Rolling remote with Sophie McAulay

Sophie has been working remotely for less than a year, but in that time, she’s covered a lot of ground. Originally from Sydney, she’s travelled around Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, the United States, Turkey, and the Ukraine.

When she’s not exploring new cities around the world, she works as a growth and content strategist for AND CO, the No. 1 freelancing software in the world developed by Fiverr.

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 8 months

Where are you based? I’m from Sydney, but have been on the road for the past eight months, stopping in various cities in Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, the United States, Turkey, and the Ukraine.

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? It depends where I am and how long I’m staying there. I switch between coffee shops, Airbnbs, and coworking spaces.

Have a favorite coffee shop or coworking space?

  1. My favorite coworking space is Kolektif House in Istanbul
  2. I loved working from Buenavida Cafe in Medellin 

When are you most productive? Afternoon

Coffee or tea? Depends on where I am! In Istanbul I became a tea junkie (with a couple of Turkish coffees thrown in for good measure), in Medellin it’d be rude not to drink as much coffee as possible.

A poolside work day in Turkey? Why not? | Submitted by Sophie McAulay

Sophie’s workspace

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

Whatever seat’s available in my local coffee shop or coworking space.

What features do you like most about your work space?

It’s always changing, and the new scenery fuels my creativity and keeps me motivated.

Remote work pros and cons: Sophie’s take

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

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

Cons: struggles with clear communication, feeling isolated/less connected with colleagues

An outdoor coffee shop in Medellin. | Submitted by Sophie McAulay

Working from home tips and tricks

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis?

Slack, Asana, G Suite, and AND CO from Fiverr for invoicing clients, tracking time, and keeping track of my expenses.

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

I work from new locations all the time, which often means planning ahead to find WiFi good enough to do video calls, needing to be able to switch into work mode from anywhere, and making sure I take time off to make the travel worth it.

Making time for non-work activities helps fuel my productivity. When I’ve spent the weekend exploring a new city, enjoyed a morning surf lesson, or took a day off to go on a world-famous hike, I feel refreshed, motivated, and ready to knuckle down at work.

Bagel, smoothie, laptop. All you really need for a productive remote work day. | Submitted by Sophie McAulay

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

  1. Universal power adapters so I can plug in wherever I am
  2. Beats Studio wireless headphones so I can focus wherever I am
  3. My black Herschel backpack that easily transitions from a work bag to a hiking bag for a weekend break

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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