Pioneer Q & A
How did you start working remotely? Was it something you sought out or stumbled into?
I’ve always enjoyed the atmosphere of the classic central european coffeehouse. The smell and the buzz stimulate me while they also allow me to concentrate. It’s actually like a live version of coffitivity.com, maybe you know that website, where they play the sound of a cafe for those seeking concentration at work.
Do you still work remotely?
Yes, I work remotely quite often. Mainly if I want to write or read.
How did you find places to work from before Workfrom?
You had to know a few, ask around. But a good place is hard to find, especially when traveling. It must not be too crowded, not too cramped, the prices must not be too steep and the staff must be friendy, although I don’t mind when they point out to you that it’s time to order again.
How did you find out about Workfrom and why do you want to bring it to Amsterdam and other cities?
I remember reading about it on Fastcompany, and I immediately saw the potential of Workfrom. It could become an important platform for nomadic workers worldwide. I think having a decent network of workfrom cafes in your city will also help promote your city as a place where nomadic workers can be productive.
What would you like to see above all else come from us in the next year?
My wish is already fulfilled: Amsterdam had become a Workfrom featured city!
In the future, I expect Workfrom to develop some optional community layer, with a short bio, available to the other workfrom workers who signed into the same cafe.
Any tips you’d like to share for others wanting to or already working remotely?
Well, all you need is someone who pays you for hanging out in a pleasant establishment, or maybe not even that.
Any tips for those wanting to visit and work from Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is a very internationally oriented city with great internet connections, free wifi nearly in every place. English has almost become the first language in town. The atmosphere is pleasant, the inner city is Unesco world heritage, if you can ride a bike you can go anywhere. There are over fifty potential Workfrom locations. And: did you know that the Dutch are the world’s biggest coffee drinkers?