1. How did you started working remotely?
I started working remotely after I had my first kid. I used to work in hi-tech where long hours were required, so I was looking for a fulfilling job that would allow me to have a good work-life balance. So I founded an online language school where not only I would work remotely but also all my staff, teachers, VA, programmer, etc.
2. What do you think are the main advantages of remote work?
The main advantages of remote work are that:
- You’re in control of your own schedule in terms of when during the day you want to work but also in terms of holidays and days-off.
- You get to work closely with people from so many different countries, it’s very interesting.
3. Do you think there are disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?
Because I’m part of local networking groups of entrepreneurs, I still meet people in real life! So I don’t feel I’m missing something by working remotely.
The main disadvantage of working remotely is that you need to have some discipline to separate personal life and professional life. It’s not always easy.
4. From what cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote?
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
It’s great to be able to take 6 weeks off to Australia with the family and still make your business grow.
5. From what type of place do you prefer to work?
I like working from home in my dedicated space. Coworking space is good but not so much when you get phone calls.
6. Which places would you like to travel to while working remotely?
The whole world! No matter where I go, I only need my computer and an Internet connection to be up and running.
7. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe in hiring employees who work remotely?
Trust your employees! They’ll work better remotely because they’ll be more relaxed and will waste less time in transport. It’s a win-win situation.
8. Which tools do you use to work remotely?
- Our in-house Member Area
9. How do you manage your business and taxes as a remote working professional?
Like a regular business! Documents are scanned to my accountant and most taxes can be paid online nowadays so it’s not a problem.
10. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies making the remote switch?
Before you switch completely, try with a part-time remote job to see if it suits you well. Same for companies, if they feel uncomfortable with the idea of having remote employees, start with one day a week.