We’ve heard it a million times. You’re no longer challenged by your full-time job. You don’t take enough vacations. You’d love to spend the next two months working remotely, traveling through Italy, but can’t. You aren’t getting paid what you’re worth. So you quit.
Now, you’re working independently. You’re making more money, but the income isn’t consistent. You hate re-negotiating your rate for each project because you aren’t sure what the status of the market is or aren’t clear on your worth in each scenario. You’re getting booked on projects, but are not attacking the problems you left your full-time job to solve. You still want to work from Italy, but your current clients aren’t comfortable with remote work. So now what?
The Importance of Human Connection in Securing Work
We’re in an age where it’s easier than ever to be found and booked on a project-by-project basis. Between social media, enterprise hiring software and online communities, there is no shortage of platforms to help you find and secure your next project. But what’s easier doesn’t always mean better. Sometimes, it can mean just the opposite.
Portfolios represent work that’s already been done, not the problems a creative is looking to solve next. Resumes compile a long list of challenges previously conquered. While repo hosting services like GitHub allow for experimentation and collaboration, they don’t clearly communicate what a developer wants to try more of in the future, to cut through all of the noise coming their way. No matter how reputable an artist becomes, their desire to try new things and grow in diverse ways doesn’t tire.
Although it’s becoming more common to lean on recruiting algorithms to highlight opportunities that are a “perfect match,” we shouldn’t lose sight of the importance of human connection when it comes to finding your next project. What if you could talk to someone offline about the types of challenges you want next? What if that person then did all the legwork required offline to make those collaborations happen? And what if you could still do half of those collaborations from anywhere in the world?
These were the challenges I wanted to face head-on when I created Auctor, a collective fostering new ventures for world-class artists and technologists . The collective works internationally, representing a diverse set of artists, product designers, software engineers, filmmakers and more. We concentrate on the challenges each member wants to tackle next, then help them get access to those growth opportunities by utilizing our global network. Beyond this, Auctor also absorbs the negotiation, scheduling, and other key managerial aspects of each project coming through the collective. That way, members stay focused on their growth and craft.
Auctor has been in private beta since November and launched publicly in Spring 2017. The collective is currently working directly with companies across venture capital, virtual and augmented reality, emerging technologies, social impact, scientific exploration and more. Because of this, members have access to a wide array of confidential missions and more public endeavors (like this one between NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and Auctor’s Tobias Van Schneider and Verena Michelitsch).
And What About Working Remotely?
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about your pipe dreams of living and working in Italy. This fall, we’ll be debuting Auctor Away, a curated remote experience for top talent who are seeking to be paired up with exclusive collaborations at “Remote OK” companies. Those accepted into the beta program will head out in September, working on forward-thinking projects remotely for three months, from three different countries. The major game changer? We secure the work for you.
Auctor Away is also alleviating other major pain points of remote work. We are currently working on localized guides for the first six cities featured and we’ll be providing personalized touches like SIM cards for each country. All Auctor Away members will also have access to a private Slack group and we’re arranging events offline to alleviate any potential loneliness that sometimes comes with being on the road. Freelancers Union actually did a piece last year on the solitary aspect of independent work including a three-part creative cure for the downsides of working remotely.
Freelancers Union and AND CO, along with groups like NomadList, Headspace, Wealthsimple and DESK, represent the most exciting parts about the digital nomadic culture. An entire ecosystem is being built around it, supporting the lifestyle in different ways. What a time to promote the entrepreneurial spirit along with the inspiration and perspective that comes with spending time in different parts of the world.
Embrace the resources available to support yourself along with your finances, new business opportunities, professional growth, mental health and travel priorities, both on and off line. The more we all continue to create solutions for the problems we experience by living this entrepreneurial nomadic lifestyle, the stronger the entire ecosystem becomes.
For additional information on Auctor’s partners or members, please contact Ashley Nowicki