On Remote Work As A Privilege, COVID-19, Bali, & The Indonesians

You have probably heard the term remote work referring to certain jobs. Over the last decades, technology and globalization have tremendously changed how work ‘works’. One of those notable changes is that, in many cases, work no longer needs to happen at an office. It’s now something you do, not a place you go to.

Given this new reality, remote work skills are becoming exponentially more relevant each year, with countless (well-paid) jobs now being performed exclusively online. Many companies are not only willing to trust their employees to do their jobs remotely but welcome and encourage the change due to lower operational costs and, more recently, health & safety concerns like the rapid spread of COVID-19.

In these uncertain times, remote work is emerging as equally a necessity, as well as a super-power.

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But how do you acquire these ‘special’ remote work skills, which are not usually taught at schools or universities?

At Livit, we have been recruiting for remote jobs, building highly successful remote teams and working remotely ourselves for the last decade. And, along the way, we’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t.

We have also noticed an interesting, paradoxical phenomenon in Bali, our beloved island, a hot-spot for digital nomads, remote workers and location independent entrepreneurs, who take advantage of all these new ways of working and make their living physically being often thousands of kilometres away from their employees, partners, clients or providers.

They get to surf, enjoy the sun and have a smoothie bowl before plugging in for a few hours of productive work from a coworking space, their villa or a cafe, then squeeze in a yoga lesson or a gym session and end their day watching the sunset over tapas on the beach.

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Sounds great? It is great.

At the same time and around the very same epicentre of the work revolution described above, many of the Indonesians and Balinese around us are left behind. They work long, inflexible hours, 6-day weeks, and depend on largely hospitality-based, low-paid, often seasonal jobs that fail to offer a high quality of life. And above everything else, these jobs are incredibly vulnerable to the whims of the tourism industry. Three years ago, it was Agung that erupted, and caused lots of temporary layoffs. Before that, it was the threat of terrorism; a few other times, earthquakes and potential tsunamis. And these days, it’s the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using all this knowledge and motivated by these observations, we have recently launched the Remote Skills Academy by Livit, where you can become a certified remote worker. We focus on building skills that allow you to efficiently work online from the convenience of your own home or any other place with a good wi-fi connection.

You’ll meet experts in entrepreneurship and remote work that will share their best strategies and techniques to help you build and sharpen your remote work skills and learn how to get successfully employed online.

You’ll learn:

  • Online entrepreneurship and freelancing skills
  • How to use various tech platforms and tools
  • Project management
  • Time management
  • Basics of design and coding
  • Virtual assistance
  • And many other skills needed to succeed in remote work.

To kick off this exciting project, we are presenting the first Remote Skills Academy program: a 3-week Virtual Assistance Course*, where you can learn basic skills used in Virtual Assistance (VA) work.

Or ping us at info@liv.it with any questions you may have.

*This is a social impact, non-profit project.


Managing Partner at Livit, #futureofwork enthusiast
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