Digital Nomad Tip #14: Three Questions for the Aspiring Teleworker

This week I’m back in the EU and visiting our office in Stockholm, Sweden where the weather is brisk and the water is plentiful.

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During my time in the States, I attended Jive’s annual conference and checked Vegas off my list. I also sat down with iMeet for an interview, worked alongside my colleagues in Atlanta, and ate more Mexican food than most do in their lifetime.

As I waited in the airport last Wednesday, I debated if teleworking is for everyone. With the right tools, it’ possible that anyone could work remote, however I believe a successful teleworking experience hinges on more than just the tools you use. Your role in the company, your personality, even your reason for teleworking could make or break your experience. From a teleworker-in-training’s 10 weeks on the road, here are three questions I believe every aspiring teleworker should answer:

Question #1: Does Your Job Have an Element of Virtual? If the answer is no, you might not be able to fulfill your role outside the office. For those who live in email and have the tools to stay connected to their team while on the go, your role could easily be location independent.

Question #2: Is There a Small Business Owner Living inside You? If yes, good! Let that person out. As a teleworker, you’re essentially running your own business (the business of you) and to keep it going you must do whatever it takes to keep your customers confident in their decision to work with you. Stay ahead of the competition, take personal ownership of your yearly goals, don’t let small costs keep you from big wins, and consider keeping your “customers” in the loop on your recent successes with your very own customer newsletter.

Unless you’re a contractor, billing per hour, today’s teleworkers won’t survive under the old clock-in/clock-out mentality.Question #3: Do You Have Something Greater Than Work Driving Your Decision? If the answer is yes, I’m convinced you’ll do whatever it takes to make your teleworking experience a success. Those who work from home or on the road, know you must have a strong incentive such as family or the fulfillment of a personal dream to make the hard work worth it.

Of course there are other questions related to my situation that I could ask, such as “Do you own a comfortable pair of walking shoes?” “How’s your Swedish?” or “How do you feel about working at McDonald’s? If you have ever worked from home, hotel or elsewhere, what do you think is essential to a successful teleworking experience?

About Cora Rodenbusch

Cora Rodenbusch
Cora Rodenbusch is a Senior Communications Manager at PGi, focusing on internal company communications and company culture.

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