will also lead to professional growth!

Learn From The Expertise Of Others

One of the most impactful things that happen on a weekly basis at Sun and Co. is skillshares. At the beginning of each week, we share what everyone in the house wants to learn and who can provide meaningful content on those topics. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from others and then apply it to your own situation and professional experience. With a wide range of topics like Facebook ad funnels, email marketing, blogging, SEO and even things like risk-taking probabilities… you’re constantly able to get out of your professional comfort zone and learn from those who specialize in different topics.

Meet Your New Business Partner 

When most people think about professional networking, they envision swanky lunches or meeting people at conferences. You rarely think about your new business partner or colleague being someone you wake up and have breakfast with for two weeks. That’s the beauty about coliving: you’re not just sharing a workspace where you go in and out at the end of each day. You’re also living together and getting to know one another on a deeper level. This way you can skip the resume and boring interview process and get right to the good stuff when it comes to working together or hiring someone new because you were able to connect on a deeper level from Day One.

Time and time again, we see people who have met at Sun and Co. end up hiring each other later on, freelancing for another coliver’s companies and even leading joint ventures together.

Stay Inspired By Your Surroundings

The beauty of being location independent is that you can choose to be based in a place like Javea, where you’re constantly surrounded by inspiration. And if you choose coliving at Sun and Co., you will also find endless inspiration in the house itself.

With sleek architecture and a minimalist, homey vibe, it’s easy to be productive and get the meaningful work done. That’s what we had in mind when renovating this 19th-century house. An inspiring space. Tall glass windows. Open workspace. Closed office spaces. Tons of natural light. Outdoor patios. And lots of plants!

Time to think about if you’re ready to take the next step in your life and career.

Are you ready to be in a new environment, connect with other like-minded people and spend your days inspired by where you are and what you’re doing? If so, we’re here to welcome you with open arms!

3 Unconventional Ways To Find Remote Work

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Succeeding as a remote worker is something that is more attainable than most people think. Whether you’ve been on the scene for a while or you’re looking to transition from your 9 to 5 office job, not to worry, securing remote work in your field is getting easier by the day.

When you’re able to find work that doesn’t tie you down to a specific location or area, it creates a world of endless benefits; not only does it allow you to be location independent (meaning you can live anywhere in the world) but it also fosters productivity, allows you to create your own schedule and more often than not… comes with an increased sense of happiness and fulfillment.

We’re moving away from a time where developers and coders are the only people who are able to work remotely. Now, there is an endless number of job opportunities in various fields that allow almost anyone to be able to secure a remote gig but the biggest challenge for many is figuring out how to find a remote job.

Luckily for you, we’re going to share some inside knowledge on 3 of our favorite ways to find remote work.

 

Targeted Websites

The easiest route to finding remote job opportunities would be a simple Google search, but it can be really difficult to sift through everything that there is out there. It’s important to find promotions that you can trust and with a bit more clarity on what they have to offer. That’s why we love websites like Workew that allow you to post your resume and get free daily job alerts for a variety of professions. Websites like these are the best way to have filtered opportunities delivered right to your inbox from remote companies like Spotify, Remote Year, and more. With over 150 companies, it’s easy to find something that’s the right fit for you.

Word Of Mouth

Another great, yet often underutilized way to gain new job opportunities is by word of mouth and networking in different groups. When you’re vocal about the work you do and the services that you offer, it allows people to keep you top of mind when it comes to new job opportunities and offers that they know of.

According to a Nielsen report, 92% of people trust recommendations that they hear from friends and family over other sources of marketing and they’d be more apt to hire someone that is a “friend of a friend”. When you’re consistently sharing your work, availability and openness to remote job opportunities, it can open up a new world of professional opportunities.

Facebook Groups

Facebook might be the least conventional way to find remote work but it works just the same. Most people hone in on LinkedIn when thinking about social networks to find work opportunities but with the rise of Facebook groups that focus on remote work and the digital nomad lifestyle; you’re able to find ample opportunities and conversations regards job opportunities or new freelance positions within various companies.

Staying tuned into various conversations in Facebook groups might allow for you to encounter job offers for remote work, especially if the groups you’re participating in have a focus of remote work, travel and location independence.

What unconventional tips or tricks do you have for finding new job opportunities that allow you to work smarter and live better from anywhere in the world?

3 Ways To Avoid Burnout As An Entrepreneur

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When it comes to entrepreneurship, being a remote worker or even managing your own schedule, the topic of stress is inevitable. Many people idolize moguls who are always working harder or continuously “hustling” but that often comes with a price. As society becomes a bit more transparent about what goes on behind the scenes, there are constant stories of burnout and breakdown when people try to do it all, all of the time.

In the Inc. article on The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship, Jessica Bruder speaks on how many entrepreneurs often deal with anxiety and intense stress while failing to take into account the importance of self-care. While this may ring true for many, there are also those out there with an increasing focus on avoiding burnout all together and managing stress levels.

It’s easy to always be “on” while caught up in our professional lives, forgetting the importance of our personal health. While productivity and growth as a self-starter are highly valued, we’re going to share some tips on how to do less and give more without burning out in the process.

Let’s Talk About Avoiding Burnout

Remember To Move

It’s easy to create the excuse that we don’t have time to work out or be active because we have too much to do. But, did you know that exercise is considered vital for mental fitness as well as reducing stress? It doesn’t just help with our physicality, but it also allows for us to be more alert, concentrated and it also reduces fatigue.  

Moving doesn’t need to be confined to the treadmill or a CrossFit class, but being able to take hikes in the mountains, take a bike ride or simply going for a walk can help our mental and physical states.

 

Don’t Be Afraid To Delegate

When you’re running your own business or schedule, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like your to-do list is neverending. While this might be true, it’s important to remember that you can’t do everything, all of the time. When you invest in delegating tasks to other people on your team, freelancers or remote workers; it allows for you to take time and energy to focus on what actually matters to move forward.

 

Take a Workation

While the thought of taking an “actual vacation” is something that seems unattainable for people running their own businesses or working remotely, the benefits of exploring a new place are endless. Taking a workation is a happy medium when you’re able to escape to focus on a big project while also being able to enjoy new surroundings.

We find that many people who come to Sun and Co. look to do just that. They are longing for a sense of escape while still having a desire to make meaningful progress in their business or an upcoming project. When you’re able to change where you are, it allows for a sense of inspiration and the perfect solution to avoid feeling as if you’re burning out.

 

These are just a few ways to try to avoid burnout as an entrepreneur, remote worker or someone who manages their own schedule.

What practices do you have in play to avoid burnout on a daily basis?

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