Remote Workers Interview #2 - Yolixtly Anderson

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Please introduce yourself briefly to our community.

Hi, my name is Yolixtly Anderson. I am a Mexican software engineer living in Orlando Florida and traveling around the world. As I write this blog post, I am on my way to Osaka Japan, where I will be exploring while working part time on my freelance projects for 3 amazing weeks!

What are your main reasons for joining Remote Workers?

I’ve been a world travel ever since 2013. I’ve visited 14 countries and live in 4: China, India, Mexico and the US. I am what people call a digital nomad. Many of us, choose this path but in my personal case, this nomad life choose me.

When, how and why did you start working remotely?

Two years after I moved to the US in 2014, I switched careers to programming because as a wife of a nomad (literally!), I needed the flexibility to pack and go without missing out the opportunity to have professional growth and a good income.

My first year in the tech industry, I worked for a startup company based in Harrisburg PA. I started working as a full time on site engineer (the first woman engineer in the team). My first experiences working remotely, where the mandatory “work from home” snowy days.

A year passed by, and my husband got a new job, but it was all the way down in Florida. It was time to make my move and requested to become a remote engineer. My boss said yes and I worked for them in a remote bases for about 6 months.

After working for a short time as a contractor for Universal Studios Orlando, I got my first gig thanks to networking. This was the start of a new chapter in my career and the reason why I learned to code: Freelancing full time!

Where do you usually work from?

Learning my way into this remote lifestyle, has not been a straight path and mainly has been because of the lack of human contact. Initially it was a struggle and an emotional drag.

For a minute, I thought remote was not my thing. But yet again new amazing opportunities kept presenting (programming skills are in huge demand), I decided to capitalize from my first experience, focusing on the opportunities that challenges really bring along.

That being said, I mostly work from home, where I have a designated space exclusive for work. Since I love exploring new places in the city, I frequently go to new coffee shops which has contribute to truthfully enjoy my remote lifestyle. Not only I meet and see new people everyday but from time to time I find prospect clients! (So far I have not concrete a client in this manner but the point is practicing networking everywhere I go).

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Do you also travel while working remotely? What are your favourite cities?

The short answer is yes, the reality is I am just starting to really experience that “work from anywhere” perk of my remote life. Orlando is vacation land yes I love to explore this city. Right now I am on my way to Osaka Japan, and later this year I will be in Beijing!

In your opinion, what are the biggest benefits & biggest challenges of working remotely?

In my personal experience, the lack of human contact has been the biggest challenge. Recently, I read the “4 hour work week” book by Timothy Ferris, and a funny big truth was mentioned: “People stay in their onsite jobs (that may not even enjoy) because of the people they work with.”

Like I mentioned before, It is an everyday choice what we do with these challenges, see the true opportunities that they bring or struggle.

The biggest benefit is: Freedom. Once you go remote, you get to choose from where and when to work. It must certainly not compromise deliverables nor quality but learning our own tricks and finding our routine is what makes this remote journey so magical.

Saving time not commuting, is also a big benefit. The challenge is deciding what to do with those extra 10h a week: sleep more, go to the gym, learn something new. Overall, all positive options!

Are there any tools do you use on daily basis?

Yes, since I work in hourly basis, Freshbooks is the best software I’ve tried so far to accurately track my work. And the benefits of time tracking are multiple, from accurate billing hours for you and your client, to increased productivity. The user experience both desktop and mobile is incredible and well synchronized.

As a software engineer, I also practice the Agile methodology for which I use Asana, Jira software along with Trello Boards.

When working remotely you have to be in charge of your day and honor the hours you said you will be working, Google calendar is my solution!

How do you stay motivated and focused during the day?

Using the tools above are the big players when it comes to focus time! Usually I set blocks of time for about 1.5 to 2.5h at a time and always have a 30 min break in between.

This strategy, also helps me his helps me staying motivated by focusing on the immediate next task to complete. My break is my reward!

How do you make sure you switch off from work?

Google Calendar. Honoring my starting and my end chunks of work has been of great help! This however, is a work in progress but I am already seeing the results of this trick.

