Pioneer Q & A
How did you start working remotely? Was it something you sought out or stumbled into?
I left the grind of being a full time professor to concentrate on helping others create their own courses. Now I freelance as a UX designer for learning and training.
What do you do for work and for fun?
Work and fun are kind of one in the same. I design online courses by consulting with subject matter experts and conducting research of resources. I also provide quality assurance audits for eLearning (read: No More Terrible Online Courses). I’ve worked with colleges & universities in addition to Fortune 500 companies and startups. Design is communication!
What cities do you call “home” and why do you want to be a Workfrom ambassador?
Chicago. I love working in different places but hate settling down just to find out the wifi sucks or the place is an outlet desert.
How did you find out about Workfrom and why do you want to bring it to your area?
I was sitting in a Chicago coffee shop looking at my useless laptop and wondering if I could guess the Wi-Fi password (coffee? coffeetime2017?). While searching Twitter on my phone, I ran across a mention of Workfrom.co and I was online immediately.
Any tips you’d like to share for others wanting to or already working remotely?
Whether at home or out and about, you need to create a productive work environment. Don’t expect to get much done while simultaneously talking to your mom, washing clothes, feeding the dog or window shopping. Find what signals “work brain” for you and consistently start your day with it (cup of tea? clean table and brand new pen?)
Any tips for those wanting to visit and work from your area?
Chicago has SO many great work spaces – especially in the downtown Loop area. Bring your work with you. You never know when you’ll be inspired.
What do you like most about Workfrom, and what would you like to see above all else come from us in the next year?
Straight to the point info – is it crowded? are their outlets? what’s up with the Wi-Fi? I’d love to see more community building in the future. So many people are starting to work remotely and I’ve been giving a lot of ad-hoc advice.