How and why did you start working remotely?
My first remote role happened by chance, like most of the people in the space right now. When the pandemic hit, we were all forced to work from home. At first, I was quite skeptical about the productivity of myself and the team but everyone proved to be even more hardworking when they didn’t need to worry about a commute.
When it came time for me to get a new role, one of my major considerations was remote working – I couldn’t imagine having to return to the office again. Those days were behind me.
What are the biggest benefits of working remotely?
For me, it does not have to commute to an office. Working my own hours, from wherever I feel like. Sometimes that’s my home office in my apartment or a coffee shop and occasionally, a hotel balcony by the beach.
Choosing my own working hours is also a major benefit. For me, I take a 3-hour break every day in the middle of my day. This allows me to work much later after I am back from my break, hence having more screen time with my colleagues in the Western time zones.
What are the greatest challenges to working remotely?
See how in an office you could walk up to someone and get instant feedback, clarity, or an answer to something? Yeah, now forget about that with remote working. Especially if you’re working with a team that’s 6 to 8 hours at a different timezone. This lack of instant access can slow things down.
Remote work requires a lot of discipline. Not necessarily discipline to get things done without someone looking over your shoulder but the discipline to know when to close your laptop and sign-off work. With remote work, the lines between work and life and very blurry, and you could easily find yourself hitting 14+ hours of work per day.
What apps or websites can’t you work remotely without?
Slack and Google calendar. Prior to 2020, I didn’t use any of them at all! But now, Google calendar is the first thing I check when I sit at my desk. Slack on the other hand has become the major communication platform for me and my colleagues.
What’s the best way to find a remote job?
Honestly, it’s just to look. LinkedIn is a good place to get to know which companies hire remotely, but visiting these companies’ individual websites and checking out which roles are eligible for remote work is a better way to find jobs.
There are also platforms like ToffeeTribe that make it easier to find such jobs.