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Interview With Graphics & Web Design Expert Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner

 Chris Spooner is a graphics/web designer. Chris has become extremely popular due to his excellent tutorials through his fantastic Spoon graphics website before venturing into Line 25. Furthermore he now runs his a hugely successful gaming channel on Youtube. All in a days work for Chris.

Q: Hi Chris, tell us a little bit about yourself, where are you from, where do you live now?

I’m a designer from Sheffield, UK who runs two fairly popular design blogs on the web: Spoon graphics and Line 25. Over the years as the popularity of these blogs has grown I’ve been able to not only go into self employment, but more recently I have been able to cut down on my freelance work to work as a full time blogger.

Q: What company do you work for and what is your role within the organisation?

As a self employed designer I work for myself from home and take on every role required to bring in revenue, from customer service rep to accountant.

Q: How do you deal with stereotypes from friends in regards to productivity when working from home?  i.e.: Sleep until midday, 2 hour lunch breaks etc.

I usually play along and fuel the fire when I joke about being in retirement or take an afternoon off to go out in the sunshine.

Q: What is the most challenging part about working remotely and how do you overcome this?

I tend to do the majority of my work from my home office, but I have the most trouble when away on holidays. Often there’s no Internet in the places we’re staying, so keeping on top of my Internet businesses becomes a little tricky. Thankfully my server setup is reliable enough for my sites to tick over when I’m not around.

Q: What are the main positives around working from home?

There’s a never ending list of positives around working from home. Overall it’s just the freedom I love. I don’t have to join everyone else in their daily commute to and from the city centre. It’s basically like being in retirement and spending my time on hobbies.

Q: Do you have a dedicated office space and what is the importance of having this?

I use our spare room as my little office. It’s important to have a specific place where you can go to concentrate. For some this might be a local coffee shop, but I definitely enjoy dwelling in my little cave.

Q: Any pictures of your office space?

Here’s an old photo back when it was nice and tidy – http://www.flickr.com/photos/spoongraphics/4042946507/in/set-72157623084309629

Q: Do you have any productivity tools you use to keep yourself efficient which may help our readers?

In the past I’ve tried all kinds of productivity apps, but I always find myself just relying on a pen and paper to get things done.

Q: If you could give any advice to our readers before deciding whether remote working is for them then what would it be?

Test the waters beforehand by freelancing on the side. Before I went into self employment I was working on a range of projects in the evenings and weekends outside of my day job. This gave me a great insight into how the freelance life would be. 

Q: Do you believe more organisations should allow those with web based roles to work remotely? If so..how come?

Absolutely. Often there’s no need to get people together in an office working environment. It seems many companies do this out of tradition, but employees could potentially be much happier and productive if they had the opportunity to work in their own environments. These days there’s plenty of communication methods available to keep track on what’s happening with a project, which are usually faster than a face-to-face meeting.

About the author

Ryan Gibson

Hey! I'm a 28 year old digital marketing guy residing in Leeds, England. My skill is in search marketing and I have gathered over 6 years experience of working on large multilingual campaigns for a number of FTSE 250 Organisations. After accepting a role with a business based in Singapore I began questioning traditional business practice and employee retention. This blog GenerationY.com was therefore born with focus on Y in the workplace. A millennial child at heart I aim to provide a voice for the 'misunderstood' generation and my goal is simply to change perception and corporate mind set on work/life attitudes; inspiring companies and individuals to seek change.

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