Decide to become a Grow Remote Chapter Leader
A chapter leader is someone who buys into the Grow Remote mission and is really passionate about connecting people in order to build thriving communities around the country. 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.
- A 1-1 call with Abodoo (one of the leading matching services for employers and remote workers) for an overview of remote working opportunities
- A 1-1 call with Shauna Moran, founder of Operating Remote an organisation specialising in helping companies go remote
- A 1-1 call with Laurel Farrer, a veteran of the remote working world with experience building remote working communities all over the world
Onboard partners, the LEO, Chamber, Council & Co-working space
Collaboration will be fundamental to a successful group. To promote your community as a great place to work remotely, and to get more remote working opportunities, it takes a village! Your first step will be to speak to the Local Enterprise Office, the relevant people within the Chamber on the local Council and the people who run the co-working space. It's likely that there will be someone within each of those groups interested in engaging with remote workers and improving the opportunity for remote workers locally. They'll be delighted to hear that you're thinking along the same lines!
We've found that there are pockets of remote working champions in each community. Reaching out to these groups will help you get more local support, and spread the word through their networks. The most effective way is often to do a shout out on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook in groups that are relevant to people living in your local area. All you need are a few to get started and begin thinking about what would be most beneficial to local remote workers in your area.
We’ve included templates of what initial communications to these potential partners will look like. You can simply download, edit and get sending. You can see all of these here in the Resources Section.
Build a Small Team
Aside from your local partners, you'll also need a small local team to help you get your Chapter off the ground. Not only will you be more productive but it will be a lot more fun! Grow Remote itself grew with a bunch of like minded people coming together around a shared mission. We all play very different roles from finance to marketing and even magic! Although we have 20 people, there may only be 5 working on this at any one time.
As a voluntary effort, it’s important that you’re set up for success and you have all of the support you need. Sometimes work takes over and you need a break from Chapter planning for a while, it’s important to have a team that can pick up and let go from time to time.
We’ve found that teams who are diverse in every respect are great, and that 4 is the magic number for larger areas. In terms of logistics, we’re run totally by a WhatsApp group and a Google Doc from time to time. We keep our team small, fast and focused with no ‘design by committee’ and suggest you do too! You can add your team here to the Grow Remote ChangeX page so that you stay connected to the wider network but you might find something like WhatsApp easier for day to day communications
Get Yourself up to Speed
Did you know that according to Remote How 40% of people say they don’t work remotely because they don’t know where to find a job?
The whole area of remote working has changed dramatically in recent years and as a local leader, you’ll need to get yourself up to speed with how people can get employed remotely.
We’ll send you regular updates when we build new resources or hear of new opportunities, but we’ve also laid the basics down here:
You need new job sites, sign up to a few different ones.
Sign up to Abodoo. You’re anonymous until you decide to proceed with a match, and if you’re in Ireland, all of these jobs are hiring remotely in Ireland specifically. They minimise the work you need to put in by only starting the process when you and the companies match. The average salary on Abodoo is 45k to 60k. It’s free and it really is your first stop.
Call Recruiters.ie and sign up to .
Hop on over to Honest.Work Honest.Work, which is a new platform founded by Stevie Buckley this year. Here, all roles are shown to you with everything up front, some are remote, some not so, some are in the middle. It’s definitely worth checking in here if you’re looking at going remotely.
These are just some of the resources and there are even more in this helpful guide.
30% of respondents to this survey said lack of community was the biggest challenge to remote working. And those who aren’t working remotely? According to this Remote How Survey, 62% of people don’t work remotely because they don’t know where to start. We want to help that for our 200k+ current remote workers and those who will convert to remote working.
As a Grow Remote Chapter Leader you can organise projects, meetups and events, and other chapters will organise promotional activities for their town.
Join the Facebook Group to get more support.
Decide on Your Chapter Projects
You’ve got your team, you've build some local partnerships, you know the trends, you're ready to go!
Follow in the footsteps of other chapter leads to understand which project works for you.
Start by asking questions and letting people know you’re setting this up. We’ve created a template you can send to your partners, or anyone you think would be interested - again, you'll find this in the Resources Section.
The spreadsheet we started off with is here, it’s a very basic way to capture all of the information you’ll get as you begin to ask questions in your local community. For us, it also allowed us to track our growth in terms of the volume of information we were acquiring.
From there, you can pick one of four existing projects:
- Meetups: meetups are good as they are informal and facilitate conversation between peers. Here's a very quick guide to hosting a Meetup:
Find a place with a lively atmosphere and an environment that is conducive to great conversations. Sometimes that’s a coffee shop at 7am, or a pub at 6pm.
The most important part of hosting meetups is consistency so aim for ‘the last Friday of every month at 6pm in O’Donoghues’ or ‘The first Monday of every week at 6am at the train station’. That way people can add it to calendars, and it facilitates snowballing the meetup’s progress.
Taken and tweaked from the CMX guide, these are the central principles for a great meetup:
- Consistency - keep creating even if no one responds
- Experimentation - try new things, don't stagnate
- Belief- we’re on the crest of a wave, that means this is new and belief is paramount
- Transparency - be honest and admit mistakes
- Energy - keep it high, keep it positive
- Events: Meetups need consistency, events need more of your time. Events will be stand-alone affairs that may cover a topic or theme and the main difference between meetups and events is events mean getting a speaker, and a sponsor. Find our sponsorship request form in the Resources Section.
To host a Grow Remote Chapter event, you’ll need three things 1) a location 2) a sponsor 3) a speaker.
Most events have some complimentary tea/coffee or beer and pizza. To do this you may need a sponsor. You may have identified a great local sponsor from your initial research work, but if not, let the Grow Remote team know you’re looking and we’ll send it out to our partners.
Grow Remote is about bringing the 3 groups of remote working companies, remote workers, and town groups together. So your speaker could be any one, or all of those. We can help you with this, especially if you can host a speaker remotely.
You can use a Bank of Ireland workbench free of charge in Ireland, or you can use Talent Garden in Europe. Outside of that, seek out a space that suits the atmosphere you’re building.
- Town Tasters:Town Tasters is a project that came from one of our first events. When someone gets hired remotely, a whole world opens up for them and communities. Town Tasters allow people to try out your town for a period of time, with a guide for when they want deeper insights.
- WhatsApp: Even though one of the aims of Grow Remote which is solving for the #1 challenge of remote workers, lack of a real life community, we can’t forget digital! Grow Remote started out and still runs in WhatsApp. It’s simple to do and allows for knowledge sharing and local connection. The downside is that it is ‘closed’ and not as accessible as the other projects.