What's your background?
I grew up in a tiny town in Nevada, worked every random job from gold mine's to waitressing before realizing my love for travel and graphic design as I studied abroad in Australia in college.
What led you to investigate remote work and travel programs?
I've wanted to go overseas long term again for almost a year and tend to shy away from making it happen on my own. Knowing I'd be traveling with a group of like-minded people while still being able to meet people outside of the program seemed like the perfect fit.
You've been accepted in Wanderboss and another well known program. Why did you choose Wanderboss?
Though I'd love to travel for a full year I feel like the mentoring and smaller group size would be more beneficial to my businesses long term than the others. The 6 months will also give me a great look into working travel and prepare me to continue on my own for another 6 months if I'd like!
What was the application process like?
Simple, easy! I was able to find all the information I could want on their website and anything else, I was able to ask during my phone interview!
What are you planning to achieve by the end of the 6-month program?
I plan to have a more consistent social media marketing client base that will allow me to schedule my larger design clients out one month in advance so I'm able to have more focus on their project while we work together. I also aim to help 100+ people with my health and wellness company by the end of 2017, at least 75 by the end of the program! And a BEAUTIFUL Instagram, of course.
What are the top three things you're the most looking forward to?
1. Meeting the other remotes!
2. Learning about marketing and design in other countries.
3. Seeing at least 2 new countries, Japan and Thailand.
What do you think will be the most challenging thing on the program/working remote?
Perfecting the work/fun balance. I currently work from home already and keep myself on track, though with all the fun new attractions I'll be around in new countries I'll have to make sure to time block & keep myself on track!
Have you been to any of the three destinations Wanderboss is going to? If yes, what do you think about them?
Well very close, Gold Coast Australia! The people, healthy food options and vitamin d make almost anywhere in Australia feel like home. Plus, it has all the perks of a big city while being right on the ocean!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I plan to be doing well enough in both of my businesses to have paid off my student loans while traveling, be taking my parents on trips abroad and to have given away at least one pair of keys to the car my company will pay for once your business hits a certain level.
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