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.
- Story 105
- Story 119
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.
- 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.
- Story 144
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.
- Timezones are hard
It turns out that the clocks go back and forward on different dates in the US and Europe. Two meetings were rescheduled because I was not aware of that.
- Story 157
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.
- 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.
- 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 13
Productive remote work hours can often vary by type of role...Developers often like no distractions to allow them to crank on projects. Others, like community/marketing teams may prefer to be around people in an office environment. And others may like a combination! So this is where remote working can be a struggle. People finding a balance that works for them.
- Story 74
Everytime my cofounder and I talk on Skype, I do my nails. He can't see.
- Story 101
I told management they're all elitists that don't represent their diverse workforce and pay slave wages without listening to actual workers to improve work conditions. Now I'm unemployed with a few hundred bucks in my name. Anywho, I don't know where I'm going, but I'm working remotely at local libraries now, and sometimes seem like I'm the only one there I get sick of the numerous "suspect stares", so I work from inside my car in some desolated Metra station parking lots with 1 bar wi-fi signals. Cops love me. Fuck this feels failuresque, but I still feel I can find my way. I don't know, maybe I fucked up for good this time. Only things keeping me upbeat are my dreams. As corny as that dunk sounds. I feel I can create something. Something that will gain traction. I don't know. Fuck.
- Story 139
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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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 135
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.
- Worked too fast on a project
I was so afraid to understimate my second freelance project like my first one that I just finished my one month gig in 2 days 😅
- Story 122
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Feeling lonely but productive
Sometimes I feel so lonely, I guess it makes me more productive 😓
- 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 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!
- 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.
- 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 19
Last week I did a meeting marathon : twice a day, far away from each other. As result I shipped almost nothing during the week. I took four days to work remotely and focus, and my backlog is now clear.
- Story 75
I honestly only do like 5 hours of real work a week. Love being full time remote. Just wish I could get a second job like this and bring in two FT salaries.
- Story 95
I work remotely 5-9 hours a day. Delegate to developers in India. Earn about $5k a month and pay $1k in wages.
- 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 51
Huge proponent of a mix of work. Like, maybe 3 days at office and 2 days from home. I have found my self to be more productive when switching the environment like this.
- Story 80
I make up excuses so I don't have to go to the office and I can work remote. I hate disruptions with a passion. I don't care about what sounds better for a company tweet, that's not my job... it's yours. Stop distracting me.
- Story 92
Some of my days are filled with aimless attempts to contribute meaningful work to my firm. Other days present unique opportunities to grow personally and professionally. I've stopped worrying so much about which kind of day I'm going to have - and instead, have focused on doing what is best for me and trusting it will be what is best for the company. I've completed complex financial pro formas in my PJs. And I've also spent hours on end daydreaming in my rocking chair. At some point, I realized that it all kinda balances out.
- 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.
- Does working remote get lonely?
Does remote working for long periods of time get lonely?
- Story 163
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 :)
- Story 221
I don't know how to monetize my website effectively, if it did me well, i would certainly work only remotely...
- Story 199
Just started to work remotely! =D Hope it will be great! =D
- 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.
- 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!