1. Which are the main advantages that you find by working remotely?
“In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Named by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields (and has an especially big recognition in occupational therapy), though has existed for thousands of years under other guises, notably in some Eastern religions. Achieving flow is often colloquially referred to as being in the zone.”
I am only able to achieve this “elevated” state in my work life by controlling my own work environment which is why I cherish my home office and have spent quite a bit of effort optimizing every aspect of it for my own advantages.
2. Do you think you have disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?
None. Zero. Nada. Being a strong introvert, I actually feel I have much better work relationships when I don’t see people every day… for when I do see the people I work with, the time is much more meaningful and well spent. Also, IMO, electronic communication tools (e.g. Slack) are a much more efficient manner of communicating with people for one has a permanent record of all that’s been said.
3. From which cities or countries have you worked from since you have become remote?
I am the exact opposite of a digital nomad… I hate travel and I love staying home and working from there.
4. From which type of place do you prefer to work from? Coworking spaces, coffee shops or others? Do you have any specific place?
My office is within my house. Coworking spaces and coffee shops are worse places to work than the traditional office IMO for they offer all the downsides of an office with the additional handicap of not being surrounded by teammates.
5. Which places would you like to travel to -from where you would enjoy and work from- as a remote worker?
If I were to travel somewhere to work… I’d love to go to one place and stay there. I’d prefer a place that has great BBQ and an awesome live music scene (Nashville?)
6. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe on hiring employees who work remotely?
They’re dinosaurs who could and should go extinct. Fixed location offices are vestiges of the pre-millineum where the technology didn’t affordably exist for working remotely. In 2016, so long as the person in question has the discipline for remote work (which isn’t everybody), I truly don’t understand why anybody would commute to an office every day.
7. Which tools do you use to work remotely?
Our company just implemented Slack which is wonderful. Other than that, pretty much the standard tools everyone uses. Social media does play an important role for a remote worker for it acts as the “virtual watercooler” that’s there for you when you wish to take a break.
8. How do you manage your business and taxes?
My accountant does my taxes.
9. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely?
When I was last in the job market, I was very direct about remote work and I terminated any employment conversation where being remote wasn’t an available option.
My employer 3QDigital encourages remote work and we continue to hire the best people no matter where they’re located. While we post jobs for our “offices”… our remote opportunities are the equivalent of the “Secret Menu” at “In-and-Out Burger”. If anyone in digital marketing is interested in working for us remotely… reach out to me… I’ll hook you up with the right folks 🙂