Rolling Remote

Rolling remote with Patrick Barratt

A central part of Patrick’s #remotelife is his membership at HQ, a co-working space in Raleigh, NC. From there, he clocks in with The Cheat Sheet as the product and operations manager.

Patrick gave us a peek into his benefit-studded co-working space and shared his must-have gear items for working remotely.

A glimpse inside one of HQ’s co-working spaces | Submitted by Patrick Barratt

Quick-fire profile:

How many years have you worked remotely? 1 year

What type of remote worker are you? Full-time employee

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? The HQ co-working space in Raleigh, NC

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

Mac or Windows? Mac

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Patrick tries to stand whenever possible | Submitted by Patrick Barratt

Remote work setup 

What type of desk do you use? 

I use a traditional sitting desk in meeting rooms and try to stand anywhere I can the rest of the day.

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

We have free lunch during the entrepreneur-focused panel talk once a month and a group happy hour the first Friday of the month. At the co-working space, beer is available all day, every day!

Beer on tap is a major plus, especially when the brew is named Shotgun Betty. | Submitted by Patrick Barratt

Remote work pros and cons: Patrick’s take

What are the pros of remote work for you?

Schedule flexibility, travel flexibility, better work-life balance

What are the cons of remote work for you?

Less focus, struggles with clear communication

Working from home tips and tricks

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis that you’d recommend to others?


What habit allows you to be more productive in your day?

Every Monday morning, I set my weekly and daily goals/tasks for the week in Asana. My philosophy is to over-communicate!

Headphones are a must when it’s time to get serious. | Submitted by Patrick Barratt
















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

  1. Bose noise-cancelling headphones for when I really need to get in the zone. I use these in moderation because I don’t want to be too anti-social. Mine are old-school wired, but I’m lusting after these.
  2. My Hydro Flask wide-mouth water bottle is in constant use. I drink an insane amount of water after I’m done with my coffee. KIND Bars throughout the day are also key.
  3. Apica notebook 7×10 in blue.
  4. My Patagonia messenger bag to lug it all around. (Editor’s note: They don’t make this exact bag any more, but this Timbuk2 messenger is similar.)

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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