Author: Rikki Ayers

Café Etiquette for Remote Workers

Café etiquette is key to keeping your neighbourhood coffee shop open to hosting tables of remote workers on laptops. When you work remotely, whether that’s from home or when travelling, cafés become a second home. The ambient noise helps you concentrate, the coffee keeps you typing a million miles a minute, and when you’re used to working on your own it’s just nice to be around a room full of happily caffeinated people. Oh, and coffee smells good. So good. Sipping great coffee and cleaning out the ol’ email inbox….for the first time in weeks! #FridayFeeling #coffee #victoriabc #yyj #remotework...

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Working remotely and housesitting: the perfect pair

Housesitting is the perfect side gig for remote workers. Working from a hostel or Airbnb can be a bit of a nightmare—bad wifi, drunk girls giggling and slamming doors at 3 a.m., an uncomfortable twin size bed you spend half your night trying not to roll out of…it’s just not for me. I’ve stayed in some cool Airbnbs and hotels, but traveling this way can get expensive and you might still be without laundry and a kitchen. Plus, if you’re all by yourself, it can be lonely. Why not spend a week looking after someone’s fur-babies while enjoying the comforts...

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When you can’t buy and you can’t rent, what do you do?

Over the past few years, I’ve heard a lot of people argue that renting a home is better than buying one. I bought into that idea at first, because it was easier to believe I would always rent than it was to believe I could ever afford a home. Why shouldn’t we all rent? Think of the freedom! There’s a dark story behind those hopeful headlines, though. Real estate is sold to people as an investment (property value in the United States of America alone is worth $14.488 trillion). Forget the very basic need to have somewhere safe and...

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This is a better way to set goals for 2018

Another year gone. A year ago, at the end of 2016, I was finishing editing a bunch of episodes in to prepare to launch The Own Up Grown-Up podcast. I had no idea what to expect. I just knew that this is something I wanted to try. Worth it? Yes! This was one of my big goals for 2017. On my vision board, I wrote (in green sharpie) INTENTIONAL LIVING ((PODCAST)). Well, thankfully that name didn’t stick but I hope you’re as happy as I have been with the result. This final episode of 2017 is about goal-setting and...

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Peter Hofmann Rytter on Defining Your Dream and Working Remotely

People that tell things as they are are THE BEST. As I was researching for “Work from Home (or Anywhere)”, I read a lot of content about remote work as being the next revolution in working, how it’s the best thing any company could offer, etc. They left a lot out. And don’t get me wrong, working from home is great. But, I think it’s irresponsible to give an unbalanced, rosy view. You should know as much as you can before you dive in headfirst, like whether there’s a jagged rock or a shark waiting underneath the surface. I...

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