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Remote Work Stories
1 April, 2022

What’s your profession, what do you do?

Mindset and High Performance Coach

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

My own business - Set Yourself Free; digital nomad

How did you start with a remote work journey?

I initially moved out of the USA to South Korea to teach English in 2017. While I was in South Korea, I started a gluten free website and eventually went on to build and sell a dedicated gluten free app. In 2019, I finally worked through a lot of my fears holding me back from starting my own online coaching business, and decided to go all in on using my skill set and superpower of supporting others.

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

Working from anywhere! I currently have been spending a bunch of time in Mexico and as long as I have a wifi connection, I can work anywhere.

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

It can be lonely, so it's important to seek out intentional relationships and connections. I've found FB groups and other online forums super helpful in creating connections with colleagues, joining masterminds, etc.

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

With my other business (my gluten free business), I traveled extensively in Asia pre-pandemic. I was in South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia. Since starting my current business I have been in Vietnam, Mexico, and the United States. I'm currently in love with Mexico City and all the great cafes, restaurants, and fun city vibes!

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

I prefer a mix of co-working space, home, and coffee shops to mix it up!

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

I'd like to go to Portugal, Spain, and Greece and other parts of Europe soon

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

Remote work and particularly being an entrepreneur is fantastic cause you get to create your own schedule. And with this, you also have to be disciplined and ensure you are prioritizing what matters.

Distractions or shiny objects can run rampant. I use the Pomodoro method to help with this. Seriously cannot recommend this enough for 25 minutes (minimum) per day of completely focused work.

Lack of routine/schedule if you don’t set it yourself. I believe it's really important to know what kind of person you are. Do you need routine? Or do you thrive off different schedules every day? Self-awareness is critical here and knowing what you need! Plenty of people will say in order to be “successful” you have to get dressed in nice clothes every day and put on makeup. I’m not one of those people. I work most days in yoga pants and often have come straight from the gym since I love my routine of daily CrossFit workouts. It’s up to you to sort out what you need and then figure out how to make that happen, along with accountability!

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

Pomodoro method for productivity and then another tool if you use Facebook is Facebook eradicator.

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

I have a CPA and always recommend outsourcing items that are not in your zone of genius!

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

Create a schedule for yourself. Figure out what helps motivate you and ensure to put that on your calendar each week. Seek out other people work remotely and make sure you are connecting with them to ensure you have human interaction each week!

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