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mrgrumpy  Oct 2016
Pioneer / Member   

Full Profile > Pioneer Q & A

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

I stumbled into it.

My wife is a recent university graduate and was offered a job in a different city to where we were living. Work opportunities were very few for me, and I didn’t actually want to leave my current job, nor did my employer want to lose me. They facilitated remote working for me, and the rest is history!

What do you do for work and for fun?

By day I’m an IT Architect/Engineer for a multi-national not for profit organisation. Every day is a challenge, but I work with some cool tech and some cool people!

In my spare time, I tech tragic and love gadgets. I’m also a musician, a fisherman, and a motorcycle tragic.

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

Bundaberg, Qld, Australia. I want to help promote workfrom within the city and make it easier for people to find a great place to work. Bundaberg has great food, great coffee, some great coffee shop and generally great internet access. As a newcomer to town, I would have found it beneficial to have a ready resource to draw upon in order to identify places I could work from effectively.

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

I found out about Workfrom completely by accident. I was reading a blog which was debunking 10 myth of remote workers. Buried within the blog was a link to Workfrom.

I’d actually been thinking to myself earlier in the week that “wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to review cafe’s/workspaces, with a particular focus on how easy they are to work from”. I wasn’t surprised when I found Workfrom was already doing that, nor was I surprised when there were no recommendations for my city.

I want to Bring Workfrom to Bundaberg because I think the city has a lot to offer – there’s lots of choices, and in my short time here I’ve found many that are not ideal for work. As a remote worker, I see immense benefit in having an easy way to find a suitable space to work from that meets my requirements. A catalogue of the options in Bundaberg would improve productivity for others by helping them make the right choice the first time.

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

Don’t be afraid to try new places. It can be very lonely staying home all the time – having a change of scenery can be extremely beneficial for productivity!

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 like that Workform is very thorough in data collection – down to asking scouts to provide pro tips about the best coffee or snack to order! 🙂