1. When working remotely I struggle to unplug and stop working. I forgot where my off-switch is located.
  2. Night is when Iā€™m most productive. No distractions, only Snow Patrol and the tungsten glow of my Fl.ux powered laptop screen.
  3. I commute 3 hours to work, to sit in a stuffy, noisy open plan office. "Managers" outnumber developers and spend the day blabbering loudly about what they did with their free time, and how awesome they are. My colleagues all use headphones so we communicate over Slack. I miss working from home, at least I could hear myself think.
  4. Having been working remotely for 4 years, I humbly think that working remotely alone is great for focused, deep work, but it is not ideal for communication, which are both required for optimum productivity for a software development team (obviously a one-person-team would be the exception). Ideally a working space should be just big enough for the development team to sit close to each other, but should allow offices with doors for the team members to do their focused work a few hours a day.
  5. I went from a job where I felt under-appreciated to a remote position that pays far better. I still can't shake the feeling there's no real connection between my worth, my pay, and my time. It's making it very hard to churn out good work from home. It feels like a gilded cage.
  6. 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 :) (we're called "The Remote Trip")
  7. I was conducting a video interview from home. Then my wife walked into the frame with her bath towel on after taking a shower. When she realized I was on a call, she froze in shock briefly before scampering off in embarrassment. The guys on the call played it cool and acted like nothing happened. Yep.
  8. I miss people and air conditioner :(
  9. I may look coiffed during our Skype meeting but fair warning, from the waist down it's all pyjamas and bunny slippers.
  10. Co-founders losing interest mid-project, both of them have full time jobs and I'm a work at home freelancer. All we have now is a half built app and lots of wasted time. Looks like I screwed up again. šŸ˜¤
  11. I have spend 3 consecutive days in hood fleece pajamas, dodging video calls not to be unmasked because " i have some bad internet connection those days so we better make audio call only"
  12. They say working remotely is the most productive way nowadays and here I am on my 3rd hour of YT-ing and I can't stop. Perhaps, this isn't for me because for you to be productive, you need to have an extreme level of self-discipline to survive this.
  13. Juggling multiple remote jobs across multiple continents -_- Hope I don't break
  14. What to do with who seeks you after the error?
  15. After 10 years of working in the office environment, I took a remote job at a fully distributed company. Here are some observations: - In the regular office, showing up is a part of your job. When you have off days, you can just look productive by running small errands and doing busy work to stretch the deadlines :). After getting the remote job, I wasn't sure how I can use this off-day copying strategy, what is the minimum amount of work I should be doing in order to look productive? After 6 months, this fear went away. It's just a different paradigm, you dont need to pretend to be busy. - I'm an extrovert and I had no idea how easy it is to slide all the way to the other side of the spectrum. After spending all day working alone, letting people back into your own space, be that your significant other or friends got quite challenging. - I miss "shoot the shit" moments of the office environment the most. Pretty much all of my remote co-worker interaction are goal/project/work driven. It's hard to make space for casual convos. - If you are working from home, it's best to have a dedicated room with a door to your office, overwise the line between work and home will get blurry and it will cause some drama with your significant other. - Remote workers tend to be senior level contributors, gaining confidence in proposing ideas and fighting the imposter syndrome is going to take extra time. - I'm yet to establish a good morning routine, starting to actively document my days to get a better understanding of why some days are awesome and some are a total wash. - I'm getting better at being more disciplined with my time management, but it is still a struggle. - I got the remote job after moving to a new city which added another level of complexity when it comes to socializing. Hanging out with my new coworkers in real life is not an option, nor my old friends after the move. So I'm looking into volunteering opportunities to start building my new social network. In general, I'm learning to be more patient and nicer to myself. Adjustment takes time and you cant force it.
  16. Hi everyone! Im just about to give the big jump to work remotely, Im very afraid but felling really enthisiastic at the same time, with a lot of expectations and plans, I think this could bring a really nice change in my life given that at this point of my life I woudl love to be free to manage my time and travel when I want to.This blog is really inspiring and a big help when we are in doubt.
  17. I took an hourly rate at my current job because I was still relatively junior and I didn't really understand the difference between billable time and administrative time. I also didn't find out until too late that we bill down to the minute. My boss actively and aggressively tries to minimize time logged to only 100% billable/productive time, to the point where after I factor out communication and various office tasks I can never really log more than around 4 hours in a day unless I'm working an insane amount. I once woke up at 7am and logged 9 hours of work in a day. I only stopped for meals and I went to bed that night shortly before midnight. Now I'm completely burnt out after 7 months, and my productivity has dropped drastically over the past few weeks to the point where I'm either calling in sick or actively avoiding my superiors all day. I'm agonizing over whether I should quit first or if I should try to hold on until I find another job (I would've fired me by now). I don't have very much money saved and I have student loans. Plus, my boss has basically destroyed my self confidence. I'll never take hourly pay for this type of work (outside of freelance) again.
  18. I really hate Project Management systems as each client preffers one but they never learn how to use it properly so we spend days planning and setting everything up. Every project needs a talk and a to-do list but they are having too much fun setting up cards and decks and invites and other useless features that they pay for...
  19. I hate Slack. So many miscommunication issues :(
  20. Can you help me to know what is the minimum rate that i can offer as a junior digital marketer.... thnks community love this place!
  21. My favorite thing is working from the neighborhood climbing gym's cafe. They have good wifi, and we can take a sport break anytime!
  22. What do you folks use to handle your legal status, your taxes, health insurance, and all that ugly stuff? Any tips would be most welcome.
  23. I'm so fed up with the endless hassle in phone & video conferences with my peers - "can you hear me?", "can you see me?", "can you see my screen?", "sorry, I was on mute", "can you give me control?", ...
  24. I think remote work is going to be as successful as the work you put into it from the start. If you start it with no preparation, with the thinking of "I'll get stuff done, it'll be fine" then you're going to have a really hard time being productive and focused. Starting out with a lot of structure and eventually taking some away or finding adjustments to that structure will set you up for success in the long run. Long-term remote work is totally possible, rewarding, and engaging but you have to be intentional about it.
  25. I am looking for a remote job to have something post here.