Rolling Remote with Cait Scudder

The best mentors have often walked the path before you. In the case of Cait Scudder, she’s successfully built her own business empire from the ground up, mentoring and coaching high-achieving female entrepreneurs. “My jam is helping women turn their unique zone of genius into an irresistible, purpose-driven, profitable brand and online business,” she says.

These days, Cait’s often working from her current home base in Bali. You can find her in her home office dancing to Beyonce or Cardi B to start her day full of energy, and she’s all about the simple pleasures of taking breaks by the pool or walking through the rice fields with her husband and two dogs at the end of her workday. But like many who embrace the remote lifestyle, Cait travels frequently and continues her work without skipping a beat.

“I have an uncanny ability to truly be productive from anywhere,” Cait says. “I’ve worked from sailboats, ferries, trains, planes, and even on the back of a motorbike. Having a moving, truly global lifestyle means I’ve learned to adapt very effectively to my environment and stay focused on what needs to be done.” Check out her dreamy home office and the keys to her efficiency below.

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Cait working from her home in Bali | Photo submitted by Cait Scudder

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 3-4

Where are you based? 

I’m based between Bali, Australia, Europe, and New England (USA)! Mostly based in Bali 🙂

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In my home office

Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Morning

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Cait’s home office setup and decor

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Cait reserves a corner of her bedroom for her desk space — but mental breaks by the pool are necessary. | Photo submitted by Cait Scudder

What type of desk do you use? Traditional desk

What type of chair do you use while at work?A regular chair with my Australian sheepskin on top of it for comfort 🙂

What features do you like most about your work space? Why is it great? So many reasons! First, I usually work pantless, so there’s that! Second, I love the quiet and minimal distraction (I’m the kind of girl who does NOT love to work with lots of other people around. The fewer distractions, the better). I also have a pool at my house in Bali so love hopping into the pool in between client sessions and content writing! Plus, having my two dogs keep me company which is the absolute best!

Do you share your work space with anyone? Tell us about them!

In the house we’re currently in, my office is in our bedroom! I have my own little corner with all the things, though, and my hubby (who has his own room) knows that as soon as we wake up the office is my zone. And as mentioned, I absolutely share the space with my 2 pups.

Remote work pros and cons: Cait’s take

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Working remotely has few challenges for Cait, aside from maintaining a feasible schedule with clients. | Photo submitted by Cait Scudder

What are the biggest pros and cons of remote work for you?

Pros: Schedule and travel flexibility, more focus, a better work-life balance, a less stressful work environment, and fewer transportation and work expenses. But Cait fully embraces the remote work advantages in other ways, adding:

A deeper sense of agency over my life, and courage to TRULY go for my dreams. I think ESPECIALLY as an entrepreneur, it can feel difficult to think creatively when you’re in an environment that encourages doing things one way. Traveling the world while building my business has been incredible not only for innovation I’ve been able to bring into my business, but for the connections with other like-minded collaborators I’ve met along the way.

Cait Scudder

Cons: “I don’t really buy into the narrative of working remotely being harder for any of the typical reasons,” Cait says. “I do think one of the biggest challenges when you serve clients from different time zones and all over the world is setting up a schedule and availability that still allows you to serve those from anywhere, while also making sure you have boundaries in place and aren’t taking calls at 2 a.m. I’ve done that and restructured my business so that I don’t have to do it again!”

Working from home tips and tricks

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Have laptop, will travel (and be efficient) | Photo by Cait Scudder

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis? Asana, Slack, and GSuite

What habit allows you to be more productive during the day?Every Monday, I have a CEO day where I plan and map my week ahead. I check in on my monthly goals and making sure the priorities I’m setting forth for the week move me forward to meet those goals. I also write and create content those days. I find that having different days for creative/high-level vision tasks, and coaching clients or admin is extremely helpful.

What are the 3 items you can’t live without while working remotely?

My Bose noise canceling headphones, my gold Macbook, and iPhone. Guess I really AM all about that Apple life 🙂

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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