Remote Work + Photography: Good Vibes in 360 Degrees
22 Mar 2016
I am a professional photographer and have been a Workfrom ambassador since November 2015.
I came across the Workfrom website because I started my own photography business, ProView, last year and I loved everything about being a digital nomad except for the fact that I suddenly had no co-workers to talk to.
The journey into a digitally nomadic lifestyle has been a really great adventure, and I love that more and more people are choosing to live their lives on their terms. Thanks to technology and sites like Workfrom, we don’t have to make the journey alone.
There are tons of resources out there to help people work remotely.
How I got started:
Until recently I was a real estate photographer, which I had been for several years. I loved taking photographs and interacting with people but it was a really demanding job.
I helped that company grow from one employee (me) to a whole team that I was in charge of managing, so I also learned a lot about running and growing a business.
I answered phone calls and emails, I handled the scheduling of all the staff. I created a service agreement and a pricing structure, I started marketing campaigns and I even hired and trained my own editor.
After a few years of working like that, 12-16 hours a day, I finally decided — if I was going to work that hard for someone else, then I would probably be better off putting all that effort into working for myself.
So, I made a plan to quit my job.
I decided to save up enough money for 6 months of bills and some camera gear. I figured out how long that would take, pulled out a calendar and made a commitment to myself when my last day would be. Counting down to “quitting day” was pretty nerve-racking but I am thankful every day that I made it happen.
Since then, things have changed a lot. I get to make my own schedule and I can work from just about anywhere in the world.
I am a Google trusted photographer which means I get to help business owners increase their engagement online with street-view tours inside their venues. In the past year, I’ve also become a certified virtual tours provider for Expedia, and I’ve gotten my FAA exception to fly UAVs for commercial aerial photography.
My work has taken me parasailing, horseback riding, and camping in a yurt.
The only thing missing from this past year was a network of people around me.
I like interacting with people and it was one thing about my old job that I really missed.
At that point, I started looking for co-working options but because I travel so much for work, I didn’t see the point in paying a monthly fee for access to a desk I might not be in town to use.
That is when I found Workfrom which has been the perfect solution for me. It lets me search for nearby cafés with wifi where I can work, which is way better than working alone at home or a hotel. And with access to their Slack chat, there’s no shortage of people to talk to either.
The one thing I love most about my business is that I can do it from anywhere, but Workfrom makes working from anywhere easier and way more fun. Now I’ve started combining my street view technology with awesome Workfrom spots, like this tour I did for Colony Club in Washington DC.
Colony Club has a really cool vibe. It’s a café that turns into a bar at night. Plus it has a ping pong table upstairs and tons of outdoor seating. Now when people log on to Google maps, they can get a feel for Colony Club as if they were there before they ever leave their computers.
I love the idea of more people working for themselves out of cool places like this. Check them out through my virtual tour!
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