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  1. Crappy WiFi seems to follow me everywhere, even when I’m in super developed, connected cities – maybe I’m preempting it.

  2. In the city where I work, they don't believe I'm actually working at home. They make them think I'm crazy. So next times I'm going to tell everybody I have no job at all.

  3. I feel like my company doesn't appreciate how much money I save them by working remotely. They don't have to make space for me in the office. They didn't buy my computer or any other equipment. They don't pay me for any of my time throughout the day doing anything other than work. I used to have an office job, so I know how much time is wasted in an ordinary day. Time spent chit-chatting with co-workers. Time spent getting coffee or even just going to the bathroom. And yet I am the one who is treated with suspicion if an invoice shows I spent "too much" time on a project.

  4. The delivery guy is always astonished to see me answer the door every time he has a package for me. I started to pretend I work a nightshift because I didn't want to explain why I'm working in my pajamas in the morning.

  5. We are the remote workers. The remote work is a big power, but with great power comes great responsibility. Let's keep on demonstrating the world that this is the right path for a better and more effective society. Let's not become a bunch of lazy assholes.

  6. I've updated the deps, the sw stopped to work and I don't know why. Js fatigue

  7. 4th time I subtly attempt to have my company fly me over to HQ. If this one fails, I'll fly myself - to another job.

  8. I spend my down time between projects programming and looking up new tools/frameworks I wouldn't have had time for if I wasn't working remotely. Hoping one day I'll make my way to becoming a remote engineer :)

  9. This could be the most Millenial website ever. Here's my contribution: "I'm working from home today, and my kids are sick. They scream all the time and every twenty minutes or so I have to turn on a different cartoon for them or dose them up on some kind of drug. Come to think of it, it's not so very different from a normal day in the office."

  10. I have been operating 3 companies remotely since last 2 years. One is 3 year old in fact, I now operate team of about 28 people, all working remotely and we have never ever faced any issue with remote working lifestyle. Everything is super great and I believe its all about the execution.

  11. OK, I quit my job 4month ago. I have 11 years experience in translation so I was like, why not? I'm gonna quit this job and live my life! Well, at that moment I had a well-paid project, now? I'm really struggling. Being a Freelancer takes time to start earning the amount you need to live the way you want. Do I regret quitting my awful job? NO Do I earn more? NO Do I need to earn more? OH HELL YEAH

  12. I started freelancing remotely two years ago. I work hard, 9+ hours a day, 6 days a week. I'm more productive then I've ever been. I communicate with the companies I work with all day through IMs. I do hands-on work and also manage ppl remotely. I am happy. Remote work is the future.

  13. When I worked in the office, sometimes there would be whole weeks when I didn't have anything important to do and other times when I was crazy busy. Now it's the same, but when I'm not busy I don't feel like that time is completely wasted, sitting in a cubicle. And I don't mind putting the extra effort in when I need to.

  14. I only do work at the very last minute. I'm too distracted by working remotely. Yet, I cannot, at all, get things done in an office.

  15. I decided to come to a co-working space for new startups today as I was lonely working from home. Turns out I'm the only person in the entire building apart form the receptionist. Still lonely but now I have to wear clothes (...or do I?!)

  16. The crazy thing about my job is I can go weeks without talking to anyone at the office. I think most of them don't know I exist. I just get my work done (social media) and send them invoices. Once in a blue moon someone will give me something to post, but mostly I make my own decisions and I get almost no feedback. Sometimes I recognize the name of someone from the office liking something I post. That's the extent of the feedback I get from them. But they keep paying my invoices so I assume they must be satisfied with my work. Or they just don't care and are happy not to think about it. Either way, it's fine with me.

  17. I forgot about a 1:30 meting today. It just means I need to take a shower now. :(

  18. Started freelancing February 2015 after reading "Remote: Office not Required". Got huge raise from $4/h to $8/h, then $12, now $25. It's almost impossible to find this kind of job in Russia so I'm glad I was able to overcome my fears and leave office job to do it full-time. Still, I'm not satisfied and want to start my own business where I could share my experience with others, help other people, consult them on a web development, and probably become financially independent. There are couple downsides as well, but I've managed to overcome them. First, I've got really beautiful in all aspects SO. She helped me to let go my fears and greatly raised my confidence. I was able to tell my partner (boss) that $12/h isn't going to work anymore because I'm no longer alone and he easily raised it to $16, then $25 after we've got a new client. Another thing is that I can wake up pretty much anytime. There is no such thing as a "morning" for me now. One day I've woke up at 1 am and the other day it was 5 pm. It kind of sucks though when I need to order something and delivery man says he could appear anywhere from 10 am to 8 pm. Probably one of the best parts of living a nightlife is that you can go into the 24-hour store and see not a single person at the checkout. I think queues in stores would be in the past pretty soon (3-5 years) with Amazon Go introduced not long ago. I'm glad I was born in such revolutionary time. Everything changes in a way you don't expect and sometimes it would really inspire you. It's kind of crazy to think that we are sitting at home all day long and I've gained some fat because of that (not a big deal for me, though). I just don't want to leave her even for 5 minutes to go outside and simply walk around and exercise. She cannot walk outside too much because of some strange illness — when doing exercises, worrying, or simply walking to the store and back could cause dizziness, headache, and even vomiting. Every walk for her is a pain and stress. Doctors couldn't get a diagnose for it. Poor girl. Hopefully, full paid medical examination would help to shed some light on this issue, because I really want to take her on a walk into parks. We are living in a green town with many places to go, but sure there are a lot of people living out there, it's 30km near Moscow. At the moment I'm learning data structures, algorithms, Ruby, and want to join some good team where I can make a difference. As a developer, I don't see myself simply coding requirements for clients but actually discussing if that feature is needed right now or there is a better alternative for what they want. When the boss asks me to estimate time for the feature, I'm always looking for existing solutions and taking maintainability into account. Recently I've even had an opportunity to contribute to an open source package we are using now in the project! That was pretty cool experience — figuring out your requirements and generalizing them to a broader audience. Not to mention seeing "first pull request" and "first issue" in your Github profile. Every project I've done so far is not just an opportunity to earn money. It takes some time to learn about the domain and see how can you improve it. How much money would you lose if you hire someone without attitude to work on the project? I was working on that kind of project where codebase was spoiled by cheap developer force. Technical debt was reeeealy huuuuge. I didn't know what to do. It took me literally a year to remove about 40% of that debt. How many new features were developed? Not many. For every new feature, I had to fix about 30-50 old bugs. And all of that without unit testing. Imagine that. Every day I'm reading something new about web development, exploring new stuff. I've gathered so much knowledge and started to think that I need some kind of blog where I could share all my knowledge and experience. But I like to generalize and my initial requirements grew up into something more than a simple personal blog. Basically, everyone could create multiple blogs, write posts, see comments. And one of the features was anonymous blogging. Yeah just like this site, but everyone could create their own personal storyboard. But I still don't know how to make it completely anonymous so even website hoster couldn't know who made a post on an anonymous blog, but users could manage (create, update posts, etc) their anonymous blogs just like ordinary ones. That's it for now. Thank you for reading.

