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Working Remotely & Working from Home

Working Remotely & Working from Home

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Chris Gmyr

May 18, 2017
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  1. Working Remotely & Working at Home

  2. Presented by Chris Gmyr @cmgmyr

  3. Remote Working History 4 2000 - 2013: Self-Employed 4 2012

    - 2014: Full-Time Remote Contracts 4 2015 - Present: Full-Time Direct Hire
  4. What are we going to cover? 4 What is working

    remotely? 4 Am I good fit for working remotely? 4 "Best" Practices, Tips, & Tools 4 How to start working remotely 4 Finding remote work
  5. What is working remotely?

  6. None
  7. NOT!

  8. What is working remotely? a situation in which an employee

    works mainly from home and communicates with the company by email and telephone — Cambridge Dictionary
  9. Working remotely could be: 4 Full Time 4 Part Time

    4 Very Occasional
  10. I would hate just working from home all day!

  11. Also Work From: 4 Coffee Shop 4 Co-Working Office 4

    Friend’s House or Office
  12. Get Out! 4 Meet for lunch 4 Take a walk

    4 Meetups 4 FitBit, Strava, etc
  13. Top 5 "Pros" 4 Higher productivity potential 4 Improved work/life

    balance 4 Flexible schedule 4 Money savings 4 No commute
  14. Bonus: Pajamas!

  15. Top 5 "Cons" 4 Can be lonely 4 Less collaborative

    4 Harder to "shut down" 4 Lots of self-discipline 4 More potential for distractions
  16. Don't be like this guy...

  17. None
  18. ...it happens though.

  19. "Best" Practices, Tips, & Tools

  20. What makes a successful remote developer? 4 Self Accountability 4

    Independence 4 Communication 4 Technical Skills 4 Experience 4 Local Support System
  21. How to be Productive 4 Establish a schedule 4 Organized

    work space 4 Limit distractions 4 Over-communicate & keep connected 4 Deliver consistent results 4 Stay alert & active
  22. Internet & Hardware Recommendations 4 Updated Computer 4 Headphones/Microphone 4

    Broadband Internet 4 Fast Home Network 4 Backups!
  23. How much should I spend on upgrades? The 2016 average

    monthly motor fuel cost per commuter for North Carolina was $115 — Wallet Hub 1 What is your monthly gas/commuter cost? 1 https://wallethub.com/edu/energy-costs-by-state/4833/
  24. How much should I spend on upgrades? 4 Internet: $80-$120/mo

    4 Hardware/Network: 3 months of fuel costs (~$350)
  25. The "Best" from WireCutter... Routers2: 1. TP-Link Archer C7 v2

    - $90 2. Netgear R6400 - $108 2 http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wi-fi-router/
  26. The "Best" from WireCutter... Mesh Networks3: 1. Netgear Orbi RBK50

    - $380 2. Eero - $400 3 http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-wi-fi-mesh-networking-kits/
  27. Useful Tools (Chat & Video) 4 Slack 4 HipChat 4

    Google Hangouts
  28. Useful Tools (Video) 4 Zoom 4 Screen Hero

  29. Useful Tools (Collaboration) 4 GitHub, BitBucket, GitLab 4 Google Docs,

    Confluence 4 CodeShare.io (and similar) 4 Draw.io
  30. Useful Tools (Productivity) 4 Todo List and/or Calendar 4 Pomodoro

    Timer/App 4 Break Time (Mac) 4 Rescue Time
  31. Start Working Remotely

  32. How to Ask Your Boss to Work Remotely #1: Prepare

    4 Am I a good fit for working remotely? 4 Is my employer set up for remote employees? 4 Can I still perform all of my duties while not in office? 4 Do I need extra/additional equipment? 4 Do I have a good track record?
  33. How to Ask Your Boss to Work Remotely #2: Research

    & Formulate Plan 4 Put it in writing 4 Propose benefits (for you & employer) 4 Identify & address concerns 4 Ask for a meeting
  34. How to Ask Your Boss to Work Remotely #3: Meet

    Think about remote work from your employer's point of view 4 Make it a conversation 4 Suggest a trial period 4 Be flexible 4 Be honest
  35. Be prepared for "No" !

  36. All hope is not lost...

  37. Getting a Remote Job

  38. Remote Focused Job Boards 4 stackoverflow.com/jobs/remote-developer-jobs 4 jobs.github.com/positions?location=Remote 4 weworkremotely.com

    4 remoteok.io 4 larajobs.com (Laravel focused) 4 authenticjobs.com/#remote=true 4 and many more...
  39. What makes a good "remote" company? 4 Has (fully) remote

    employees 4 Uses remote friendly tools 4 Works with flexible schedules 4 Offers benefits & perks 4 How does it feel to you? (Culture) 4 What are the terms (FT/Contract/Etc)
  40. Downsides of Remote Interviews 4 Larger pool of candidates 4

    More rounds 4 Tech tests and challenges 4 More factors to be judged on
  41. Remote Resources 4 40+ Companies Share Their Secrets to Remote

    Work Success - blog.proven.com/remote-work 4 Remote work stash 100+ resources about remote work - remoteworkstash.com 4 Paid Job Board & Slack Community - remotive.io/ community
  42. Thank you!

  43. Say "Hi"! twitter.com/cmgmyr github.com/cmgmyr chrisgmyr.com