Rolling Remote

Rolling Remote With Raluca Apostol

Raluca lives and works in Bucharest, Romania, but she connects clients in Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia from her home office. She owns her own marketing agency where she creates and implements marketing strategies for B2B companies, mostly in event marketing. Her job is to increase event attendance, generate leads, and develop her client’s digital presence.

Below, she gets honest about the pros and cons of working remotely and shares photos of the furry coworkers she works with each day.

Quick-fire profile

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

Where are you based? Bucharest, Romania

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In my home office

When are you most productive? Afternoon

Coffee or tea?¬†Cappuccino. Technically still coffee, but with less of that strong taste of coffee I don’t really fancy.

Raluca’s home office setup and decor

What type of chair do you use while at work?

Aeron

Some days puppy snuggles can make all the difference. | Submitted by Raluca Apostol

What features do you like most about your work space?

I would say the best feature of my home office is the two second commute. It snowed all night yesterday, so when I woke up, it was looking lovely, but hard to navigate. I got in my car since I had to run some errands and the announcer asked for people to text about their trip to work that morning. That’s when I thought that yeah, I got up, opened the door from my bedroom and stepped into my office so not too bad, thank you.

Add to this that I can do chores in any down time I get through the day, like starting the washing machine, or cooking something quickly and this means that when work is over, it’s really over. Nothing left to do but enjoy the evening, go to the gym, go out with friends, without having to spare time for life admin stuff or travelling to and from work.

My home office is also as quiet or as loud as I need it to be. If I’m doing something repetitive, I can play music or if I need to focus on something creative, I can shut every noise down, since there are no loud colleagues around.

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

With my S.O., a cat and sometimes a dog, that now lives with my mum but comes to visit.

Remote work pros and cons: Raluca’s take

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

Pros: travel flexibility, more focus, better work-life balance, more time from cutting your commute

Cons: feeling isolated/less connected with colleagues

Kitty love doesn’t hurt either. | Submitted by Raluca Apostol

Working from home tips and tricks

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?

G Suite and Skype

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

Muting my phone so I don’t get any notifications.

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 headphones
  2. My favorite coffee mug
  3. My notebook

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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