Interview with Amber Ooley

Amber OoleyAmber Ooley is a remote based digital marketer at Thrive Internet Marketing Agency. You can find Amber in Twitter.

1. How did you start working remotely?

I was job hunting and was located in a smaller town that limited my in-office opportunities. A friend had referred me to apply at Thrive Internet Marketing Agency.

It took a little adjusting to spending more time inside my apartment, especially during the long Minnesota winter, but Thrive values a healthy work-life balance and working during business hours, which made it easier to adjust to the remote lifestyle.

2. What do you think are the main advantages of remote work?

  • No commute, which makes for more time to spend with family and friends!
  • Fewer distractions. There are still meetings and emails, but I don’t have to worry about coworkers stopping by my desk to ask me for a favor or a gathering at the watercooler every morning.
  • Leggings! I couldn’t resist talking about this perk. On big meeting days, I’ll throw on makeup and a nice blouse, but I enjoy the casual uniform.

3. Do you think there are disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?

Community. We have regular team meetings throughout the week and there are in-person meetups with regional teammates throughout the year, but there can be a disconnect between the employer and the local community when we might be the only remote employee in the area.

4. From which cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? 

My home office is in Minnesota, but I’ve worked from Florida, Texas and Washington.

Thrive requests that we have a dedicated home office as we work “normal” business hours, but they do allow working “remotely” as long as we have reliable wifi and limited distractions.

5. From which type of place do you prefer to work? Coworking spaces, coffee shops or others? 

My home office is where I get most of the work done, but I try to get out to a coffee shop once a week for a change of pace and an upgrade from my homemade lattes.

6. Which places would you like to travel to while working remotely?

There are so many places on my travel wishlist, but a few top contenders include Portland, Denver and Denmark!

7. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe in hiring employees who work remotely?

If remote could be an option for your employees, I would encourage you to try it out! If you’re transitioning from office to remote, offer the option for employees to work from home once/week for starters.

Remote workers require less office space if you have a physical location, so that right there saves you some overhead. Hiring remote employees also gives you the ability to bring a diverse team together and expands the network of talent you can interview for new positions.

8. Which tools do you use to work remotely?

  • Teamwork (time tracking and project management tool)
  • Gmail & Google Calendar
  • Zoom (video conferencing)
  • Slack (for both work and “watercooler” conversations)

9. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies making the remote switch?

Jobseekers: Come prepared to the interview with questions of your own about the culture and what the company is doing to make sure the employees don’t ever feel isolated. This could be highlighted in the benefits.

Culture and connections are important everywhere, but I think these are more important with remote companies.

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