Remote Work Europe

Maya Middlemiss

Remote Work Europe is for employees, freelancers, sole traders, solopreneurs, digital nomads, consultants, and anyone who defies categorization while making a living outside the traditional location-dependent relationship โ€” for the independent operator, wherever you are. The remote revolution is already well underway, and we're bringing you insight and inspiration from the frontiers of freelancing and the rubicon of remote, to help you build a life and a living without borders.

Formerly the 'Future is Freelance' podcast, our show has evolved as work evolves - to a fluid and flexible blended approach to life and value creation.

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Mastering Motivation and Productivity: Strategies for Remote Workers and Solopreneurs
1w ago
Mastering Motivation and Productivity: Strategies for Remote Workers and Solopreneurs
Send us a Text Message.Ready to revolutionize your remote work routine? Join me in my home studio in Eastern Spain as we tackle the critical challenges of motivation and productivity that freelancers and solopreneurs face. Discover how transitioning from a structured office environment to remote work can be both freeing and chaotic. This episode talks about the importance of creating self-imposed structures and why shifting from hourly-based to value-based pricing can transform your approach to knowledge work. Inspired by Cal Newport's "Slow Productivity," I share strategies to avoid pseudo-productivity and focus on clear, outcome-oriented targets.Struggling to maintain intrinsic motivation while juggling multiple roles? Try practical techniques like the Pomodoro technique to combat procrastination and how to align your tasks with personal values to keep them engaging. We discuss making tasks more rewarding by connecting them to what truly motivates you, ensuring that you stay productive in your remote work journey. Embrace David Allen's "Getting Things Done" methodology to prioritize tasks effectively and reduce stress, aligning your daily activities with your big-picture goals.Facing the hurdles of procrastination, fear of failure, and decision fatigue? From visualizing positive outcomes to adopting a growth mindset, I unpack actionable strategies for breaking down daunting tasks into manageable steps. Hear about the importance of self-imposed deadlines and consistent routines, illustrated with real-life examples like Steve Jobs' wardrobe routine. By the end of this episode, you'll be equipped with the tools to prioritize effectively, manage decision fatigue, and make steady progress toward your long-term goals. Plus, get insights into leveraging resources like the Remote Work Europe Connected group and the LinkedIn Power Hour to enhance your remote work journey.Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Unmasking MLMs: Predatory Practices and Financial Pitfalls, vs. Real Remote Work - with Dani Leigh
May 31 2024
Unmasking MLMs: Predatory Practices and Financial Pitfalls, vs. Real Remote Work - with Dani Leigh
Send us a Text Message.Ever been curious about the hidden costs of joining an MLM? Discover the raw truths about multi-level marketing schemes with our special guest, Dani Leigh, a seasoned digital nomad and the insightful voice behind Travelling Jezebel and Not Your Boss Babe (which she built and developed and recently sold - aka a real digital business!) Dani takes us on her personal journey from globetrotting volunteer to uncovering the predatory practices of network marketers that target individuals seeking remote work opportunities. This episode peels back the layers to reveal how these schemes have surged, especially during the pandemic, trapping many in financial and emotional turmoil.Our conversation exposes the realities behind the glossy faรงade of MLMs, focusing on their recruitment-heavy models and overpriced products. Dani and I dive into manipulative marketing strategies, like the guilt-inducing "women supporting women" narrative, and the deceptive income disclosures that lure people into these traps. Hear real-life stories of how MLMs infiltrate communities, from expats to military families, and exploit vulnerabilities with empty promises of financial freedom and flexible work. Together, we highlight why these schemes are nothing more than modern-day scams and offer advice on how to recognize and avoid them.We wrap up with a deep dive into the nuances of running a successful online business. Dani shares her own experiences in diversifying income streams through affiliate marketing, website ads, and new ventures like Instagram and organizing group trips. This episode is packed with practical tips and valuable resources to help you navigate the ever-changing digital landscape while steering clear of unreliable business models like MLMs. Whether you're a seasoned digital nomad or just starting your remote work journey, this episode offers essential insights to protect and empower you.Connect with Dani on here - https://www.instagram.com/travellingjezebel/ (Iand check out her delicious blog https://travellingjezebel.com/, to see what a REAL remote business looks like ๐Ÿ˜Ž (she has an amazing tour to Pakistan coming up soon too  https://travellingjezebel.com/pakistan-tour-2024/)Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Empowering Refugees with Skills for Remote Work Success: The Na'amal Story with Lorraine Charles
