How to work remotely (part 1)

It is no secret that working remote is more possible today than it was even 10 years ago, Im here to show you how to do that as a mobile app designer. I’ve been a full time remote consultant since 2011. During the course of my consulting I’ve worked from all over the United States including places in Washington, California (San Luis Obispo and Avila Beach) and most recently the island of Kauai. During this time I’ve had the freedom to travel as well as set my own schedule and work as much or as little as I’d like. This has been important to me because my wife and three kids play a very important role in my life and I want to spend as much time with them as I can. Also, I don’t really care for commuting.

image by Aleksi Tappura

image by Aleksi Tappura

Steps you can take to start working remotely
  1. Start thinking about the idea of working remote full time, maybe you’ve never thought of yourself as a remote worker. Starting now, it’s time to change your mindset.
  2. Discuss the idea of working remote with your friends/family – Their insight will help you determine if it’s possible for you.
  3. Set up a home office – Having a great space, even if it’s small will help you dramatically be more effective in your work.
  4. If you’re an employee, start testing the waters by working one day remotely each week. Make sure you make this day the most productive of your week.
  5. If your employer won’t budge and you really want to start working remote, start looking somewhere else.
  6. Check out oDesk,, Linked In, WeWorkRemotely, Automattic (most of their staff is remote) and other online job board sites.
  7. Read ‘Remote’ by 37signals – an excellent book about the changing landscape of work and why remote is just as good as being co-located.
  8. Follow up – If you aren’t immediately successful don’t lose heart. Sometimes making a change like this takes time.

This is the first of a series of posts on working remotely that I’ll be posting. Please feel free send any questions that you have to me or post them in the comments. I’d be happy to provide any help that I can!