Hey, I’m Kate Shifman; I am a passionate advocate of a location-independent way of life and private development by means of 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 soar and moved to Portugal, the place I’m constructing merchandise designed to assist others reside their lives extra totally. 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 atmosphere.
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 could must do in particular person for the Coliving house I’m constructing in Ericeira.
I’m a digital advertising and marketing advisor with among the prime US businesses. Concurrently, I’m constructing a Coliving house – ArtHouse Coliving – which is able to finally be my foremost gig.
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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 after 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 just a few years, I used to be a vogue photographer, overlaying 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 after I knew I couldn’t simply reside in a single nation.
Upon coming again to the US, just a few years later, I did a stint at a few advert tech startups and finally realized that I needed 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 businesses as that kind of work would have given me a extra complete talent vary to permit me to go freelance. Finally, this labored out. So, in 2016, I give up my fancy company job and moved to Portugal.
Take us by means of your typical weekday?
Since my purchasers are in NYC, my mornings belong to me. Due to this fact, they’re often spent on self-care comparable to going to the health club, walks, cooking for myself, or artistic work comparable 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 convey my noise-canceling Bose over-the-ear headphones; for brief journeys or after I’m on the town, I take advantage of the in-ear ones and Bose. Bose is a consumer, and I like the merchandise (the in-ear ones had been a present).
I solely lately found that I dislike working within the precise location or the identical sitting place the whole day, so I organize 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 house 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 soar in my automobile 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 like studying, so choosing up a superb fiction e book can 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 corporations are transitioning to totally distant. I don’t know precisely what these are as a result of I haven’t seemed for a job in a very very long time.
What qualities would you advocate are vital for an individual searching 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 affect your artistic output.
What’s the most difficult facet of working from house?
I consider it’s difficult to remain linked along with your crew/consumer when totally distant. Nonetheless, I really feel that face time is important to take care of a real connection. This is the reason the very best and most forward-thinking remote-first corporations maintain common crew retreats in varied places.
On a private stage, working from “house” will get monotonous, which is why I feel many individuals are desirous 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 robust as the necessity to work, I see Coworking creating into extra of a social membership the place members work, community, trade concepts, and socialize.
Sure, it must be totally geared up with all the pieces you want for a productive work day, comparable to displays, name cubicles, and many others. Nonetheless, there could be a variety of office preparations – indoors and outdoor – 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 professionals and cons of distant work?
Isolation and loneliness are positively the downsides. Flexibility and the power to suit work into your life are among the many foremost professionals.
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