May 17 2024
Empowering Refugees with Skills for Remote Work Success: The Na'amal Story with Lorraine Charles
Send us a Text Message.Discover how Na'amal's Lorraine Charles is transforming lives by equipping refugees with remote work skills that pave the way for sustainable careers. Today we discover the potential of remote work in empowering displaced individuals in Africa and the Middle East to support their families, even in the absence of traditional employment opportunities. Lorraine describes the incredible journey of these learners as they transition from students to skilled professionals, now contributing to the global workforce via the Na'amal's agency, and how they are managing to give back to their communities.But beyond social enterprise, the business case is clear when clients keep coming back for more, proving the high quality and dedication of the refugee talent. The practical aspects of hiring and payment processes are also simplified, as we learn about accessible international transaction services and the game-changing nature of mobile money in Africa. Our discussion opens up new perspectives on the power of mentorship, showcasing how connections formed through Na'amal can lead to growth, direct employment, and the strengthening of a supportive global community.Finally, we touch on how YOU can help, and incredible value of mentorship. This episode is not just a conversation, it's an invitation to be a part of something biggerโ€”a global movement towards a more connected and empathetic world. Join us and be inspired by the stories of success, resilience, and the collective power of mentorship in making a difference.Follow Lorraine here:https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorraine-charles/And find out all the ways you can support and get involved with Na'amal athttps://naamal.org/get-involved/Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Innovation, Influence, And Reflections On A Remote Life Anniversary
May 3 2024
Innovation, Influence, And Reflections On A Remote Life Anniversary
Send us a Text Message.A life-altering transformation often starts with a single moment whose significance is not obvious.  Mine was the day, a quarter of a century past, that I left my 'normal' office job for the final time . Since then it's been a convoluted journey that eventually lead to the creation of  Remote Work Europe, though it took me a while to figure out that ultimate destination!  But here we are, and what started as a modest Facebook group for Spain people is growing into a flourishing network, which has been recognised on the prestigious Remote.com influencer list for 2024.The collective efforts and dedication of key members and collaborators have been instrumental in creating our platform, and when I look at the other people we are featured alongside, it makes me even more happy and proud. You'll find plenty of podcast guests past and present, as well as an array of people doing diverse and fascinating work to raise the remote work agenda, and professionalise and differentiate the space.In this episode I reflect on my own journey, and the dearth of remote influencers, or bandwidth, available back when I started in 2000. I open up about my own odyssey of tech, regulation, social acceptance, and family priorities, which eventually led us to the shores of Mediterranean Spain. And I hope it will contextualise why it means so much to me, to be able to help others create the same transformation in their lives, through the work we're doing with Remote Work Europe.This episode is not just a narrative of personal transformation and global mobility; it's an invitation to join a community that empowers and educates anyone seeking to integrate flexibility, independence, and adventure into their professional lives. Join us as we explore the boundless potential of a European remote work lifestyle, at Remote Work Europe!Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Destination Bulgaria: Entrepreneurs & Digital Nomads Head To Bankso, With Uwe Allgรคuer
Apr 19 2024
Destination Bulgaria: Entrepreneurs & Digital Nomads Head To Bankso, With Uwe Allgรคuer
