Rolling remote with Jessica Wick

Like most freelancers, Jessica knows all about multitasking. A freelance writer and content strategist, she manages several clients including a long-term contract with Only In Your State and a gig interviewing Days of our Lives stars (see photo above), but still makes time for frequent family excursions. To make it all work, she says, “I have been known to work quite a bit from the passenger seat of our Nissan Rogue. With my husband behind the wheel, I can usually knock out an article or two on our road trip and arrive at the destination ready for fun!”

When she’s not working from home, the car, or interviewing soap stars, she heads to her favorite neighborhood coffee shop, C&P Coffee Company.

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? Off and on for about 9 years.

Where are you based? Seattle

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In my home office, a coffee shop, or on the road!

Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Night owl

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Jessica’s colorful home office | Submitted by Jessica Wick

Jessica’s home office setup and decor

What type of desk and chair do you use while at work?

Traditional sitting desk and an Aeron chair.

What features do you like most about your work space? 

The best and the worst feature of my home office is that it’s in my kitchen! Other than that, I love my bright pink chair. It adds so much character to my space.

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

When I’m at home or traveling, I’m usually with my husband and our 4-year-old daughter. She’s a beautiful distraction, so sometimes I head to the coffee shop when I really need to focus.

Remote work pros and cons: Jessica’s take

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

Pros: schedule flexibility, more time from cutting your commute, travel flexibility, less stressful work environment, fewer transportation/work expenses

Cons: worse work-life balance, struggles with clear communication

Managing work and being a mother is part of Jessica’s day-to-day reality. | Submitted by Jessica Wick

Working from home tips and tricks

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?

Slack and Skype

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

Writing out my weekly tasks every Sunday and then creating a daily schedule helps me stay on task and meet deadlines.

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

  1. My MacBook Air
  2. My iPhone 6s (I’ve used it as a hot spot on many road trips)
  3. A good time tracker app like Toptracker.
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