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What advice would you give remote beginners that are planning & looking how to start working remotely?

Make sure you are emotionally prepared for it. Remote lifestyle is the new thing, but with it a huge sense of personal and professional responsibility comes along. No one is watching you, you need to motivate yourself.

My advice is to identify what possible case scenarios could derail you in a given day or by the end of the week when your motivation starts to wear off.. And prepare in advance.

For example: If you know that by Fridays you are tired and may not make up your 8h, then make them up in advance.

Has your remote job impacted your life outside of work?

Absolutely! 2 years into the field, I am living my dream life!

I am exercising more these days, I have more time to cook at home which saves a lot of money. My expenses in general have gone down, I do not have to pay gasoline or parking, nor expensive and unhealthy lunches!

But most importantly, I get to be with my family and with my husband, whom are my priority! Last year for example, I went to Mexico and Albuquerque twice each, to visit family. Right now I am on my way to Japan to meet with my husband who is working there for 5 weeks.

How do you cope with feeling lonely while working remotely?

Believe it or not, social Media! I have found a community of like minded people, and through it, I do frequent #virtualCoffees to talk about industry related topics.

Meetups, I attend a lot of meetups in town and always looking to find more remote workers so we can work together on a given day (yet to happen!)

Take advantage of working remotely and go out and explore!

Would you ever consider returning to a traditional job?

I would not mind but it must be a great cultural environment. However, as I said earlier this nomad life has chosen me, so instead I am looking forward to get my next gig and pursue a freelance solid career!

Remote Workers Interview #1 - Lauren Prater

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Please introduce yourself briefly to our community.

Hi Remote Workers! My name is Lauren and I am currently based out of Central California in the United States! Outside of work I enjoy hiking, camping, and being outdoors. I am a dog LOVER and my pup, Rory, keeps me busy most of the time. I am a big foodie so I love trying new foods, beers, and wines in the new places that I visit. I love to travel and explore new cities and I appreciate that remote work allows me to do so.

What are your main reasons for joining Remote Workers?

The main reason I joined the Remote Workers community is to find like-minded professionals who have the same passionate, creative, and nomadic lifestyles and personalities that I do!

When, how and why did you start working remotely?

Although I have been working remote on and off for a few years, I officially began my full-time remote career nine months ago. I had always been drawn toward remote work because of the flexible lifestyle, but I also knew that I produced my best work when I was able to cultivate my own work space and schedule, therefore I pursued a remote career. I started off by taking on remote projects here and there before jumping into a remote role full-time and eventually to freelancing, which is what I do now.

Where do you usually work from?

It's hard to say where I 'usually' work from - but I would say 75% of my time is spent in my office (or on the couch, or dining room table) in my home in Central California. The rest of the time is shared between coffee shops, cafes or breweries here in California, or wherever we are traveling; the coast of California, Washington State, or beyond!

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What kind of hours do you keep for work?

I tend to prefer working from about 8:30 or 9:00 AM until 3:00 or 4:00 PM with an hour or two break in the middle of the day for lunch and a workout, then I will work later in the evening if I have anything to follow up on. I am definitely more of a night owl than a morning person :)

Do you also travel while working remotely? What are your favourite cities?

I do travel while working remotely. I would not consider myself nomadic, as I am based out of my home in Central California, but we travel often. In the next couple months I am off to Paris, Amsterdam and Costa Rica!

In your opinion, what are the biggest benefits & biggest challenges of working remotely?

I would say the biggest benefits of working remotely is the flexible lifestyle. I am not locked-in to a schedule from 8-5 - I can workout at any point in the day, I can walk my dog or take her to the park, I can run errands or make appointments without worrying about a schedule. I can also be anywhere in the world, any day of the week, which is a very freeing feeling. I can cultivate my own work space, which may be the biggest benefit. I wasn't the type of person that liked working in a cut-and-dry office, I need to be able to move and work from difference spaces and play music and do anything that will help me produce my best work - and remote work allows me to do just that.

The biggest challenge that I have faced thus far is planning my day and staying on track. Working remote, I love to be able to take on many projects and act on many ideas, but I often struggle to organize my brain enough to focus on each project individually without trying to do it all at once.

