Decide to become a Chapter Lead
A chapter lead is someone who buys into the Grow Remote mission and is willing to get their hands dirty figuring this out locally.
By joining the network, you'll get access to lots of knowledge and support including:
- Being at the end of the phone at any time to talk about starting/running your group, we’ll come visit if we can!
- Providing a range of tools and resources to keep your group thriving.
- Connecting you with other local champions and mentors.
- Promoting your local events and meetups through the Grow Remote channels online and offline.
Read the Grow Remote code of conduct, by becoming a member of Grow Remote to agree to abide by our code of conduct
Get Yourself Up To Speed
There was a big learning curve for our team when it came to the world of remote work. You don’t need to know it all, and you’ll learn over time, here is some guidance on getting started.
To make remote work local, our chapter leads know 4 or 5 remote companies like they know the local employers. If you’re new to remote work, you’ll learn what we did. Right at this very moment, there are 100s of jobs available in our communities but there’s a disconnect between us and them.
When you join our Slack group for chapter leads, introduce yourself, get to know the community to get all the knowledge you’ll need to help your community thrive.
Rose will share links to our chapter onboarding courses to help speed up this process. Once you have completed the first module of this course, then set up a call with Rose to move to the next step for the chapter.
Resources: Slack & the Get Started Guide
Build a local team
Grow Remote can connect you to other community leads, and has a range of central supports that are crowd sourced by us all, but making the magic happen is really all down to your local team. Not only will you be more productive but it will be a lot more fun!
You’ll want to onboard local people who are interested in seeing a remote working community grow, and may have a diverse set of skills like marketing, events, or tourism. You’ll also want to engage local government or business associations just so that they’re aware of your activity from early on, and can help you as and when you need it.
When you have the people, you’ll want to build a structure so that you can meet regularly and once per month is recommended. At the end of the first two sessions, you should have local strategic objectives set for your group - whether that’s connecting remote workers already working there, or using remote work to attract people to come and live in your community.
Places to find your team: Local business & networking groups, local community groups, Meetup.com, Facebook groups around business or community, your own network, LinkedIn, other social media, other Grow Remote chapters if they are nearby - they may have contacts in your area.
Resources: The GDrive has the emails you can send to onboard local partners and team mates.
Set A Goal
When we first started, we totally freewheeled. But we’ve learnt that communities generally want to achieve one of three goals
- Help those already in their community to find employment.
- Help repopulate their community by targeting remote workers
- Help remote workers to engage locally
Once you set a goal, email us at [email protected] to let us know, and we’ll introduce you to other chapters on the same journey.
Resources: Case studies
Keep engaged & creating!
Armed with all of the information you’ll need, a brilliant community of fellow chapter leads, and a goal, the most important thing is to keep on going.
Some of your ideas will work, others won’t. To get to our top 5 projects we’ve tried at least 50. Creating and working on group projects is really important as this is how we foster our remote culture.
From updating our bible of remote work in the Get Going Guide by Patrick, to editing Elodie’s ebook or adding to the jobs board John made, our crowd-sourced resources are a really important part of our chapters.