We have the occasion to interview Rodolphe Dutel, the founder of Remotive.io :), a site of reference in the Remote Work environmental. In his words: “Remotive’s goal is helping 1,000,000 tech workers going remote”.
1. How did you start working remotely? How did you make the switch?
I left my job at Google in late 2012, few months after that I started to work remotely by running a blog, and preparing courses I would later give at University. My main motivation for switching was to be free to work from anywhere I wanted, and change location if/when I wanted to do so.
2. What do you think are the main advantages of remote work?
Controlling how you spend your time allows you to make your own decisions as to how your days are going to unfold.
It’s the opposite of working 9-5 in an office: Most of us have days/hours/places where/when we feel most productive.
To me, embracing remote work is getting closer to a more natural, seamless way to work.
3. Do you think there are disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?
I did enjoy having colleagues around, especially for lunch and breaks – I almost always go to coworking space to connect with the local community in order to make up for this.
4. From which cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? Which has been your favorite one?
I’ve been lucky to travel quite a bit! In 2017, I’ve worked from Paris, Madrid, Malaga, Yangon, Bangkok, Amsterdam, Ghent, Lyon, Split… As a remote workers, I’ve worked from nearly all continents – I’m always happy to discover new places, my preference goes to living in my home town (Paris) for most of the year, then venture off to NYC each september, and travel throughout Europe once a month for a few days.
5. From which type of place do you prefer to work? Coworking spaces, coffee shops or others? Do you have any specific place?
I usually spend my mornings in coffee shops, lunch at home (I would take a walk and meditate before lunch to clear my head), then co-working space in the afternoon. I almost never work from home, to help make a clear distinction between work/life.
6. Which places would you like to travel to while working remotely?
I haven’t been to Buenos Aires and Sydney for a long time, would love to go back. Also curious about Beyrouth, Mexico and Brazil.
7. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe in hiring employees who work remotely?
Numbers are showing that an increasing number of people are interested and eager to work remotely. This also means that not everyone – individuals and companies – are willing to do, either because they don’t know about it, or they don’t believe in it.
And I’m fine with companies not believing in hiring remote employees: if a company and their employees are happy to work on-site every day, that feels great to me as well.
Several examples that come to mind, such as starting an early-stage venture backed startup, where remote work may not be an ideal setup to maximize your chances of success.
I don’t believe in forcing organizations to go remote, and rather feel it’s best to help those who are already are excited to do it. As a result, I do very little B2B work in the remote space.
What matters is that individuals and companies who are willing to go remote manage to find the right people and resources to do so. Reading stories on Remoters and Remotive goes a long way towards helping people understand what they feel is best for them.
8. Which tools do you use to work remotely?
I use Slack, G-Suite, WordPress, EveryTimeZone.com, Twitter, Doist, Franz, Zoom.us, YouTube Live, ConvertKit, 1Password, CloudApp, Evernote and CashNotify :).
9. How do you manage your business and taxes as a remote working professional?
I’ve been getting professional advice from a registered French CPA from Day 1, my business is registered in France and my taxes and VAT report are thoroughly filled each year :).
10. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies making the remote switch?
My sense is that in both cases, it takes a village: Reading about how others have done it, then discussing it with those close to you, then joining Communities of individuals who are already doing it feels like a great series of steps to consider!