As some of you know I have been working on a community project called RemoteIndian.
I help Indian engineering and product professionals passionate about building their careers as remote talent to share proven strategies, best practices, and the paths that each of us are navigating in building our careers, so that we can each pursue a less travelled path without anxiety, reach our financial goals and live our lives to the fullest.
That said this post is about sharing the reasons for creating this community. So let's get started.
The WHY is SO important!!! Even more important than the WHAT
Scratch my own itch
I have been working remotely for the last 4 years from my hometown, Jamshedpur. And it has been a little lonely 😐
- Because it is mostly an industrial town, it is very difficult to find like minded people.
- Also the whole movement of remote work is nascent in India, I couldn't find any online groups on the internet.
Now I didn't want to move away from Jamshedpur. Partly because I needed to take care of my ageing parents. And partly that I didn't want to be in a big city in India because of high living expenses, pollution etc.
Edit: I did move to Bangalore for 4 months to explore the startup scene here but the plan is to go back to my hometown at the end of the year.
Share my love for remote work
I found that there were so many beautiful possibilities when I started working remotely, that I had to share this joy with others.
- The joy of not having the daily commute.
- The joy of spending time with my niece.
- The joy of spending two months working from Thailand.
- The joy of spending my summers in Himalayan town of Dharamshala.
- The joy of having free time to work on side projects.
Keep the dream alive
Scott Adams in his book mentions that he would never go back to a job which values attendance over productivity.
"A person with a flexible schedule and average resources will be happier than a rich person who has everything except a flexible schedule. Step one in your search for happiness is to continually work toward having control of your schedule."
I feel the same. I feel blessed to be in control over my calendar day. But I always feared that my dream might end any fine day.
Let's say my work contract ends, how do I find a new one ?
I wanted to have a group where I could discuss these issues without being judged and get useful feedback.
Face the dark side together
If you want to work from a foreign country, there are challenges to get a visa as an Indian passport holder. What if we piece this puzzle together ?
How about monetary stuff and filing your taxes. If you are not protected by the employers, how do you safeguard your financial well-being.
Not exactly the stuff that Youtube vlogs of remote workers are made of. Eh.
Being inspired to take action
The future of work is remote. Having said that, there are a lot of challenges on this path.
But if we as a group inspire and hold each other accountable in pursuing remote work, maybe we can each work without anxiety, reach financial goals and live our lives to the fullest.
"This structure begins with a scan of the environment and brings people into a conversation about the future they want to create."
So yeah, the plan is to have a space where people can sync up with each other and create a safe space to have those vulnerable discussions about working remotely in India.
Currently we have almost 500 people in the slack group, so it feels like we are headed in the right direction. Yet there is still a long way to go.
Happy Remote Working 😊