Lisa Haas

Lisa Haas

Happy Telecommuting Tuesday!

Are you looking for the flexibility to work from home and live in Montana? Or are you looking to change careers or to pivot in your current career? Have you considered telecommuting?

According to a study released in 2017 by the Montana Telecommunications Association, Montana ranks No. 1 in the country in telecommuting. Telecommuting offers former Montanans the ability to make Montana home again and is a career opportunity for residents in the Treasure State’s small towns.

Read what Lisa Haas had to say about telecommuting in Montana:

My husband grew up in Choteau, Montana and had always wanted to leave his high-pressure technology career in Denver to return to his roots and family’s outfitting business, A Lazy H Outfitters. We moved to Choteau in 2015 when our sons were 10 and 8 years old.

One of the best things about living here, is that we are raising our children in a small, tight-knit community. My son once told us his favorite things about living here are, “The freedom…and no traffic.” What he meant about freedom, was that we spend a lot of time outdoors, whether it’s hiking or camping, swimming in rivers and ponds, or taking care of our many animals.

When we first moved here, I was a healthcare consultant, and could work anywhere. Recently, I began working remotely with the healthcare division of a large professional services company based in New Jersey. With today’s global economy, I will often work with teams of people from all over the world.

At first it surprised me that people in places like India had heard of Montana, but nearly all the world knows about Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. I like to tell people, “I see elk every day!” (My neighbors run an elk farm.)

The biggest challenge of working remotely is the isolation, but I find that having frequent calls or Skype chats with coworkers helps. I can get a lot done because I don’t have many interruptions or distractions.

In this economy where companies are having difficulty finding people with the right skills or experience, remote work is a good solution. I hope more organizations begin adopting a remote workforce because it benefits everyone.

To submit your own 300 to 500-word telecommuting story, email Alexandria@MontanaChamber.com.

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