The great thing about remote work is that you can work anywhere. The bad thing about remote work, anywhere you are, you work.
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- Work remotely sometimes never stops
- Working on a SaaS product in your spare time
I use my non-billed time in the day to daydream about making a self-sustainable SaaS product and never have to work again ❤️
- Remote offices in Jakarta
Today, in Jakarta, I found a great coworking space through Nomadlist. It's the best set-up I ever had (ergonomic chair, adjustable standing desk facing the window, etc.), and I only paid 7USD to stay here for the day. Meanwhile in Europe, I pay 10USD+ for a sub-par setup. I need to move.
- Difficulties of working remote
Remote working has tons of benefits but a few things are difficult to handle... - being on your own A LOT - Taxes - setting up yourself as a company & reporting - motivation - timezones
- Too many meetings at the office
Mon: In the office, pulled into one distraction (read: meeting) after another. 5:00 approaches, I stress about my minuscule progress on real work. Tues - Thurs: Working from home, plowing through 2 weeks of backlog. I blast the boss' inbox with accomplishments. I feel awesome. Fri: Back in the office, my boss congratulates me on the great meetings that happened Monday. She asks where I was for all the meetings Tues, Wed, and Thurs. Wants me to work on being more available, these things are important.
- The remote lifestyle
I quit my high-paying corporate job 8 months ago to start the "remote lifestyle" as my number 1 passion is to travel. However, as a social person, the first thing I noticed was the lack of social interaction that you have in offices with your colleagues. So now I've made it my priority to solve this issue by bringing together a community of remote workers to work, live, and travel the world together :)
- Working from home with cats
I'm really trying to work, but my cat is in the same room... and the poor thing has hiccups, and I can't help but laugh every time I hear the little sound.
- Day off to stay home when you usually work from home
I took my morning off and it felt weird waking up this morning. I felt like I was relaxed the whole morning but my body did not understand why I was at home not working. Starting in the afternoon, I felt very calm and a bit lonely as I didn't have any face to face chat with anyone the whole afternoon. Very strange day!
- Remote workers outside USA
I turned to remote work to avoid the hassle of the visa process to move to San Francisco. I still get to work for a great tech company and learn a lot without having to take a gamble on visas. It gets lonely sometimes but I would never complain about it. The pros outweigh the cons hugely for me. I wish there were more fully remote teams though, so more skilled passionate workers from outside USA could take this path. : )
- My favorite remote work spot
My favorite thing is working from the neighborhood climbing gym's cafe. They have good wifi, and we can take a sport break anytime!
- Remote workers are always professional, even with bunny slippers
I may look coiffed during our Skype meeting but fair warning, from the waist down it's all pyjamas and bunny slippers.
- Does remote work make you more productive?
I don't think remote work makes you more productive compared 1:1 to co-location. It's more difficult to discuss innovative ideas, brainstorm and chat. It cuts down on commute time and distractions and improves wellbeing, independence and focused time to work though - all main factors of fatigue and burn out, which will lead to better longterm productivity and retention rates. People who argue that remote work -> worse, clearly don't see that.
- Working remotely comes with independence and freedom
Remote work is a source of independence and freedom that otherwise cannot be achieved with full-time work. Thinking about travelling, fulfilling passions & taking care of yourself. If you don't allow your employees to go remote or WFH - you're actively denying them that.
- Pros and cons of remote working
Pro: Having a lot of freedom and dictating your own hours. Con: Having to work on a Saturday because you spent Wednesday watching a squirrel documentary.
- Feeling lonely but productive
Sometimes I feel so lonely, I guess it makes me more productive 😓
- Working remotely at a coffee shop
When working at a coffee shop, I hate going alone because then I have to take my computer with me when I have to go poop. The struggle is real.
- Who would ever want to work in an office again?
Worked late last night and woke up around 9am this morning. Made some tea and walked my dog around the block. Made some toast and turned on the news before settling on the couch with the dog by my side and my laptop in my lap. In an hour I'll shower and head to the coffee shop before getting lunch with my fiancé near her job downtown. A few more hours of work then it's off to the gym and home before rush hour starts. Who would ever want to work in an office again?
- What is the best way to work remote?
What is the best way to work remote?
- Thinking about becoming a remote worker
Not exactly a remote-worker as of yet but I am on my journey. I left my permanent job at the end of 2017. It has been well over a year now that I'm jumping from gigs and also tried trusting a friend in a startup. Sadly, some really bad folks crossed paths with me who only wanted to swindle in this free market digital economy. A year ago, left a well-paid job. Top leadership were hungry for money & used social work as cover. Then I got swindled by a "friend" who needed help with his startup. Lost faith in humanity. Finished degree during the year 2018 & continued getting some remote work. Now jumping between the idea of going back to 9-5 job or do something that I always loved doing & that is writing.
- I miss having a permanent desk. 😔
I miss having a permanent desk. 😔
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Had tough time getting people in the meeting on time. Given that the meeting schedule is fix for every meeting
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I worked in a job that was "fully remote" but had a persuasion towards Pacific timezones for meetings. I moved to Asia thinking a once-weekly meeting at midnight or 1am when the clocks changed in the US, would be OK. It was not OK. If a remote company says they are fully remote and support travel, but also can't move the meeting time, make recordings or find better asynchronous ways to collaborate, then they're not really fully remote. In fact - real "remote" companies are few and far between.
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I have two full time remote jobs, but the time zones are offset so they don’t overlap. Both companies are happy with my performance, but I have no idea what to put on my LinkedIn.
- Does working remote get lonely?
Does remote working for long periods of time get lonely?
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Can anyone guide me on how to work from home? I know a lot of things, but I'm so confused.. :/