RED is made up of a diverse group of people pursuing the same goal: helping you help the world. Where do we come from, and what brought us here? Here is your chance to see inside a remote team – what makes us tick?
Max joined the RED team in mid-2018 as a website developer. He is part of RED’s back office team, helping your websites run smoothly and assisting in new website builds.
RED: How did you end up at RED? What attracted you to RED?
I really liked Red Earth Design’s “Our first priority is caring about people” approach. In my past experience as a freelancer, I’ve developed the same mindset, and I think exceeding a client’s expectations on a project is one of the best parts of any job. I’m a people person by nature and it’s inspiring to see the same sentiment expressed by a company.
RED: What are some of your interests outside of work?
Music, computer programming, sociology/psychology, history, board games, hiking/backpacking/camping.
RED: Why is remote work important to you?
The simplest answer is freedom. I think it’s important to have control over your life and I never understood why people tolerated arbitrarily strict working environments. I’ve been working remote for a few years now and I’m not sure if I could go back to an office!
RED: Where do you normally work? Are there other places you like to work?
Right now at home! After I get a good VPN set up, I’m planning to hit more coffee shops. I also might start going to the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and doing some work there (although it just doesn’t seem right paying extra money specifically TO work at an office!). I’m pretty easy-going. Anywhere with a secure internet connection is good. If the weather’s good, I LOVE working outside.
RED: Do you work with music, TV, complete silence, other white noise?
All music, all the time. I hate the sound of silence and try to have something playing constantly. When I really need to focus, I’ll put something instrumental on.
RED: How do you structure your day? What is your most productive time of day?
I try to get all of my personal projects, music, obligations, and errands done in the morning. I like to get up early (early to me is anytime between 7 am and 8am) and knock out everything by 12 pm. With everything finished early, I can focus on work with no distractions and really narrow in on doing a good job. After work I’ll exercise, hit the town, read a book, or take some time to relax with good tunes. If I’m feeling really ambitious then chances are you can find me in one of Nashville’s 24 hour coffee shops/bars working on music, computer programming projects, or blogging (New Years Resolution in the works).
RED: It’s not easy to work remotely. Many find it challenging to stay motivated and miss the communication with coworkers. How do you handle these challenges?
I think the real question is how do you work at an office? I personally find motivation in freedom over my schedule and location. In my opinion one of the benefits to working remotely is that it forces you to leave your house every chance you get. I think it’s easy to get into the habit of going to work and then coming home to recharge. When you work at home you HAVE to leave your house to get some space from work and it forces you to plan social activities, go to events, experience more nightlife, and constantly think of new things to do. I’m a natural introvert and it’s nice to have any motivation at all to get out more.