A Day in the Life of

a Remote Developer

Patryk Pawłowski

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meet.js Summit 2019

Katowice

Hi! 👋🏻

I'm Patryk, a:

  • Full-stack JavaScript Developer
  • Product Designer
  • Remote Work Advocate

I also:

  • work remotely for 6+ years
  • (sometimes) stutter (🇵🇱  jąkam się)

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What is remote working?

remote working

noun

a situation in which an employee works mainly from home and communicates with the company by email and telephone

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What is remote working?

remote working

noun

a situation in which a person works from wherever they want and communicates with the company or client mostly through online communicators (eg. Slack, zoom)

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What is remote working?

🏝

workation

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🏠

home office

👨🏼‍💻

remote work

🗺

digital nomadism

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✋🏻

Who works remotely?

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12%

of software developers

work remotely

Why remote work is great? 👨🏼‍💻

🌎 

global opportunities

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💰

higher salary *

🤸🏼‍♂️

flexible schedule

🚇

no commute

🕦

saved time

🐣

freedom

Why remote work is great? 👨🏼‍💻

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40%

of software developers

would like to work remotely

Why remote work is great? 🏢

🌎 

global talent pool

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💰

lower costs

🤸🏼‍♂️

flexible workforce

🎯 

goal-oriented work

🧘🏼‍♂️

internally motivated team

🐣

being an early adopter

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Corporations are

remote teams in denial

Qualities of distributed teams

Trust

over control

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Asynchronous

over synchronous

Transparency

over politics

Work

over meetings

Self-starters

over managers

Getting stuff done

over hours in the office

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The average worker

is only productive for

2 hours and 53 minutes. 

How to find remote work?

1. Freelance Platforms

Freelancer, Upwork, etc.

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👌🏻 Pros:

  • 🤔 none?

👎🏻 Cons:

  • low rates
  • big competition

How to find remote work?

2. Vetted Freelance Platforms

Toptal, Arc.dev, Pilot.co, X-Team, Moonlight, Braintrust, etc.

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👌🏻 Pros:

  • freedom
  • high-quality clients
  • good rates
  • finding client & handling payments isn't your problem

👎🏻 Cons:

  • (usually) long vetting process
  • no employment guarantee
  • being platform-dependant

How to find remote work?

3. Remote-first Companies

GitHub, Stripe, Automattic, Dribbble, Buffer, Basecamp, Sketch, Nozbe, iRonin, etc.

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👌🏻 Pros:

  • no middleman
  • remote-first approach
  • perks & benefits of being an employee

👎🏻 Cons:

  • huge competition

How to find remote work?

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Common problems

Isolation & Loneliness

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✅ Meet with friends.

Go to meet-ups.

Work from a co-working space.

Find a social hobby.

Hang-out with coworkers on audio/video call.

Common problems

Poor Work-Life Balance

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✅ Have rituals to transition between work and life.

Don't listen to work-life blending coaches.

Embrace work-life-sleep balance.

Find a computer-free hobby.

Set your working hours.

Common problems

Distractions

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✅ Set you working hours & communicate them to others.

Try Pomodoro Technique.

✅ Use Post-it notes.

✅ Turn on Airplane / Do Not Disturb mode.

Have a dedicated space to work from.

Common problems

Poor Communication

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✅ Use emojis & gifs.

✅ Embrace asynchronous style of communication.

✅ Use other means of communication if needed.

eg. video call, screen sharing, pair programming

Myths vs Reality

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Thanks 🙏🏻 

Patryk Pawłowski

Developer, product designer & remote work advocate.

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Slides

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meet.js Summit 2019 | A Day in The Life of a Remote Developer

By Patryk Pawłowski

meet.js Summit 2019 | A Day in The Life of a Remote Developer

[Presented at meet.js Summit 2019 on Sep 30, 2019] Work from exotic beach, sipping Margaritas all day long, surrounded by like-minded digital nomads… Isn't it idyllic? It indeed is. Life of a remote developer is far away from the picture painted by media. Let me share with you my experiences & lessons learned during 6 years of working remotely.

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