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

I was working full time for a company in San Diego. The company announced they would moving their operation to a different state and they offered to let me start working remotely. I agreed and moved up the coast to Portland where I started checking out the local scene.

Do you still work remotely?

I still work remotely and my scope of work has grown quite a bit.

What do you do for work and for fun?

At first I was doing print graphics and web development for one company. As some side work/practice I started hand lettering which gradually turned into some illustration and digital posters.

Outside of art and work I like to run, drink kombucha, and check out the local food hotspots.

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

I live in Portland, OR and travel most often to California, Wyoming, and Colorado. I love being able to work wherever I go and with this resource I feel more confident in finding the spaces that suit my needs. I would love to share with others how this is helping a new way of working in our culture.

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

I learned about it from Meetup in Portland. I believe every city could benefit from people choosing to work multiple locations. The friendship and sense of community that can grow from connecting remote workers to cool spaces is huge.

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

My advice for those thinking about it is to do it now. You can always go back to working in-house somewhere but now is the best time to jump into this blossoming work style.

For those already working remotely, find some others that you can meet up with at work spots periodically to get that water-cooler feeling. I often learn more from fellowship than I do from tutorials.

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

Portland is amazing for finding great places to work. No matter what you’re into there is a space for you here.

It’s worth having some good waterproofing for your digital gadgets and get familiar with the good public transit here.

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 work on many different types of projects which require different spaces. The ability to filter the spaces by what I need at the time is excellent.

It might be cool to let spaces offer special discounts or promotions for Workfrom users.