Pioneer Q & A
How did you start working remotely? Was it something you sought out or stumbled into?
I have always enjoyed being able to manage my own time. After having a job as a digital marketer at the always-on music industry, I couldn’t help but look for another, more relaxed way to work. I moved to London a year ago and, after 6 months, I went freelance.
Do you still work remotely?
I am working remotely most of the time, but I also have a desk and a computer reserved for me in an office, where I spend 1-2 days a week. So I would say I’m halfway to working 100% remotely.
How did you find places to work from before Workfrom?
I always just stumble into places. For example, I discovered Haggerston Espresso Room on the way to my GP, and I always find new
gems when wandering the streets of North/East London. I either give them a shot immediately or take note of it and return later with my
How did you find out about Workfrom and why do you want to bring it to London and other cities?
I signed up last November, at the same time I decided to go freelance. It sounds like a great initiative and it’s good to think of remote workers as a tribe of people that can give each other tips and help with the important issue of finding the place with the strongest WiFi and the most delicious coffee.
What would you like to see above all else come from us in the next year?
My first wish has already came true – London locations have just become live. I really hope Workfrom will spread as fast in Europe
as it had in the US and enable digital nomads to find a cosy cafe wherever in the world they end up with their laptops.
Any tips you’d like to share for others wanting to or already working remotely?
Try choosing employers/clients who are more focussed on results than methods — or, if that is the case, prove them that working remotely does not equal being lazy or negligent. And, if you’re not working with heavy softwares, don’t waste your money on the latest Mac, just buy anything lightweight, it will do.
Any tips for those wanting to visit and work from London?
The worst you can do is keeping to yourself and not making any new friends or staying exclusively in the company of your fellow nationals. London is a huge melting pot of nationalities, so get to know people from as many countries as you can and listen to their stories. Is is not only inspiring but also helps you see yourself from an outsider point of view.