Interview with Nick Malekos, Digital Marketer at LearnWorlds

Nick MalekosNick Malekos is a Remote Based Senior Digital Marketer at LearnWorlds, one of the top online courses platforms. You can find Nick in LinkedIn.

1. How you started working remotely?

I started working remotely in 2016, then joined LearnWorlds at 2017 where I am working partially remotely.

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

Remote work provides flexibility in when and how you work, it also skips the lost time in transit,  allows you to find work for a better salary vs living cost, and increase the quality of your work/life balance.

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

The company environment and group dynamics change, you miss a lot of opportunities to connect with teammates, it needs strong self-control and planning to avoid working less or way too much (it blurs the lines of work and personal time), and while it saves some costs, you are taking some of the costs e.g. equipment on you (some works may offer perks like buying you equipment or paying for utilities for work or remote office).

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

  • United Kingdom
  • Cyprus
  • Greece

Working remotely with my colleagues at Greece Athens and visiting our offices at Chania was an incredible experience. Cyprus is also very beautiful to work remotely, but that is my base where I also have the option to go to the office.

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

I prefer my home, and the only reason is the convenience and productivity I have with my second screen, and I can have a more productive break with house works or cooking.  Second best place is coffee shops next to the beach 😉

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

Usually, I am visiting my family for a few days and work in my old room. But, the most incredible trip was this year in London and then Barcelona, visiting two old friends and working from their homes while going out at the nights & weekends.

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

They are missing out on incredible talent. Remote work is a perk for some very productive and self-motivated people.

Also, in some cases, a partial remote policy is an incredible perk for parents and areas where commuting times are very high. It allows your employees to spend more energy at work and improving their lives instead of getting stuck traffic or transit.

8. Which tools do you use to work remotely?

  • Zoom
  • Slack
  • Email (gmail)
  • Google Docs / Drive
  • Asana

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

I am a full-time employee at the company, so I don’t need to worry about this. Before that I was working remotely and shared my father’s accountant for some of this work.

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

Be careful to audit the company you are going to work for as much as they will check you.

Learn about the remote culture and how they help you.

Be engaged with every opportunity you have, and consider visit your physical locations once in a while, it’s incredibly important to make connections and it’s a chance to visit and make friends with your teammates.

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