Are there any tools do you use on daily basis?

I use Asana and my Google Drive religiously. Other than that, I am experimenting with a few others but I don't use anything else regularly yet.

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How do you stay motivated and focused during the day?

I make it a point to separate my work from my personal life. I try to stay off of personal social media accounts/websites (which is difficult) but I make it a priority to do so, so that I can focus while I am working then turn off work when I am done. I also make lists for everything. I make to-do lists for every 2-3 hours, each day, and each week to ensure I am getting everything done efficiently.

How do you make sure you switch off from work?

I have to physically leave the space I was working in. If I am working in my office, I physically leave the office once I am done working. If I am working on the couch or in the living room, I physically leave the house; go for a walk, take the dog to the park, anything that will physically switch my mindset from work to play.

What advice would you give remote beginners that are planning & looking how to start working remotely?

Say yes to everything. Even when I wasn't working remote full-time I was taking on remote projects, I was helping out friends and family for free in my respective industry, I was seeking out opportunities that would help build my portfolio and give me leverage to pursue a remote career. If you're beginning your remote journey - define your goals, visualize your future and then set a road map for yourself to get there. Say yes to new opportunities and prioritize your happiness every step of the way.

Has your remote job impacted your life outside of work?

Having the opportunity to pursue my remote lifestyle has 100% improved my life outside of work. Mentally, I am focused. I get to pick and choose what I do and when I do it, meaning I ensure I have the mental space for it before it happens. Emotionally, I am happy. I am not stressed (usually), I can plan and schedule my life according to my own preferences and I can make sure I have time for the things that bring me joy. In the winter time I get to take advantage of the daylight and play outside during the workday then work in the evening when it's dark out - it's surprising what something so simple can do for you emotionally. Physically, I have the time and energy to workout and focus on my physical health. As I mentioned before, I am not a super early morning person. I prefer to wake up around 6:30 or 7:00am and before I worked remote, I was having to rush off to work as soon as I woke up. Now, I can wake up, drink coffee, and have time to relax and wake up before I start my day. If that's not a BONUS, I don't know what is.

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How do you cope with feeling lonely while working remotely?

I am a SUPER social person so I was worried about this when I started working remote. But, surprisingly, I haven't felt lonely at all. Working remote allows me to not be socially exhausted at the end of the day and week, meaning I have the social energy to spend more time with my friends and family, to attend events and social gatherings, and to interact with new people! Also, groups such as Remote Workers allows me to interact with other people from around the world who are in a similar situation to mine, which makes everyone feel a little bit more connected.

Would you ever consider returning to a traditional job?

My instinct says NO WAY. I am in love with my remote lifestyle and I produce my best work when working in this environment so I don't see myself going back. That could change in the future but for now, I am happy as can be as a remote worker.

Anything else that you would like to say to our community?

Thank you for the opportunity to share my story. I look forward to learning about all of you!

The Best Products for Remote Workers & Travelers

Whether you are a remote working professional, digital nomad or a freelancer, here are few handy things that you might find useful for your travels. This is our selection of top products for #RemoteWorkers, enjoy and if you come across something useful to add to the list, don't forget to share at our Remote Workers Facebook group.

 

Travel Pillow

Travel Pillow

Enough of pain in the neck. Travel pillow is useful not only on the planes, try to use it and while completing projects and tasks in the working space.

 

Credit Card size charger

Wallet Size Portable Charger

Forget about big portable chargers that you need to carry in your backpack or a purse. Just put one in the wallet and carry it around. You never know when you might need it.

 

No-Jet-Lag

NO-JET-LAG Pills

Helps to alleviate body stress and fatigue due to disruptions in the body’s natural clock rhythm. 

 

The original Bobby Anti-theft backpack by XD Design

The original Bobby Anti-theft backpack

Bobby Anti-Theft backpack features cut-proof design, hidden zipper and secret pockets; Integrated USB; Charging port; Shockproof storage Design; illuminating safety strips; Water repellent fabric.

 

Luggage Scale

Luggage Scale

Camry Digital Luggage Scale provides ultra precision to ensure accurate weighing. At only 3.2 ounces, this scale is easy use and convenient to pack along on your trip.

