Pioneer Q & A
How did you start working remotely? Was it something you sought out or stumbled into?
I had decided that I had tapped out the local market in Charleston. I also had the opportunity to work from home one day a week, and knew that it gave me a significant boost in productivity.
So I decided it was time to pursue working remotely full time. I targeted companies that were looking for remote engineers via various job boards, and eventually found the perfect match.
Do you still work remotely?
Yes. My company requires us to come in to the home office for one week once a quarter. Outside of that, my days are pants optional.
What do you do for work and for fun?
I currently lead a small user experience team for my company. For fun is spend time with my wife and children. We particularly enjoy kayaking the local waterways.
What cities do you call “home” and why do you want to be a Workfrom ambassador?
Charleston, SC. I believe remote work is a great way to work, and that Charleston is a great place to do it from.
How did you find out about Workfrom and why do you want to bring it to your area?
I honestly don’t remember how I found you. Probably a fellow coworker pointed it out.
I would like to bring it to Charleston because I believe Charleston is a great place to live. So why not work here, too?
Any tips you’d like to share for others wanting to or already working remotely?
1. Make sure your company invests in the right tools and technology to make communication work for remote workers.
2. Don’t be afraid to change locations if you are feeling stuck.
3. Be disciplined with your work hours, so it doesn’t bleed in to your personal life.
Any tips for those wanting to visit and work from your area?
Charleston is more than the downtown areas. There are great places to work and visit outside of the city proper.
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 the idea of being able to promote working remotely by helping people see how it can “work” in their own city.