What is the most important thing to you when you’re searching for a job? A question asked numerous times by my family, friends and to myself, when I was considering leaving my full-time Head of Marketing role at Venntro. I absolutely loved my role - the skills and experiences it gave me, and the people it allowed me to spend time with. I didn’t want to leave, but I love to travel and I was getting itchy feet.
Working from home
Since the first Covid lockdown, the entire Venntro team started working from home. The processes Venntro had put in place to ensure all teams remained connected and that no balls were dropped meant that Venntro thrived with everyone at home.
This was great for everyone - the company could save on office costs, staff were able to claim back their commute time. Productivity also picked up hugely across the business. The majority of people loved working from home and our business, unlike some others, did not suffer for it.
This taste of full-time remote working (which, to be honest, proved to myself that I can manage my time very well and remain productive - even with numerous potential distractions around me), paired with being surrounded by passionate entrepreneurial spirits at Venntro, is what pushed me to leave Venntro and start my own business. All so I had more freedom to travel.
I didn’t want to leave Venntro behind completely, so they took me back on as a freelancer a few days a week. It worked for us both. I now had a business that gave me total freedom (so long as my clients were ok with it) and I was financially secure enough to consider my options to move abroad.
I’m moving to Bali
After just under a year working on my business, I called Ross (Venntro’s founder), and asked him for his thoughts on me keeping Venntro as a client if I moved overseas to Bali, Indonesia.
“I encourage it”, he said. I wasn’t surprised to be honest, but at that moment, the realisation that my dream could become a reality hit home.
Six weeks later I was sat on a beach in Bali - writing this blog. For the business, nothing has changed. I have good internet, a laptop and that’s all I need to fulfil my role.
‘Work from where you are happiest’ is a key part of Venntro’s message. Happy staff perform and I totally agree with this statement. For me, I am happiest away from distractions and bad habits I’d developed in the UK.
For anyone with the travel bug - as long as you’re able to manage your time well, stay focused, and motivate yourself to get started, I would seriously consider Venntro as a client or an employer. I am grateful for Ross and the Venntro team for supporting my dreams.
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