Digital Nomad Profile: Barb Erickson

December 1, 2016
Barb Erickson

Barb Erickson

What do you do professionally?
I’m an executive assistant for 2 real estate agents. I have administrative and social media/marketing duties.
 
How are you able to do this job remotely?
As long as there is wifi and a printer I can do my job anywhere. Generally, my bosses are not in the office so they don’t need me to be in a particular location.
 
What do you love most about your lifestyle?
Flexibility – I can work in different environments for a change of scenery and can shift my hours around when I need to.
I really like not being dependent on other people.
 
Is there anything you don’t like about your lifestyle?
It can be a little lonely by myself sometimes. It is sometimes nice to be in an office where people are bouncing ideas off one another.
 
What do you find most challenging about being location independent?
Not knowing where my bosses are or being able to get hold of them. We’re now sharing calendars and working more effectively.
I’m also still learning a lot of the technical platforms which can be challenging.
 
What tools, equipment and platforms do you use and are you happy with them?

  • Macbook Air
  • Dropbox
  • Microsoft Office
  • Pages/Numbers (Mac)
  • Google Calendar
  • Constant Contact
  • Bespoke Intranet
  • Skype

 
Of all the places you’ve worked remotely, which were your favourite and why?
A hotel resort overlooking an ocean in Parksville, BC
 

Where have you traveled and worked? Where do you plan to travel?
I love tropical hot spots, especially Hawaii.