Interview: Brian Dean

Brian Dean - BacklinkoBrian Dean is the founder of the SEO training company -that produce many well known online courses- called Backlinko. You can find him in Twitter and LinkedIn.

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

I’ve found a ton of advantages to living and working remotely (meeting people, having run, seeing new things, getting exposed to other cultures etc.) that touch every aspect of my life. Obviously, these things indirectly rub off on you…making you better at whatever it is you do.

That being said, when it comes to getting things done (in other words, executing on my to-do list), I’m not nearly as productive on the road as I am at home. A routine is a very powerful thing. Travel takes you out of your routine, which is great for coming up with new ideas. It also expands your mind, which is important for thinking creatively.

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

The one disadvantage is that, at least when you’re on the road, your routine is thrown off. I get the most done when I wake up and put in a full day of work. That way I can commit 100% of my focus on that. When I work on the road I can’t help but think about all the cool stuff I could be seeing or doing in the city I’m in 🙂

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

I’ve worked in over 20 different countries, including Spain, Indonesia, Turkey and Japan. My favorite for working remotely has to be Berlin. Great place to meet other digital nomads, has a solid infrastructure, and lots of cafes to hang out and work at.

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

Definitely coffee shops or my hotel room. I need a semi-quiet environment to work well (yes, I’m a diva). So even when I go to a public place to work I always rock my Beats By Dre Headphones to cut out background noise.

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

I’ve never been to South America and I’ve heard that Buenos Aires is a great city (and perfect for digital nomads). So that’s #1 on my list.

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

I can see where they’re coming from. As my friend Noah Kagan said: “I’ve never seen a remote basketball team win a championship.” There’s definitely something to having a group physically come together, chatting about this and that etc. I don’t necessarily agree with that policy, but I can see that point of view.

7. Which tools do you use to work remotely?

#1 secret weapon: Beats By Dre. Turns any noisy environment into a quiet office. Besides that, I also use: Skype, Dropbox, Twitter and Facebook (for DMs)

8. How do you manage your business and taxes?

My business is registered in The US. So it’s a bit tricky because I spent most of my year outside of the US. Luckily I have a great accountant that does most of the work. And I recommend that anyone working abroad should hire a bookkeeper or accountant. They’re lifesavers!

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

Just do it! It can take some time to get used to it, but if you spend enough hours working remotely, you’ll find you can work anywhere at anytime in any condition.

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