Role: Digital marketing in the SaaS space Location: Location Independent Connect: LinkedIn Remote Since: 2012
I currently use our dining room table as my desk but I’m on the hunt for a sitting/standing desk that can fit in my space!
Why I’m Remote Where I’m Remote
When I got my second remote job, my partner and I considered moving across the country to a more mountainous state. Since I worked remotely, we could choose anywhere to live. Moving to a state where we didn’t know anyone and didn’t have any family close didn’t seem right. One night, my partner came home from work and said, “Why don’t we just live in an RV? That way we can go visit the mountains for awhile and come visit family when we need to.” Suddenly, everything clicked. We began to downsize our 800 sq. ft. apartment to fit into less than 200 sq. ft. space. After a few months, we were full-time RVers and hit the road! My employer is based in New Jersey and I’m currently in Wyoming until the fall and then we’ll travel back down to Texas and Oklahoma to visit our families. The thing I love about our community is being able to share the pros/cons with others. I wouldn’t trade this lifestyle for anything in the world, but it’s even more of a plus living it alongside others doing the same thing.
There is no office! So typically I’m only traveling for professional development conferences 1-2 times per year.
My Thoughts on Pets
I have 2 office pets! We have a corgi/Aussie mix (Maddie) and a Pomeranian mix (Chewie). We had them before we started RVing and they took to it pretty well!
I love being able to create my ideal work space environment, schedule, and work day. I feel 110% more productive working from home than I ever did commuting to an office.
What Challenges Do Remote Workers Face?
One of the biggest challenges in working from home is maintaining a presence with co-workers and leadership at HQ. Luckily, we have a lot of video conferences which helps.
My Best Remote Work Advice
If you are just starting to work remotely, take some time to create your ideal space in which you think you will be the most productive. You are now your own HR and IT department. You don’t have anyone looking over your shoulder, so you need to do that for yourself. Figure out what time of day you work at peak performance and what YOU need to get your work done and feel accomplished.
When I’m Not Working
Work/life balance to me means being able to work exactly when I know I perform the best (flexible hours) and still having sunshine left in the day when I get off work to enjoy the fruits of location independence. When I’m not working, I enjoy exploring the area we happen to be in at the time, hiking, camping, fishing, campfires, playing guitar, video games, and building a business!