Can Remote Working Help or Hinder Your Startup?

By Lauren Ebelt on October 17th, 2013 / Comments

Most mornings – particularly as the temperatures begin to drop – I have no interest in getting out of bed. It’s where I can curl up with a mug of hot tea and my slippers and think “if only it was Saturday and I didn’t have to get out of my pajamas.”

For some start-ups, that day could be every day – if you connect with Sqwiggle.

Part digital workroom, part instant messaging system, and part staying in the comfort of your own home, Sqwiggle is the answer for companies who are spread across the map looking for a bit of center.

Sqwiggle helps you interact with remote members of your team by allowing you to video chat, seeing what your team members are up to, and share your work. All it takes is a click of the mouse or a touch of the keyboard to let this technology come alive. It’s a “no call, no wait” system designed to run all day and to operate even in low bandwidth situations.

The kinks of remote-working are ironed out with the program. Sqwiggle doesn’t have any limits on the size of how many team members can be on at one time, and it gives you all the spaces you need to interact with your team.

“Think of it like your office in the clouds,” said co-founder Matt Boyd. “[With Sqwiggle], you own your own schedule and work on your own terms.”

So – will remote working with Sqwiggle help your startup?

The answer is up to you.

Yes, you can work in your pajamas. And yes, your work schedule can be as flexible as you want – which means more time with friends and family.

But, what if you need to collaborate, and your team member is not online? What if you get distracted by Netflix? This is not to mention that you might feel lonely not being part of an office environment.

Sqwiggle removes a lot of the hesitancies people once had about working remote, but it doesn’t cure distractions.

One thing that can help, Boyd says about Sqwiggle and working from home, is that there is a “feeling of freedom and ownership in your work. The work is higher quality and generally more focused.”

Our take: take off the power suit and power up your computers. With opportunity and flexibility comes creativity – and with creativity comes an innovative startup company that the world is waiting for.

Intrigued by the idea of a remote startup? Let Sqwiggle help you along the way. Sqwiggle will provide a 25% discount for the first six months for Michipreneur readers. Click this link to get started:

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About the Author

Lauren Ebelt

Lauren is a recent graduate from Michigan State University. She likes traveling, blogging about the food she eats, and correct grammar.