One of the books that I’ve been eagerly anticipating for months to read has been the latest book by David Heinemeier Hannson and Jason Fried called Remote: Office Not Required. I was waiting for it for months, but jut realised that it was released just last month.
The Trend of Working From Home (or Anywhere in the World)
The book explores the growing trend of remote workers and remote businesses, where technology and communications have enabled people the ability to work from home successfully or anywhere in the world for that matter. Some of technologies that have encouraged this trend include screenshare programs which allow you to see the computer screens of others in real time so you can work collaboratively with others no matter where they’re located on the globe. The proliferation of the mobile smart phone and the growing number of new apps have also made it easy to communicate, but also to create customised applications to suit your business.
Why I’m So Darn Excited About this Book!
The reason why I’m so keen to start reading this book is because I’ve built 2 successful social enterprises myself, and I started them from my own home. I have used a range of enabling technologies such as VOIP, email, mobile phone, and even video conferencing to handle the day to day running of the business but also to communicate with clients and partners from all over the world.
I am keen to find out what Jason and David have to say about Remote work, and any new advice or tips they have that can help my own businesses.
How Remote Work Can Help Social Enterprises
I think that most start up businesses and start up social enterprises immediately think of the traditional brick and mortar model, where they think they need a physical location to get started, and they need a high capital cost to keep running. This book pretty much will dispel that for you, and can show you another way of thinking about how businesses and their teams can operate.
Apart from potentially improving your own social enterprise’s productivity and cost-effectiveness through remote work, I think the book can also shed light on another way that social enterprises can help people. Remote work can be powerful because it can enable any business to hire people no matter where they are in the world. It can give work opportunities to those in developing countries (think of SamaSource) or even those who may have a physical disability (think of social firms or disability enterprises).
I do agree that remote work is the way of the future – and businesses, including social entrepreneurs should consider whether it could be useful for them.. Certainly, it is a trend, and I’m embracing it myself by reading this book: Remote: Office Not Required.