Lara Borm from Netherlands is Chief Communications & Logistics Officer in Insonder, her own company that she runs with two other partners. She is a travel lover.
1. How did you start working remotely? How did you make the switch?:
First I travelled for 6 months and upon coming home I did not have a job. I and my boyfriend at the time were looking for ways to be independent and started this company with a friend. We worked from our home in the Netherlands for a year after which we decided the company and our income was stable enough for us to start travelling again 🙂
2. What do you think are the main advantages of remote work?:
- Being able to explore on the weekends.
- Being able to enjoy countries from a different perspective than a tourist. I like seeing and experiencing the actual environment and place.
- Being able to choose your preferred location (working in flipflops all year long).
3. Do you think there are disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?:
When you travel a lot it is more difficult to create more meaningful relationships with other people. Relationships grow when there is time to develop and by traveling and only staying in one spot for a few months this gets more and more difficult.
Also, relationships back home become are more effort to maintain and even if you want to or not they will somehow change.
4. From which cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? Which has been your favorite one?:
- Chiang Mai, Thailand.
- Bali, Indonesia.
- Medellin, Colombia.
- Fuerteventura, Spain.
- Barcelona, Spain.
Favorites are Bali, Indonesia, because of the coworking space and how easy it is there to get in contact with other digital nomads.
I also really enjoyed Barcelona, it is a very crowded city but there are also very much opportunities to meet like-minded people and explore the city and culture.
5. From which type of place do you prefer to work? Coworking spaces, coffee shops or others? Do you have any specific place?:
I prefer to work from coworking spaces, I feel that the environment makes me more effective and efficient than working from coffee shops or from home.
In Medellin, we also had an office, which was solely for our company. Although this also has its benefits I still prefer coworking spaces as you can meet, chat with people who are outside of your company which provides different input or other creative opportunities.
6. Which places would you like to travel to while working remotely?:
Australia, New Zealand, and America are still high on my list.
7. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe in hiring employees who work remotely?:
I can kind of understand their hesitations, having employees of my own. I do feel that giving employees their own responsibilities allows them to grow and take this responsibility seriously.
8. Which tools do you use to work remotely?:
- Slack as a communication tool between each other.
- Skype for making calls.
- Gmail for mails etc.
- Dashlane for password safety.
9. How do you manage your business and taxes as a remote working professional?:
I find this a difficult question to answer as I feel me and my partners would manage the business the same if we weren’t remote.
We have a company that helps us sort out all our taxes and obligations in that aspect and we are really motivated in growing our business. I think it would be the same if we had decided to stay in the Netherlands.
10. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies making the remote switch?:
It makes you grow as a person. You will learn things about yourself you never would in normal circumstances. You will learn to see things from different perspectives. Plus you get to live a life not many people can or would want to.