My favorite thing about remote work is the freedom to work wherever I want either from a coworking space or a neighborhood cafe as long as I’m productive, I’m happy.
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This was my last day in Antwerp, Belgium. I sat in a café in the vicinity of China Town, had a Flat White, some cake and wrote an article for a client. A few hours later, I was sitting in a bus to Nijmegen (Netherlands). The internet wasn’t working in Belgium, but once I entered the Netherlands, I was online — and I wrote two more articles on the way. I love to be productive whenever and wherever I can. Wasting time is not an option — time is much too precious.
- Story 305
When working remotely I struggle to unplug and stop working. I forgot where my off-switch is located.
- Story 304
Night is when I’m most productive. No distractions, only Snow Patrol and the tungsten glow of my Fl.ux powered laptop screen.
- Story 303
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.
- Story 302
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.
- Story 269
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.
- Story 267
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.
- Story 266
I miss people and air conditioner :(
- Story 264
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. 😤
- Story 262
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"
- Story 260
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.
- Story 254
Juggling multiple remote jobs across multiple continents -_- Hope I don't break
- Story 252
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.
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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.
- Story 248
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.
- Story 247
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...
- Story 242
I hate Slack. So many miscommunication issues :(
- Story 241
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!
- Story 238
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.
- Story 234
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.
- Story 228
If you work too mutch you will never have time to get rich :)
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I don't know how to monetize my website effectively, if it did me well, i would certainly work only remotely...
- Story 219
On Monday, I worked all day till 11pm. On Tuesday, I had meetings early morning and presented my work. In the afternoon, I went grocery shopping, worked on my garden, and had some me time because I finished all my work on Monday.
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I'm dreaming about working remort...traveling the world...see new places and meet new people....and I'm following every top remort worker on twitter and reading about it. And then I remember....fuck.. I got 3 assignments due by Sunday -_-
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what is holiday?
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I am paid for 24 hours work a week. I do 5. IMO, this is entirely fair. I am being paid for my value, not my time.
- Story 212
I'm only the one developer in a remote startup who do all the development and i also get very less pay for this. the thing is I'm afraid that if I'll tell them to increase my salary they will cut my position.
- Story 211
I have been building sites and apps for years now but after my accident 7 months ago in a car crash, I kind lost the edge. Simple CSS fails me and now look like an imposter at work. Decided to switch careers.
- Story 210
I don't think I could ever work in an office again.
- Story 209
I find that working remotely vs be office, that I'm more responsive, more productive and more focused being remote. I think it's my inner conscience proving to myself and team that I am trusted and actually working hard. Not sitting at home watching day time tv.
- Story 207
I was secretly pooping during a few of my conference calls with my boss
- Story 206
There are times when it's tough working with colleagues in an office environment because you're someone who doesn't want to speak to people much. I feel like running away from this place, but it's being impossible. I badly want to secure a remote gig and move away from this place.
- Story 204
My boss usually starts a phone call with "Get off your games or whatever you're doing, I need your help" He works from home too. Can't bullshit a bullshitter!
- Story 202
I usually fake being productive at home. I keep playing videogames and watching netflix, so I make everything I should've done at home when I'm back at the office the next day.
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This moment when all the people are sitting around the table and talking about something when you're enjoying sitting on the toilet with your camera turned off.
- Story 199
Just started to work remotely! =D Hope it will be great! =D
- Story 197
Working in South America for an Asian Startup, it is getting hard because i'm the only one working remotely and it feels like every meeting is a presentation selling "me" and the rest of the teams then decides if they buy or not, and they speak with each other in Chinese. The good part is that i'm full time with a "Sillicon Valley" salary, but my productive time is less than 5 hours. PS: I suspect that they secretly hate me
- Story 194
When you work as a software enginner from home, people will feel like you are writing emails and sharing on facebook. This is a bigger problem when you are away from community.
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Through years of traveling, I’ve learned the importance of creating a dedicated ‘space’ within your environments where you can focus, thrive and be efficient. Posting up in random cafes doesn’t work for me – I get too distracted and spend more time trying to find a groove vs actually being in it. Creativity can flourish anywhere as long as you give yourself the space and permission to do so.