This week we had the pleasure of chatting to Emma Heuston from New South Wales, Australia.
She is a smart-worker, entrepreneur and author of The Tracksuit Economy: How to work productively and effectively from home.
What excites you most about smart-working/remote-working?
The fact I can work from wherever I want. This means I have the can work from home, travel or use co-working spaces like Ellyot along the way.
As technology improves smart working will only become more exciting with many opportunities to network and share the collective energy of co-working spaces while maintaining autonomy over my work.
I touch on the benefits in my book, The Tracksuit Economy – how to work productively and effectively from home”.
What do you think will be the key trends in this new work/lifestyle?
The smart working/ remote working lifestyle is poised to explode in a big way.
The cost of living in all major cities is increasing, meaning the cost of buying or renting housing is slowly getting out of reach. Additionally, the minimalism and slow movements have people aiming for a slower and more relaxed lifestyle. A pressure cooker of events leading to working hubs, flexible or remote work.
I predict that in the coming 5 years, organisations will also come to see that they can save money by hot-desking and having their workers work at least some of the time remotely or from co-working spaces. This is the subject for my next book, so if you have any thoughts on this matter, please drop me a line!
What difficulties have you had to overcome, especially not seeing colleagues face to face?
The big difficulty is isolation from my team and the greater potential for misunderstanding without dealing with a colleague face to face.
I have managed to turn this into a blessing by becoming more productive and worker smarter rather than harder while working on my communication skills to ensure they are clearer then if I was seeing someone face to face.
What tools do you use to manage smart-working?
A great internet connection and wi-fi is essential, as is up to date technology.
The other weapons in my secret arsenal of smart working are an up to date diary where I have scheduled absolutely everything and a to do list. Without both of these things, I would be lost and far less organised!
What do you think of Ellyot?
I love the diversity of choice offered by Ellyot and applaud the quality of the places offered. In particular the fact that some places offer additional features like showers is a bonus, it allows the users of the work spaces to better manage their days.
It is also great that Ellyot, a start up itself, is catering for the start up and freelance workers by providing a community space. Finally the #StandForDiversity message is powerful and a great message to be getting out there.
The only issue I see is that Ellyot hasn’t yet expanded to Australia as yet. I would like to see services like this available globally.
Emma Heuston is a commercial lawyer and busy parent with a writing hustle on the side. She successfully balances these three vocations while working remotely from the far-northern coast of New South Wales. Passionate about re-framing the way we work, Emma believes professionals of the future will wear tracksuits and enjoy a more flexible way of life. She is a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 2018 Partner of the Year Awards (Commercial), a Practice Leader at LegalVision, a legal research author for LexisNexis and has been published in Child Magazine and online at Kidspot, Essential Baby, Flying Solo and Business Woman Media. ‘The Tracksuit Economy’ is her first book and is available for purchase across Amazon UK and Amazon Australia.