As knowledge workers, we tend to spend a significant portion of the day (and night) in front of one screen or another.
And if you work remotely, like me, that means you can work on projects anywhere in the world. This means that you probably can work around the clock — and do that all too often.
If you’re a freelancer or a consultant, forget about it! You have a perfect storm for not being able to turn off.
Instant Payouts is solving a common pain point. Two-sided marketplaces like Lyft, Postmates and Airbnb — multi-billion dollar businesses that provide things like rides and takeout to consumers and also serve as a platform for people to contract to provide those things — are some of the fastest growing startups in the tech world today, popular for their quick, on-demand service model.
But one thing these companies are often less good at is paying out on-demand. It can take several days for contractors to get their money for the services they’ve provided, and that is the challenge that Stripe is aiming to solve.
If I had waited until all the “nice to haves” were finished, I wouldn’t have launched the course until just now. I wouldn’t have 900+ students who’d been through the lessons, given me feedback and helped me make the course even stronger. And of course they weren’t as concerned as me that the “nice to haves” weren’t finished yet. That’s because those things would have been cool but were obviously not necessary. They got what they paid for: the lessons.
In the internet-driven workplace, transparency feels like a pipe-dream. Not only do you have no way of telling whether your employees are slacking off, but you can’t even tell if hard-working employees are being tripped up by obstacles outside their control. The natural response to this issue is to micromanage and hover over their shoulder, but you want to empower your employees in their project team roles, not control them.
5. A Word From Our Fridge*
Best-before, sell-by and use-by dates – what do they mean and should we pay attention to them? Get up-to-date…
Confusion around these ubiquitous dates, which supermarkets like to stamp on anything from fresh fruit to canned tomatoes, has meant that we’re binning much more food that we need to. While use-by dates are necessary, reserved for highly perishable foods, like meat and fish, best-before and sell-by dates are really just a marker for quality. These dates are simply the shop’s guess as to when they think food might be less tasty to eat, but it does not mean it will be unsafe to consume.
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