1. How did you start working remotely? How did you make the switch?:
I’ve been remote for over 10 years, first convincing my boss to let me try it out for 6 months after I moved out of LA and down to San Diego, and didn’t want to lose my job. Since then, as Head of Publishing & Editorial I grew a remote publishing department to 75 staff.
2. What do you think are the main advantages of remote work?:
Reducing my commute has had so many beneficial effects on my life… No traffic stress, more sleep, more comfort, and the flexibility to do errands during work hours in my neighborhood. It’s also opened up more roles for me as I typically live in rural areas.
The biggest advantage by far, though, is being able to play with my dogs and take snuggle breaks throughout the day.
3. Do you think there are disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?:
If your company is hybrid and it feels like there are conversations happening in the office that you’re not a part of, you’re probably right. Have a frank conversation with your manager about how to handle transparency, communications, and visibility.
In a hybrid office especially, you’re going to miss some happy hours. Try to find ways to connect with others in your area so you can get IRL social time.
4. From what cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? What are your favorite ones?:
- Southern California in a place called Hellhole surrounded by manzanita.
- Western slope of Colorado in a cozy firelit den.
- Baja California with 100 dolphins surfing in the bay.
- Sydney, Australia next to the Harbour Bridge.
5. From what type of places do you prefer to work? Home, coworking spaces, coffee shops or others? Do you have any specific place?:
I love working from home. I get distracted at coworking places and coffee shops, and working with friends is super fun but not always productive.
Late night creativity in my office with snoozing dogs at my feet is when I get the most done.
6. What places would you like to travel to while working remotely?:
Alaska, Antarctica, Africa, the Arctic, Australia.
7. What advice would you give to overcome the main challenges of working remotely? Share your remote productivity, communication, management, etc. tips based on your experience!:
Sleep when you need it. Don’t ever punish yourself for resting. Work when you feel it. Don’t force yourself into a schedule if you don’t have to.
8. What tools do you use and are your favorites to work remotely?:
Right now my favorite tool is Canva. I’m learning how to edit videos and make decks on it, and it’s so versatile and easy to use.
9. How do you manage your business and taxes as a remote working professional?:
I own a few LLCs and have done my own taxes for quite a few years. When I get big enough, I’ll be ready to hire a pro.
10. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies making the remote switch?:
Be patient. Steering a ship takes time and careful planning. Approach it deliberately, and be flexible. If you stay true to your values you’ll end up in the right place.
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