Remote Resources to the Rescue

 

Tips and tools for helping your team transition to remote work

As the world enters the reality of remote work, there are many people who have been doing this successfully for years. More than two-thirds of people around the world work away from the office at least once every week, according to a study released by Zug, a Switzerland-based service office provider.  IWG found that 70 percent of professionals work remotely — a phenomenon known as telecommuting — at least one day a week, while 53 percent work remotely for at least half of the week.

But what if you have never worked remotely or you are in charge of now setting up your entire office and employees to work from home?  We are here to help. 

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Year Two of Entrepreneurship

 

The Terrible Twos of Entrepreneurship

I often explain entrepreneurship in terms of becoming a parent to a newborn baby. When you first decide to launch your business, you are in a completely optimistic and excitable state. Then when you have a baby, you are still excited, however, now more exhausted than you have ever been in your life.

During the first year, you are telling everyone about your new business, showing off your new business, and believing that your business will be completely running on its own (potty trained) by the end of the first year.  You have created the first-ever Super Baby.  

As your baby enters its first year of life, and your baby isn’t “walking on time”, “talking on time” or “pooping on time”, you learn quickly that nothing happens as you had planned for your business.  Things get tremendously harder, busier and you are always up to your eyeballs in baby sh**. But when someone on the outside asks you, “How is it going?” You always reply with a huge smile, “It’s the best thing I ever did.” 

Liar. 

When your business enters the second year of life or - the terrible twos - the optimistic, blissful, naïve stage morphs into something that looks like a baby dressed in a Rambo costume with a super-sized baby diaper.  

The first-ever “super baby” is now blowing up everything in its path and crying at such a piercing level that dogs in other neighborhoods can hear it.  And this supposed “super-baby” is still not potty trained and sh***ing all over you - every time you turn around. Most of the people who offered to help you, in the beginning, have now run for the hills. 

You are alone with “super-baby” and it just threw up all over you - again.  But you still love “super-baby” - you just don’t like “super-baby” that much right now. 

The terrible twos are a significant time for your business because your baby is now starting to grow and explore, yet still needs constant feeding and attention from you. It’s exhausting. This period is a major milestone, and if you make it through the terrible twos, you are on your way to the glorious threes.  It’s called pre-school!

In year three, many entrepreneurs can now start hiring help.  What a glorious stage! Someone else can finally help feed and change “super-baby” Rambo sized diapers. Congratulations - you are on your way.  

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Google Trailblazers

 

The International Language of ‘Entrepreneurship’ 

 Patriot Boot Camp Attends the Google For Startups Trailblazers Conference

The Patriot Boot Camp team recently attended the Google For Startup’s partnership program, Trailblazers, at their beautiful conference center, The Grove, in San Francisco, California.  Patriot Boot Camp is honored to be chosen as one of 50 partners from over 150 countries.  

Sherri, Danya and I were so excited to meet our fellow partners.  As a brand new partner this year, Patriot Boot Camp was recognized as Nooglers - ‘Brand New Google Partners.’ We were given the Google hat that many of you might recognize from the movie ‘Internship’ - and we wore them proudly.    

Google truly rolled out the red carpet for all of us with fantastic sessions, food, and more food.  We were also able to choose unique experiences, such as; yoga, leadership classes, and hiking in the redwoods to help further network with our fellow entrepreneurs from around the world. 

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Find the Perfect Gear Rentals

 

I am Jeff Redmond.  An Army Combat Engineer, an Electrical Engineer, a dad, a PBC Alumni, and the CEO and Founder of Red Bear Rentals. I wanted to share a quick story about starting my business and the help the veteran community has provided!

Like many of you my story begins in the military. I spent nearly eight years traveling the world clearing bombs off the streets of Iraq and Afghanistan. It was an exciting time with a lot of ups and downs! When I was done and back at home I just wanted to relax and explore the outdoors. If I didn’t have the gear I needed I could usually count on a battle buddy to lend me theirs, or I’d swing by the MWR for a weekend rental.

Now that I am out of the Army that community is hard to find. There are neighbors everywhere but hardly any talk to each other. There are rental shops, but they are usually far away or don’t have what I need. Since I wasn’t moving every year I just went ahead and bought everything! Great, now I can’t fit my car in the garage, and I pay $200 a month for a storage unit…

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Quick Tips & Tricks for Remote Work/ Entrepreneur Life

Just because you’ve moved away from a corporate office or military work schedule to a sunny beach, co-working space or home office as an entrepreneur doesn’t mean workplace habits go out the window. If anything, working remotely requires planning and accountability- this starts with setting your tasks and ends when the work is complete. Self-discipline can be hard. Especially if you are not in the office, with plenty of people who are buzzing around you, looking at you, and asking how’s it going?

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