Interview: Kerri Gois

Kerri Gois is Marketing Manager and she has been working for an agency (BroadbandSearch) that has more than 50% of its employees working from home. She is happy working remotely from California, where her family lives. You can follow her on twitter or visit her company website.Kerri Gois

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

Working remotely gives me the flexibility to moderate my schedule and not have to work in the “strict” office environment. It allows me to save money on clothing and transportation costs and to increase my personal happiness with a proper work/life balance.

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

Sure, I think the social interaction is a big disadvantage to working remotely. You can’t have the face to face conversation with co-workers and you miss out on the celebrations like happy hours, office birthdays or events.

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

I worked on the east coast in Florida and now on the west coast in California. Personally I’m happier remote in California because it is where my family lives so I am closer to loved ones, but further from work.

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

I actually try to switch it up. I haven’t done a co-working space in a while because of the fees, but I love working in coffee shops, in the library and of course, in my home office. I’m currently in love with Halcyon East Village.

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

I would love to be in the Caribbean. I think being near the ocean and in that sunny environment where it has the essence of vacation, but I could still work and make an income would be ideal.

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

Give everything a shot. I think companies should trust their employees and put faith into distributed offices. Employees will surprise you. When individuals are relaxed and feel comfortable in their work life they are productive individuals.

7. Which tools do you use to work remotely?

  • Slack– Messaging and Communication
  • Asana- Project Management
  • Tool Five9- Call Center Software
  • Cloud9- Web Development Software
  • Skype- Video Messaging
  • Zoom- Cloud Meetings

8. How do you manage your business and taxes?

I am a full time employee and work under a W-2 which is a non-exempt employee in the USA. I am treated as a regular full time employee at 40 hours per week.

9. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely?

Work remotely is a lot of work, not only personally, but professionally. You have to establish credibility and trust with your employer in order for your remote relationship to work. You have to remain organized, have good time management skills and be dedicated to your work, when you are working. Working from home is still a full time job, don’t mix business with pleasure or lines will be blurred and you will become distracted.

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