The digital age brings more and more opportunities each day. It’s promoting several transformations in work relations, modalities and professions. While thousands of professionals are taking advantage of these changes, many others are still trying to discover how they can adapt to this new reality.
Geographic independence, or what we call working on the “Anywhere Office” mode, is a reality for a growing population, and an ambition for a significant group of aspiring workers. Here you will learn what this lifestyle is like, what it takes to make it a reality, and how GitScrum project management can help you.
Advantages of the Anywhere Office Lifestyle vs. Challenges to Consider
This is the most obvious one. The fact that you can move around and work in different places in your country and abroad will give you a strong cultural background and fantastic experiences.
Consider: With the high rent cost of some locations and different currencies, planning is essential to make your living sustainable. You can use GitScrum to plan your career and life.
Depending on your work system, profession and the deal with clients, it might be possible. Self-management allows you to explore external activities and make your work even richer.
Consider: It’s your responsibility to balance work discipline and freedom, not to miss your work assignments. Lean on the GitScrum project management tool to control your working agenda and keep up with all your deliveries.
Once you will not have an office to reception clients and make a good impression, think that now all you can do it all virtually. Your “going to work” now will be “staying available online”.
Consider: You could think of a website, but it’s not really a relationship and working tool to relate to your clients. Prefer the GitScrum project management tool instead, where you can share projects with clients and collaborate with them, besides customizing it with your brand and domain.
Usually, virtual meetings are quite more objective than the ones in the traditional world. That means you will save time to work effectively on your tasks.
Consider: Be aware and improve your communication capacity to ask all the right questions at the meetings.
If you want to work remotely, with your own clients or for one company, that means you will have the chance to self-organize, self-manage, and have a certain freedom, provided that you attend deadlines and requirements.
Consider: You should be able to look after information, search for guides for self-teaching, act as an autonomous learner. Asking for help is ok, too. Just remember people are busy, and independence is valued. Use GitScrum to plan your work and study goals.
There are many possible modalities to work remotely. As an employee, freelancer, or entrepreneur. So if you are still not confident enough to start your own business, it’s ok, take your time.
Consider: In many countries, traditional employment is becoming the most scarce job modality, while others are expanding. Research and compare all possible opportunities in your market, to see what fits you best. Plan your small business project with GitScrum Board.
Depending on the kind of service you offer, you can consider yourself worldwide enabled. You can offer your services in specific web portals, indicating the languages you use to support clients.
Consider: You must be able to issue fiscal documents to your clients. GitScrum offers you 23 languages, time tracking to account for your tasks and issue the invoices.
The Working Routine
10 Resources to keep your deliverability from anywhere and make your work more agile:
If you want to work remotely and self-manage, organization is everything. In your project management tool, workspaces are project directories where you sort your projects. You can categorize them by client name, by product line, by department (of your company), or topic. Remember to choose names that make it easier for yourself and team members to find projects in the future. This way, you make work faster.
No matter if you work with a team or by yourself, this is the tool to collaborate with colleagues, partners and clients. Each project has a GitScrum Board. There, you can add tasks, assign them with deadlines, make comments, add references and exchange ideas. As long as the assignee completes the task, he/she moves it forward into stages columns (from “to do” to “done”, for instance), so you can visually monitor the progress of your project.
Presenting a task, like a draft to your clients, is very easy with GitScrum Board: they can be enabled as members to collaborate with you there and view all tasks, or you can simply share the Board with them, using a shareable URL link.
This is another interesting resource that’s extremely useful to ensure project deliveries, mainly if you work with a team or suppliers. Sprints are time-boxed sessions of tasks associated with goals. You can set it for a week or a fortnight, and monitor the GitScrum burndown chart that shows the expected performance of the team members, compared to the actual one. This way, you can review procedures and make corrections until the due dates.
GitScrum User Stories:
This feature is a differential to use for your own business and to offer to your clients. User Stories are short reports that summarize end users’ or employees’ needs, aspirations or desires to be considered for your product/service increments. They must be forwarded to developers, designers, the customer service department, and all professionals involved with improving your customer experience. It’s about developing customer loyalty and ensuring your product is highly valuable to the customer. GitScrum does not only offer you the User Stories feature, but offers you templates to automate their priority criteria, with User Story Priorities.
GitScrum Mind Mapping:
This is the feature for you to make plans and design maps to display ideas to your clients. You can draw company charts, your services portfolio, working area(s) to study and explore, product line(s) list, and what else your imagination tells you to. Use GitScrum Mind Mapping to create graphs for your business and your client’s, for didactic purposes and see how it facilitates communication and makes you appear professional.
This auxiliary feature will make your projects consistent with clear and simple budgets you can create inside your projects. And the best: without needing to open external apps! It’s all there, handy to you. GitScrum Spreadsheet is already integrated with your project management tool for easy calcs. Never miss spreadsheets saved in random places again!
GitScrum Time Tracking:
When you love your work, sometimes it’s easy to miss profitability as a priority. This feature ensures you watch your step not to waste your resources. Hold all tasks accountable, measuring their duration, then automatically leave them ready to be charged with GitScrum Invoices.
Offering alternatives is something important when you are a service provider. Considering your clients might use other tools, you can use GitScrum integrations and make it work with Slack, GitHub, Discord, Pabbly, Zapier, MS Office, Google Docs, and get all important notifications. This will make you 100% connected to any team.
GitScrum Interactive Features:
The daily routine of a remote worker includes instant collaboration all the time and staying alert to your colleague’s actions. Use task comments to help each other and exchange ideas, create discussions on relevant topics, use @mentions to recall someone’s attention, or congratulate for a good job. Add rich content and rich formatting to task references, like Youtube videos, quotes, attachments, images, colored text, and express emotions with emojified language.
GitScrum Rock Star Team:
If you are looking for a different service opportunity to offer, you can create a gamification program for your clients with GitScrum Rock Star Team. The more tasks collaborators complete, the more points they win and feel valued. What you will have to do is analyze and value the standard tasks of your client’s routine, and set the game on. Of course, if you run a team, you can do it on your own, too!
With all these assets, you’ll surely be ready to switch to the ‘anywhere office’ mode!