# The Remote Working Chronicles
Francesco decided to pursue a remote career while in College itself. Passionate about cooking (everything mediterranean), he fell in love with Sicily, when he went there on a summer break, given the access to fresh ingredients for cooking and the gorgeous natural landscape.
Sicily wasn't ideal given he didn't even have internet access, so he moved to Valencia, Spain and has been in love with the city ever since. Francesco strongly believes that to be successful at remote work, you need to have the right attitude and a proper structure (planned and imposed by yourself) to your day or week.
# #2: ex-Google, current Coda architect shares personal remote stories
Al Chen shares his experiences of transitioning from Google to a remote working role. A "data-lover", he stumbled into remote work but has since also fallen in love with working remotely. He surely would like to catch more casual coffees ☕ with his co-workers, though. Do read his story - it is fun, real, and, importantly, very helpful!
# #3: The Cocoa Nomad shares his remote (work) journey over 10+ years
Alondo or (the) Cocoa Nomad takes us through 10 years of his remote (work) journey through building iOS apps, being a maker, podcaster and of course, a digital nomad. Since 2016, he's travelled more than 30 countries and worked as a full-time employee, freelancer and even an entrepreneur. Alondo is also now working on preparing training/ teaching materials to help others become successful in transitioning to remote work.
# #4: Creating modern, pixel-perfect websites while freelancing (remotely)
Silvestar delved into remote working when he worked on his first freelancing project. He has loved almost every aspect of remote ever since. He says finding new freelance gigs in the initial months, was the biggest struggle in his remote career. He is thankful in a way to have gone through this period since it taught him that remote working takes time to master.
# #5: From Denver to Living and Working Remotely across 50 Countries
Reid introduces himself as a Voodoo Sorcerer and is trying to master minimalism. We really loved the way he has articulated his advice: "Very few people are born into an environment that suits them best; some people never realize where they live inhibits their happiness. Zebras don’t belong in zoos and I believe humans don’t belong in offices."
# #6: From a fashion stylist to a digital nomad writer and translator
Fernanda's journey has been no less than a roller coaster ride. Being a fashion stylist, she was tired of the constant back and forth running, being forever ready with outfits and super flexible with sessions' dates, crazy celebrity requests, to name a few.
She switched careers by moving to a writer and translator role with the Remote Year program. She's now settled into a full-time freelance role and continues travelling while working with clients across the world.
# #7: Laura’s journey through product design, travelling & digital nomading
We were quite intrigued when Laura mentioned how remote work has done wonders for her mental health as well.
In her words, "If going through a rough period, this leaves me with two alternatives: begrudgingly drag myself to work, or take sick leave. But remote work has empowered me to focus on work while staying in a more comfortable environment."
Laura has transitioned from an in-office job to leading a group of 40 digital nomads on a year-long trip and finally working a remote job at InVision.
# #8: From being a skeptic to a solid advocate of remote work
Gabriel was born and brought up in Quebec and his primary goal was to work in a field he is passionate about. Only during the interview for V2 Cloud (where he currently works) did he get to know that it would be a fully remote job. After being skeptical initially, Gabriel has come to believe that remote work is a huge perk and in fact, has become a solid advocate himself. He believes being successful at working remotely depends largely on how well you adapt yourself and how disciplined you are.
# #9: From working remotely part-time to building a remote-first company
Boris first ventured into remote work when his manager at Kiloo Games proposed working part-time while pursuing his Master's degree. He soon realised that it was easy to be productive and get things done when working remotely. Boris went on to build his own fully distributed company thereafter.
# #10: Studying psychology to first remote employee to a remote PM
Having lived in Miami, FL her entire life, Irma just wanted to get out and experience a new environment. This was her big push to go remote, wherein she pitched to her bosses on becoming the first remote employee of her company. Irma now works as a remote product manager, a function people are still skeptical of working well in a remote setting.
# #11: A content creator who finds comfort & mental wellbeing in remote work
Candace is a content creator based out of Seattle and realised that she wanted to work from home, in her junior year of college itself. She says she's never felt comfortable in an office setting and needs to be cosy and at ease, to completely focus on work.
# #12: From fighting Atlanta traffic to becoming a remote work evangelist
Chanell, who is a graduate of the University of Georgia, is a remote freelance writer and also a remote work advocate. She says 'I can work at a library, coffee shop, cowork facility, or at home.' Chanell is currently working on an e-book that is meant to help professionals transition from a routine job to working remotely.
# #13: I travelled the world while running my business: 16 countries in 12 months
Melissa Smith is the founder & CEO of the Association of Virtual Assistants and author of two books on the subject. The most interesting thing about her is that she traveled 16 countries in 2017 while working and in effect, switched to remote work consulting post that.