Emily and Wheeler are a couple, world travelers, and co-owners of Made By Latitude, a creative studio that offers photography, web design, graphic design, and branding for businesses of all sizes. The duo was inspired to start Made By Latitude while kicking it on a beach in Bali, and that start is reflected in their approach to work and life.
Emily and Wheeler share how they stay focused and clear-headed, the technology that keeps them organized, and maybe most importantly, a photo of their furry coworker.
How many years have you worked remotely? 1 year
Where are you based? Ridgway, Colorado
Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In our home office
Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Early bird
Coffee or tea? Always coffee in the morning and herbal tea all day long!
Emily and Wheeler’s home office setup and decor
What features do you like most about your work space?
We love our view! You can see the Cimarron Mountain Range to the left, the valley up to Mt. Abrams, and the Sneffels Range to the right. It’s also nice being able to fill our space with plants, good tunes, and our dog!
Do you share your work space with anyone? Tell us about them!
Yes! We are a couple and business partners! We live together and work together.
Remote work pros and cons: Emily and Wheeler’s take
What are the biggest pros and cons of remote work for you?
Pros: schedule flexibility, travel flexibility, more focus, better work-life balance, more time from cutting your commute
The biggest pro? “We can travel more, prioritize things that make us happy outside of work, and don’t feel limited with our clients; we can work with people all over the world!”
Cons: struggles with clear communication, feeling isolated/less connected with colleagues, more personal office/tech expenses, 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?
- and.co for our time tracking, invoicing/proposals, and bookkeeping
- TeuxDeux because it’s the best for making lists for all of your to-do’s
- G Suite
What habit allows you to be more productive during the day?
Planning some meals throughout the week, waking up early, checking in with our to do list and goals for each day, putting headphones on to get in the zone, and getting outside each day.
What are the 3 items you can’t live without while working remotely? (If you have a brand you love, please name them!)
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