In 2018, I had the opportunity to speak at the European Women in Tech conference in Amsterdam, where I was asked to share my experiences and insights on leading a remote, global team.
For me, working remotely and running a business with colleagues across the US, Europe, and Asia was an everyday reality. Until this moment, I hadn’t realized how unique it was — it simply felt like the most intuitive way to work. Surprised and inspired by the enormous interest in the topic, I decided to use my talk as the foundation for a book.
Fast forward to March of 2020, when the world was suddenly gripped by the COVID pandemic. Offices turned into ghost towns overnight, and remote work went from being an emerging trend to an absolute necessity. I knew that the moment for my book had arrived and the information I had to share was not just timely but urgently needed.
I returned to my early manuscript with renewed energy, reframing it based on the new reality we were living in. I reached out and interviewed nearly 100 remote workers and business leaders across the globe — from high-profile executives like Katherine Maher, the then-CEO of Wikipedia, to remote workers with fledgling VA businesses. My goal was to share a variety of perspectives from people who have made it work since before the pandemic, using their insights to build a roadmap for how others can launch or grow in their own remote careers.
Beyond just writing and interviewing, I managed the entire publishing process. I hired editors, beta readers, designers, copywriters, and marketers to help bring my vision to life. With their support, The Remote Work Era was released in late 2020.
I have since sold thousands of copies (in ebook and paperback) across dozens of countries, empowering people all over the world with the knowledge and resources needed to go remote and thrive. I also run a private Facebook community for readers to ask questions and share their stories (700+ members).
Every person I interviewed, every chapter I wrote, and every hurdle I overcame in publishing The Remote Work Era marked significant strides in my professional journey. It also led me to my next career chapter — accepting a role as a product marketing leader at Remote (whose then-VP of Growth I interviewed for the book).