Send us a Text Message.Today we travel to the Eastern edge of the Remote Work Europe territory, to the heart of Bulgaria's digital nomad revolution. I chat with Uwe Allgรคuer , the mastermind behind the Bansko Digital Nomad Festival, and business formation service My Start Bulgaria. We discuss the transformation of a quaint ski town into a bustling hub for entrepreneurs and adventurers. Uwe's personal voyage from the high seas to pioneering a co-working community in Bansko, and an annual festival which gets bigger and better year on year. We also touch on Bulgaria's enticing fiscal regime, discussing the nitty-gritty of setting up shop in this welcoming country. Whether you're an EU citizen or from further afield this episode is a treasure trove of insights on how to seamlessly integrate into the digital nomad lifestyle.The core of our conversation steers toward the practicalities and perks of making Bansko your business base, or home away from home. Uwe generously shares his wisdom on overcoming bureaucratic hurdles to access Bulgaria's favourable tax rates. We emphasize the significance of planting roots with a paper trail and tax residency somewhere, for those unforeseen twists in life, while also celebrating Bansko's emergence as a year-round sanctuary for the digitally inclined. The town's unique melding of serene nature and a vibrant community creates an environment where both personal and professional connections flourish.To wrap up we anticipate the 2024 Bansko Nomad Festival โ€“ an event where the entrepreneurial  borderless spirit is showcased against the town's stunning natural canvas. Hear about the serendipitous collaborations and spontaneous businesses that spring forth from this gathering of minds. If the promise of rich face-to-face networking and a diverse array of experiences (including a keynote from Maya on remote collaboration) appeals to you, then get over to https://www.banskonomadfest.com/ and use the discount code MayaRWE_bnf24 at the checkout for a 10% discount!And do connect with Uwe at https://www.linkedin.com/in/uweallg/ to keep up with all his exciting projects and announcements.Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Why Do So Many People Fall For Remote Work Scams?
Apr 5 2024
Why Do So Many People Fall For Remote Work Scams?
Send us a Text Message.Guard your career against the hidden traps of the remote work worldโ€”our latest episode is your guide to identifying and sidestepping scams that can sadly trip up even the savviest of jobseekers. With the wisdom of the late behavioural economist Daniel Kahneman lighting our path, we explore the psychology that make us extra susceptible to deception in the digital space By equipping yourself with the knowledge from this discussion, you can sail the waters of remote employment with confidence, keeping your professional voyage scam-free.Imagine meeting a colleague in person after years of online collaboration, only to realize they are entirely different from the digital persona you've been interacting with. This episode peels back the layers of online identity, exploring how easily our brains fill in gaps and create rich narratives around profiles we encounter on the web. Scammers leverage this psychological loophole, crafting facades that lure even the most discerning among us into their traps. We share candid personal encounters to illustrate the need for a healthy skepticism and a sharper eye when engaging with remote work opportunities.Wrapping up, we underscore the vital role of community in fortifying the world of remote work against fraud. We're not just talking about spotting red flagsโ€”we're about empowering each other through shared insights and resources. As we champion Remote Work Europe's commitment to support and enable a secure remote working environment, we urge you to join us in this movement. Listen, learn, and lend a hand to others by circulating this important conversation. Together, we can build a stronger, scam-resistant remote work community.Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Nomadic Narrative: The Remote Creative Lifestyle with Han Talbot
Mar 22 2024
Nomadic Narrative: The Remote Creative Lifestyle with Han Talbot
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever dreamt of being paid to travel, to create, to explore, and to share? It's a dream which can become a reality, if you have the talent and the drive. Discover how Han Talbot turned her passion for travel and content creation into a thriving location-independent lifestyle business, as she joins us from the enchanting city of Vlora, Albania. In this vibrant episode, Han shares her story, detailing the transition from a study abroad blogger to a leading voice among remote 'influencers' (even while we both cringe at that term!) We uncover the essentials of a productive morning routine wherever life takes you, the strategies behind updating an evolving portfolio, and the excitement of her latest