Ana Kostic is PPC Consultant & Account Manager and she has her own Marketing Online Agency: BigMomo. She has been a digital nomad since a few months ago and shares about her nomad life in So Many Desks. You can also follow at twitter or linkedin.
1. Which are the main advantages that you find by working remotely?
The freedom to be able to work from anywhere. You can discover many places if you are not bound to a specific location. Just having this option is awesome.
2. Do you think you have disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?
Yes, you have to be aware of the fact that you will be missing on many things back home. Specially all the things that have to do with the social events of your friends and family. On the disadvantages of working remotely you have to be aware that most of the time is pretty lonely, and is harder to rely on support. And there is also a feeling of “there so much to see out there and I am in here working” jejejje.
3. From which cities or countries have you worked from since you have become remote?
I have just started being a permanent nomad so I have visited only Brussels for now.
4. From which type of place do you prefer to work from? Coworking spaces, coffee shops or others? Do you have any specific place?
We rent a whole apartment trough airbnb, and we try to make sure that there is always a big table with place to work for two people. We like to work from the apartment because you can concentrate better and you do not have to pay for a coworking for two people (and you can save bit of money there).
5. Which places would you like to travel to -from where you would enjoy and work from- as a remote worker?
Well, pretty much the whole world jejeje For now the plan is to visit the northern part of Europe this summer, and head south as the winter settles in. After that we hope we can go to America.
6. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe on hiring employees who work remotely?
Like with most issues, the problem that many companies have with remote workers is not a problem of actually not being present. It is usually a problem of not having a system that trusts and encourages workers to own their tasks and responsibilities independently of the hours they work or if the are “seen” doing so. When you have a team of people that know that you trust them to do their job, they will do it. Also the company needs to be very organized and everything has to be defined. But trust and organization has never hurt any company :).
7. Which tools do you use to work remotely?
- Asana – To organize and track tasks and projects. I love Asana, it has made my life so much easier and reduced the amount of internal email to pretty much zero.
- Slack – For internal communication. Love the device integration.
- Skype & Hangouts – For calls and meetings.
- Drive / Google Docs – For sharing and editing docs in real time by several people.
- Avast VPN – To make your navigation private and to be able to review google SERPs in the country you need to (this one is very specific to online marketers).
8. How do you manage your business and taxes?
Our business and taxes are all managed in Spain as the company is based in Spain.
9. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely?
This depends on what you really need to put a plan in motion. Some people need the pressure of a “not turn back” point. But I am not that adventurous and thrill-seeking, and I need things to be planned and tested before making a big decision. So my advice would be to plan things out, start testing your options and once you have found your “remote way” then start traveling the world. But I know this goes against what a lot of other nomads recommend but I need certainty for my own sake.