This post is for business owners, freelancers, remote workers and/or those with a business idea they are in the middle of validating, researching or exploring.
I’ve been working remotely since 2014, when I was living in Europe but freelancing for a company in Australia across a 10-hour time difference. For the past six years I’ve used time blocking to create an evolving schedule that works for me and in more recent years, my family as well.
My toddler and I even went to an event on Parliament Hill for the first time together, through the heavy-duty security clearance with our stroller, diaper bag and winter gear on a very snowy day. If you can travel with kids and do airport and customs security, you’ll be fine on Parliament Hill!
I haven’t always felt like I belonged at Bayview Yards since I started visiting three years ago in 2017, especially when wheeling my stroller or lugging a car seat and sleeping babe into a packed workshop room. BUT the times are a changing and sometimes you need to create a place for yourself.
I hosted the first event of 2020 on February 14th, where we focused on ‘Protecting Your Ideas’ with Natalie Raffoul, Managing Attorney at Brion Raffoul and Julia Elvidge, Tech Business Leader, Advisor, Mentor, Investor and Board Member.
It’s not every day you see stroller parking, car seats, onesie snowsuits and a children’s play area in the Training Room at Bayview Yards (also the home of Invest Ottawa). And it’s not every day as a parent that you find yourself mixing with other parents alongside your kids, as you discuss protecting your ideas, the implications of having (or not having) an Intellectual Property strategy, the changing tech landscape and how others have mixed (and are still learning how best to mix) work and home in life.