Megan Mosley is Marketing Specialist at Referral Rock, where also is a contractor. She started as a remoter applying to many jobs on Upwork before she found a position with the company. You can follow her on Twitter or visit her Linkedin profile.
1. How did you start working remotely? How did you the switch?
I started applying to remote positions on sites like Upwork. I had a few interviews for remote positions, that were less than stellar experiences. However, I knew I wanted to work remotely because of my husband’s job that moves us around a lot. So I continued to do interviews. Luckily I held out long enough to snag an interview with Referral Rock.
2. What do you think are the main advantages of remote work?
For me, the main advantage is to be able to work consistently with all the moving we do for my husband’s job. Working remotely gives me the ability to have my own career no matter where I may be living. I also enjoy the challenge it brings. Referral Rock may not have the biggest team, but we are certainly spread out all over the place which is interesting in itself. Because of this, we have to learn to work more diligently to get group tasks done. So, working remotely, I think people quickly learn how to be patient and strategic.
3. Do you think there are disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?
It can be hard working remotely simply because there are so many flying parts going on. It can be difficult to find the time to meet with coworkers and plan meetings, etc. when we all have different schedules, time zones, and priorities. It can also be a little lonely since there isn’t any watercooler or employee lounge to hang out and goof off occasionally. Which is actually why we created a Slack channel called watercooler. It’s our virtual hangout place.
4. From which cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? Which has been your favorite one?
So far I’ve only worked remotely from South Carolina. I have worked an occasional day or two while on vacation but found it was much easier to work from my own office. I am actually getting ready to move across the country. I’m excited to see what changes I’ll have to make to accommodate the new time zone. Hopefully, my new location will become my new favorite place to work.
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 working at home with my dual monitors. However, I will say that coffee shops do lead to good inspiration for writing.
6. Which places would you like to travel to while working remotely?
I love traveling, so I’d say anywhere. I think it would be cool to write an article or have a meeting while hanging out on a beach at a tropical resort, or from a cabin in Alaska. I also wouldn’t mind working from overseas.
7. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe in hiring employees who work remotely?
I’d say they are missing out. Remote workers don’t need a space to work in the office. Remote workers are pretty flexible with their schedules. Plus, it can lead a business to the perfect candidate that they might not otherwise have been able to hire.
8. Which tools do you use to work remotely?
9. How do you manage your business and taxes as a remote working professional?
This has been evolving as we grow. But we track our time with Hubstaff. However, we’re currently moving to a new system to handle our payroll and tax documents.
10. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies making the remote switch?
I’d say don’t give up too soon. It took me a long time to find a remote job that fits me. If it’s your first time working remotely try doing a few task jobs just to get a feel for it. See if you are able to manage your time and get through tasks first. You can offer some services on Fiverr, or apply to a few jobs on Upwork (like I did). If you see that working remotely works for you, then go for it. A good place to find a ton of remote work is AngelList. If you’re a company looking to switch, you don’t have to transition overnight. It might be good to test out different scenarios to see if your business and employees work well this way. Some people/business just aren’t cut out for it. I’d say it’s definitely a learning process.