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Remote Worker Profile: Greg Caplan

September 30, 2014 by

What are you working on right now?

Remote Year (www.remoteyear.com) - travel with 100 interesting people for a year while working remotely.  I really wanted to travel for an extended period of time and I was pretty easily able to line up remote work to pay the bills, I ran into problems trying to coordinate friends to come with me.  I love to be surrounded by fun people and would not want to travel alone, so I created Remote Year.

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What’s the biggest challenge of working remotely right now?

I am working partially in an office and partially remotely.  The biggest issue I am running into is cellphone reception.  My work requires many phone calls and cellular has advanced a ton, but just isn’t as reliable as a land line.

How do you choose a spot to work from?

I have three go-to work spots.  One is a tall table at a client, looking out the window on a bustling street.  The second is on my couch with my feet on the coffee table and laptop perched on my lap.  The third is at a desk in my apartment.  Very much a make-shift office space.

What are the most important types of tools you use as a remote worker?

Video, chat and email are the most important tools for communication, but cloud based productivity is HUGE too.  Google Docs enables working from any browser with real-time, in-line collaboration.  I also spend a ton of time in Google Analytics, Facebook Ads, MailChimp and other cloud based dashboards.

What’s the biggest misconception about remote work?

That you are on the couch.  Most of my time is in an office or coffee shop.

Top tips for working remotely?

It’s easy to fill your day with emails and calls, so make sure you block off time for getting actual work done.  Also, it really helps to stick to a daily routine.  I get up every morning at 6:30, eat breakfast and get to work.  Otherwise, it’s easy to sleep in and waste half a day.

Do you think remote employees more productive?

Some people are more productive remote and some people and more productive in a stable office setting.  The people that are more productive remote should be working remotely.

Follow Greg on Twitter @gdcaplan

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