venture, Remote Creatives. Digital communications is constantly shifting, and with it, the lines between journalism and content creation are increasingly blurred. We delve into this hybrid space with Han, addressing the changing face of influence and the growth of thought leadership in the realm of social media. The conversation turns to the ethical tightrope walked by influencers and journalists alike, emphasizing the need for transparency and personal accountability. For those navigating the shifting sands of content sponsorship and credibility, our discussion digs deep into how to maintain integrity while embracing the business side of creativity.Finally, we celebrate all the leaps forward in the remote work and digital nomad community, while exploring the resources that make this lifestyle more accessible and fulfilling than ever. Han and I discuss the promise of Remote Work Europe and the support systems in place for remote workers, entrepreneurs, and freelancers. Whether you're just dipping your toes into remote work or you're a seasoned traveller seeking new horizons, our episode teases the future of this dynamic movement. Join us as we toast to the adventures and opportunities that await in the ever-expanding universe of remote work.Learn more and connect with Han to follow her adventures: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hanmeetsworld/Website: https://www.hanmeetsworld.com/Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Remote Control: Self-Awareness, Time Management, and Nurturing Virtual Relationships, with Pilar Orti
Mar 8 2024
Remote Control: Self-Awareness, Time Management, and Nurturing Virtual Relationships, with Pilar Orti
Send us a Text Message.Imagine having the blueprint to excel in the remote work landscape, one that balances discipline with flexibility. That's exactly what Pilar Orti, a trailblazer in the world of virtual work and my trusted mentor, brings to the table in this episode. We take a trip down memory lane, revisiting our collaborative beginnings and exploring Pilar's trajectory from a freelance maverick to the founder of Virtual Not Distant. Her latest book, "The Remote Worker's Guide to Time Management," serves as a cornerstone for our discussion, offering listeners strategies to conquer the unique challenges of remote work, from crafting a personal structure to balancing collaborative and solitary tasks.The secret to remote productivity might be hiding in plain sight within your own self-awareness. Through a candid exchange, Pilar and I dissect the often-overlooked link between self-knowledge and time management. We discuss the myth of multitasking and share personal anecdotes about our battles with procrastination. Our conversation also tackles the concept of location-agnostic productivity โ€” mastering work habits across diverse settings to boost effectiveness, whether you're at home, in a cafe, or bouncing between co-working spaces.The final piece of the remote work puzzle? Relationships. The episode further examines the nuanced relationship between connection and time management, along with -thought-provoking insights on the integrator-separator spectrum, a pre-pandemic study on collaboration stress, and the art of balancing work passion with personal time.We even dive into the world of AI and its role in our creative processes, including Pilar's editorial associate "Sam" -  reflecting on how technology shapes our collaborative writing endeavours. We also discuss the significance of asynchronous communication in an ever-more digital world - do check out Pilar's unique and fascinating audio-only course, to learn more about that!Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Remote Work Europe: Why The Future Is MORE Than Freelance
Feb 23 2024
Remote Work Europe: Why The Future Is MORE Than Freelance
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever wondered what's on the other side of the cubicle walls and out in the vast expanse of remote work possibilities? Join us as we explore the transformation from the secure 9-to-5 to the exhilarating world of freelancing, fueled by technological advancements and social change.Formerly the Future Is Freelance show, in Season 5 this podcast is going beyond the solo operator status to dig deep into the new ways we can collaborate to get things done together - wherever we are, and while maintaining our independent status and objectives. Remote Work Europe is a community, and your participation shapes our collective journey, together we're building a roadmap for navigating the remote work ecosystem.As we celebrate the expansion of the Remote Work Europe community, we're grateful for the stories and insights that have marked our growth from a small Facebook group to a network that spans across the continent. We're thrilled to collaborate with EU Remote Jobs, providing tailored job opportunities, and weโ€™re equally excited about our social media expansion, thanks to the talents of our very own Social Butterfly. Your support in our rebranding journey means the world to us, and as a token of gratitude, we're committed to offering the resources, coaching, and inspiration you need to thrive in this liberating work landscape.Links mentioned or of interest:https://www.remoteworkeurope.eu/https://www.linkedin.com/company/remote-work-europe/https://twitter.com/remotewrkeuropehttps://www.facebook.com/RemoteW0rkEuropeSupport the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Reflecting On Past and Future of Work: Freelancing, Remote, and Connected Community
