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.
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- Thinking about becoming a remote worker
- I miss having a permanent desk. 😔
I miss having a permanent desk. 😔
- Story 430
Had tough time getting people in the meeting on time. Given that the meeting schedule is fix for every meeting
- Story 428
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.
- Does working remote get lonely?
Does remote working for long periods of time get lonely?
- Story 390
Can anyone guide me on how to work from home? I know a lot of things, but I'm so confused.. :/
- Story 388
I got an offer from a Singapore based startup finesse digital but they cancelled the offer recently before i joined. I have already resigned from my existing employer. Talk about ethical work environment?
- Story 387
After 5 years working from home, I thought I knew how to handle going to the bathroom in the middle of an important 2hr meeting. I did not. I had to bring my phone into the bathroom, no video and on mute mind you, while I did my business.
- Story 386
A year and a half ago, my 3 month old puppy took a nice big shit on the floor while I was presenting work updates via conference call. I was well into my presentation and had to sit there and pretend there wasn't crap just sitting there, smelling. Now, still working remotely, a huge benefit is that I get to spend plenty of time with my dog and don't regret working in this manner at all.
- Story 385
My cranky non-remote worker was impatiently waiting for me to be on conference call for an hour, while I was struggling to extinguish the fire on top of my house.
- What's your perfect home office setup?
A cup of tea, baby's cradle and winters in your garden, the perfect office setup. Can't ask for more in life!
- Story 348
My significant other is still on vacation, at home and I'm trying to work. Somewhat of a challenge to have someone who's vacuuming and moving furniture around you when you're trying to focus on a complicated problem.
- Story 347
Who works at a startup and constantly have pointless Zoom calls/meetings? A quick email will suffice, just saying...
- Story 344
That moment when an unexpected wave of laugh catches you on a hangouts call, for no reason, and you're trying to control it 😂😳
- Story 343
When a call goes on for longer than you anticipate and your dog is anxious to go for a walk. And just then the bell rings. What do you do?
- Story 342
What's the worst during a meeting (video conf)? - Your cat pukes just next to you, and you try to stay calm. - Your AirPods die, and you can't hear anything for 2 minutes. I just had both in the same call.
- Story 341
Anyone ever got in corporate tax troubles (also when there is a bilateral agreement between your home country and your company host country) with you home country when having a remote company abroad (like through the Estonian e-Residency)?
- Story 339
I work remotely at a job in the same place I am at. I am so happy that they allowed me to work remotely even though the office is just around 30 minutes drive away. This shows that remote working doesn't have to be really miles away from where you are.
- Story 336
To work remotely you need to discipline yourself. However, if you master it, the life changes. You can enjoy the beaches of Valencia, fashion cafes of Milan and port of Lisbon while working.
- Story 335
I‘m afraid of people since I started working remotely. Not because I‘m used to be alone, but because I appreciate it even more.
- Story 334
Working remotely means I can drive my grandpa to the doctor in the morning and catch up with work whenever I can.
- Story 332
I love changing coffee shops where I work. God bless you laptopfriendly.co
- Story 331
When you entirely cannot understand what a colleague is saying on hangout calls due to heavy accent and just saying ’yes’ and ’that makes sense’ throughout the whole call. Then he invites you again and you keep telling him that texting on slack/emails are much more productive 😬😬
- Story 330
There is this client of mine, we only involve in volunteering, collaboration and some services we offered. After finish the project, he annoyingly find faults with us for no reason because we make contacts with the community. He is afraid of losing his market and control of the community. You can't control people who we communicate with, whereas you're doing for business and we are doing on personal cause. There are people out there who greedy for money, they are knowledgable but they like to stir stories around. We are glad that we communicate with others, they told us about all these information. They make used of us as much as they can and also called us "workers" whereas we are collaborators only, working for a specific project time frame given. And now he is texting us all over whatsapp because he saw we building another project which has nothing got to do with him, his business, his brand, his marketing and the list goes on. These people are really pain in the ass. They are nothing but just greedy beyond control, it's fine to do what they want, it doesn't bother us. But now we have our own project. We are not ever a business, we just helping others in need with a small amount of money target to provide basic necessity to live. We are upset by the way this founder's behavior. We are very patient with whatever communication and we are clear about any discussions. He told us this is bad. But in our opinion, we are not disturbing his business nor his partners. We are just helping out a cause. We are so done. I am so done. I'm so tired thinking about this kind of people in my life. It sucks really.
- Story 329
Being sick while working remotely is the worst. It’s hard for me to draw a line between work and rest. I want to work but I need to rest... but my laptop is so close and I just need to do one thing... I need help, please give me your tips
- Story 328
I started hating NDAs so much, like with a burning passion. Let me show my work and get more clients, assholes!
- Story 327
I think i need to let myself work on the things i care about and get excited but somehow i feel like i’m in my own world
- Story 326
I've been working remotely for so long, I don't own a winter coat. During winter you'll find me working from my cosy office.
- Story 325
It has challenges but I love being a remotee. Office again after 2.5 years as a remotee? Fuck no! I think I could go like this for at least 10 years.
- Story 324
Pro of remote work loneliness is that I am much more creative. Being alone helps me have ideas and really develop them in my mind. In an office, this process would be interrupted by many other things. This is an interesting counterpart.
- Story 323
"I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work." https://youtu.be/djdQDsB55QI (Apologies if it's been done to death already)
- Story 322
Pro: Hard to find last minute afterwork beer friends Con: Hard to find last minute afterwork beer friends
- Story 321
The biggest secret that no one will admit is that coworking spaces are the least productive places to work and pretty much cafeteria to socialize.
- Story 320
Working remotely is a sure proof way to increase your caffeine intake, find ways to do anything but the work you need to do and to tell yourself that you'll do it just after you "insert random excuse". Remote work is basically procrastination with half hour work frenzies when the deadlines start piling up. Still beats 9 to 5 though.
- Story 319
Remote work has pros & cons for an employer, but it gets you the best people to work on a product. You shouldn't limit yourself to a few guys near your area. The Internet is now prevalent, so unless the job requires physical labour, you have the entire globe at your disposal.
- Story 316
It's been one month now and I'm starting to talk to my cat. I hope she can get me out of my comfort zone!
- Story 315
Right now i'm doing work at home, my laptop crash 3 months ago while i had alot of projects on going, i had to borrow 3 laptops from friends turn by turn each month to complete my task, suddenly some kind soul came to me a bought me a new macbook pro 15inch 2018 i7 laptop, now i have to clear last 3 months work while going broke, and now i can't take other new work, only time will tell how hardcore my life is right now. But i found remotestories.com, maker's kitchen and product hunt, keep me productive and sane to speak to new people who are same industry with me, i continue to finish my stuffs. After that i need a break to eat something nice, pray to god and also meet some awesome people. Of course nature, island-hopping and good food is needed. TRUE STORY. - https://twitter.com/fajarsiddiqfs
- Story 314
Remote work is superior because if you start crying during a meeting you can just pretend you have a shitty wifi connection, turn your video off and try to keep it together until it's your turn for a status update
- Story 313
I wake up, go downstairs and I'm at work. I finish work and watch Netflix and go to bed. Rinse, repeat 5 or 6 days a week. Sometimes 7 as I work for myself. This isn't healthy.
- Story 311
Lots of high-profile companies reached out for interviews, but once I told them I am only looking for full-time remote positions, they all silently disappeared. It's really really hard to get a full time remote job even if you have a competitive resume and career. People don't appreciate your time and effort because you are just another tiny voice on the internet, and they can easily turn you off.