Pioneer Q & A
How did you start working remotely? Was it something you sought out or stumbled into?
Had been pursuing remote work. (If signing up for job board newsletters and reading articles counts.) Jobs that help people and also have flexible schedule appeal to me for sure. Had even taken jobs in wilderness therapy industry with 8 days on 6 days off shifts. Found jobs where I could still help young people without being out in the woods and landed an offer working remotely. Now my company is based right near where I live and our team is fully remote.
What do you do for work and for fun?
For work I’m usually on the phone with families wanting to get their high school students ready for college. A gap year was a game-changer for me before college and helping people start strong in their formative years is really meaningful. Our company is kind of like the ultimate college orientation program.
For fun I usually win at board games and lose at bowling.
Also, my buddy Forrest who drives a Forest Green Suburu Forester takes me hiking–seriously.
Love those WNC mountains and all the eclectic people who call Asheville home.
What cities do you call “home” and why do you want to be a Workfrom ambassador?
Asheville, NC–I love the concept of the “third place”, where everyone knows your name. There are so many local spots that I’m excited to share with the workfrom community.
How did you find out about Workfrom and why do you want to bring it to your area?
Found Workfrom when diving into every article about remote work I could find. Asheville is full of places with personality and Workfrom connects people to those places. Talk about a recipe for meaningful work and community–count me in.
Any tips you’d like to share for others wanting to or already working remotely?
While I’m still new at this, I’d love to contribute what I can using this platform to help others along the way. My biggest take-away is that untethered doesn’t have to mean disconnected. And I mean that in the most human sense in this digital world.
Any tips for those wanting to visit and work from your area?
Asheville is big enough to have surprises and small enough to get your bearings pretty quick which is great. There are at least three co-working spaces that I can think of and enough coffee shops to have plenty to explore. When it’s time to unwind–grab a copy of the Mountain Xpress for their weekly issue of events and their local guidebooks for the best food and drinks in this foodie town that also claims the Beer City moniker.
What do you like most about Workfrom, and what would you like to see above all else come from us in the next year?
The power of place often gets overlooked and I love that Workfrom gets the word out about places where the magic happens both personally and professionally. What Ray Oldenburg called “Third Places” or “Great Good Places.” One thing I’d love to see is the movements of remote work and supporting local business collide. Both are going strong nowadays and I think Workfrom’s ambassadors program can be an awesome way to combine those two concepts.