We have a remote friend today! We introduce you to Margo Stoney from the US. We met her in Sun and Co. Coliving and it’s a pleasure to have her in this interview. Margo is Graphic Designer and she quit her job some years ago and she started her own company: High Mountain Creative. You can see more about her in her Instagram, Facebook or Linkedin.
1. How did you start working remotely? How did you make the switch?
I quit my job two and a half years ago to start working for myself with the ultimate goal of working remotely while traveling abroad.
2. What do you think are the main advantages of remote work?
It allows me to live the active lifestyle I want while exploring new places.
3. Do you think there are disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?
Yes, I’ve found that it’s difficult to maintain stable relationships with my family and friends. It can feel very lonely at times when I’m moving around a lot.
4. From which cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? Which has been your favorite one?
US, Japan, Thailand, France, Switzerland, Spain. They were all lovely, but I really loved my time in Spain at Sun and Co.!.
5. From which type of place do you prefer to work? Coworking spaces, coffee shops or others? Do you have any specific place?
I really like variety. Coworking is nice because you know you will be in a productive environment where everyone is focusing on work. Additionally, I often enjoy working in coffee shops, libraries and parks because the “passive distractions” can help me with creativity and make me feel less like I am at work and more like I am enjoying the day in a nice environment.
6. Which places would you like to travel to while working remotely?
Costa Rica, California, Norway, Sweden, Eastern Europe, New Zealand, Bali, Nepal, Chile, Argentina. Any place with mountains or oceans!.
7. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe in hiring employees who work remotely?
They need to stop being control freaks and trust that their employees! Their team will thrive in this environment and do more meaningful work with a better outlook on life and their career.
8. Which tools do you use to work remotely?
Physical tools? Or resources? I’ll list both. Laptop, notebook, markers, more markers, sketchpad, T Mobile International Data Plan, nomad FB groups, NomadList, now that I know about Remoters… I use Remoters, too. A lot of Googling and blogs.
9. How do you manage your business and taxes as a remote working professional?
I’m still getting the hang of this. It’s easy to let the business, non-money-making things fall by the wayside while I’m traveling. Accounting, insurance, bills, ugh. I have an accountant advise me on my annual taxes but I currently handle my bookkeeping and quarterly taxes on my own. I’m fortunate to have family back in the US that helps with receiving mail and the occasional check from non-e-paying clients.
10. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies making the remote switch?
It’s hard! When you see a photo of a laptop on a beach, there’s a lot of work that went into making that photo happen. Remote workers are not “lucky” and we don’t “have it easy.” Planning trips, finding reliable places to work, balancing a budget, starting a business/finding a remote job…these can all be super stressful and take a lot of time and persistence. But, ask anyone working remotely and they will tell you it’s worth it to be able to see the world and experience new cultures while maintaining a career.