Interview with Taylor Coil

Taylor CoilTaylor Coil is the remote based Marketing Director at Tortuga, described as “The Best Carry On Travel Bag” by the wirecutter. You can find Taylor in Medium, Instagram, and Twitter.

1. How did you started working remotely?

In 2015, I went through a horrible breakup that left me with the fragmented pieces of a former life. I needed a massive change and I wanted travel to be at the forefront.

I found a remote job because I wanted to travel. Switching was pretty seamless for me: I applied to jobs on remote job boards, found a great fit, quit my old job, sold all my stuff, bought a one-way ticket, and figured out how to work remotely as I went. It sounds completely monumental, and maybe it was. Like most monumental things, however, making the switch was just about doing one thing at a time.

Happily, working remotely is still a great fit for me as a “settled nomad” 3.5 years later.

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

My life dictates when, where, and how I work — not the other way around. Every advantage stems from that one fundamental shift.

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

Community is much harder to build. When I was traveling full-time, I didn’t feel grounded. I felt listless, unfulfilled.

And when I stopped traveling, I didn’t have a built-in place to start building community, unlike many people in traditional offices. I’ve worked hard to build my own community, but it took a lot of effort. It’s a barrier to happiness that remote workers have to intentionally work to get through.

4. From which cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? 

So many. I think I’ve probably left some out. My favorites are Lisbon and Dubrovnik.

North / Central America:

  • Durham, NC (my current home base)
  • NYC (my former home base)
  • San Diego
  • Seattle
  • Montreal
  • San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
  • Spanish Wells, Bahamas
  • Kauai, Hawaii

South America:

  • Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • La Paz, Bolivia
  • Cusco, Peru

Europe:

  • London, UK
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Prague, Czechia
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Barcelona, Spain

5. From what type of place do you prefer to work? 

I prefer coworking spaces. It’s easy to focus, and if you find the right one, it’s also relatively easy to make friends.

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

Throw a dart at the map, I’ll go. These days, I like sunshine-filled remote work trips. Especially in winter.

7. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe in hiring employees who work remotely?

You’re hiring the wrong employees, and your systems need work.

8. Which tools do you use to work remotely?

  • Slack
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • 15Five
  • Asana
  • InVision

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

I have a home base and am a full-time employee, so… just like every other working professional.

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

  • People: Working remotely doesn’t mean NO schedule. It means YOUR schedule. Routine is still crucial.
  • Companies: Remote employees aren’t second class citizens.
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