Interview: Jim Miller

Jim Miller - SalesBloomJim Miller is an SEO Consultant, who works remotely as a freelance for Single Grain, Neil Patel, and he’s also building his own agency called SalesBloom. You can find Jim also in twitter.

1. How did you started working remotely? 

I worked for 4 years as an account manager for a Saas company, but I always felt the security of working for a company was not as stable as people usually think it is.

I was proved right as the company I worked for, made lots of changes and I didn’t fit the company model being self-taught, a dyslectic. This and I never went a university route to my job.

Based on necessity I had to pull monies together or to lose my house. I did manage to bring monies in by reaching out to old clients, though I still moved to a cheaper neighborhood across the country.

While working freelance I took a course with Neil Patel as he sold his first course. It was pretty much my last bit of monies but felt if I could speak to his staff or Neil I might build some rapport.

Always open to sharing feedback, Neil eventually met me in London for a lunch and thought of me for work over the last few years.

I managed his site behind the scenes, built an internal training course for his agency and most recently was a remote account manager to supplement the agencies growth.

2. What do you think are the main advantages of remote work?

Working remote can sound wonderful but you have to put the work in every day you can.

I have rough days but the main advantages I have is working around my children growing up. This can mean I drop them off at school and collect them but also put them to bed.

I simply don’t know how I could do a 9-5 job without working as I do and seeing them grow.

3. Do you think there are disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?

I feel I miss the company social side and that can be hard. I try to fill that gap by building relationships online but there is nothing like seeing other people.

Another would be having the option to close the door on work a little more.

When you are remote the main issue I face is around working with US clients and they can’t get over I work late on UK timing.

They feel bad for me, yet it is the time I work to survive. That problem has lost me growing into roles a few times.

4. From which cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? 

I tend to stick to one area in Wales but have been known to work on holidays without issue.

5. From what type of place do you prefer to work?

I tend to work best where it’s quiet. Mainly in my home office space but tempted to try new approaches once the kids are both full time in School.

6. What places would you like to travel to while working remotely?

I’m a real stay at home type holiday guy. Meaning it’s so easy to pick a place abroad to travel but there are places on your doorstep you miss or neglect.

I’d much rather pick a coastal walk in deeper Wales or Scotland than a sunny beach holiday.

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

I feel they miss out on so much talent. Working remotely is not always a choice and can be simply how you survive as a family.

There are so many awesome and trustworthy people that just need a chance to grow out there.

Some may not even be able to get into an office but that doesn’t make them less of a candidate.

Just because you can’t look them over a shoulder it doesn’t mean they will not do excellent work and on time.

Remote doesn’t mean they juggle your time or take the mic. Respect the process and your staff as people and you will be happy with the results.

8. What tools do you use to work remotely?

Asana, Hubstaff, Skype, Loom, Zoom.

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

I hire an accountant for the taxes. Don’t remind me 🙁

The business I manage with a little help from my family where possible but do my best to handle it all.

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

Set yourself routines and explain to people around you what to respect like timings. And you are not around for deliveries or errands always.

Create a great on boarding process that makes the remote staff feel part of your team as much as you can. Regular catch ups and just touch base calls to see how they are as people will make a big difference.

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