Roman Adamita is an SEO doer, experienced in technical side and passionate in digital marketing with over 7 years of experience. He works for BoostROAS, a digital marketing agency and HeyBooster AI product. You can find Roman in twitter, LinkedIn, Medium and blog in Turkish.
1. How did you started working remotely?
It was not an easy choice, but not too difficult at the same time. From the beginning of 2018, I became friends with an amazing person (Sahin Secil) from the same industry, he was an All-Star in Data & Analytics and the Co-Founder of a remote agency (BoostROAS).
So, by 2018 I worked in different offices and freelancer as an SEO. I was very passionate about adventures through new countries, discovering new civilizations and people, going through cities that make me think more things.
Working in the office and only having a few weeks vacation in a year, for me it was an obstacle and so I decided to make some spontaneous changes in my life. It was the right choice in my life, at 22 years old.
2. What are the main advantages that you find that remote work has?
I can travel!
Nothing prevents me from being able to visit a new country / a new city. Pack my notebook in my bag, going to a coffee shop and starting work was already possible!
Stories on the road
I usually work in different co-working spaces and cafes, where I feel comfortable and away from the noise. I made a lot of acquaintances with very interesting characters, from waiters to investors. Communicating with them, I realized that in this world there are many characters that need to be known.
The clients I work with are usually from different countries: Turkey, Germany, America, etc. No need to go to their office and do physical sessions. When you start to express yourself quite and concretely in the hangout (we usually use Whereby & Zoom) and at the right time, then there is no need to waste time on the road.
The only thing that is common is that we have to complete the tasks of the clients anyway and report them on that date. There is no need to wake up at a specific time and start working directly. Usually when I discover my hurricane energy, then I give all my energy focus. Sometimes I don’t sleep at nights, but I sleep on the day times, sometimes I end up a little faster and find time to be crunk.
3. Do you think you have disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?
A remote discipline is quite different from any other;
- I am a manager and I am responsible for the members of the SEO team.
- We have meetings on fixed days and we are responsible for being present.
- When someone is offline but you need that person.
Through all this you can successfully pass very quickly, it only requires desire and passion in what you do!
4. From what cities or countries have you worked from since you have become remote?
- Ukraine: Lviv
- Romania: Bucharest, Brasov, Constanta
- Hungary: Budapest
- Republic of Moldova: Chisinau
- Turkey: Izmir, Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ankara
- UAE: Dubai, Abu Dhabi
These are the countries and cities we have visited in the last 2 years. The most favourite city in which I started to feel much better is Bucharest. In one year I went to Bucharest 4 times, and for the 5th time, I emigrated here. There are too many reasons why I decided to stay in this wonderful city, some of the reasons you can find here, in my vlogs.
5. From what type of place do you prefer to work from?
Well, usually I work from different coffee shops. Now like I said I live in Bucharest, so I have some favourite places to work daily. I really like to use Google Maps, to save the places I have visited before, here you can find some of the locations. Of course, I do not go out every day in the cafes, lately, it’s a bit cold, that’s why I work from home somedays.
6. What places would you like to travel to while working remotely or working from?
Until I am very happy to work from Romania. There are many historic cities here that should be visited. Eg: Brasov, Cluj, Timisoara, etc. Also, I can go anytime with the train in other European countries and that is a big advantage.
7. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe in hiring employees who work remotely?
I don’t really like to criticize, but I can say that they miss a lot of opportunities. The closest example is one that they lose the opportunity to hire people from another culture with much different know-how. Invest your money in global people, not in the office.
8. What tools do you use to work remotely?
- Google Drive: to backup all documents/reports (Docs, Sheets, Slide).
- Gitbook: to write all the know-how and SEO playbooks.
- Microsoft To Do: to note all important things.
- Asana: to prioritize all the client tasks.
- Slack: to communicate with team members and clients.
- Whereby & Zoom: to do online meetings with team members and clients.
- Miro: to convert text things into diagrams, flowchart, mind map, etc.
9. How do you manage your business and taxes as a remote working professional?
This is the best part of working with a team. I don’t need to care about distracting business stuff like team salary, taxes, proposals, etc.
10. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies doing the remote switch?
Be open-minded to know many people from different cultures. They are amazing people. Be brave to see how is it to work in global. You will get out of the routine and have a much more interesting life.
The challenge is to find out where the most effective balance is. Because if you do something very boring, the world won’t notice you. Nobody’s coming after you if you do something crazy. The solution is to review all the possibilities. Solve what works by pushing all boundaries.