Around this time, she went to a Q&A meetup held by Remote Year
about working remotely. Remote Year is a company that provides digital nomads with transportation, workspace, and private accommodations along specific travel routes. People traveling with Remote Year spend about a month in a given city before traveling to the next one in the route. Programs vary in length from four months to a year. In each city, Remote Year also provides opportunities to attend social events, take side trips to nearby cities, monuments, and cultural sites, and participate in projects aimed at volunteerism and positive global impact. In addition, participants in past Remote Year programs have the opportunity to "citizen" onto a current program, effectively joining in on the program for a limited time.
Travel has always been a big part of Sharon's life, and she knew that remote work is a growing trend that's gaining acceptance by a variety of employers. She'd first been introduced to Remote Year through an advertisement on Instagram
, but at the meetup, she decided that she wanted to give the digital nomad lifestyle a go. In addition to providing Sharon with information on how to successfully work remotely, Remote Year provided her with tips on presenting the idea to her employer, as well as a slide deck to show how successful working remotely can be. With these tools, Sharon was able to convince her manager to let her take the opportunity to work while traveling in Europe. But then, just before Sharon left for her first Remote Year excursion, her manager quit the utility company, setting off a series of events that would lead — eventually — to Sharon snagging a job at 1SE.