Remote Work Story of Marlon Jansz: Finance Head

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24 July, 2021
Marlon Jansz

Marlon Jansz has shared his remote working experience with us.

What’s your profession, what do you do?

I am a CIMA qualified Freelance Accountant in profession, working for as Head of Finance & Operations. Also the Founder of the "The Freelance Accountant" an accounting firm.

What company do you work for? Are you a freelancer or Digital Nomad?

I work for an A/B testing privacy oriented SaaS company. I would consider myself more of a freelancer than a Digital Nomad but I love travelling.

How did you start with a remote work journey?

I was working in a typical cooperate 9-5 job when I started my side hustle on Upwork as a Freelancer, then I met a 100% remote company with individuals from around 18 different countries. It was a life changing moment for me and I decide to go full-time freelancer pre-pandemic which helped me be resilient in facing the pandemic situation.

What do you think are the main benefits of working remotely?

No commuting, I use to travel over 4 hours back and forth to one of my previous employers. More work life balance with more flexibility in work times and freedom to travel when there was no pandemic restrictions.

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

I miss the physical meet ups with my co-workers, in 2019, I met the gang in Bali, Indonesia, it was company sponsored retreat.

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From what cities or countries have you worked since you have become remote? What are your favourite countries or cities to work from?

Palawan in the Philippines, Singapore, Bali Indonesia and I love my home country Srilanka, So many beautiful places to work from

From what type of places do you prefer to work? Home, co-working spaces, coffee shops or others?

Mostly prefer Home, but the occasional co-working and coffee shops

What places would you like to travel to while working remotely?

I would love to travel to Europe, I just need a laptop and stable Wifi connection.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? Share your remote productivity, communication, management, etc. tips based on your experience!

It's sometime challenging to be productive in remote work environment. I use the GTD (Getting Things Done) Method and Pamodora Technique to help me be focused and productive.

What tools you use to improve productivity and manage work efficiently?

Asana, Slack , Loom

What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely?

Upwork is good platform to find remote gigs, I am a top rated plus freelancer on the platform and help beginners get started.

Do you work on any side projects?

I coach people to be successful on Upwork.

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