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Six things to consider to craft a remote work policy that doesn’t suck.

What a fantastic time to be alive! Am I right? Due mostly to advances in communication technologies, availability of high-speed internet access, and a suite of great tools at our disposal, as a workforce, we are now more than ever before able to explore the realities of working remotely. The bad news, though, is that many employers who are flirting with the idea of allowing flexible work situations don’t have the foggiest idea what they are doing or where to start when it comes to making remote work, work. The good news? It’s getting better every day.

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Technological saturation and the drive for things tangible

The rise of craft beer, foodie culture and beard oil

We're human. And while we aren't given a handbook at birth with all the how-to's needed to successfully maintain ourselves, there are many truths that have emerged over millennia. We know we need to eat, sleep, drink, fuck, run, breathe and so on. And we know it because, if we go without any of those needs for too long, there is an insatiable hunger that comes over us and compels us to take action. To scratch the itch. These internal drives have informed the way humans have built the world around them. Nearly everything is designed and manufactured to satisfy a craving or a need - or a perceived need anyway. Our desires inform nearly every decision we make at any given time, and while they can be influenced by external stimuli, we are generally making choices that we at least believe will serve our need, whatever it may be.

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The art of the steal

Creative approaches for dealing with a client who refuses to pay, before and after the fact

If you have worked as a freelancer or contractor in a creative trade, you no doubt recognize what your client may be telling you without actually saying anything. Hell, while this is common in the creative world anyone who has spent any amount of time in a service business —where you're trading time for money—can relate. The silent treatment nine times out of ten can only mean one of two things: Your client is either on an extended vacation in the Dominican Republic (avoid the mini-bar!) OR your client is out of here and has no intention of paying you for that brand identity you've been killing yourself to finish on the unrealistic deadline they gave you.

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Home alone

How home-based workers can evade isolation—and everything that goes with it—by just getting out of the house

Working from home. Ahh, it’s the dream, isn’t it? Get up around eleven, have coffee, read the news, hang with the dog. Idyllic, isn’t it? But for those working apart, it’s not probably the reality. Or if it is, things may not be going all that well for you. Sorry to hear that bruh. But one thing is true—many a remote worker chooses to work from the comfort and confines of their home. And while most home-based workers—the pros anyway—tend to develop and stick to routines that keep them on track, productive, and performing at high-levels, there are many common yet unforeseen side-effects of playing it too close to home, too often.

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Get out of your own way

A simple trick for flipping the script and getting on with your life

My whole life, I’ve identified as an introvert. Worse yet, as an introvert’s introvert. I’ve never been formally tested or anything. Still, like most, I am nervous public speaking, a little anxious before meetings, hesitant to ask for things, etc. By my definition, I’m still introverted. For the vast majority of people, introversion, extroversion, and many other types of -version rapidly become much more than a label you are given—usually by yourself. Some would call them crutches or excuses. I like to frame them as limiting beliefs.

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Remote but not alone

Building quality relationships and combating loneliness while working remote

Working remotely is becoming commonplace among today's technologically saturated workforce. With giant steps forward in technology and infrastructure providing mobi-workers with free (or nearly free) high-speed internet access virtually anywhere on the planet it's now easier than ever to work away from work.

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Now hear this!

How a little intention can help you dodge listening landmines and build better relationships all at the same time

A few days ago, I was privileged to have a conversation with deep listening expert Oscar Trimboli for the latest episode of Eggs (dropping later this week). Eggs is the weekly podcast I co-host with long-time friend Michael “DJ Ontic” Smith. The chat with Oscar was chock full of helpful tips and tricks for becoming a better listener. Also, he reinforced many long-held beliefs about the importance of listening in developing relationships both interpersonally and in business—although, is there really any difference?

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Leveling the field

Earning trust and respect in the battle to be heard

Recently, I had a conversation with a junior graphic designer. He was working as an in-house asset for a large regional home-builder. He expressed to me that he was feeling a little hamstrung in his current situation. He, along with his current marketing director (both young, green, and newish with the company), felt as if they weren’t being “heard” by the higher-ups.

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40 is the new… Well, 40.

The subject of age is a perennial one. I'm too old to… That's a young man/woman's… If only I was in my 20's I'd… But I have good news for you my friends. Studies show that in the immortal words of Aaliyah - Age Ain't Nothing But A Number.

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Limitations of a lone wolf

The pitfalls of going it alone and how to find quality people to build a powerful pack

Whether you are working in an office environment surrounded by a team of your peers or a digital nomad working out of your camper van overlooking some scenic vista, most will agree that there is little room for lone wolves in the workforce. While team, trusted advisors, or circles of trust come in all shapes and sizes depending on the needs of the individual, few would argue that we are flat out better off on our own. As a freelance or remote worker, you must fight off the natural tendency to go it alone. Instead, you need to focus your energy on growing your pack.

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