Rolling remote with Gina Ragusa

Gina worked remotely before it was a thing. While everyone else dropped their kids at daycare and slogged to the office in traffic, Gina raised two kids, several dogs, and established herself as a successful freelance writer–all from the comfort of home. Over the years she’s contributed to a variety of news outlets including VICE, Business Insider, Mic, The Cheat SheetCredit Unions Online, and TheStreet.

How, you ask?

She’s got one daily habit that keeps her going.

Puppy snuggles go a long way. | Submitted by Gina Ragusa

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 21 years

Where are you based? Davie, FL and summers in Chilmark, MA

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

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Gina’s home office setup and decor

What features do you like most about your home office or work space?

My lightweight laptop that allows me to chase animals and children.

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

My three dogs make doing interviews interesting! I’ve done interviews in closets or outside when they bark. Thankfully, my husband commutes to work.

Gina’s dogs Fawnna, Lucy, and Alley (L to R) | Submitted by Gina Ragusa

Remote work pros and cons: Gina’s take

What are the biggest pros of remote work for you?

Like a crazy person, I raised two children while working from home without childcare (when they were little). Juggling being a full-time mom and a full-time employee is tough and not for everyone. Working remotely has allowed me to be 100 percent present for my kids from birth through college. It isn’t for everyone, but I’ve loved every minute of being able to be home with them while still having a career.

Now, I have dogs. A lot of dogs.

Florida perks: Not everyone can work poolside in a T-shirt in November. | Submitted by Gina Ragusa

Working from home tips and tricks

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

Running. Every. Single. Day.

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

Just my phone and laptop! I don’t need much!

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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