Founding a company is challenging; very challenging. Doing so with a co-founder can make things easier, but in many ways, also makes the process even more complicated. But what if you add a 13 hour time difference between you and your business partner. Could that even work? We talked to Michelle, co-founder of The Remote Trip.
Michelle left her corporate job at Deloitte to start a company with Amy, who was making her career at Unilever at the time. She tells us all about the upside and the downside of founding a company remotely. You can read the full article in the next issue of The Travelling Freelancer, but here is a little preview.
The Remote Trip aims to change the way people work by organizing a 3 or 6-month trip for 30 remote workers to work while traveling the world together. During our month-long visits to different locations around the world, we focus on personal and professional development, exploring local cultures, and simply enjoying life as much as possible while we work.
The honest pro’s and con’s
+ You can travel wherever you want, whenever you want, and won’t have to drag the other person to the other side of the world
+ You can work wherever you want, whenever you want, which majorly increases productivity and happiness
+ You get less irritated by each other (try spending 60 hours a week in the same space as one other person, yeah it’ll get to you)
+ On the road you meet so many inspiring people who you can learn from, or connect with, which in turn also benefits the company
- The other person might be sleeping when you really need them, because of the huge time difference
- If the internet connection is bad, your communication completely crumbles. For a day or so it’s not that bad, but a few days in a row and it becomes increasingly annoying
- Sometimes the other person might be taking a break to go surf or something (perks of working remote), but they’ll won’t see your messages for another hour. You’ll have to wait.
- Intense brainstorm sessions are much better done in person, for some reason being together brings out true creativity