Interview: Andrew Machin

– Andrew Machin is the founder of LION+MASON UX design agency, established in Leeds, UK. You can find him on Twitter, tweeting not only about UX, but also about digital marketing and SEO.

Andrew Machin remoter1. Which are the main advantages that you find by working remotely?

The flexibility to fit work around family life.
The ability to be wherever I need to be to best serve clients.
I can find the most productive environment for the task at hand.

2. Do you think you have disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?

Mainly miss the people – I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some great people.

3. From which cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? Which has been your favorite one?

Mainly in and around Leeds, but also London, Liverpool and Stoke. Leeds will always be my favourite – it’s just made for nomads!

4. From which type of place do you prefer to work from? Coworking spaces, coffee shops or others? Do you have any specific place?

Actually my desk at home is my favourite. It’s positioned right next to the patio and garden and shares a room with the boy’s play space which makes balancing home life with work a pleasure.
Other than that, I find co-working spaces the best, much more than being cooped up in a office.

5. Which places would you like to travel to -from where you would enjoy and work from- as a remote worker?

I’d love to try working from abroad from somewhere like a remote villa in Spain, if for no other reason just to see if it’s possible to stay connected enough to work effectively.

6. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe on hiring employees who work remotely?

From experience, it’s clear that, depending on the role, being in an office is not always the most productive way for some staff to work. I have found (both as an employer and an employee) that production led tasks (the getting things done stuff) are often done better and more effectively if the person is in their own space with minimal distractions – such as their homes. However, tasks that require a lot of interaction or dynamic communications benefit from a  shared space with the right facilities such as offices.

7. Which tools do you use to work remotely?

Skype for communication, but also a great application called Invision for collaborative design and prototyping. Check out invisionapp.com

8. How do you manage your business and taxes as remote working professional?

Through a combination of online tools such as Wave and also engaging a professional accountant. In my opinion it’s a false economy to try and do these things yourself when your time is better served on what can bring money into the business.

9. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely?

Try different places to find what suits you best; some people will work best in the confines of a room with no distractions whereas others thrive on the buzz of a busy coffee shop. Find what works for you.

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