Can I be an un remote able worker?
In the mist of Covid-19 (Corona Virus), we at JDS WebDesign are hoping everyone is safe, washing your hands frequently, sneezing and coughing in your elbow, and practicing social distancing. Over the next several weeks, we are planning on blogging about how to make your website more business friendly. We will have some tutorials on our favorite plugins and features, which will make your site more efficient.
For a long time, I never told anyone that I was a remote employee. Actually working remote began for me, while I worked in Corporate America. Economically it made more sense to have employees working from home (and the company paid our internet bill), than having to phony up cost of brick and mortar. One of the first things you realize about working remote is the expectations.
So what is the expectations for a remote job?
I have been a remote employee since 2000, as previously stated. For seven years in Corporate America, I worked from home leading a team of twenty plus employees. As a director, many conversations were conduct with company expectations. Complete your job! Eliminate distractions (no ESPN, Cooking Channel, or Daytime Soaps). Make sure you stay connected with the outside world… go to the gym, bookstore, or eat out (so you can see others). Your productivity can not drop off !!! Sounds simple, but many folks need the brick and mortar experience.
As I describe my day to most, I am greeted with “Wow…must be nice?”. It is nice to wake up, drop the kids off to school…grab a cup of coffee and head home. Clean out my emails…write a blog post…review and work on a current project … check out the latest news or sport center … look for new work… develop new relationships … check out my facebook page, twitter account, linkedin, and instagram images … call clients… interact with prospective clients … review task for the day … while still in my pajamas. Well I no longer wear my pajamas all say…I do get dress. Beside it would look odd to show up in the carpool line with my pajamas on…
What most do not realize? My clients want one and only one thing… their site to be up and running. Content changes to happen within sooner than later … check list to be completed … and the partnership to grow their site and brand. Great story on ESPN…they do not care! Whose playing for the College National Football Championship Game…they do not care! Top reality show … they do not care! Latest reality show highlights … they do not care! Great book that I am reading … they do not care!
Discipline is needed to work remotely. All task need to be completed … Calls need to be made … Go the extra mile for all your clients. Over the weekend, I made close to 20+ changes for one of my clients. My contact person was out of town. I was introduced to their assistant. After all the changes were completed, the assistant could not see the changes. A screen shot was sent to the assistant, which was different from their browser…had to give them instructions on how to clear their cache. A nice email, which was cc to my contact person…from the assistant. I could have blown the assistant off…but by spending 10 minutes with someone, who is not on their compute often….put so much in my bank of trust. The contact person called and left me a 20 minutes messages about why they love our partnership…did I mention these changes were sent to me at 4:00pm on a Friday and completed by 5:00pm (including the 10 minutes for the assistant).
If you are looking for a web designer and/or brand developer, then I am available. I can be reached at email@example.com or 678-718-5489.
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