  19. Doing yoga in my underwear during remote team meetings (voice only). Always feel guilt and like I'm getting away with something. Especially, knowing that the rest of the team had to wake up early and commute.

  20. Remote work is great for families. I take my daughter to school before I start, I work. I take a short break to bring my daughter home from preschool. I get back to work. Throughout the workday, I'm taking short breaks to spend time with my daughter playing with her new toys, doing the laundry, some cleaning, cooking, taking a shower, even going out to buy something. There are no forms to fill out, no manager or someone to go to for approval, none of that 'working mother' rush you see stereotyped in movies. Working remote is the future and we need more options like this in more companies, businesses and organizations. In some remote companies the work-life balance sucks more (ie they are more sensitive to you leaving to take a break, or you need to be online every minute or some harsh rule like that) but I've found a better company with a better culture and rules.

  21. When I am working on a few different projects at once, what I like to do is switch physical locations when I switch to a new project. Sometimes that just means moving to a different room, but it could mean going to a cafe or the library or whatever. It helps me switch gears and refocus.

  22. I'm particular about coffee, and trying to brew something in the office kitchen feels like cooking thanksgiving dinner with an easy bake oven. Remote work means I can sculpt my environment to work perfectly for me without inconveniencing others.

  23. Everyone(Founders,CEO) tends to say others to take risk and start doing. But in real life people don't trust those people who take such high risk rather they just hire people who obey without any further question 😐. Strange World.

  24. Washing my dishes helps me shift gears. Sometimes, on special days, I use my Magic Wand to be able to move to the next phase. (I used to smoke, so "bridges" had to be replaced with something!) The neighbor's kid is a cry baby. Besides that, this is the best way for me to work. My terms and I produce.

  25. Unproductive for years, that I need some discipline - still searching for an effective routine that works for me. Getting overweight, and living a sedentary lifestyle. I need to act before my health fails me soon. Only thing would give me happiness and rejuvenate me to work is travel. Though would it work if I'm unproductive at the first place?

  26. Working remotely let to be part of awesome projects at big companies, when I started it was great bc I can get a good spaces just for me, and let me focus on what I like to do, but after a few years it feels that I need to have some people around, I am thinking a co-working space will be better now, it seems to be like the new way to work these days and also I think I could benefit from other experience and get some people around :)

  27. I miss the feeling of walking into work in a new outfit and feeling confident.

  28. I really wish I was #1000, but #998 will do 😂

  29. I work longer hours from home and have trouble stopping for lunch and at the end of the day. I'm still trying to be better at disconnecting.

  30. Not showing until nearly noon, and then wondering if the people who saw you on video conference in the morning will notice the clothes switch and/or lack of bed head when they see you in the afternoon.

  31. Nothing like hitting snooze until 5 minutes before a conference call, rolling out of bed, sitting down at my desk, and starting work for the day. No thirty minute drives into work, no hunting for parking spaces. And after the call, I can go back to bed if I want. For a little while anyway.

  32. hate not having people to do constructive workshops with.

  33. I just resigned my remote job to go back to office because these people want me to work 8 hours a day!

  34. Left my full time job to work less. I was working less with my full time job.

  35. In my case, meetings suck when working remotely because internet access in my country is very slow. Google Hangouts doesn't deal well with audio, Skype doesn't synchronize audio/video, and the rest are just too unpopular to convince my team to use.

  36. It feels good to be around my family while I work, but it's really hard to be productive. Sometimes I work five hours a day, sometimes even less. It also sucks being at home so much, so I go to a café to switch the environment a bit.

  37. I am working as a Visual Designer. As I am in a beginning stage, there are lot to learn, yet I dont think I am really concerned about that. I am worried that I am not. Yet, I couldn't. What to do? There are lot of Movies that has to be watched. :) :(

  38. When I first started working remotely, I desperately wanted to be "part of the team" and wasted a lot of energy asking lots of questions and trying to form relationships with my "coworkers" on slack. But then I realized that we're all happier if I just quietly get my shit done without bothering anyone. 9 out of 10 times I can figure out how to handle a situation on my own and I like the autonomy. I just pretend I'm working for myself.