Do you have a dedicated space to work?

Question: Do you have a dedicated space to work? Read answers from remote workers to learn.

Interview with Mark, a programmer building bespoke business applications

I've tried to work from a variety of places - coffee shop, friend's house, hammock. Ultimately, I keep coming back to my home office. It's really just a nook in our living room, but I've taken great pride & joy in carving it into a "distraction free" zone.

This has included altering the decor, sunlight levels, sound levels and even the direction the desk faces.

Through modifying my workspace, I've discovered the driving factor is distraction reduction.

A good pair of headphones helps muffle anything beyond low background noise, while an ergonomic chair - certified by my physical therapist wife - helps keep my body from aching during long periods of sitting.

Of course, working from home has its own special set of distractions: the refrigerator is only a few feet away, as is the living room (so...Netflix). Managing these other impulses is an on-going challenge and one that I've yet to master.

Mark thinks that avoiding distractions and sticking to regular hours are perhaps the hardest parts of being a freelancer - learn his secrets to achieving a good work flow.

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Interview with John, a full-stack web developer who works remotely

I do have a dedicated space to work, it's my room.

I have an L shaped desk so I can fit my dual monitors and Mac for when I'm working. I develop on my PC and use my Mac to test anything I need to on macOS.

I have some simple blinds so I can let some light in when I need it to feel refreshed.

Finally I have an orthopedic chair because your back is important especially when you sit for so many hours.

John works remotely while using the latest web development technologies, learn how he works by reading his interview.

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Interview with Scott about working remotely for 20 years

I have a dedicated home office upstairs in our house.

When we designed it, we knew it would need to be able to be quiet, so built extra insulation into the walls and ensured it wasn’t a room you had to go through to get somewhere else.

I like that it’s relatively distraction-free, so the most important feature is that it’s quiet. I have a glass-topped desk that I love, and look out over our backyard’s garden and sauna.

I also share my space with our family pet rabbit, Snowball.

Scott is a designer and developer that's been working remotely since 1998, read his interview to learn how he's been successful

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Interview with Nikita, an entrepreneur building a website to learn anything

When I work from home, I do have a dedicated space I work from.

It's a simple desk that only has my macbook (as I found it harder to focus with multiple monitors). And I have a small meal cup with water or tea by my side at all times.

I try to fully focus for 90 minutes and then take small breaks where I can do what I want and even check news that get unblocked for me for that time.

I always put my phone in do not disturb mode as I found ringing notifications the worst offender to productivity. In fact I keep my phone in DND mode throughout the most of the day as I try to practice a more proactive approach to life rather than reactive. In this way the recent features added to iOS 12 were amazing.

For working from home, the desk I use is not currently a standing desk as the ones I did find were quite expensive but in future I would love to use an adjustable standing desk and vary long periods of sitting with standing. I also found myself to be more productive when standing.

Nikita working on his website Learn Anything

Nikita working on his website Learn Anything

Nikita is an entrepreneur working on his startup while optimizing his productivity—learn how he organizes his life and work to maximize happiness

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Interview with Ayesha, a freelance writer that gained early clients through her blog

My work from home isn’t very glamorous, I’m afraid. It’s just my laptop and a notepad. I move around the house, working wherever I feel like.

I do have this fantasy of creating a fancy office in my home, with a work table and a huge wall-to-wall cork board. Some cute office supplies complete the picture.

Ayesha is a freelance content writer—learn how she made the leap to remote work while building her blog and raising her family

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Interview with Chanell, a freelance writer and social media manager

I do not have a dedicated space at the moment. So much of my work is done on my laptop, and I do not need any extra equipment such as papers, large monitors, printers, or additional hardware. Therefore, I do not have a need for a significant amount of space.

I usually work on the coffee desk in my living room or basement. It is funny because I created a desk space in my bedroom for this exact thing. Ironically, I am more comfortable elsewhere.

I have worked at coffee shops here in Metro Atlanta, and each experience has been pretty good. I have a friend who also works from home, and we have set up co-working days where we meet up to work at a coffee shop at least once a month.

We use this as an opportunity to try new local coffee spots and catch up while we work.

When I first turned to remote work, I felt a bit isolated and overwhelmed. I did not think I would feel this way, but visiting coffee shops in the beginning really helped. It was comforting to see a lot of other remote workers doing the same thing I was. It helped to settle me down so I could get into my current rhythm.

Now, I do not attend coffee shops as much for two reasons. The first is because the closest coffee shop that is large enough to house remote workers is a bit further than I am willing to drive (I live in the suburbs), and the ones I prefer fill up pretty quickly.

However, I think visiting coffee shops to work are a great alternative, and something I am going to continue to do with my friend.

The second reason is that traffic is not the greatest here (one of the main reasons I left my job) so traveling to a lot of different areas to work defeats one of my original purposes for doing this. As I develop my business further, I do see the value in going to places where other professionals are so I can network.

Chanell is a freelance writer working from Atlanta that writes about business management tips and video game entertainment threads.

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Interview with Mike, a software engineer who works remotely at GitHub

While I've had a home of my own I've always tried to have one room as a dedicated office.

I'm not too strict about not going into my office in the evenings and I find it easier to have my perfect setup in one place where there are no distractions from the outside work.

Also: being able to use speakers instead of headphones is bliss!

Home office of Mike McQuaid

Home office of Mike McQuaid

Mike got started with remote work after getting an offer from his dream organisation. Learn how he works remotely while working on open source projects and publishing books.

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Interview with Adam, a UX engineer building his own consulting company

Yes, I work from home in a dedicated office space we have in our house. I also have a desk at a co-working space downtown where I hold office hours for the shared startups.

For the office hours I simply work out of the space and if any portfolio companies have short questions I help them out.

This is a great way to not only connect with the local community, but has helped me source some deals to keep my business going strong.

Learn how Adam started working remotely from a cold-email on Hacker News, to how he's using a local co-working space to grow his business.

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Interview with Igor Kulman, a software engineer building iOS apps remotely

I have a separate room in my current apartment that is used as my home office. It is totally minimalist, with just a standing desk, chair, and a cabinet. I use the NASA Space Tourism posters to decorate my walls not to have the room totally plain.

An example of the NASA 'Visions of the Future' image collection.

An example of the NASA 'Visions of the Future' image collection.

I never tried working from a coffee shop, I am not really a coffee shop person (I do not even drink coffee) and I absolutely hate noise.

Igor converted a part-time contract into a full-time remote software engineering job—learn how he did it and his tips for working remotely.

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Interview with Deb, a sales copywriter who transitioned from software development

Yes, I do, a study desk on one side of my bedroom currently. I do have plans to rent a separate workspace sometime in the medium-term future. The reason is that at times, my bed proves to be too alluring and I find myself taking naps which can be counter-productive at times.

Deb made the jump from full-time software developer to freelance sales copywriter—learn how he made the transition.

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