JOANNA PALMER | POINTER REMOTE ROLES
THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE READY TO WORK REMOTELY, BUT MAJOR EMPLOYERS ARE STILL RESTRICTING THEMSELVES TO ONLY EMPLOYING PEOPLE THAT CAN PHYSICALLY COME TO WORK.
What inspires you?
My drive into town (Wagga). We live in the most beautiful spot. Our house is up on a hill and we have spectacular 180 degrees views. The drive down the hill and through the valley into Wagga looks different every morning. Frosty some mornings, lush green at other times or bone dry in the summer. The drive inspires me as it reminds me that every day is so different; a fresh start every day.
How did your project/business idea come about?
The idea for Pointer Remote Roles came about when discussing my employment needs for my sponsorship and event management company, Agri Alliance. I had been looking to outsource different roles within the company to people with a far better knowledge and understanding than myself. I began to look at my own network of professional friends who were living in regional areas. I realised that it was not only myself that would benefit from their skills and experience, but others would too. What was holding these professionals back from this sort of remote employment was the lack opportunity for them to be in the right place at the right time. I initially launched Go Remote in February 2017 and rebranded as Pointer at the end of June.
What stage is your project/business in?
When does a business stop being a startup? We have been online since February this year and we already have a large pool of candidates register. We are signing on more and more employers but of course, I would always love to be posting more jobs.
What were you doing before you launched your business/project?
I cofounded Agri Alliance with my business partner in September 2016. Previous to that, I started a comprehensive learning centre in Holbrook, and I went on to open in Finley and later Wagga. I sold the business in January. Prior to that, I was a learning support teacher in both primary and high schools. I’ve also snuck having two little girls in there somewhere too.
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