Gret Glyer is CEO of DonorSee, an app where people can donate directly to aid workers in third world countries and receive video and picture updates. And also, HOWMS Inc. You can visit his site, follow him on Twitter or Instagram.
1. How did you start working remotely? How did you make the switch?
I used to work for Enterpise Rent-A-Car and although I was good at it, I really didn’t like it. I decided to go on a trip to Malawi and teach math at a school there. While there, I saw how many widows were in need of housing, so I started HOWMs. I fundraised a bunch of houses, and eventually an all-girls school called Girls Shine Academy, in Malawi. Once I saw the effect of seeing where your money is going, I realized that aid workers everywhere should have the opportunity to fundraise like I did, so I started DonorSee.
2. What do you think are the main advantages of remote work?
I can work on my own schedule, which I love. I’m pretty much always working because people are constantly contacting me or giving me feedback on my app. It also allows me to continue working while I travel for giving speeches or meetings.
3. Do you think there are disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?
Since I don’t have an office space right now, I have to manage my employees remotely as well. Nothing beats face-to-face contact for work matters, but right now things are going pretty well actually.
4. From which cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? Which has been your favorite one?
I started in Malawi with my non-profit before moving back to the States so I could focus on my app. Working remotely allows me to travel as needed and also gives me the opportunity to potentially work anywhere I want to.
5. From which type of place do you prefer to work? Coworking spaces, coffee shops or others? Do you have any specific place?
I like to get out of my house to work, so I usually go to either a coffee shop like Starbucks, or most days I go to Wegmans which has a lounge area.
6. Which places would you like to travel to while working remotely?
I love traveling so I hope to use my app in all parts of the world. Because I lived in Malawi for three years, I know how harsh conditions can be in third-world countries. I’d really like to travel to similar countries and help people there.
7. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe in hiring employees who work remotely?
I think if an employee is qualified for the position, they deserve to work for that company, even if that means working remotely. It gives them the opportunity to hire people as needed without taking up office space.
8. Which tools do you use to work remotely?
Pretty much just my phone and computer!
9. How do you manage your business and taxes as a remote working professional?
It’s really not difficult! I just keep track of all the paperwork I have to do, and I have an assistant that helps me with that as well.
10. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies making the remote switch?
If you think it’s right for you, you should definitely go for it!