avamarieroach  Apr 2015
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How did you start working remotely? Was it something you sought out or stumbled into?

I joined on to a startup team in the summer of 2014 and worked out of Vancouver BC as the Chief PR Strategist for a great social enterprise that focused on innovative crowd funding. When it came time to move back to LA, I wasn’t ready to give up the position yet and was lucky enough to be able to stay on with the team and begin my journey as a remote employee. Though I no longer work for this company, a large percentage of my work is self- propelled or collaborative with startups that are based throughout the country. You could say that this lifestyle is something I stumbled into but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love the flexibility, the opportunity for easy change of environments, and the promise of always meeting new people at the start of every day.

Do you still work remotely?


What do you do for work and for fun?

I work in social impact and focus on PR and business development, particularly in the startup space. For fun, I am a serial traveller, ice cream enthusiast, and have a small obsession with French Bulldogs. I’ve never met an IPA I didn’t like, have an affinity for new views and high places, and think that driving down the PCH with Jamestown Revival blasting on the radio is the definition of a perfect Saturday…or really any day.

What cities do you call “home” and why do you want to be a Workfrom ambassador?

I split my time between Portland, Vancouver, and LA. So much of the work that I do is remote and thus, have really zeroed in on the coffeeshop culture of each of these cities. It is something that intrigues and excites me – I love meeting new people in these environments and have honed in my judgement of what makes a “good” public workspace. I want to share this with the world!

How did you find out about Workfrom and why do you want to bring it to your area?

It was recommended to me by a friend! I know how much a tool like this would be useful to me and I would love the opportunity to share that with others in similar situations. I love being part of the creation of communities and the “remote employee” community is one that is often underestimated and overlooked. Workfrom is a catalyst for growing this.

Any tips you’d like to share for others wanting to or already working remotely?

Knowing your barista by names is oddly satisfying and helps establish a sense of “place”…on a more serious note, if the location doesn’t play good music, they’re not worth it :)

Any tips for those wanting to visit and work from your area?

The Venezuelan at 49th Parallel in Vancouver is the best coffee you’ll ever have. When you go to Portland, don’t use an umbrella, everyone will know you’re a tourist.

What do you like most about Workfrom, and what would you like to see above all else come from us in the next year?

I love the amount of information that is provided and the breath of utility of the site. I would love to see more ambassador engagement and meet ups, as well as expansion into more cities!