Interview with Mary Fusillo

Mary FusilloMary Fusillo is CFO of the Travel Company Beyond The Nest. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, or Pinterest.

1. How did you started working remotely? How did you make the switch?:

I had been working for XX years and needed a break! Went to Montevideo for 6 weeks and then thought that a hybrid remote life just might work for people older than 30!

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

The freedom to explore new places and make new friends in new places.

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

Your friends at home, all your “stuff”, and maybe a really good kitchen.

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

Uruguay, Mexico, Serbia, Flagstaff in Arizona, and Galveston, Texas.

5. From what type of places do you prefer to work? Home, coworking spaces, coffee shops or others? Do you have any specific place?:

Co-Working for sure!

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

Next up with us is San Miquel de Allende in July, Paros, Greece in September, and Malta in November!

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!:

Keeping a schedule and having great internet, along with some really great earphones to block out everyone else. It’s been the same as working from home but in a better place. I think you can be more productive when you work from co-working in another place cause you are more aware of the time constraints.

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

I just use my computer, backup battery, cell phone with an international phone.

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

Don’t really spend enough time away from home in a given tax year.

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

Well, you need to do your homework in advance about where you want to go, how you gauge your needs for friends and entertainment where you might not speak the language, and figure out your health insurance situation for sure.

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