Interview to Samson Adah

Samson Adah is a Technical Virtual Asisstant/Cloud Engineer freelancer and you can find him at Linkedin.

Samson Adah
1. How did you start working remotely? How did you make the switch?:

I pursued remote job opportunities online, upgraded my home office, and adapted my skills for remote work to successfully make the switch.

2. What do you think are the main advantages of remote work?:

The main advantages of remote work include flexibility in scheduling, reduced commute time and costs, improved work-life balance, increased productivity, and access to a wider talent pool.

3. Do you think there are disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?:

While remote work offers numerous benefits, it can also present challenges such as feelings of isolation, communication barriers, potential distractions at home, and difficulty separating work from personal life. Additionally, some individuals may miss the social interactions and spontaneous collaboration in a traditional office setting.

4. From what cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? What are your favorite ones?:

However, I’ve interacted with users from various cities and countries worldwide. Each place offers unique characteristics and benefits, but I don’t have personal favorites.

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 can work effectively from any location. However, I prefer working from home for its comfort and flexibility.

6. What places would you like to travel to while working remotely?:

USA,Canada and UAE

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!:

Establish a Routine: Set regular working hours and stick to a consistent daily schedule to maintain productivity and work-life balance.

Designate a Workspace: Create a dedicated workspace at home that is free from distractions and conducive to focus and productivity.

8. What tools do you use and are your favorites to work remotely?:

Communication: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet
Project Management: Trello, Asana,, Jira
Document Collaboration: Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), Microsoft Office 365, Dropbox Paper
Time Tracking: Toggl, Harvest, Clockify
Remote Desktop: AnyDesk, TeamViewer, Chrome Remote Desktop
Virtual Whiteboarding: Miro, MURAL, Microsoft Whiteboard
Password Management: LastPass, 1Password, Dashlane
These tools facilitate communication, collaboration, project management, and productivity in a remote work environment.

9. How do you manage your business and taxes as a remote working professional?:

Register Your Business: Determine the legal structure of your business (sole proprietorship, LLC, etc.) and register it with the appropriate authorities in your jurisdiction.
Track Income and Expenses: Keep detailed records of your income and expenses related to your business. Use accounting software or spreadsheets to maintain accurate financial records.
Understand Tax Obligations: Familiarize yourself with the tax laws and regulations that apply to your business, including income tax, sales tax (if applicable), and any other local or state taxes.
Pay Estimated Taxes: If you expect to owe more than $1,000 in taxes for the year, you may need to pay quarterly estimated taxes to avoid penalties.
Take Advantage of Deductions: Identify and take advantage of tax deductions and credits available to self-employed individuals, such as home office expenses, business-related travel, and health insurance premiums.
Consult with a Tax Professional: Consider hiring a tax professional or accountant who specializes in working with remote professionals to ensure compliance with tax laws and maximize tax savings.
Stay Organized: Keep all relevant tax documents and records organized and accessible, including receipts, invoices, and financial statements.

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

For individuals looking to work remotely:

  • Develop strong communication and time management skills.
  • Create a dedicated workspace and establish a routine.
  • Seek out remote job opportunities that align with your skills and interests.
  • Network with remote professionals and learn from their experiences.
  • Stay organized and set clear goals for yourself.

For companies making the remote switch:

  • Invest in reliable communication and collaboration tools.
  • Establish clear remote work policies and guidelines.
  • Provide training and support for remote employees.
  • Foster a culture of trust and accountability.
  • Encourage regular check-ins and feedback sessions.
  • Prioritize employee well-being and work-life balance.
  • Continuously evaluate and adapt remote work practices based on feedback and performance.

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