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Helloooo, all you wonderful RemotelyPossible readers! Welcome to another installment of Remote Women Wednesdays!

Today we’re going to hear from Nicole Harriman, an Email Marketing Manager at the fully remote online marketing and brand management company, So2 Digital!

She’s been working remotely for almost a year now, and has lots of great input about remote tech life in a non-engineering role, so without further ado: Nicole!

 

Q. You mentioned that flexibility is your favorite thing about remote work. So what’s a day in the life like?

A. I typically roll out of bed at 7:30 am, deploy some morning emails first thing, and then make breakfast and coffee and get ready for the day. Then I’ll jump into any incoming emails that need to be coded. I make time to answer any questions that come up from other people in the company.

The workload varies from day to day. This gives me the flexibility to go walk the dog, do yoga, complete some chores around the house… Then other days I am glued to the computer working on a slew of incoming emails. I like the flexibility and variance that no two days are the same.

Work ends around 5 pm and I shut down the laptop and make dinner with my husband, walk the dog, or go out and do something fun in Chicago.

Finding a decent balance between work and life is super important to me and my mental health, so even though its hard to ignore those emails that may come in later at night, I remind myself that it can be dealt with in the morning.

 

Q. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced with working remotely? How have you worked to overcome it?

A. Isolation/loneliness for sure. I started working one day a week outside of my home either at a coffee shop, coworking space, hotel lobby, whatever! Something to meet new people and change up my daily routine.

 

Q. What advice would you offer to someone who is just starting to look for remote work? What do you wish you knew when you were applying to remote jobs for the first time?

A. Be mindful that your day will be up to you to get your work done, and set appropriate boundaries and expectations when it comes to work hours. It is easy to be available 24/7, but its not good for your health – setting boundaries and times when you are are and are not available right away will help you be the best you can be for your career and personal life.

 

Q. And any advice you would offer to a woman who is just getting into the tech industry?

A. It is possible, and you can do it! There are so many different roles available now, even if you are not a developer you can find a job that fits your skills within the remote/tech world.

 

Q. Any other awesome stuff we should know about you, or words of wisdom you’d like to contribute?

A. Never quit your day dream! I kept a postcard of this saying up in my office for years while working jobs that were not right for me. It took me 4 years to get the job I am in currently, and while going through the process of looking and interviewing, I needed all the inspiration I could get to make it to where I am today… with a company that truly appreciates the unique set of skills I bring to the table and offers me the flexibility to fulfill my personal and career goals.

 

Alrighty, that’s a wrap! Want to keep up with Nicole? Find her on LinkedIn or her personal website!

Now it’s your turn! Have questions for Nicole? Wish there was something else I asked? Leave a comment or email me!

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