Interview with Lauren Galvez

Lauren Galvez is a Freelance SEO Consultant who works remotely and you can find her on her website, Linkedin or Pinterest.

Lauren Galvez1. How did you start working remotely? How did you make the switch?:
I actually ended up in SEO because I was purposefully pursuing a remote job after college. I didn’t know it was going to be SEO right away, I initially explored remote jobs by trying out different marketing channels in the pursuit of making passive income, but once I landed on SEO I really enjoyed it and stuck with it ever since. I did work a few in-person jobs during college but am super happy I was able to make the remote-job dream come true!

2. What do you think are the main advantages of remote work?:
Definitely, time! Remote workers save time by avoiding the commute to and from work each day (which adds up to a lot, including transportation costs, too!) and can use this time to spend with their loved ones or pursue hobbies outside of work. Remote work was always my goal because I desired the freedom to work from anywhere and can be at home where I can be closer to my family.

3. Do you think there are disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?:
My initial thought is no. I think the world is getting increasingly used to being digitally connected and people can form really strong relationships online. However, I think the small talk or happen-stance situations of “wanna grab a bite to eat after work?” and other team-bonding moments are missed out on and may take longer to get to than if you were working in person.

4. From what cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? What are your favorite ones?:
Only the city where I live, unfortunately! I say unfortunately because a large part of pursuing a remote job for me was to be able to fulfill my digital nomad dream. I still very much am hoping to make this a reality and travel to many places while working- hopefully soon!

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 would say home and coffee shops. I’ve checked out nearly every local coffee shop and am lucky to live in a city that is known for having some of the best coffee shops. However, I do tend to stay home more to save money and time and because it’s just more comfortable! Before, I didn’t enjoy my home office space but I’ve recently made it more cozy and now I look forward to working in it and don’t feel “trapped” as some people tend to feel working from home!

6. What places would you like to travel to while working remotely?:
Oooh, tough question because I’m very passionate about travel and experiencing different cultures. I think the top of the list for me is some place tropical where I can work in an indoor-outdoor cafe with a warm breeze and indulge in a refreshing fruit smoothie bowl. When I dream of working from anywhere in the world, it looks something like this. I know Bali is a super popular place that seems to offer this environment or somewhere in Latin America. But I’d truly also be happy in a cute cafe in South Korea, Japan, or the French, Spanish, or Italian countryside, too!

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!:
The only thing that I think has been a real challenge for me working remotely is time management. I think I’ve spent much more time working overtime than I would in an in-person job because of the comfort of being at home and the difficulty of trying to separate work from home. I haven’t quite figured this out yet but I try to look at the clock more and have more of a routine of taking breaks, eating at proper times, and making sure I’m moving my body regularly. I think setting little timers, developing a set routine you can stick to, and being serious about personal boundaries would be my advice.

8. What tools do you use and are your favorites to work remotely?:
Notion! I’ve built the majority of the backend of my business in Notion. It is so customizable and at the same time can be made as complex as I need it to be to keep everything organized and efficient. The best part is that it’s free!

9. How do you manage your business and taxes as a remote working professional?:
Since I’ve only gone out on my own recently, I haven’t had to do taxes yet but I’m not too worried about it since I’ve done my taxes for past jobs. I expect it to be different since I’m self-employed, but not too complicated (hopefully!) I manage my business in Notion mainly and have recently been testing out some client management systems but haven’t landed on one just yet.

10. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies making the remote switch?:
Just try it! I don’t say that to undermine the pre-planning that needs to go into it, but the good thing about remote work is you can always test it out before fully committing. For me, it was always my intention so making “the switch” wasn’t as big a deal for me. Many people and large companies have seen great success with remote work as it’s becoming more normalized. So I say if it’s something you really want, it doesn’t hurt to try it out. You got this!

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