Interview: David Sottimano

http://huballin.com/David Sottimano is an SEO consultant and lead strategy at Define Media Group, as well as entrepreneur & CMO of Huballin of Huballin. You can find him in Twitter and his own site.

1. Which are the main advantages that you find of working remotely?

The ability to work my preferred hours is probably the biggest advantage for me. In most office job environments, you’re expected to work and be productive during the day but I seem to only be productive at night.  I’ve been able to change my working hours and be more productive in general as well as avoid office distractions.  Also, if life gets in the way (delivery packages, dentist appointments, etc..) I’m able to adjust my schedule to accommodate anything that comes my way.

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

Social interaction is one of the biggest things I miss, being able to poke people around the office for help or just general chit chat. Over time, you can fill this void with various social media groups but it just isn’t the same.

3. From which cities or countries have you worked from since you have become a digital nomad? Which is your favorite one?

Bangkok, Torino, Milan, Rome, Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Barcelona, London to name a few. I think my favourite place so far was a small city in the north of Italy (Canelli) where my father is from. It’s a rural town in the heart of wine country, ahem, in other words, not super exciting which was probably why I was so productive 😉

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

Co-working spaces are great but I’d say that renting a full apartment using Airbnb in different cities is my favourite. Not only do I get peace and quiet, but I’m travelling as well.

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

I love coming home to Barcelona, anywhere in Barcelona, I really love this city.  I’d love to try working from a semi secluded island in southeast Asia; Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia are all incredibly beautiful places, but unfortunately have internet connection issues.

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

Give it a shot, it’s not as crazy as you think. The worst that can happen is that it didn’t work out, but like many other intelligent companies that have tried it, they’ve seen increases in employee happiness and productivity which will ultimately translates into growth/retention/profit for the company.  

7. Which tools do you use to work remotely?

For messaging and collaboration: Slack, Hipchat, Facebook groups, Skype (video meetings), Join.me for screensharing and presentations, and we always keep a handy landline ready when tech fails.

8. How do you manage your business and taxes?

I use an accountant. I loathe administrative duties because it takes my focus away from my work. My advice is to pay someone to do this for you, it’s  worth every penny.

9. What advice would you give to people looking to become a digital nomad and work remotely?

If you like the idea of working remotely, give it a try first before diving in completely. It’s a complete life change and you might not be ready for it, so it’s best to dip your toe in for a while before diving in.  On the upside, if you manage to keep your discipline, you’re okay with going to meetings in your pajamas, and instability-adventure drives you,  you’re probably never going to go back to office life again. For those who make it, welcome to the fun side 🙂

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