 

International Travel SIM Card

International SIM Card

Excellent mobile coverage in 200 countries, across 500 networks.

 

Packing Cubes

Packing Cubes

Organise your entire suitcase and forget about searching for some stuff for ages.

 

noise-cancelling earplugs

Noise-cancelling Earplugs

Reduce damaging decibel levels and protect your ears while in noisy areas. They offer superior hearing protection when attending music concerts, sporting events, dance clubs, and much more.

 

Travel Router

Travel Router

The Satechi Smart Travel Router / Travel Adapter with USB Port adapts to fit into four of the most common plug configurations used around the world and features four different modes for your wireless networking needs. Two options provide charge your device: an AC power port and a USB port. This compact adapter is convenient for charging smartphones, laptops, music players, cameras, e-readers, handheld game consoles, tablets, and other devices all around the world.

 

10 Inspirational Quotes about Remote Work & Remote Teams

'In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.' - Mark Sanborn - Author & Keynote speaker

Communication is really the paramount to building successful remote teams. 10 inspiring quotes from remote workers, industry leaders and influencers. Read and learn lessons from 7 people that have long embraced remote work.

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Cali Williams Yost – CEO and Founder of Flex+Strategy Group and Work+Life Fit
 

'Telecommuting, one of many forms of work-life flexibility, should no longer be viewed as a nice-to-have, optional perk mostly used by working moms. These common stereotypes don’t match reality—allowing employees to work remotely is a core business strategy today… We need to de-parent, de-gender, and de-age the perception of the flexible.'
 

John C Maxwell – Christian Author & Speaker on Leadership

'To collaborative team members, completing one another is more important than competing with one another.'

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Michelle Obama, Ex First Lady of USA

'Women are working more, men are understanding their value as caregivers, women are primary breadwinners—I mean, we could go on and on and on. Things are different. So we can’t keep operating like everything is the same, and that’s what many of us have done. And I think it’s up to us to change the conversation.'
 

David Heinemeier Hansson – Author (Remote: Office Not Required)

'Workers at 37signals needn’t ask permission to go on vacation or specify how much time they’ll take.  We tell them:  just be reasonable, put it on the calendar, and coordinate with your coworkers. If you let them, humans have an amazing power to live up to your high expectations of reasonableness and responsibility.'
 

Richard Branson – Founder & CEO of Virgin

'We like to give people the freedom to work where they want, safe in the knowledge that they have the drive and expertise to perform excellently, whether they are at their desk or in their kitchen. Yours truly has never worked out of an office, and never will.'
 

Jason Fried – Office Not Required author

'As Sir Richard Branson commented in his ode to working remotely: “To successfully work with other people, you have to trust each other. A big part of this is trusting people to get their work done wherever they are, without supervision.”fn3'

'Forcing everyone into the office every day is an organizational SPoF.' 

'One of the secret benefits of using remote workers is that the work itself becomes the yardstick to judge someone's performance.'

 

For more inspiration, follow #RemoteWorkers on Social Media.

#RemoteFriendly Tenerife E05 - Café Mundial

When we arrived in La Laguna, we thought that because of the university, it will be an easy task to find some RemoteFriendly Café full of students, freelancers and nomads. Once again we were wrong!

After half of a day visiting different places that we got recommendations for, we found this interesting spot right next to the Catedral de la Laguna and we were in love right after we have entered.

Location: 
Calle Bencomo, 32
38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna,
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

 

 

 

 

Opening hours:
10:00 – 22:00

Website:
Café Mundial facebook page

Location Review:

1. Connectivity - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

We have found fast internet in Café Mundial with 30Mbps download and 15Mbps upload which is very solid by our standards.

 

2. Beverages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Café Mundial has very nice selection of vegan quiches and lasagnas and also traditional snacks and drink which made our work session very pleasant.

 

3. Coffee Quality - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

We had a really delicious Cafe con leche here which gave us no other option than to rank this with 5 stars.

 

4. Value for the Price - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Since Café Mundial is in central location, prices here are very fair.