Dec 15 2023
Reflecting On Past and Future of Work: Freelancing, Remote, and Connected Community
Send us a Text Message.What if the traditional 9-5 is no longer what work is all about? In the final episode of the season, we embark on a reflective journey, exploring the transformative year that was 2023, and share our thoughts on the future of freelancing and remote. As we wrap up, our heartfelt thanks goes out to you, our ever-growing audience, for your unwavering support as we transitioned into an independent podcast. Throughout the episode, we chat about the ripple effects of global geopolitical conflicts on the freelancer landscape and the resulting surge in freelance work due to layoffs and other economic shifts. Notably, we project an increase in collaborative and blended work styles, particularly within the Remote Work Europe community, and the excitement we feel about opening the doors to our brand-new premium community, Remote Work Europe Connected ๐ŸคฉA future with freelancing at the forefront is not just a dream; it's swiftly becoming our reality. Take a deep dive with us as we explore the future of freelancing in Europe, the rising trend of remote work, and the steadily growing interest in digital nomad visas, including here in Spain. Looking ahead to 204 we consider climate action and how solopreneurs can contribute positively by adopting sustainable living practices. In addition, we examine the evolving opportunities and challenges that come with freelancing and underline the importance of establishing personal boundaries in this dynamic business world.Brace yourself as we delve into our final chapter, where we underscore the pivotal role of adaptability, resilience, and self-education in a freelance career. Drawing from Maya's 25 years of remote work experience, we highlight the perks of freelancing, such as agility and the ability to pivot quickly. We also touch on the obstacles of publishing in today's landscape and express our commitment to aiding others in attaining the freedom of location-independent work. Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
The Freelancer and the eCommerce Giant: Navigating Amazon Selling with Vicki Weinberg
Dec 8 2023
The Freelancer and the eCommerce Giant: Navigating Amazon Selling with Vicki Weinberg
Send us a Text Message.Curious about the ins and outs of being a successful Amazon seller? If you're a small business owner or freelancer looking to optimize your sales on this e-commerce giant, you'll find useful insights in our chat with Vicki Weinberg. Vicki has navigated the Amazon seller scene from the perspective of an independent product creator, and now helps other freelancers and small businesses to navigate this opportunity.  From imposter syndrome to competing with lower-cost products, she shares her personal journey in becoming an Amazon consultant from a pre-parenthood corporate career. Having dealt with all of the challenges, such as the impact of fake reviews on legitimate sellers, the lack of immediate support from Amazon, Vicki shares from lived experience. We dig in to how to write a good listing, how to deal with rejection, and the crucial role of user reviews, along with an honest reflection about the state of the market today for unique physical products.This conversation is full of passion, creativity, and the satisfaction of sharing the success of others in the world of e-commerce. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this episode, and we hope it provides you with practical strategies to navigate the complex world of Amazon selling, whatever product you want to offer to the world. Don't miss it!Keep in touch with Vicki right here:www.vickiweinberg.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/vicki-weinberg-amazon-seller-support/https://www.instagram.com/vickiweinberguk/Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Remote Employee to Nomadic Entrepreneur, with Chris Cerra from Remote Base
Dec 1 2023
Remote Employee to Nomadic Entrepreneur, with Chris Cerra from Remote Base
