Interview: Sandra Lewis

Sandra Lewis is the founder of Worldwide101, a premium virtual assistant company with offices in the UK and the US. You can find her on linkedin.

1. Which are the main advantages that you find that remote work has?

Our entire team of 80+ professionals all work remotely and from their home offices and we actually find that everyone works harder to retain the privilege. It’s definitely not for everyone, but one of the huge advantages is the flexibility. We treat the work in the same professional way but it allows us to tap into amazing talent which we might not be able to find locally.

Sandra Lewis Worldwide1012. Do you think you have disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?

Nope!

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

New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Oxford – and I like them all for different reasons! 🙂

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

My home office. It’s quiet and I get a lot more done than when I am in a busy coworking space.

5. Which places would you like to travel to while working remotely or working from?

It’s funny but I have travelled so much in the past that I am now quite settled at home! I wouldn’t give up the remote work style for anything but I like the comfort of my home office.

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

Our entire team is remote and we have been able to hire talented professionals because we have looked beyond local options. However, be mindful that remote work is not for everyone, that means do your due diligence to make sure your potential hires are in it for the long term and committed to your success – not just focused on what “they” want to do!

7. Which tools do you use to work remotely?

Slack, Skype, and Google Drive. We keep it super simple!

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

We are incorporated and pay our taxes where the business is incorporated – like any other local business.

9. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies doing the remote switch?

It’s wonderful but to be successful at working remotely requires the same amount of discipline and diligence than an in-office job. Sure you might have the advantage of working from wherever you want but to succeed – it’s still hard work! Don’t go into it blindly – do you research.

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