 

5. Staff - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Staff here spoke English just fine and was very friendly and helpful. Great job guys!

 

6. Opening hours - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Café Mundial opens at 10am and closes at 10pm which is good for most but might be problematic for some early morning birds.

 

7. Networking - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

While the Café is not Close to any coworking, we have met few students and freelencers working from here which makes it a good spot for networking.

 

8. Atmospehre - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The atmosphere in Mondial is very friendly and relaxed. It is a great space even for more focus requiring tasks or reading.

 

9. Power plugs - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

There are power plugs available close to the most of the sitting places inside but it is not so bright on the terrace.

10. Comfort - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

While the variability of spaces is very good, a lot of tables inside is very small and some sitting places are not very ergonomic. We really liked the green sofa!

 

#Remotefriendly Ranking - 💻 💻 💻 💻 

Cafe Mundial is a very nice addition to a typical city cafes in La Laguna. It is vegan friendly, have a nice calm atmosphere, great internet connection and also central location. We have visited quite a few cafes during our research but this was the only one where we blend in right away. 

 

#BONUS: Vegan! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It is a little bit tricky to find a proper vegan food in Tenerife so this might definitely cheer up some of you guys!

#RemoteFriendly Tenerife E04 - Manfred's souls cafe

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While wandering through the southern part of the island we had a little time of the problems to find a good spot for remote workers that would not be overwhelmed by commercialism but then we got to El Médano near a famous kitesurfing beach and finally found a suitable place for a RemoteFriendly badge. Hurray!

While the main beach area is full of TouristFriendly places, we decided to look further near the harbor and luckily found Manfred’s Soul Cafe. We were welcomed by loose reggae vibes, cool staff and hippy interior painted by well known local artist Simona Peres.

Location: 
Av. José Miguel Galván Bello, 10,
38612 El Médano,
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

 

 

 

 

Opening hours:
9:00 – 02:30

Website:

Manfreds soul facebook page

Location Review:

1. Connectivity - ⭐⭐⭐

Since we have measured just 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload, this place is not very suitable for any speed demanding tasks but worked fine for skype calls.

 

2. Beverages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Beverages selection was fine here, started with quite cheap bacadillos and ended with fine american burgers. Drink selection was also great!

 

3. Coffee Quality - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Espresso and café con leche was great but we had even better.

 

4. Value for the Price - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Considering that we were in the main tourist area the prices were very fair.

 

5. Staff - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

FGuys here were exactly like you would expect from the hippy place, relaxed and friendly and spoke english well.

 

6. Opening hours - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The opening hours are amazing. You can come early in the morning and leave early in the morning next day.

 

7. Networking - ⭐⭐⭐

Not many opportunities for networking here. You can meet some artist and surfers here but we haven't met any RemoteWorkers.

 

8. Atmospehre - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The relaxed atmosphere with El Médano beach views is great for some light work but not so great for deep work.

 

9. Power plugs - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

we really appreciate that. However there could be more of them.

 

10. Comfort - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

There is good variety of sitting spots but lot of them is ``beach style design`` that is not so comfortable for longer work session.

#Remotefriendly Ranking - 💻 💻 💻 💻 

If you are in the area and look for a spot to work from or just want to grab a snack and write couple of emails after kitesurfing session, this is definitely a place to visit. Great vibe, relaxed atmosphere and acceptable wifi connection makes Manfred's Cafe approved RemoteFriendly location.

 

#BONUS: Kitesurfing! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
El Médano is a famous kitesurfing spot and it is always great to find some time for a good sport during your workday.

#RemoteFriendly Tenerife E03 - FU Cafe at Puerto de la Cruz

The Café is a part of FU International Academy language school so it is also a great place to meet some expats who come here to learn Spanish. Besides a couple of tables inside there are two shaded terraces outside so there is always plenty of space to choose from.

Location: 
Centro Comercial La Cúpula, Planta 1, Terraza
38400 Puerto de la Cruz,
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

 

 

 

 

Opening hours:
8:00 – 22:00

Website:
FU Cafe facebook page

Location Review:

1. Connectivity - ⭐⭐⭐

We were quite dissapointed about the connection here. We measured 7.5Mbps download, 1Mbps upload and connection drops on couple of times.

