Make Your Words Work is a design company set up to enable our clients to use design in ways that will transform their business.
I do not have a permanent office which has allowed me to work anywhere in the world and at any time I choose.
I have set up a co-operative of freelancers who all work remotely and to their own schedules.
Working flexibly with my co-operative lets me tap into the talent of women (and men) at home with children who can no longer work to the 9-5 schedule with a commute to an office. These designers work to a project fee (rather than per hour) and a deadline - how they deliver the work is up to them allowing them to deliver the work around the needs of their family whilst still earning an income.
On the go, but I often use my house or members club as regular base.
No, I work whenever I need too
Cloud based severs for sharing work
Not being restricted to a schedule of 9-5, Monday to Friday has allowed me to:
My customers get me at my very best so the work and quality I can deliver them is better.
They also get to tap into the amazing missing talent of new parents who were no longer in the workforce.
Perhaps – you have to enjoy what you do so you are motivated to do work. If you don’t enjoy what you do then there could be too many excuses to not work. If people where paid on results rather than the hours they did then I think they would naturally be more productive for businesses anyway!
More importantly I think it needs a certain type of manager (or leader) to allow flexible working for their team/business. Too many are distrustful and assume flexible working means people will not be lazy.
Forget the way business has traditionally been done and design your work around you – obviously keep in mind at all times how you are going to deliver and be available for your client. It is too easy to assume that the way that we have always worked is the way you should still work - make it up instead! The great thing is you can try things out and change them if you need too – be inventive!