Remote Work

Articles on remote work, telecommuting and working from home.

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Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017

When Working From Home Doesn’t Work

For jobs that mainly require interactions with clients (consultant, insurance salesman) or don’t require much interaction at all (columnist), the office has little to offer besides interruption. But other types of work hinge on what might be called “collaborative efficiency”—the speed at which a group successfully solves a problem. And distance seems to drag collaborative efficiency down. Why? The short answer is that collaboration requires communication. And the communications technology offering the fastest, cheapest, and highest-bandwidth connection is—for the moment, anyway—still the office.

Monday, Oct 9, 2017

What I’ve Learned About Silence from Working at Home

I’ve also discovered an entire cohort of professionals who work from home and substitute social time for what used to be long commutes or trips to the gym. We take afternoon walks through the neighborhood, enjoy brown bag lunches at each other’s homes, meet for drinks, or talk on the phone while we’re on our way to meetings. It breaks up the long stretches alone and even allows for the same networking I used to do by the vending machine.

Monday, Oct 2, 2017

Why working from home should be standard practice

Quick — imagine a person working from home. If you pictured somebody in pajamas watching videos on their laptop, you’re not alone.

Friday, Sep 29, 2017

Help is on the Way: 10 Tips for Remote Work/Life Balance

When your refrigerator is your lunchroom and your commute consists of 10 stairs, working remotely can be unique and sometimes challenging. How do you separate your home and work lives when your office is your home? The great part about working remotely is it gives you the freedom to do both. The issue is finding that balance between your two worlds. Don’t worry, it can be done.

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017

How to Work From Home

There are many things that contribute to becoming a successful work-from-home employee. As more companies across nearly every industry accommodate an increasing number of employees wishing to forego the morning commute and office pantry footfall, remote work has become an increasingly easy and breathlessly viable option for many who seek it. Here is a modest guide to becoming a successful remote employee, a culmination of what I’ve learned along the way.

There's no such thing as a 'remote' employee

When everyone is remote at least part of the time, the whole idea of a remote worker is obsolete.

Monday, Sep 25, 2017

5 Things People Don’t Tell You About Working Remotely

We really do believe remote work can have a positive impact on peoples lives. But there are real downsides and we want to talk about them.

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

A Survival Guide for Parents Who Work Remotely

I wanted to write this post to reflect on things remote working parents and their companies can do to make raising a family and doing great work possible.

Thursday, Sep 14, 2017

Remote Work: Introduction and Tips

As a remote web developer, I’m writing this post with a small introduction and some useful tips for those who are considering this alternative. This post is also for those who already are remote workers and seek for improvement in their routine or practices. Even though we’re a team of developers, most of the concepts and tips bellow can work for any area.

Friday, Sep 8, 2017

8 things remote CEOs do differently

Based on what I personally strive to practice and what I’ve observed from other CEOs who lead remote companies, here are 8 things that remote leaders do differently.

Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017

How do you pay your remote workers located in various countries?

I would like to know how you pay your remote workers as freelance contractors without ending up having to eat expensive fees, or violating any US or remote workers’ country’s tax laws.

Monday, Sep 4, 2017

6 Months of Working Remotely Taught Me a Thing or Ten

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into my first remote job. I did a lot of research before taking the plunge. Ultimately, though, I wasn’t sure if it would be as glamorous as others made it out to be, or if I would find it counterproductive to working, learning, and performing to the best of my abilities. As it turns out, it’s a mixed bag. A lot of positives… and some negatives.

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017

Is Working Remotely Illegal?

If my online American LLC is serving customers partly automated yet still requiring some work on the laptop, is it “illegal” to work on a tourist visa? Many people also go to Thailand on a 30 day visa, or the infamous Schengen visa for 3 months. They still work remotely- but is that illegal?

Friday, Aug 25, 2017

Not even remotely possible

The biggest transition from office to remote work isn’t the geography; that’s incidental. The biggest transition is the mode of communication, which goes from default-synchronous (walk over to your colleague’s desk) to default-asynchronous (PM them on Slack.)

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017

How to Handle Conflict on Remote Teams

The following guide is the result of two years worth of experiments I’ve done with my own remote team, conveniently packaged to help jumpstart your own conflict resolution journey.

Monday, Aug 21, 2017

Remote working trends in 2017

With proper internet and attention to timezones, you literally can work from anywhere. I did it last year on an around the world trip where I worked from Prague, Vienna, Budapest, the Moscow airport, and Japan. With all this going on, what are some of the recent trends that have popped up to help remote workers and nomads stay sane and productive?

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017

How to Determine if Candidates Will Thrive in a Remote Work Environment

Through trial and error, we’ve developed some core strategies for determining whether candidates will thrive in our remote work environment.

Monday, Aug 14, 2017

Remote workers would rather be watched than ignored and forgotten

Remote workers want the option of being visible online, but they want control over how they are presented. For office workers, visibility might involve arriving early or staying late, but for remote workers it’s digital spaces that give them the opportunity to be seen.

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017

Why you should work remotely

Prior to starting the position I was worried about whether I could be happy and productive on a remote team. I wondered how project planning would work, whether it would be terribly lonely, and how communication would function when things got hectic.

Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017

The Rise and Fall of Working From Home

While telecommuting, the umbrella term for any work occurring outside the traditional office, has ballooned over the last 20 years, some offices are rethinking overly broad policies. Flexible work remains popular at many organizations, but most companies want workers at work at least some—if not most—of the time.