 

2. Beverages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

U Café have very good selection of foods, sandwiches and drinks and we were very happy with the taste as well.

 

3. Coffee Quality - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Both our espresso and black tea were very good and strong.

 

4. Value for the Price - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Since FU Cafe is quite far from main tourist area, prices here are very fair.

 

5. Staff - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

FU Café staff is very friendly and welcoming but none of them spoke English which came as quite surprise since we were next to language schools.

 

6. Opening hours - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

FU Café opens early in the morning and closes late in the afternoon which is great! You can easily spend the whole day here.

 

7. Networking - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Networking opportunities are flawless here. You will meet a lot of people from coworking here and also expats from the language school which makes this place number one for meeting new people.

 

8. Atmospehre - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

FU Café has great international vibe which is great for work but during the late afternoon it gets quite busy since there is a playground that gets filled with kids from kindergarden.

 

9. Power plugs - ⭐⭐⭐

Situation with power plugs is quite bad here as well. There are only 2 plugs available in the middle of the room and 2 other on the side. No plugs are available in the outside.

10. Comfort - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Chairs and tables are reasonably comfortable both inside and outside but it would be great to have more variability and also more sofas and armchairs.

 

#Remotefriendly Ranking - 💻 💻 💻 💻 

FU Café could use quite a few improvements to become truly a RemoteFriendly location. We really like the international atmosphere with nomads and expats mingling around but the internet connection and plugs availability was quite bad. Furniture would also deserve some upgrade to become more friendly to work from. However FU Cafe still is a very good option for RemoteWorkers staying in northern Tenerife.

 

#BONUS: Coworking! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
If you plan to stay for longer, definitely give a go to Coworking in the Sun - with their super-fast internet and great community it is a unique RemoteFriendly place that substitutes all the downsides of FU Café.

#RemoteFriendly Tenerife E02 - Andana at Puerto de la Cruz

Although it might seems that we pick locations in alphabetical order, it is just a plain coincidence. We discovered Andana while we were wandering on the Playa Jardin and we were hooked right away. It was exactly the kind of place that we imagined ourselves working from where we started working remotely.

Andana beach club is located right next to the beach and it is a typical seaside club. Cosy exterior lounge sofas shaded by canopies and tall palm trees. Long exterior bar, plenty of space and fresh seaside air. Who would possibly want to stay inside the city, when you can work from such a place.

Location: 
Avenida Francisco Afonso Carrillo S/N
38400 Puerto de la Cruz,
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

 

 

Opening hours:
12:00 – 22:00

Website:
Andana Facebook page

Location Review:

1. Connectivity - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

We had absolutely no problem with the wifi connection here. Worked fine both inside and outside!

 

2. Beverages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Andana is also a restaurant so you can choose from variety of foods here! We loved their burger and paella. They also have a long list of drinks and cocktails!

 

3. Coffee Quality - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

We tried Café con leche and standard espresso and they were both very good.

 

4. Value for the Price - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Since Andana is right on the beach, prices here are a little bit higher then in other places in Puerto. Staying here all day long will be a bit more expensive but worth it anyway.

 

5. Staff - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Folks in Andana were very friendly and happy that we chose their place for our review. True professionals!

 

6. Opening hours - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Andana opens at 12am so you can not come for your morning work session here. It stays open till late night but might not be the best place for focus intensive tasks later in the afternoon - you know, it is a beach club!

 

7. Networking - ⭐⭐

Sadly we did not meet any other nomads or expats here during our visits but we hope that it will change quickly after this review.

 

8. Atmospehre - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The atmosphere here is perfect for work during the day. Light seaside breeze, chillout tunes, fresh cocktail in your hand. This is how remote work is supposed to look like!

 

9. Power plugs - ⭐⭐

Power plugs strikes again! Such a pitty that you can connect to a charger only inside of the restaurant. Who want's to sit inside when it is so nice outside?

 

10. Comfort - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lounge sofas outside are really comfortable for light work but you can also switch to standard table when you need to focus more. There are plenty of options here so you will find the right one for you for sure.

