Hey there, I am Kathleen Di Paolo, an International Tax Consultant for Digital Nomads and Remote Workers. I’m a true global citizen and hold multiple residencies and citizenships. I believe in a globalized world, and I believe that different countries shine for various reasons, and we should be able to pick the best things from every country.
Now, I teach others precisely that! How to obtain financial freedom by leveraging global solutions you didn’t even know existed. Whether it’s setting up a bank account in one country, obtaining residency in another country, having your company set up in yet another, and then living in a country with a low cost of living. There genuinely are countries out there that support your business growth and your global lifestyle.
I am the Founder and CEO of Wanderers Wealth
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Describe how you work in 10 words or less?
Slow mornings with personal routines and then work.
Tell us a little bit about your background & how did you get started with remote work?
After studying for seven years and working in the diplomatic and legal industry, I needed a break from the constant hustle. That’s when I decided to quit my job as a tax lawyer and travel the world.
Once I started traveling, I met many online entrepreneurs who combined their love for traveling with running a business on the road.
Once I figured out that this was a possibility, I knew that I would never step foot again into an office, and before I knew it, I had nomadic entrepreneurs who I had met while traveling who were asking me for help with their taxes. So that’s how Wanderers Wealth started and where my remote work journey started.
What job responsibilities do you have?
All of them, haha. Just kidding. I have a team around me, and they’re all fantastic and contribute a lot to the business. It was a massive learning curve for me to go from an employee to an entrepreneurial mindset. I’m still learning every day about how to run a business effectively. But, it has been a lot of fun, and it never gets boring.
Take us through your typical weekday?
My mornings are my favorite part of the day. I naturally wake up with the sun, and then I like to move my body with either yoga or going for a walk. Then, after a hot shower (where most of my ideas are created), I have a hot chai latte, light some candles, and either listen to some uplifting music, podcast, or journal.
Then I start transitioning into work that these days involve many zoom calls with clients or with my partner network of accountants and lawyers when we work together on a client file. Another significant portion of the day is spent producing content that involves recording, producing, making stories, and engaging with our audience.
I tend to have a big lunch since I naturally do intermittent fasting. I try to set easier tasks for the afternoon, such as email correspondence, copywriting, and research. Or sometimes, I even allow myself to take the afternoon off and go and see friends, go for a surf, and watch the sunset.
There is nothing better than ending the day surrounded by loved ones, getting away from the screen, and really turning off work-related things.
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What’s your workspace setup like?
I’m a pretty simple person, so it’s just my Macbook and my headphones. I also work a lot from bed, even though we have a studio set up with ring lights where I do most recordings and calls.
In contrast to my work setup, my partner is fully equipped with a laptop stand, keyboard, mouse. He tried to convince me to get all of those tools, but I’m happy with just my headphones and MacBook for now. We listed the best headphones for remote work to get some tunes going while working.
What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without?
Calendar reminders!! Phone stand. Instagram. Spotify. Monday.com. Google Drive. Tomato Timer. Date and Time calculator.
How do you keep track of what you need to prioritize?
Monday.com and my VAs / Online Business Manager, but let’s be honest, I still prefer to have it all written out in my journals which is why we need Monday.com and my VAs to manage all the workflow.
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How do you recharge or take a break?
During workdays: by doing some stretches, laying in the sun, reading a book, going to a cafe, or watching youtube videos. But I also really enjoy four-day workweeks and then taking three days completely off to explore a new place and adventure.
What are you reading currently? What do you recommend?
Currently reading: "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz, and I would recommend "You are a badass" by Jen Sincero and "Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It" by Kamal Ravikant.
Advice for someone who is looking to switch to a remote job?
Build your routines and find out what works for you. Some people tend to be more productive after the sun goes down, and there’s no wrong or right; figure out what works for you.The most important thing will always be to find a balance between work and have the freedom to go out and explore.
If you’re moving around a lot, give yourself two days to get settled in before you book in calls. You’ll first want to know in which corner of your Airbnb the wifi is the strongest and where in your new neighborhood you can find a snack before jumping into work mode. And don’t forget to change your google account time and zoom time!
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What qualities would you recommend are a must-have for a person seeking a remote job?
Flexibility & Creativity: There’s a lot of unknowns when you’re moving around and have work commitments, and the best way to handle the unforeseen is by being flexible and creative. There’s always a solution.
Being organized: Especially if you’re traveling around, you can’t afford to be unorganized, from making sure that your meetings are set up in the right time zone to booking your next Airbnb in a town that gets a good wifi connection. Yes, it will take time and preparation, but it comes with practice.
What according to you are the pros and cons of remote work?
Well, I’m definitely a remote work advocate. The massive pro for me is work-life balance and being able to surround myself with new environments. On the other hand, I personally love being a stranger in a new town and having to find my way around for other people; that might be a massive con.
I also love having learned to work from anywhere. I really mean this. I’ve been on the move a lot and have learned to become very efficient no matter where I am, whether on a boat, in a van, at the airport, or in a bus full of chickens.
Another personal pro that I enjoy is the never-ending learning curve. There are always new scenarios that present themselves, and you just have to adjust, keep being creative and flexible. I like expanding my skills through those ‘challenges.’
I’m also a big fan of coworking and coliving spaces, and the connections I’ve made with other remote workers in those spaces have been incredible. It’s almost like you build your own travel tribe and keep bumping into each other at new destinations. I guess for someone who likes routines and being settled, all of the above could be turned into cons.
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