Pioneer Q & A
How did you start working remotely? Was it something you sought out or stumbled into?
I worked a job for years that had me traveling the US visiting customers. I got fed up with all the travel, and took a job that I could work remotely. Then I found myself in a long distance relationship with a lovely girl from the US working in Vietnam, and started hopping the globe to spend time with her, all while working!
Now I run a website that teaches people how to write software, and I’m building a tech startup with one of my best friends. We aren’t often in the same place, but we’re figuring out distance collaboration, and how to work together from wherever we are.
When I’m at home, I rarely drive, so I’m often cycling or walking to the various locations I work from, trying my best to not use my car in a city that isn’t known for alternative commuting at all.
What do you do for work and for fun?
I’m a musician, a cyclist, an entrepreneur, and a sarcastic jerk 😉
What cities do you call “home” and why do you want to be a Workfrom ambassador?
Charlotte, NC & Hanoi, Vietnam. I spent 80% of the year traveling and working from wherever I am – workfrom is invaluable in finding a place to plop down and get on some WiFi! In the past — 3 months — I’ve worked from: Seattle, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Charlotte, Boston, Cape Cod, San Diego, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Naples, and more I’m sure I’m forgetting.
How did you find out about Workfrom and why do you want to bring it to your area?
I actually don’t remember how I found out about workfrom – but I use it all the time. I call Charlotte, NC home, and it’s a place where remote working is just getting popular – I really love that place, and if I can get more talented tech people to start popping up there because flexible workstyles make sense there, so much the better!
Any tips you’d like to share for others wanting to or already working remotely?
Just give it a shot. You’ll spend a bit more on espresso and pastries, but if you walk/run/bike from place to place, it’ll even out.
Any tips for those wanting to visit and work from your area?
Send me a message on twitter @mbifulco, or on instagram @irreverentmike!
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 really love the way workfrom makes it enticing to add to the database of places – it’s engaging, simple, and getting better each time I do it!
Because I work remotely so much, and from so many places, it’s nice to have a record of good places to work from.