Send us a Text Message.We love unpicking the lesser-talked realities of the digital nomad lifestyle, beyond the glamour of the Instagram feeds.Our guest for today's episode, Chris Cerra,  CEO of Remote Base, has been on a similar mission lately, with his 'Unfiltered Digital Nomad' series on LinkedIn, so obviously we had to talk.We went back to the start when remote work was a game-changer for Chris back in 2017, inspiring him to ultimately shift from being a location-independent employee, to establishing a platform that aids digital nomads and remote workers in finding affordable, long-term accommodations. We also explore how digital nomad visas are influencing travel trends and reshaping the remote working landscape, and the realities behind the transition from employee to entrepreneur.  This episode promises to be a real treat, as Chris shares his journey of creating a digital platform for like-minded nomads thanks to his own lived experiences, and how this venture completely revolutionized his life. The emphasis here is on debunking the digital nomad lifestyleโ€™s idealistic representation, replacing it with a genuine narrative.We conclude our conversation with a forward-looking discussion on the future of freelancing and remote work. Are you stuck in the rut of traditional employment? Get ready to be inspired by the infinite earning potential of freelancing and the freedom it offers. Chris and I engage in a stimulating dialogue about the necessity of a mindset shift towards this work style as a dynamic rather than binary choice, part of the ongoing shift from office-based work to more flexible setups. So, come along and broaden your understanding of the future of freelancing, and letโ€™s explore how we can collectively bring about a change in the world as independent entrepreneurs.And don't forget to connect with Chris and keep in touch:https://remotebase.cohttps://instagram.com/nomadaccommodationguyhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/chriscerra/Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
The Freelance Dance: Sustainable Income Balancing Long-term Clients and One-off Gigs
Nov 24 2023
The Freelance Dance: Sustainable Income Balancing Long-term Clients and One-off Gigs
Send us a Text Message.You know the feast and famine clichรฉ about freelancing, and there's a lot of truth in it, especially if you drift from one short-term project to the next with no strategy. The secret to a sustainable freelance income lies in the balance between long-term clients and one-off gigs, but there are big differences in how you find, nurture, and manage these two types of clients. They both have their pros and cons, which this episode unpacks in depth.Additionally we're throwing in a segment on retainer agreements, highlighting the trade-offs between income predictability and loss of flexibility that such deals can create.Ultimately, every freelancer needs to strike their own perfect balance between these two types of clients for creating a sustainable income stream, in a way that reflects our own strengths, styles. We provide insights on how to structure your services to meet your income goals, maintain strong interpersonal relationships with clients, and stay ready for new opportunities. It's all about finding your own dynamic sweet spot, on the ever-changing blended future-of-work portfolio spectrum.Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Remote Realities: Busting Freelancing Fables and Remote Red Herrings
Nov 17 2023
Remote Realities: Busting Freelancing Fables and Remote Red Herrings
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever considered whether everything you thought you knew about remote work and freelancing was based on stereotypes, outdated ideas, and misconceptions?Buckle up as we take on some common myths about freelancing and remote work that might be holding you back. We expose the false notion that there's a special section of remote jobs that require no skills or experience, and offer some down-to-earth insight about the various schemes, from trading to MLM, that might try to persuade you otherwise.With the right understanding and approach, almost all professional jobs can be done remotely - there is not a particular 'remote work industry' you need to learn about. But great remote roles are not going to come handed to you on a plate. Transitioning to remote work can be challenging, but itโ€™s not impossible. In this episode, we explore the hurdles you might face when trying to land your first remote job. It's not as easy as posting a request for work; you are competing with countless others, and recruiters screen through numerous applications before they even consider a candidate. We discuss how to make yourself stand out, attract the right attention, and make a strong case for your skills. Moreover, we explore the intricacies of switching to remote work or freelancing, the importance of developing a personal brand, and the value of keeping an open mind. So, join us for an enlightening discussion and get a reality check on the world of remote work and freelancing. It's time for some tough love!Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
