I met Mel through a social group that I participate in. We decided to get together over a coffee to discuss sales and marketing initiatives and exchange ideas around mentorship. About 20 minutes in I discovered that she works in Toronto for a company based in Australia. Not only does she work remotely, but she has to adjust her hours to accommodate her clients and colleagues. Needless to say, the conversation very quickly became focused on her remote experiences and less about our sales and marketing successes and challenges. I loved Mel’s passion and I am thrilled to share a bit of her remote experience through the profile below:
When did you make the decision to work remotely?
I decided in 2014 that I wanted to travel the world but still enjoy the financial freedom my job gave me.
What kind of job did you do prior to working remotely?
In the same position for an education company.
What kind of job do you currently do remotely? If the same as prior to pursing remote work, was your employer supportive?
I resigned to move overseas, my employer realized they had lost 440K in sales in the 9 months I was gone so they asked me to come back. I convinced them to let me work remotely which would be a win-win situation for both of us.
How were you able to convince your employer to let you work remotely
I had to negotiate and offered to take a pay cut equivalent to my weekly fuel and my monthly rent since it’s cheaper to live here than the Gold Coast. I also pay my own internet bill at home but it still gives me the financial freedom and also the freedom to travel the world.
How would you define a remote nomad?
A remote nomad is a balance of where you can work, play and travel at the same time.
What is the biggest challenge you face as a remote worker?
The biggest challenge is having a routine, because I work on the complete opposite time zone I ensure I’m active in the day time and prepare myself for work that night.
How long have you been working remotely?
How often are you able to travel home?
As often as I like but I choose to travel to other countries. I have been home to Australia once during the last 3years.
Was there anyone that inspired you to pursue remote work?
No not at all, I just wanted to live my dreams which meant I could do the job I love, earn money and travel.
If you could share one piece of advice with other aspiring remotes, what would it be?
I ensure that Friday morning I get myself up as earlier as possible because that’s Saturday back home and it mean’s my body clock is good for the weekend.
Basically during the week I get up at midday however on a Friday I get up by 10am to enjoy my 3 day weekend and start back at 7pm Sunday night. I also try to do my hair and makeup every morning; this makes me feel fresh and trains my body that I’m going to work.
If you work in your pajama’s you won’t be productive.
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