What are you working on?

Question: What are you working on? Read answers from remote workers to learn.

Interview with Jacob, a site reliability engineer

I'm currently employed at Envato as a Senior Site Reliability Engineer tackling some of our wider-reaching security, performance and reliability issues.

The Ruby on Rails monolith that powers Envato Market is one of the oldest and largest Rails applications and as such, requires a special type of caring and feeding due to the scale it operates on.

Envato is one of those places where we are consistently taking on interesting problems that the majority of internet users wouldn't know were problematic over a certain amount of traffic or scale and we need to make it Just Work™.

Along with this, I'm an avid lover and contributor to all things open source due to how reliant we are on some of the projects internally.

Jacob is a Site Reliability Engineer who believes in asynchronous communication and bullet journaling - learn how he maximizes his daily "deep work" time.

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Interview with Mark, a programmer building bespoke business applications

I am a full-time software developer for Symphono, a consultancy based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We build all types of bespoke business applications, ranging from real estate to banking to the energy sector.

My career started heavily in web development. From there, I probably followed a similar trajectory as many others. I became very engrossed in things like UX design and front-end development, honing these skills over the first 5 years of a freelance career.

Nowadays, I simply like solving problems and using programming to do it.

Usually, my projects are long-running - I might be working with the same team and client for upwards of two or three years.

I've learned it's important to establish a rapport as soon as possible. This carries extra weight when your team is distributed geographically (and thus temporally) and it's possible some team members may not be used to having remote co-workers.

Right now, I work on a team that has members in Chicago, Michigan, and Switzerland! Needless to say, our communication tools are invaluable; an hour without Slack could mean a day of lost productivity.

Mark thinks that avoiding distractions and sticking to regular hours are perhaps the hardest parts of being a freelancer - learn his secrets to achieving a good work flow.

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Interview with John, a full-stack web developer who works remotely

Currently I am working with the folks over at OpenSea, the first marketplace for cryptogoods as a front-end developer! I still think it's crazy I'm working with, what to me are, the big boys of the industry. I mean they're backed by YCombinator among others!

I am one of the main front-end developers so I am tasked with implementing new designs and features for the site and integrating the front end with the back end across the site. I've also pitched strategies for customer conversion and retention that have been implemented by the team and have, so far, shown promising returns!

John works remotely while using the latest web development technologies, learn how he works by reading his interview.

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Interview with Scott about working remotely for 20 years

I am currently working on web design and front-end development for Intercontinental Exchange. They’re in New York City, about 5 hours from my home in upstate New York.

I’m on a hybrid team: some onsite in NYC and some remote. Some consultants are in South America and Asia, too.

I also have projects of my own, though they’re more creative in nature, involving art and music. I have recently discovered a passion for writing, too, and have a book that’ll come out about working remotely.

Finally, I moderate a weekly chat (#remotechat) about working remotely. If you want to follow along, it’s at @workingrem on Twitter.

Scott is a designer and developer that's been working remotely since 1998, read his interview to learn how he's been successful

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Interview with Nikita, an entrepreneur building a website to learn anything

My current main project is Learn Anything. It's a very ambitious project with many ideas that I hope to implement.

In short the goal is to make a kind of Netflix for learning where you can learn anything in the most optimal way considering the things you know already and what you want to know and achieve.

I also am very passionate about good tools and macOS so I build a lot of personal projects that boost my productivity in some way. Usually that happens in form of Alfred workflows that I then also publish on GitHub.

Nikita is an entrepreneur working on his startup while optimizing his productivity—learn how he organizes his life and work to maximize happiness

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Interview with Ayesha, a freelance writer that gained early clients through her blog

I am currently working with four active clients. The first is a Keto Nutritionist. I won’t name her because I’m not certain she would be comfortable with that. I create blog posts for her and optimize them for SEO.

The second one is a fairly new Vastu Consultant business. I’m managing her social media pages.

The third is Candy Co, a business that sells loyalty program to small businesses. I write blog posts for them also.

The fourth is a very busy entrepreneur, Jerica Rossi. I am helping her compile an email list. That’s more admin-based work, but I usually don’t say no to nice clients like her.

I do have a few other clients who aren’t active right now. I usually have to wake them up by emailing them. We do a couple of things and they go back to hibernation. But that’s cool with me. I know they are there and on slow months, I can get some extra work.

Ayesha is a freelance content writer—learn how she made the leap to remote work while building her blog and raising her family

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Interview with Eddie, an Engineering Director

At the Director level, I serve at the intersection of people, process and technology.

My job is building happy, productive, inclusive teams and helping them do their best work, so that our customers (both internal and external) can also do their best work.

I run half of our software engineering group at Litmus. Specifically, our team is responsible for all the customer-facing web properties, including full-stack web apps and APIs, most of them built with Ruby on Rails.

Our team is about 15 folks total. I manage both engineers and engineering managers across a range of skill levels and tenure.

My day mostly revolves around making sure everyone's needs are met. This involves regular 1:1s and coaching with my direct reports, code reviews with scrum teams, planning with stakeholders from Product, Marketing, Sales & Finance, interviewing candidates if we have open engineering roles, and contributing to our code base where it can improve developer experience & overall quality of life.

Eddie is an Engineering Director - learn how he manages to absorb interruptions and manage information overload while staying productive.

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Interview with Mike, a software engineer who works remotely at GitHub

I'm currently working at GitHub as a senior engineer. I also dabble a lot with open source software; most notably I'm the lead maintainer of the Homebrew macOS package manager.

Mike got started with remote work after getting an offer from his dream organisation. Learn how he works remotely while working on open source projects and publishing books.

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Interview with Adam, a UX engineer building his own consulting company

I'm currently helping a mid-sized client build out a React project from its very early stages. Since I specialize in UX engineering, this is a great match between client and consultant.

Learn how Adam started working remotely from a cold-email on Hacker News, to how he's using a local co-working space to grow his business.

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Interview with Chanell, a freelance writer and social media manager

I am a freelance writer for multiple businesses and content creation agencies. I do not work for one organization, so I have combined various gigs across a couple of different industries for work.

Typically, I compose articles and content related to automotive industry trends, small business productivity tips, video game entertainment, digital marketing, and human resources.

My work has a one or two-day turnaround typically, and I will work on two to three projects a day.

I communicate with clients daily using Upwork, email, or Trello (whichever platform fits their organizational needs the best).

My work involves a lot of research, editing (a big thanks to Grammarly), and conversations with clients about the type of tone and structure they are looking for in their content.

Because my work is deadline based, I do not have to be available all throughout the day. Therefore, my schedule is very flexible as the client’s only concern is that their work is completed by the agreed upon deadline. However, I do make a practice of checking email connected to the platforms mentioned above at least every hour for any updates or newly scheduled projects.

For the types of writing I do, for my video game entertainment client, I compose 25-part listicles that address trends in popular video game titles. The writing I complete for clients in the automotive industry consists of articles discussing automotive technology trends, impacts of legislation, and marketing tips for local dealers.

The majority of my projects are related to small business tips, advice, and list to guide new entrepreneurs and SMBs through business operations and strategy. Projects are typically 500 to 1500 words in length so a workday can vary based on the length of the articles.

Chanell is a freelance writer working from Atlanta that writes about business management tips and video game entertainment threads.

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