I am a proud multipotentialist which means I need a lot of variation and I have a very broad background. I love the freedom to go and do whatever and whenever I want to do it.
I am a software developer and tester.
I am a freelancer and a digital nomad.
One day I realised I wanted to travel the world more than only during my holidays. I started to search for a lot of information about digital nomads and started to think about what kind of job I could do.
I love the responsibility, accountability and trust that are inherent to a remote job. I also like the freedom to go wherever I want to go and that I can stay somewhere for a longer time and really get to know the culture.
Sometimes it is hard when you miss your family and friends. When you miss out on things back home, or when you are going through a rough time and don't have them around.
Indonesia (Bali and Sumatra), Denmark, and my homecountry Belgium.
Home and co-working spaces.
There are too many to list :)
Finding a remote job was not easy, especially because Belgium is very conservative. The pandemic helped of course, but they are still not very open to it. My best tip is to network and to learn from other people.
When looking for a remote job, it is very different than looking for a job in the office. You really have to stand out and take your time to research the company before you apply. Try to already give value when applying to the job.
I never really had a problem with productivity or efficiency. What works for me is having a clear agenda for the day or the week. When you close up for the day, make sure you already know what you will do the next day. It makes it easier to get started. And also make sure you do stop on time.
It is a common mistake to keep working when you are working remotely. Make sure you have something planned at the end of the day so you have to stop working.
I am very organised, but I do have an accountant. I am still a resident in Belgium and pay taxes there.
Trey to connect with other people who are working remotely. Join groups on social media and follow discussions. you will learn a lot from them and avoid very common mistakes.
Yes, I am starting my own business where I want to help Belgian and Dutch people to find remote jobs.
I am working in Sumatra right now next to the jungle. I was concerned about the internet connection. Usually it works really good, but sometimes it just disappears. So, when I worked, I went to the city for 5 days. Not very inspiring, going from nature to a hotel room in a grey city.
I talked to an English girl who teaches English lessons online and told me how to solve the internet connection issue. Since then I am just staying near the jungle and my internet connection works good. This shows how important it is to connect with other digital nomads and learn from them.
Lotte's website: https://remotewerk.be/
Lotte's Linkdeln: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lotte-vanhalst-26ba9213a/