 

#Remotefriendly Ranking - 💻 💻 💻 💻 

Although Andana did not pass with full stars in every catagory, it is quite a unique place. Compared to other clubs on lets say Playa Martianez, this one is much more calm and welcoming. It is not a ultimate greatest single place for RemoteWorkers, but when you looking for a place to work near the beach, this one is a best we know of arround Puerlo de la Cruz. It visualize the spirit of remote office like we had in our dreams and it is just a great place to work from. We can really imagine that Andana will become much more popular among digital nomads in a near future. We love it already!

#RemoteFriendly Tenerife E01 - Agorá at Puerto de la Cruz

Picking a location for the first ever episode of #RemoteFriendly series by Remote Workers was definitely a big thing. The place we pick will be the first ever forever, right? We desperately wanted the first choice to be the right one and that’s why we asked people who will know best – members of the Tenerife Digital Nomads and Remote Workers groups on Facebook. Thanks to great remote community, we had splendid recommendation in just few minutes and were ready for the trip straight away!

Agorá is a bit hidden from the main tourist area which made us fall in love with the place right on the arrival. It is located on the small picturesque square with dozen of tables in front of the café and during our visit even with live guitar music which made the atmosphere of the square even better. We tried working from both interior and exterior table and you can find our sum up bellow!

Location: 
Calle Pérez Galdós, 6,
38400 Puerto de la Cruz,
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

 

Opening hours:
10:00 – 00:30

Website:
Agorá Facebook page

Location Review:

1. Connectivity - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wifi signal was very strong and stable with quite great speed (30mbps down and 10mbps up). Connecting was very easy since passwords was written on a blackboard. Just great!

 

2. Beverages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Agorá offers good selection of sandwiches and tapas so you are definitely not going to starve to death while you work here. There is also variety of cakes available, if you needed to have a full throttle sugar-powered work session!

 

3. Coffee Quality - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Coffee is often crucial for our workflow so we take it's quality quite seriously. Espresso in Agorá was small and strong and kept us going and that was exactly what we needed.

 

4. Value for the Price - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Prices were definitely lower then they are just few meters further near Plaza del Charco. Quality was very good so there is nothing to complain about here.

 

5. Staff - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Staff in Agorá was very friendly and helpful. They have even asked us to go with them to a party next day. Great experience!

 

6. Openning hours - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cafe opens at 10am and closes at 0.30am so you can spend here your full 12h long shift or catch up on your 8h/day duties after morning surf session. However there is a bit of a confusion about opening times since they differ on google and tripadvisor so it could use a revision.

 

7. Networking - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

During our visit there were mostly older people who stopped for a coffee but we did not meet any other working nomads. That changed a little later in the afternoon when couple of expats and nomads came to the bar for a chilled cerveza. Agorá definitely is a good place to meet new people, but we would like to see some of them working from there as well!

 

8. Atmospehre - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The light inside was a little dim but it was well balanced with a soft acoustic guitar tunes that came from the audio system. Working outside was good as well but street musicians became a little bit too annoying since they kept asking for money. Overally great atmosphere for light tasks and chill but not so good for hard focus work.

 

9. Power plugs - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

There were power plugs close enough for every table inside but no possibility to connect outside. Since majority of tables is outside, you might have a problem when the inside space is full, or when you simply want to work while you enjoy fresh breeze and sun outside.

 

10. Comfort - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

We liked the selection of work space inside since every spot had different table and chairs but there were only 5 tables inside so they might get occupied quite quickly during busy days. Outside space was fine as well but tables could be a little bigger to accommodate our laptop and drinks more easily.

 

#Remotefriendly Ranking - 💻 💻 💻 💻 

Agorá is definitely a place that we are going to visit again in the future. Vibrant atmosphere, cozy interior, great coffee and beverages. There is very nice community that meets here for a couple of drinks later in the afternoon but it is not so much used by remote workers during a daytime so far. We have met couple of very interesting people here in the afternoon and while it is not a great choice for focus intensive work sessions, it is a great one for meeting new people and finishing some lighter tasks. Our first choice was a successful one, Agorá is truly a Remote Workers friendly place!