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Working Remotely

8 years ago from , Front-end Developer

I work remotely and in doing so I've experienced a few things to share.

Fact#1 : It is difficult to track hours. Sometimes I find myself working late when I am supposed to be available during the day. I am available during the day always, but there are times when I do my own thing during the day and work on agency related projects at night (If the deadlines allow for this of course). In the end does it matter the time I work as long as deadlines are met and the result is handed in when required? Is there any difference in me working from 4pm-midnight instead of 9am-6pm?

Fact#2: We never keep track of other outside entities like an accountant. If a company hires an accountant they are in fact hiring a remote worker. As long as their required tasks are completed nobody ever goes around trying to track the daily hours of the accountant. We just expect the project to be completed in the desired timeframe and for the estimate discussed.

Fact#3 My work never leaves me. If I feel like tackling my agency work through the weekend (or in bed) I will in fact do so -sometimes not even tracking my hours (I'm on salary anyways).

Fact#4 Great tools create a great experience. Using tools like join.me to screen share has been a horrible experience. Skype may get some trash talk, but I've always had seamless screen sharing without stutter on Skype. Invest the time in a good screen share service/app and remote working can be more enjoyable when discussing and sharing with co-workers.

Fact#5 Communication and transparency is key. Enough said.

Fact#6 I don't need a suit to feel important at my home office. I get as much work done in my pajamas as I would in my suit. If I need to be on a video conference call that day I'll make sure to dress my best otherwise it's PJ time because thats the perks of the job (Kind of like a police officer speeding when they feel like it). In the end it's results that are viewed not the process.

8 comments

  • Weston VierreggerWeston Vierregger, 8 years ago

    Regarding Fact #6: How many designers wear suits to work? (Not sarcastic! Honestly curious...)

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    • Ryan Hicks, 8 years ago

      I don't know of anyone that does. If I had to I wouldn't work there. Being comfortable while working is very important to me. Business casual is bad enough in my eyes (especially here in FL), but I'll at least accept that if required.

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  • Dennis Gaebel, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    Just to add to this, some feel “suiting up” changes their mindset. Obviously there is nothing wrong with that. If you need to “get in the mood” by dressing up then by all means do so. We all have our processes which is the point.

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    • Andy StoneAndy Stone, 8 years ago

      Since becoming a freelancer this year, I definitely find myself dressing up more than I used to. When I had an office job, I would sometimes rush out the door in whatever I had nearby. Nowadays, I find that getting "properly" ready each day gets me focused on work.

      Maybe just need to work on focusing a bit more.

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  • Miguel Solorio, 8 years ago

    I think as long as your schedule is transparent and they are fine working around those hours then you should be fine.

    I work FT during the day and freelance remotely during the night. Sometimes it can be harder to schedule conference calls during the daytime, but because I was transparent about my schedule they are fine working around that time. And most of my freelance is hourly based, so the more hours I work, the bigger my invoice gets, however I still have to manage my life outside of work.

    It's really difficult to try and balance the two, but if you're able to master down your schedule and knock projects out on time, who's to stop you?

    ps - PJ's are the best work attire

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  • Ryan DevenishRyan Devenish, 8 years ago

    "Kind of like a police officer speeding when they feel like it." hahaha :)

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  • Matt SoriaMatt Soria, 8 years ago

    I think Fact#5 is the key here. If you're open with your employer, contractor, or client, and you let them know a little bit about your lifestyle and the way you work, then they are usually open to work with your schedule and preferences.

    I think making working remotely successful also hinges on you doing good work (and being enjoyable to work with), and working with people that are good to work with. Good employers/contractors/clients will understand your remote situation and see the bigger picture - that they want you to do the work because you're the right person for the job. Bad employers/contractors/clients are the ones who wont understand this or respect your hours and take it to mean that you're dedicated to them for 24 hrs/day, and end up calling you at all hours.

    Be good to work with, work with good people.

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  • Peter DeltondoPeter Deltondo, 8 years ago

    "In the end does it matter the time I work as long as deadlines are met and the result is handed in when required? Is there any difference in me working from 4pm-midnight instead of 9am-6pm?"

    I do the same from time to time. In the end, there is no difference, but there are times when my client(s) want to discuss projects throughout the day, so it makes pushing them off till the later hours more challenging. It depends if you are doing a large project, or lots of smaller production tasks that require a lot of back and forth between you and your client.

    My biggest challenge is when I get ahead of schedule on remote work. If I turn it in early, they take it as an invitation to cram more stuff in for the week and go beyond the set retainer hours or work days we don't usually work/discuss projects. Sometimes the extra work/money is appreciated, other days it's a bit of an overload.

    The "pjs" are certainly a perk of the job ;).

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