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I have been thinking a lot about last month’s Social Media Breakfast with CC Chapman and Sea Bags. I have been thinking about the awesome speakers we had, their great stories, the amazing people we had in the room and the perfect photos from Ryan Dlugosz but there was another thing. Remember when CC was getting a feel for the people that were in the room? He asked if people were lawyers, did marketing for a business and a few other work examples (that I can’t remember right now). I think we stumped him or at least surprised him that we had a not-so-typical group of attendees.
Of course there were representatives of larger companies in the state, from news outlets, marketing and PR firms but looking around the room there were a lot of people that work for themselves or people that represent businesses virtually (you can actually see a list of attendees here on the Eventbright page). So I started thinking about how and when we work.
I have a “real job” and my daytime weekly hours are dedicated to that. The thing is, I sometimes do that work from home, from Bard Coffee, from conferences, hotels and from my cell phone. Often, I close up shop at the office right at 5, have dinner with my husband and then ‘clock back in’ at 7pm when he goes to work. When I am ‘working’ isn’t so much about where I am but what state of mind I am in and I know I am not alone.
So to many of you who are like me or who are making a go of it on your own – here are a couple resources you may want to check out to help you with your ‘work’ or with your work state of mind:
- Work Shifting – is actually a community sponsored by Citrix online (pretty smart huh? the people that make GoToWebinar and GoToMeeting). The blog is updated often with lots of solutions and problems you may encounter as you transition from non 9-5 working.
- Virtual Assistant – Just because you are venturing out on your own doesn’t mean you have to do it on your own. There are lots of things you can ship off to a virtual assistant. You can even reach out to Maine’s own Office Solutions ME.
- Dropbox – Let’s you save work, documents and videos in the cloud so you can access them anywhere remotely.
- Lifehacker – Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.
- The Four Hour Work Week Blog – You have probably heard of the Four Hour Work Week Book but if you aren’t ready to buy, there is some really great content on the blog. Start there and then you can think about buying the book.
- TED – Need some inspiration? A good Ted Talk will almost always help. People are changing the world and nothing is stopping you from doing the same. On the inspiration front read this post from Copyblogger too: How to Quit Your Job, Move to Paradise, and Get Paid to Change the World.
- Wi-Fi Detector T-shirt – Thank goodness for ThinkGeek.com
A little bit of a random list but I find myself checking out and using a lot of these when I am working from out of the office (well maybe not the t-shirt but I had to put that in there) or just to keep me on track and feel less alone when I am planning on not being in the office for awhile.
I think we are fortunate that for a lot of us our work can be done almost anywhere. There are of course downfalls to this like our work being done everyehere and perhaps too often but we need to get control of that ourselves.
How about you guys and girls? I know a lot of you work from not-so-typical locations. What helps you? Skype, GoToMeeting, Evernote? Let us know!