Hello from my comfy bed, welcome to the Moonlight blog! I am wearing the same yoga pants for the third day in a row and my kitten, Penelope, is napping on my lap. It might sound like I am lounging around on a Saturday morning to you, but here’s the catch, I am actually working from home!
This summer, I am an interning for Moonlight, which means I will reporting from this office (my bedroom), writing for the Moonlight blog and managing social media. Today, I will be sharing eight tips and tools that have helped me transition into working from wherever I want:
1. Communicate often
Are you worried that as a remote worker, you won’t be able to ask all of your questions and take up all of the time during weekly office meetings? Do not fear, using Slack will give you plenty of opportunities to annoy your coworkers! Ask the same questions as much as you want and put all of those GIF’s you’ve saved to good use! Learn more Slack tips here.
2. Be your own legal and banking team
Going to the bank and the post office has now become a complete waste of time. You can set up direct depositing with Payable and sign all of your documents electronically with HelloSign. These tools don’t require you to interact with real people or cut into your precious Game of Thrones viewing time.
3. Plan collaboratively and online
If you think Pinterest only serves inspiration for crafty homebodies you may be surprised to learn that it is a helpful tool for remote workers and entrepreneurs and not just filled with inspirational quotes like “live, laugh, love.” Check out this board if you are new to the “Digital Nomad Lifestyle.” At Moonlight, I use it to curate social media ideas and inspiration for best practices.
4. Automate your work
Schedule your tweets at the beginning of the week using Tweetdeck. Scheduling tweets all in one sitting makes it easier to focus on other tasks instead of remembering when and what to tweet every day. We use Tweetdeck for social media, Zapier for integrations, Slack for internal communications and MailChimp for community emails.
5. Create your internal memory
Instead of spending hours filling important documents, Moonlight uses Slab for document collaboration, sharing, and publishing. It’s helped me as a new employee to store information like passwords and usernames to social media accounts so I don’t have to memorize all of them at once. I also see documentation on how we do internal processes, which is much easier than learning it all myself.
6. Motivate yourself and stick to a schedule
The hardest part about working from home? Actually working! Get off of Instagram and log out of your Netflix account. Start your day early with some light reading or exercise, this way you will start your day off on a productive note and you will be ready to work. Check out more tips for remote working here and learn how to find your own morning routine here.
7. Make your own office vibe
One of my favorite parts about working remotely is that I don’t have to commit to working in a dull office space. Everyone has different working styles, if you haven’t discovered yours yet, experiment! Try working at local coffee shops or if you’re like me, find a quiet and peaceful place like your own bed to get things done.
8. Ask for constant feedback
Some of your coworkers might be miles away from you or in a different time zone (my coworkers are currently exploring Mexico City 🌵). Think of communicating with your team like you would in a long distance relationship. Because you don’t see them in person, become the overly attached, yet empathetic significant other you’ve always wanted to be. Ask the same questions twice and send messages often!
Penelope and I are excited to be sharing our pet-friendly and comfy office with all of you fellow moonlighters this next month! Thank you for being a part of the Moonlight community and stay tuned until next week for another post.