Sponsored Post – Excuse Free Beach Days

One way the whole cloud powered work experience has changed my business life is that everyone in my company can work from the beach and not hide that fact. 2013-06-21 11.05.05-1

The following is a sponsored post for Cloud Powered Work, but beyond them being kind enough to give me some loot to have this specific conversation, they haven’t influenced my words at all. This is all me.

The Beach Versus a Cubicle

There’s something delightful about working on a spreadsheet from underneath an umbrella while swirling some ice cubes around in a delicious glass of iced tea. I love being able to hear kids shouting from the water, watch surfers and skateboarders out doing their thing, and then get back to the work of getting numbers in the right boxes (especially when the numbers are trending in the right direction).

I’m a writer and educator and so cubicles aren’t especially required. Back when I worked in a wireless telecom, near the end of my career, it was absolutely not important for me to be at the office in person except we had two major problems: our security was really tight so I couldn’t really connect into any systems remotely, and we didn’t have the cloud back then, so if I was working on a document, I was working on a dead version that only I had access to at any given time. Thus, there were times where the grey fabric walls of the cubicle were the only solution, even if creativity and the ability to choose my focus were going to suffer accordingly.

Flexible Workspaces Are Cost Effective

The cost of cubicle space per human is at least $9000 a year (I learned this a bunch of years ago, so maybe the numbers have changed a bit). The cost of servers and maintenance can be tons of that. The cost of office phone systems are… you know what? You know all this. Having a physical office space costs a lot.

What you GET is a secret lair. What you get is object permanence. What you also get are all kinds of opportunities to be somewhere physically but not be in your element or your zone.

Do you know how much Microsoft Office365 and SkyDrive and the like cost for you and your employees? Not a lot. It’s like a hundred bucks or so. Per human. That’s crazy. So, costs if you want to work from the beach:

Laptop.
Software.
Wireless.
Trust.

That’s it.

It’s not THAT easy. Let’s not kid each other. But what I love is that we can work this way. All my team work from where we are and we connect via cloud apps exclusively. Easy cheesy.

Haven’t you even wanted to trial that at work? What’s stopping you?

The previous was sponsored but as you can tell, the opinions are mine. Heck, maybe they don’t even like how I talk about it. But then again, that’s not the point. They’re curious what you think about working over the cloud. What do you think?

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  • http://www.rcs-uk.com/ David Boland

    Hi Chris,
    I manage my own EPoS software development company and I have to say that reading this post while sitting in my office in the UK was kind of… well, painful! Yes, I believe in flexibility in the workplace, but I also think that working as a team offers benefits that you can’t find in other work models. I guess the best of both worlds might be a good solution -keeping in mind that not all professions are suitable for every model. I can understand though how good it is to be able to write and sunbathe at the same time (I blog on the business blog regularly and it is during those hours that I find myself wishing I was in my home office or on a beach)… Hope this comment helps. Thanks for an interesting post!

    • http://www.allmedexams.com/ Adnan Qaizar

      So true @ “It’s NOT that Easy”
      @david_boland:disqus I second that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/arturomonge Arturo Monge

    Hi, Chris,

    I still had my team and my business (we develop software) in a physical office over a year ago. I started going less and less to the office, and just communicating with my team through all the systems we had in place for collaboration and communication (internal chat, skype, cloud based apps, remote server access, etc.). Eventually, I just didn’t want to go to the office anymore… It started being days, then weeks and then months at a time that I didn’t show up at the office (yet, I was still in constant contact with everyone and the work was still getting done).

    So I finally decided to give the team the opportunity to also work from home. They loved it and we made the full switch over 9 months ago. I closed down the office, and now everyone works from home.

    It has its problems, like the extra efforts you need to put in for the social aspects of the team interaction, but the pros really outweigh the cons any day of the week.

  • http://www.acsius.com/ Arun Singh

    Hi Chis,
    The idea is quite tempting but I am afraid that in your package, you are forgetting a ton of auto-discipline!

  • Ian Altman

    Chris – I ran a company that had joint ventures or partnerships in a dozen countries. We spent a small fortune deploying technology that was supposed to work (and it all worked perfectly in the demo… until we purchased it). Today, I run a virtual company. I collaborate with other authors, my virtual team, and clients all using cloud-based technology. Don’t tell my provider, but if they doubled their rates, I’d still be happy to pay it.

    You need to make the effort to collaborate and have social interaction (not to be confused with social media). I encourage people to use video wherever possible, since it provides more interaction than just typed or spoken words. If you can direct your team and empower them to focus on accomplishments, it works great. Recognize that you are paying employees for results, not hours. I don’t want people to have to take a day of vacation because the cable guy is coming to their house. Flexible work environments make life a whole bunch easier.

    Ian

  • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ jbledsoejr

    Great post! My wife and I are considering moving to a new state. As we discussed, we realized that we work and function in the cloud probably 90% of the time. And our income is not tied to a geographic location, so we can move to where we’d really like to be, and immediately jump right back into working and functioning pretty much as we have been. Cloud powered work (and income) is awesome!

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  • Mike Raven

    Great post! I think the effectiveness of remote working does depend on the job you do and your personality. I can work from home from time to time, or remotely, and it’s all good, but I do find the human interaction of the office really useful. But if used correctly it should make your employees more efficient, happier, and more responsive. All good!

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