Interview to Robin Obaga

Robin Obaga is a Digital Marketing/ Social Media Marketing freelancer and you can find him at Facebook; Twittter or Instagram.

Robin Obaga1. How did you started working remotely? How did you make the switch?:
I just transitioned from Sales & Marketing in September this year where I had worked for 5 years, I achieved my goals and felt it was necessary to Move. I’ve been learning Digital Marketing Skills, Social Media Management, and SEO so that I can fully transition into the Online world and become a Digital Nomad.

2. What do you think are the main advantages of remote work?:
Flexibility and Work-Life Balance: Remote work allows employees to create a more flexible schedule that suits their individual needs, save time, and reduces the stress associated with travel, leading to a more balanced lifestyle.

Cost Savings for Employers and Employees: Companies can reduce expenses associated with office space, utilities, and other facilities. Employees, on the other hand, can save money on commuting, work attire, and daily meals.

Companies can tap into a global pool of skilled professionals without the limitations of location. This not only increases the diversity of perspectives within a team but also allows organizations to find the best-suited individuals for specific roles, regardless of where they are located.

3. Do you think there are disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?:
Working remotely can lead to feelings of loneliness due to lack of Social interaction. To overcome this I always make sure I spend up to six hours of the weekend outside to recharge my social battery.

4. From what cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? What are your favorite ones?:
Mombasa &  Nairobi. My favourite has been Mombasa since it is where I stay.

5. From what type of places do you prefer to work? Home, coworking spaces, coffee shops or others? Do you have any specific place?:
I prefer working from home but once in a while, i can find coworking spaces to interact with other freelancers and also exchange ideas.

6. What places would you like to travel to while working remotely?:
South Africa, Egpyt, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, Namibia, Seychelles, Morocco, Australia, Canada, Austria, Greece.

7. What advice would you give to overcome the main challenges of working remotely? Share your remote productivity, communication, management, etc. tips based on your experience!:
Having a routine is key, but without discipline and determination, you’ll end up not following your routine and you’ll be less efficient when it comes to targets and deadlines. Timely communication with the client on the progress of the project is also important. With the various freelancer tools available like Notion, productivity and management can be easier when you’re committed.

8. What tools do you use and are your favorites to work remotely?:
Grammarly
Notion
Paypal
Google Calendar
Zoom
Sanebox.
My favorites are Grammarly and Sanebox.

9. How do you manage your business and taxes as a remote working professional?:
I comply with Kenyan Tax laws and regulations by keeping records of all payments through PayPal and Bank and file my returns monthly to avoid backlog when the June deadline reaches.

10. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies making the remote switch?:
For Individuals:

Establishing a dedicated and organized workspace at home to enhance focus and productivity can help separate work from personal life and improve overall work-life balance.

Ensure you have the necessary technology and equipment to support remote work, including a reliable internet connection, up-to-date software, and comfortable furniture for long-term well-being.

Define clear boundaries between work and personal time. Establish a routine, set regular working hours, and communicate these boundaries to housemates to minimize disruptions during work hours.

For Companies
Clear and precise communication of expectations, work hours, and performance standards to remote employees, guidelines for communication, project management, and deadlines to ensure a smooth transition to remote work
Provide remote employees with the necessary technology, software, and security measures to support their work. This includes collaboration tools and cybersecurity measures to protect employee sensitive information.

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