Hey, I’m Kate Shifman; I am a passionate advocate of a location-independent way of life and private progress via connection and wellness. I’ve been an everyday keynote speaker, panelist, and author on distant work and placement independence.
After 10+ years within the company world, I made the bounce and moved to Portugal, the place I’m constructing merchandise designed to assist others reside their lives extra absolutely. ArtHOUSE is a Co-Residing + Co-Working house close to Ericeira, Portugal, designed to assist visitors reset their relationship with themselves, the areas they inhabit, and the setting.
I’m based mostly in Portugal and have been much less nomadic within the final 12 months as a result of I want to remain shut by for something I’ll have to do in particular person for the Coliving house I’m constructing in Ericeira.
I’m a digital advertising and marketing marketing consultant with a number of the prime US companies. Concurrently, I’m constructing a Coliving house – ArtHouse Coliving – which is able to finally be my primary gig.
The place can we observe you on the Web?
Inform us a bit bit about your background & how did you get began with distant work?
I grew up considerably nomadically between post-Communist Ukraine and New York bc my father moved to the US once I was eight, and I spent summers and Thanksgiving there. I moved to the US after highschool and went to school in New York.
After a number of years, I used to be a trend photographer, protecting Trend Week in London, Paris, and New York, and finally, I moved to London to start out a photograph company there. That work took me all around the world, which was once I knew I couldn’t simply reside in a single nation.
Upon coming again to the US, a number of years later, I did a stint at a few advert tech startups and finally realized that I wished to reside a location-independent life (I didn’t know digital nomadism was a factor, this was 2013).
So I pivoted my profession to working at media companies as that type of work would have given me a extra complete ability vary to permit me to go freelance. Finally, this labored out. So, in 2016, I stop my fancy company job and moved to Portugal.
Take us via your typical weekday?
Since my purchasers are in NYC, my mornings belong to me. Due to this fact, they’re normally spent on self-care akin to going to the gymnasium, walks, cooking for myself, or artistic work akin to writing or technique work.
From the late morning till early afternoon, I sometimes meet with my architect or contractors, reviewing proposals or doing analysis for the Coliving. And from about 2-3 pm Lisbon time, I’m on-line and dealing for my US purchasers.
What’s your workspace setup like?
I maintain it mild. No second monitor, simply laptop computer, charger, and headphones. Once I journey for longer intervals, I carry my noise-canceling Bose over-the-ear headphones; for brief journeys or once I’m on the town, I exploit the in-ear ones and Bose. Bose is a shopper, and I really like the merchandise (the in-ear ones have been a present).
I solely just lately found that I dislike working within the precise location or the identical sitting place the whole day, so I prepare my schedule to change these all through the day. So I may begin at a espresso store, break for lunch, take a stroll, after which go residence or to a coworking house.
What apps, devices, or instruments cannot you reside with out?
My Bose headphones. Fantastical Calendar, Perception Timer app, Google Maps, Revolut, Slack.
How do you recharge or take a break?
Nature. Primarily the ocean – I reside in Lisbon, so I fairly often bounce in my automotive and head to the seaside. Simply being on the coast and respiratory contemporary ocean air alleviates stress. Understanding is one other wonderful method to recharge and chill out, in addition to a sauna (within the winter). I really like studying, so selecting up a superb fiction e-book can also be a method to disconnect from the each day stress.
What working remotely actually means to you?
Freedom. Taking again possession of my time and freedom of motion.
How ought to one go about discovering and getting a distant job?
I consider there are various assets on the market proper now because the extra forward-thinking firms are transitioning to completely distant. I don’t know precisely what these are as a result of I haven’t seemed for a job in a extremely very long time.
What qualities would you suggest are a must have for an individual looking for a distant job?
Organizational and venture administration expertise are a should. As a chaotic particular person, I can let you know that these could make or break the expertise and influence your artistic output.
What’s the most difficult side of working from residence?
I consider it’s difficult to remain linked along with your staff/shopper when absolutely distant. Nevertheless, I really feel that face time is important to take care of a real connection. That is why the perfect and most forward-thinking remote-first firms maintain common staff retreats in varied areas.
On a private stage, working from “residence” will get monotonous, which is why I feel many individuals are desperate to return to the workplace.
I additionally consider that Coworking must enter a brand new section; let’s name it Coworking 2.0. Why escape the workplace to go to a different office-like construction? With the necessity to join as sturdy as the necessity to work, I see Coworking growing into extra of a social membership the place members work, community, trade concepts, and socialize.
Sure, it must be absolutely outfitted with every part you want for a productive work day, akin to displays, name cubicles, and so on. Nonetheless, there could be a variety of office preparations – indoors and outside – permitting the physique to be in numerous positions all through the day and adjusting to the altering wants for privateness or firm.
What in accordance with you’re the execs and cons of distant work?
Isolation and loneliness are positively the downsides. Flexibility and the flexibility to suit work into your life are among the many primary execs.
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