Pioneer Q & A
How did you start working remotely? Was it something you sought out or stumbled into?
I spent six months on proposals, presentations, and negotiations with my job of 5 years and finally got approval to be the first roaming employee.
What do you do for work and for fun?
I’m a technical writer and project manager and I use the same skills for fun. I travel solo so I’m always making friends and planning events so I don’t get lonely.
What cities do you call “home” and why do you want to be a Workfrom ambassador?
Portland, OR; Brooklyn, NY; Medellin, Colombia
How did you find out about Workfrom and why do you want to bring it to your area?
I was in Portland for 8 years! I ran into some employees and different tech meetups.
Any tips you’d like to share for others wanting to or already working remotely?
Make a choice and then make it happen. I felt like I was getting nowhere until I marked a date on my calendar that I was quitting my job if they didn’t give me approval by then. I never had to tell my job this, it wasn’t a threat, but it gave me a deadline and forced me be aggressive with pushing things forward.
Any tips for those wanting to visit and work from your area?
Medellin is an incredible place to work from. The people are amazing, the city is beautiful, the nightlife unparalleled. I was told several times before I came that the most dangerous thing about Colombia is wanting to stay and it’s very true. MedellinLiving is a site with a bounty of information for expats/nomad/etc. I’m just said I can’t stay more than 6 months without becoming a tax resident. 🙁
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 like knowing what to expect before I arrive. Wandering around to different cafes hoping something works out is not an effective way to get work down and trying research is time consuming. Workform makes the move important information easy to find.