Sharilyn is a serial entrepreneur. She is the developer, co-owner and operator of an award-winning eco-hotel in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site and wildlife reserve in Patagonia, Argentina, Océano Patagonia: Wild Coast Residence. www.oceanopatagonia.com. She is also the CEO of Leverage LATAM LLC, a business administration and marketing agency that provides services to Southern American-based tourism assets. Also, Sharilyn offers coaching and consulting services to entrepreneurs in micro-to-SME endeavors through www.sharilynamy.com.
She spent the first years of her career working in communications for the oil and gas sector before transitioning to the Red Cross, where she managed disaster response communications, publicity and government relations strategies around the globe. She then founded the Go-To Group, a strategic-planning, research, and facilitation consultancy. Among other leading-and-learning-edge strategic leadership offers, her Go-To Group team specialized in community economic development (CED), social enterprise, business feasibility, and mergers in the social services, charity, education, and NGO sectors. In 2012, Sharilyn traveled throughout Argentina, where she quickly fell in love with the culture and the challenges of doing business and making a difference within this complex society. After supporting the development of a CED tourism project in the mountains of Patagonia, she joined her Argentine business partner to develop socially and environmentally responsible luxury accommodation in Peninsula Valdés, Chubut, Argentina. Sharilyn often speaks to groups interested in these subjects and coaches young entrepreneurs and intern students. For more information, you can contact her directly via firstname.lastname@example.org or on WhatsApp at +54 9 11 51586125.
What was your last regular job?
My last “show up at an office” job finished in 2001.
Where have you traveled?
Canada, USA, UK, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Egypt, China, Bangladesh, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay… Brazil very soon.
What made you want to pursue a nomadic lifestyle?
After working for many years with the Red Cross in a combined office/field role, I knew that I was at my best when working in dynamic environments, with complex challenges and a variety of different people. When I created my consultancy Go-To Group in 2002, one of our goals was to serve and represent clients across Canada, and to be actively consulting, on-the-ground alongside our clients in their work. Through this structure, I became nomadic in my work with a home base but with continuous off-sites and travel. I was hooked. To not waste time traveling in the daily commute, to avoid the expense and environmental impact of office space that remains empty 2/3rds of the day, and to efficiently use my energy to deliver value to my clients, I can’t imagine a better way to work and live.
How do you currently support yourself?
I earn income from my businesses.
Do you have any online training courses that you recommend?
No particular online course, but I do find that having a good understanding of basic business management processes and knowledge about contracts, facilitation, negotiation, accounting, and boundary setting are key skill sets for the nomadic or consulting lifestyle. Also critical is the ability to be agile enough to change course and tweak your offer or the structure of your day when needed. At the end of the day, the best and most fulfilling work gets done through relationships, in my world. To know my clients, and to help them achieve their goals or address their needs, is what lights me up and makes my work feel like play.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I started so many years ago that there was still an enormous stigma if you weren’t working from an office. This has changed luckily for all of us that maintain some form of the nomadic lifestyle, working professionally from our “office” on our computers. For example, in the last four weeks, I have worked from Miami, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, and Buenos Aires established a new company, commercializing the hotel and managing staff, met deadlines and supported clients’ needs – all with professionalism, and not in one case from a physical office.
What are the hardest things you find about working remotely?
At times, I lack the mental stimulation of working with other people to help resolve complex challenges. But I have addressed this by establishing a network of contacts, both remote and local at each location to interact with other entrepreneurial people. Participating in these social and business networks makes a huge difference for me.
How do you envision your life in 5 years?
I will be based out of several countries key to my work, growing the businesses I have now and hopefully, a few other endeavors visiting my family/children more often, and traveling to pursue physical goals as I enjoy multi-day trekking, mountaineering, etc.