Interview: Nick Messina

Nick Messina HimalayasNick Messina is the Co-Founder of YonderWork, a travel experience for remote workers, where he is in charge of digital marketing, blogging and business strategy. You can connect with Nick through LinkedIn and follow YonderWork on Twitter

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

The flexibility to work when I am most productive (usually late mornings and early evenings). Remote working places an emphasis on results vs. hours in the office. Also, I can work from anywhere whether it be from home, a coworking space, or a beach in Bali.

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

If you don’t have a community that you belong to, it can get lonely very quickly. Also, after several months on the road, Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) with family and close friends at home.

3. From which cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? Which has been your favorite one?

I have worked from the following cities:

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Pondicherry, India

I think it’s a close tie between Chiang Mai and Buenos Aires. Both have reliable wifi, great coworking spaces and coffee shops, and amazing food and culture.

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 prefer coworking spaces. The opportunities for meeting others, skill sharing, and collaboration are endless and the wifi is always solid!

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

My bucket list is practically bottomless. I hear great things about Medellin and Belgrade, and I definitely want to return to Costa Rica and Prague

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

Flexible hours is #1 on American’s job benefits wish list (Modus). A 15Five poll found remote working increases productivity by 21%.  A Stanford study found remote working leads to 50% lower attrition. Office space is expensive and is not used in a productive manner (endless meetings). Companies need to get on board or they will literally be left behind.

7. Which tools do you use to work remotely?

Slack, Trello, Calendly, Hootsuite, and Gmail are my primary tools.

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

For managing my business I use Slack for communication with teammates and Google Drive for file management. For taxes, I track all expenses meticulously and have an accountant in the United States.

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

Have a reliable source of income or remote working job before you set off as a digital nomad. Find a community to belong to. Travel slow and always respect local culture.

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