The Rock-based entrepreneur Jo Palmer is motivated by the social and economic benefits that remote work provides for marginalised sections of the community.
Jo Palmer believes location, gender, physical ability or ethnicity should not determine the work you do. She is also passionate about the environmental, social and fiscal benefits that organisations experience through hiring remotely.
In 2013, Jo established a comprehensive learning and tutoring business, which grew to operate in three regional towns in southern NSW. In 2014, Jo started her first remote job as a sponsorship manager for a Sydney-based corporation. This role was the motivation behind co-founding the sponsorship and event management company Agri Alliance, which has been operating in the agricultural industry in 2016.
After exiting her first two businesses, the idea for Jo's third company, Pointer Remote, came when assessing employment needs for Agri Alliance. Jo realised that there was an enormous number of talented professionals living in the regions who were looking to access work remotely, yet there wasn’t an easy way to connect with potential employers, and so Pointer Remote was established.
Pointer Remote now focuses on building capacity in communities, businesses and individuals to leverage and connect with remote work, regardless of where they live.
Recognition of Jo’s achievements includes:
- Winner 2019 National AgriFutures Rural Women's Award
- Winner 2019 St George Kick Start
- Winner - Soar Collective’s 2017 Soar Awards - Regional Contribution Award
- Finalist - Regional Australia Institute’s 2017 Lightbulb Moment Competition
- Finalist - Wagga Wagga Business Chamber Awards - Startup Superstar
- Finalist - Regional Australia Institute’s 2017 Regional Online Heroes Competition.