Rolling remote with Melanie Walker

Melanie runs her own online CBD business, which allows her to make a living while traveling the world. To date, she’s been traveling for over 2 1/2 years, visiting places like Chile, Canada, and Bali.

“I’ve seen so many amazing places, and my bucket list is still getting bigger and bigger. But the amazing thing is that I can keep traveling, as I can take my work with me,” says Melanie. “It’s incredible to be able to work from all over the world, whenever I want, for as many hours as I want.”

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 1 1/2 years

Where are you based? Western Australia

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? I work all over the place! Coffeeshops, beach huts, at the airport…

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

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Melanie’s workspace

What type of desk and chair do you use?

Whatever’s available in my local coffee shop/coworking space

What features do you like most about your work space?

I don’t have my own home office as I’ve been traveling for 2 1/2 years now, but I can definitely brag about the fact that it’s incredible to be able to work from all over the world, whenever I want, for as many hours as I want. I am my own boss!

Melanie getting in some work between pool time. | Submitted by Melanie Walker

Remote work pros and cons: Melanie’s take

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

Pros: schedule flexibility, travel flexibility, better work-life balance, more time from cutting your commute, better work culture, less stressful work environment

Cons: less focus

Working remotely 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?

Plan, plan, plan! Every Sunday I write down my plan for the week. If I don’t do this, I pretty much don’t know what I need to do and it gets messy! Making a plan helps me get everything done in time and allows me to reach my goals.

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