From Freelancing to Delightfully Tiny Teams: Embracing Automation, Empowerment, and Emojis with Jenny Blake
Nov 10 2023
From Freelancing to Delightfully Tiny Teams: Embracing Automation, Empowerment, and Emojis with Jenny Blake
Send us a Text Message.What if the traditional models of employment and team building were replaced by a personalized blend of individual contribution and collaboration, which fulfilled and rewarded every stakeholder? That's exactly what my guest, Jenny Blake, and I, explore in today's epsiode. As a successful podcaster and author of books including Pivot and Freetime, Jenny brings a wealth of understanding about the changing concepts of scaling and growth, for business leaders who want their work to have meaning and purpose, as well as profit. So she is the perfect person with whom to unpack how embracing automation and individual motivation can lead to delightful team growth and efficient workflow. From my personal journey of transitioning from the corporate world to freelancing, to Jenny's unique experience of becoming a manager at the age of 24, we dig into the importance of taking that first step from zero to one. How do we best balance team size and individual needs? We unravel this and more. We also peak into Jennyโ€™s use of tools for streamlining processes and keeping her remote team organized, and her innovative use of emojis as a communication tool.Looking to the future, we muse on how remote work is reshaping the way individuals make career decisions. We touch on the hustle culture and its impacts on entrepreneurs, and discuss the potential effects of external threats like recessions or pandemics on team morale.  Having an emotionally resilent core team that is *just* big enough, might be the key to embracing unknown changes yet to come.Join us, and letโ€™s explore the future of work together!Jenny famously does NOT do social media ๐Ÿ˜Ž so check out her wonderful podcasts and three award-winning books, including Pivot (2016) and Free Time (2022);  and the newsletters #PivotList and Time Well Spent.Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Future-proofing Your Freelance Career in the Age of AI
Nov 3 2023
Future-proofing Your Freelance Career in the Age of AI
Send us a Text Message.Today it's time we took another look at what the future holds for freelancers, and the impact AI tools are having on the field. We explore the challenges and benefits of AI, and the intelligent and relevant ways to integrate AI tools like chatGPT into your workflow. Brace yourself for intriguing insights on how these tools are revolutionizing content creation, from producing unique images to summarizing complex information.And we take a critical look at emerging opportunities in the freelancing world amidst the rapid technological advancements - from new roles like prompt engineering and AI training, to growth in areas like corporate storytelling, brand strategy and data science. We'll guide you on how to navigate the evolving landscape, stay ahead of the curve, and add value in ways AI can't, leveraging your unique skills and experiences to add value as a HUMAN, in this strange new automated world.Finally, we recorded this episode just before our most recent 'Level Up Your LinkedIn' challenge, which is now underway. It's going beautifully, with a great bunch of people on board - so, don't worry if you missed the boat, we will be running it again very soon.You can get to the front of the queue right here.Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Freelance Freedom and Employment Flexibility with Nikola Bubevski and Native Teams
Oct 27 2023
Freelance Freedom and Employment Flexibility with Nikola Bubevski and Native Teams
Send us a Text Message.Ever wished you had the same job security and benefits as a traditional employee while enjoying the freedom of freelancing? Allow Nikola Bubevski, from Native Teams, to unravel how this very concept is not only possible but also the future of work. Nikola, who kick-started his journey as a teenager freelancing on Fiverr.com using surprising skills learned from his grandmother, is now a co-founder of Native Teams, creating a more inclusive future for freelancers.Native Teams is revolutionizing the freelancing landscape by aiding freelancers navigate the complexities of compliance, taxes, and structures across multiple countries, as well as serving as an Employer of Record, and digital payments platform. Nikola recounts the growth journey of Native Teams, from a small group of three to now an organization serving 55 countries with a robust team of 160 individuals. Discover