Remote Working for Digital Nomads – How a Wiki Enables Me to Do “Beach Office”

Hector Alfaro's picture

We know there are many people out there working remotely either by being home-based, or as freelancers, or are digital nomads who travel around the globe carrying a laptop with them and work at the same time. Whatever the case, they all have one thing in common: No real fixed office environment.

Does this sound like you? Then you probably know how technology can help you achieve this. In my case, I would like to share my experience and the technology that allows me to work remotely.

A bit of background:

I am a full-time employee who works for energypedia consult, an I.T. company based in Eschborn, Germany. However, I live in Berlin, which is about 600 kms away from my company's headquarters. This means, that I could actually live in Amsterdam, Brussels, Prague, Luxembourg City, or even Paris and still be closer to my company than I am now living in Berlin. 

So, how did this happen? Well, my boss knows very well that our tools rely on Internet connectivity for them to work. Therefore, he knows all I need to do my job is a computer, internet connection, and I'm good to go.

We actually sell wiki-based solutions for databases, project management, project monitoring, and knowledge management for the international development cooperation sector. However, we also work with an internal wiki, where we communicate with our whole team. Our internal wiki helps us to have a central point of communication when we have our weekly meetings, when we post new absences or events, when we add a new I.T. ticket from a client, when we come up with a new business idea or a new marketing approach, etc.

All the above interactions are done directly in our internal wiki, and we are all aware of who posted what, where, and when. We also have the option to add our input to any interaction done by any team member. I especially like that whatever is being done in the wiki, it will always be the latest version of it, and this reduces email redundancy enormously.

Of course we also make video or audio conversations over the Internet or over the phone, but the important point is that the wiki offers me the possibility to keep my job in case I would like to live in a different city, which is priceless for me.

Therefore, the most important thing is that I can actually decide to work on a project and do "beach office". So, I could be working on a project or be designing a new database in the morning, and then hit the waves for a quick surfing session during my "lunch break", then have a mojito, and then go back to work. In fact, I may or may not be writing this blog post from sunny Hawaii, and my boss wouldn't even know!

Thank you wiki!

(Did you know that "wiki" is Hawaiian for "quick"? That's right, wikis help your daily work be done quickly!)

If you would like to know more about wikis, simply drop me an e-mail! h.alfaro[at]energypedia-consult.com