Pioneer Q & A
How did you start working remotely? Was it something you sought out or stumbled into?
I sought it out. I was working at an ad agency that was slowly leaching away my creative energy. I refocused and redirected my energy towards self-investment and gave myself back energy in the form of my other creative interests and hobbies.
Do you still work remotely?
What do you do for work and for fun?
I am an experience designer by trade. For fun I work on my side business, which is a mobile, pop-up custom bakery.
What cities do you call “home” and why do you want to be a Workfrom ambassador?
I call Portland home. I think I’d be great ambassador (does this sound like a coverletter?) as I am transitioning from an in-house position to a remotely working freelancer and I’d like to provide perspective on that transition. Additionally, I enjoy exploring my city and community, and document my local exploration on my PDX Good Food Society map. It’s overwhelmingly detailed and borderline obsessive, but has been a great resource to many of my peers.
How did you find out about Workfrom and why do you want to bring it to your area?
I found out about Workfrom from one of the cofounders, Jewel Mlnarik and her partner, Faye Purdum.
Any tips you’d like to share for others wanting to or already working remotely?
Take breaks when needed, get out of your own head. Ask for help when you’re stuck. Meditate. Exercise to keep healthy. Pay yourself what you’re worth. Use Slack.
Any tips for those wanting to visit and work from your area?
Set up time to meet other remote workers and make friends. Insiders will share the best secrets with you they won’t share online- fastest wifi, best coffee, least arrogant baristas.
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 would love to see more collaborative opportunities and educational opportunities among members looking to further their skillsets. I also would love to participate in social events (not necessarily for networking…for fun? because playing is good for your brain?). Also, the ability to provide professional references for other members.