TMBA 434: The Lure of Remote Work

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For many years, Dan and Ian have spoken about jobs on this podcast.

After all, the TropicalMBA originally started as a job listing on this website.

Jobs are an important facet of entrepreneurial life and distributed teams are a huge part of the successes that people have found in our community. A remote job can also offer a springboard to a long and prosperous career as an entrepreneur.

On this week’s episode, Dan and Ian thought it would be fun to talk about their own personal history of remote jobs.

This podcast chronicles that perspective, from the first employee they hired, right up to their latest venture, a remote job board that they have recently launched called Dynamite Jobs.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • How and why we hired our first remote employee in 2008. (1:35)
  • Why the right attitude is more important than the right location. (3:20)
  • Why our original attempt at launching a job board didn’t work out. (8:10)
  • How the rise of remote jobs has changed the way that companies do business. (16:14)
  • What we are trying to accomplish with Dynamite Jobs. (18:50)

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Published on 03.29.18
  • Have you guys read “Who?” by Geoff Smart? He does a great job of covering Scorecards (job listings) and the interview process. His advice might be helpful for Dynamite Jobs’ advice about and writing of job listings.

  • Question – I’ve heard a number of business owners say “don’t hire people who are aspiring to be entrepreneurs themselves” since they might move on quickly to their own businesses (and/or be distracted by building their own side hustles) instead of continuing as an employee for the medium or long term.

    So I’m wondering how this works with Dynamite Jobs and the TMBA audience (who are presumably aspiring entrepreneurs). Is it an issue? What’s your take on the idea of hiring someone whose ultimate goal is to be a business owner not an employee?

    BTW I love reading the job ads on Dynamite Jobs, to see different versions of what a great job ad looks like!

  • No, thanks Fred will check it out.

  • Two quick thoughts on that: 1) that’s certainly a preference of many entrepreneurs in many situations, but it’s not a timeliness principle. Doing the opposite can have a major upside potential in a business (if you’re willing to tolerate dissenting opinions, things moving faster, breaking, and moving on).

    2) It’s not true that the entire audience is aspiring entrepreneurs, something I’ve seen a lot over the years, even amongst those who started businesses, is that the primary appeal was often the freedom/flexibility not necessarily the business ownership/responsibility.

    Beyond those two things we’re working through ads/partnerships to grow the site’s audience beyond TMBA. Hoping for some good results! Let us know when you’re hiring :)

  • Cool, thanks for the insight!

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