Rolling remote with Chris Payne

Chris doesn’t just work remotely, he makes a living helping others work remotely. He starts by helping people find their passion through his Align 2 Design program. From there, he coaches people in building their own online business using his personal expertise as a successful digital entrepreneur.

Below, Chris shares why he does what he does and lists the tech products he can’t live without.

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 1 year

Where are you based? Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? Wherever I can get a WiFi signal! The best part of the laptop life is freedom and mobility!

Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Early bird

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Favorite coworking space or coffee shop? The Collins Quarter in Savanna, Georgia.

Chris keeps his home office simple and minimal | Submitted by Chris Payne

Chris’s home office setup and decor

What do you like most about your work?

My time, my location, my passion, my dreams, my journey, my best life!

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

Of course! My wife Kelly, my son Jaxson, and his fur-brother Cody. We travel as much as we can (Jax has 3rd grade responsibilities most of the year), but call the beautiful Hilton Head Island home base for now.

One major pro: more time with family | Submitted by Chris Payne

Remote work pros and cons: Chris’s take

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

Pros: schedule flexibility, travel flexibility, more focus, more time with family, less stressful work environment

Cons: feeling isolated/less connected with colleagues, fighting the stigma of not working as hard as non-remote peers

Working from home tips and tricks

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?

Skype and Zoom

What habit allows you to be more productive during the day?

A daily routine and accountability partners

Chris’s remote work setup is easily transportable | Submitted by Chris Payne

What are the 3 items you can’t live without while working remotely? (If you have a brand you love, please name them!)

  1. Samsung Chromebook Pro
  2. My lavalier microphone for getting great sound while shooting video on the go. I use one made by PowerDeWise.
  3. I always pack extra batteries for everything!

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