how they are establishing a global presence, and offering comprehensive services including company setup, bank account management, and tax reporting, all aimed at breaking down employment barriers for freelancers, and why Remote Work Europe is proud to partner with them, to help freelancers and entrepreneurs in every region.The world has witnessed a seismic shift in work paradigms owing to digitalization and globalization. We explore Native Teams role the forefront of this change, helping freelancers stay compliant in their respective countries and providing them access to tools and services once only within the reach of traditional employees. Ready for an eye-opening discussion on the future of remote work, freelancing, and how Native Teams is paving the path to a more equitable freelance landscape? Press play, and set up your free account with Native Teams here while you listen ๐ŸŽงSupport the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Podcasting, LinkedIn, 360 Feedback and more: A deep dive with Stephanie Fuccio
Oct 20 2023
Podcasting, LinkedIn, 360 Feedback and more: A deep dive with Stephanie Fuccio
Send us a Text Message.Are you ready discover the combined potential of LinkedIn, newsletters, and your podcasting journey? That's exactly what we unpack with our editor, Steph Fuccio, in this empowering conversation. Steph reveals the secrets behind Season 4's transformation and the hard work that's driving our show's growth. She shares her dedication to helping small businesses create engaging content, and offers her top three mediums to get your podcast heard. Plus, we discuss the critical two-way conversations happening on platforms like LinkedIn and the importance of reviews and comments.Imagine having an online portfolio that works for you 24/7, attracting the right people and opportunities. In our chat with Steph, we discuss how to optimize your LinkedIn profile for success. We talk about crafting a compelling headline that echoes your unique skills, creating an engaging "About" section using the right keywords, and the art of using emojis effectively in your profile. The discussion also covers how to leverage the one-link space to showcase your services and courses brilliantly.Moving beyond profiles, we delve into the world of LinkedIn posts and engagement. We discuss the power of visuals on social media and the importance of optimising posts and images across various platforms. Come with us as we explore the art of networking on LinkedIn and how it has benefited our Future is Freelance team.  And join us in real time, for Remote Work Europe's "Level Up Your LinkedIn Challenge" - kicking off on Monday October 23rd โœจ - Put it all into practice, and bring it all together. Just like Steph:๐Ÿ˜‹ Steph's newsletter: https://coffeelike.substack.com/๐Ÿ‘€ Sound Sorceresses newsletter:https://soundsorceresses.substack.com/๐Ÿฆพ National Podcast Post Month: https://www.facebook.com/groups/napodpomo/Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ
Niche Potential Unlocked: Finding Freelance Freedom with Lesley Elder Aznar
Oct 13 2023
Niche Potential Unlocked: Finding Freelance Freedom with Lesley Elder Aznar
Send us a Text Message.A fulfilling freelance career in sunny Spain, all the way from chilly Scotland? Meet Lesley Elder Aznar, a career coach and consultant, who takes us on a journey through her interesting career transitions - from teaching yoga, working in real estate, to managing projects remotely, well before the pandemic made it a trend.Can you identify that one-of-a-kind solution which might be worth a fortune to somebody? A consultant is just someone who can help someone else, because of what they understand and do better. Lesley shares powerful insights about locating your ideal client and establishing visibility in your chosen field with a few unexpected examples. From a sleep coach who focuses on helping new moms - to the complexities of industrial project management, Lesley and Maya discuss how each of us can find a way to make a mark in the freelance world.Lesley describes how she cultivates a supportive yet accountable environment for her clients through a private Facebook group, and offers her own personal motivation to keep them on track. We also delve into the art of managing workloads, setting and maintaining focus in a freelance environment. Learn more about Lesley's unique offering to freelancers at Expertise Unlocked. Support the Show.๐ŸŒŸ REMOTE WORK EUROPE CONNECTED IS OPEN ๐ŸŒŸ (It's now even easier to get involved and kickstart your remote work career success)And you can find all our latest training and resources in our online store.Finally, make sure you're subscribed to receive our free newsletter, packed with information, updates, and REAL remote job opportunities every week ๐Ÿ˜ŽHere's to your own remote future ๐Ÿคฉ