In the first in our Remote Life series, we catch up with Kate Kendall CEO and founder of CloudPeeps
What’s the view like from your desk?
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Kate and I am an entrepreneur and writer based in San Francisco. I’m the founder and CEO of CloudPeeps – a marketplace that connects talented marketing, community and content professionals with remote work opportunities. A lot of our customers are smaller companies – who are innovative and pushing the boundaries in their own areas. I also created The Fetch – a global curated city guide that helps professionals find events. Basically I love helping people to discover what they love to do – and have the freedom to do it from anywhere.
Why do you work remotely?
Growing up, I always had this feeling that I never wanted to work in a traditional office. In fact, I became a founder because I feared working set hours in an office cubicle so strongly. I always felt like I could achieve more getting out there and that sitting in an office was a waste of time. Working remotely creates freedom for different working styles, environments and allows people to focus on productivity.
Remote teams are built on trust, communication, output and impact – it’s less about politics or personalities. I’m grateful we’re building on at CloudPeeps.
While there’s a lot of responsibility in managing yourself, health and time, I love remote work because I can concentrate on simply shipping good work wherever I am.
How do you plan your day, do you work a ‘normal’ 9-5?
I start my work day around 8.30am where I catch up on emails from my iPhone and start chatting with my team on Slack. From there, sometimes, I’ll go for a quick morning hike on some of San Francisco’s steep hills, other times, I’ll do a sprint from 9am until 1pm on items that require heavy attention.
I work from my apartment so usually break to then grab lunch and my daily must-have, chai latte. In the afternoon when my energy drops, I tend to schedule any calls or Hangouts. I batch external meetings for Tuesdays, Wednesday or Thursdays so I can stay in the one spot on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Around 5pm, I’ll head for a run if I didn’t get the chance in the morning then eat an early dinner. I hit my creative streak in the evenings so tend to block out 7-9pm for more work. By 11pm, I’m usually in bed and then asleep by 12am.
I’ve also started working Sunday afternoons again as it’s a great time to catch up and prioritize the week ahead.
What is the best and worst thing about the remote life?
One often gets ‘cabin fever’ working from home and sometimes, all the weeks feel the same and roll into one. You can also end up working a lot! Way more than working in-house – but I’m in a bit of a unique situation as a startup founder with investors to please. 🙂
The best thing is that I can do what I love, when I want and from where I want, each day of my life. I get to uncover my own motivations, fears and compatible environments – and dive into the art of self discipline and mastery. It’s definitely like taking ‘the red pill’ but I wouldn’t want it any other way!
What advice would you give someone looking to go remote?
Uncover your deepest values – ask yourself what really drives you? If you value freedom (over say, perceived security), you’ll love remote work.
Create a routine and stick to it. Get out and about daily, exercise lots and stay connected with your friends and family. Have fun! Have self compassion. Develop a solid self awareness and forgive yourself when you’re less productive.