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Living The Remote Dream details my journey to make an impact in the world without being constrained by the concept of a conventional workplace. I hope this guide will enable more of us to travel the world, spend more time with our families, and be even more productive.
The daily commute has become an ingrained part of modern society, largely defined by what was necessary to communicate and share ideas decades ago. In the Internet age, the globe is far smaller. Connectivity is abundant, and collaborating with colleagues sitting in different continents is no longer the challenge it once was. As the walls of communication have been shattered by e-mail, video chats and telepresence solutions, it’s time that we redirect the resources we’re spending on our 9 to 5 treks.
Living The Remote Dream delivers practical, actionable advice on how to pivot your career into a remote one. For those who long for more freedom and flexibility — and are willing to work for it — this guide is for you.
If there’s an Internet connection, you can get work done. Period.
Stop squandering your most precious resource commuting.
Every major change starts with a single decision.
I was too busy setting a record at Engadget to actually pause and journal any of the insanity, though I’d been told from time to time that I should write a book about my experience in what I believe was the Golden Era of tech blogging.
Once I stepped away, my wife reignited my interest in journaling the past decade. Part of it was self-serving — this was a great way for me to permanently capture some of the more zany days of my life. Part of it, however, was based on a genuine desire to share my productivity secrets with the world.
I want remote work to become the norm, not the exception. This is me doing my part to make that happen.
Living The Remote Dream is for anyone who is ambitious enough to charge against the grain in search of a more fulfilling way to work. Those looking for a silver bullet won’t find it here, but if you’re up for working hard, compromising, and getting out of your comfort zone in order to fully define your work zone — hopefully you’ll appreciate this book.
Regardless of whether you’re starting your own business, or you’re simply trying to ditch the daily commute after doing it for decades, you’ll find actionable advice here.
If you’re a manager, business owner, or team leader, please read this. Employing a remote workforce is the quickest way to attract the best talent, period.
You’ll learn where to start. I provide step-by-step guidance in planning for a remote transition, tackling the topic with your boss, and working to ensure that you’re even more productive when left to define your own office.
You’ll learn what’s in my arsenal of gadgetry, and which tools I lean on most to hone my focus and productivity. You’ll understand that getting away from the grind is oftentimes what is needed to find the clarity you’ve been seeking.
You’ll also learn a little about me, my journey through the halcyon years of tech blogging, and what careers are best suited for remote working arrangements.
“You can’t help but feel invigorated by Darren’s charisma as he openly shares the secrets to his successes both in his personal life and his career.”AUSTIN MANN / FOUNDER @WELD & TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER
“If you’re ready to trade fluorescent lights and inane elevator chit chat for sunshine and meaningful personal relationships, this is the book that will help you find the life you want while still utilizing your professional skills.”MIKE BARISH / DIRECTOR OF CONTRIBUTOR RECRUITING, HEARST DIGITAL MEDIA
“Darren has served as my inspiration to work to live, and not the other way around. With this book as your guide, you can too.”ZACH HONIG / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, THE POINTS GUY
“The professional world would be a better place if everyone in it read this book.”TIM STEVENS / EDITOR-AT-LARGE, CNET
To my wife, for her wondrous photography, edits and steadfast encouragement.
To Brian ‘Doc’ Reed, for his masterful work designing this book’s cover.
To Tim Stevens, for providing the foreword and being an incredible friend.
To you — thanks so much for the support. I sincerely hope you enjoy the read.