The truth about working remotely
The Truth about working remotely
I’ve been working remotely for about 1.5 years now and in this post, I’ll be telling you about my experiences and clear up some of the myths – from my personal perspective. And also how you can work from anywhere in the world as well!
That’s one of those buzzwords you keep hearing more and more these days. It often triggers images in your head of young travelers in their mid 20’s and 30’s, sitting on the beach, sipping cocktails with their laptop up and living the dream.
Alberto, what do you actually do for a living?
Juggling multiple projects, my main income comes from working at Close.io, a Silicon Valley Startup where we are building the greatest inside sales software on the market. I’m a sales executive, negotiating and closing deals on a daily basis. I joined the team two years ago and in the process, started becoming fully remote.
More and more team members where traveling, on the go and working from home. So we decided to not have a main office anymore, but hire people world wide and work as a fully remote team. I didn’t expect this at all – when I joined the team, I was still based in Palo Alto and San Francisco and had no idea I’ll be working remotely at one point.
Working from anywhere – how is it really?
It’s great! But I don’t sit on the beach at all. The reality is that I need a good workspace and setup to be productive. As I’m on the phone most of the day I also can’t sit in cafes or co-working spaces all day because I’m… well I’m pretty energetic (loud) on the phone 😄
Right now I’m in Budapest. Before that I’ve worked from my home in Austria, from Mexico while traveling, Poland, Slovakia, multiple places in the US (e.g. Hawaii <3), Croatia, Iceland and hopefully many more destinations to come.
What I need to prepare before I go anywhere:
- Find someone to go with – most of the times it’s my girlfriend or some Close.io team colleagues <3
- Wifi check – *very* important! (I message the airbnb host and have them check the wifi speed for me)
- Pack my laptop, laptop stand, cables, extensions, headset, chargers, keyboard.. this typically is one big backpack full of tech stuff
- Make sure there are co-working spaces/cafes in the area in case the wifi at the airbnb isn’t stable enough
- Keep in mind the time difference for all the calls and meetings I have booked for the next weeks – reschedule if need be
- Roughly plan out my work day – when will I wake up, make calls, take meetings, and of course… go to the gym?! 💪🏼
How do I like my work situation?
I love it! Working from anywhere and being able to plan out my day on my own terms is a dream. At the same time, I’m working with a company that gives me stability and a very good steady income. Also, I’m in touch with the team via chat, video calls and emails on a regular basis so I don’t feel lonely at all.
If you’re the type of person who can get shit done without needing a boss stare at you, then this life is for you. It’s basically like being your own boss with the benefits of being employed.
That being said, of course there are some drawbacks. If you don’t have people to hang out with or travel, it might get lonely – especially if you just stay at home all the time without any social interaction.
How can you find a remote job?
As mentioned, I luckily stumbled into this work situation. However, as we’re recruiting heavily, I have gained some insight on how people find remote jobs:
- Apply at Close.io – always hiring! 🙃
- Check out platforms specifically for remote jobs – read this for the best 25: https://skillcrush.com/2014/10/10/sites-finding-remote-work/
- Startups are typically very open to remote work – apply at young and growing companies and bring it up in the application process
Working remotely can be a blessing. If you plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need, you can literally have the best of both worlds – travel, explore and be flexible while working and making money to sustain your life style.
You need to make sure to be socially involved and switch things up. That’s why I try to meet people for lunch, have in person meetings and go to the gym regularly. It’s possible to become socially isolated and work *too* much.
If you can be your own boss and get work done, then this is for you. You need to have the discipline to sit down and work hard, without any outside pressure. Hustle hard and you’ll have a blast working from anywhere in the world!
Let me know if you have any questions about all of this 😄
I also made a video about this a while ago when I was working from Hawaii: