5 Continents, 14 Cities, 24 People: How We Work As a Distributed Team Spread Across the Planet

Nov 5, 2014 4 min readOpen
Photo of Courtney Seiter
Courtney Seiter

Former Director of People @ Buffer

There are a lot of ways to have a great day at Buffer.

Between our value of positivity, our awesome team, our be-your-own-boss decision maker structure and our pro-naps policy, it’s downright tough to have anything but a good day.

And exactly what that day looks like is totally up to each of us. One of the biggest freedoms of our team is that we’re fully distributed around the world, so we each make our own schedule in the place that makes us happiest.

Buffer value 8


That means there’s no wrong way to work at Buffer. You can work inside or outside, as Mary displays with some sweet shades:

Mary working outside

You can squeeze in some time with family while you work, like Kevan sometimes does with his son:

Kevan and Evan

You can even work on a plane, as Joel and (part of) Leo show off here:

Joel and Leo on a plane

The workspaces of Buffer

As our team grows and changes, I find myself more inspired every day by my teammates as they travel to new destinations and create new habits and routines that help them work smarter, not harder.

Colin lives and works on a boat. Michael likes to break up his day with a surfing session. Åsa hasn’t worked from a real desk in years. Octavio has moved 3 times in the past 3 months and has many more moves planned!

With so many diverse work styles and locations, I thought it might be fun to take a peek inside each Buffer team member’s workspace. With Buffer’s encouragement to travel and explore, this is only a snapshot that will no doubt be out-of-date quite soon. :)

But for now, here’s a look at how each of us works, at our own happiest and most productive spot in the world.

workspaces of Buffer
Joel workspace
4 Leo workspace
6 Carolyn workspace
5 Sunil workspace
8 Åsa workspace
7 Andy workspace
9: Colin workspace
11 Brian workspace
Niel workspace
13-compressor
12-compressor
14 Daniel workspace
15 Steven workspace
16 Courtney workspace
Dan 2 workspace
17 Kevan workspace
18 Patrik workspace
19 Dave workspace
Octa workspace
20 Rodolphe workspace
22 Nicole workspace
Michael workspace
25 Tom workspace
Mike workspace

Want to join us?

Does this kind of (un)workplace sound good to you? If so, we’d love to have you join our fun and hard-working team.

jobs at Buffer

Whether it’s in an office or on your couch in your pajamas (been there!), I’d love to hear how you work best. Let me know in the comments below, or share a photo of your workspace. We can’t wait to see it!

Brought to you by

Try Buffer for free

140,000+ small businesses like yours use Buffer to build their brand on social media every month

Get started now

Related Articles

woman examining a floor to ceiling bookshelf
OpenMar 29, 2024
Lessons from Unreasonable Hospitality: A Favorite Read From Our Customer Advocacy Team

How the Buffer Customer Advocacy Team set up their book club, plus their key takeaways from their first read: Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara.

ai in content
OpenMar 14, 2024
How Buffer’s Content Team Uses AI

In this article, the Buffer Content team shares exactly how and where we use AI in our work.

OpenMar 13, 2024
TikTok Might be Banned in the U.S.: What It Means for Buffer and How Marketers Can Prepare

Here we go again. If you work in social media, it’s nothing new to adapt and change your strategy based on the ever-changing algorithms and the rise and fall of social networks. (Who else was on Vine? 🙋🏻‍♀️) But, of course, we wish you didn’t have to. The latest wave for social media marketers and creators is that TikTok might be banned in the U.S. The short-form video app has become one of the most widely-used social media platforms and is credited with impacting trends and cultural shifts.

140,000+ people like you use Buffer to build their brand on social media every month