What do you like about remote work?

Question: What do you like about remote work? Read answers from remote workers to learn.

Interview with Jacob, a site reliability engineer

Working remotely has really opened my eyes to the fact that "work" isn't a separate thing to the rest of your life, and it all needs to be balanced based on what you see as your priority.

As for remote work itself, the freedom and flexibility are the two big things for me. I can work from anywhere that has an internet connection in a setting that helps me focus.

Sometimes I need more distractions to allow more free-flowing thinking, while other times I just need to strap in be distraction free.

It's also a huge win that if I need to run an errand during the day, I can get it done without sacrificing other parts of my day. For example, sprinting to the Post Office 5 minutes before it closes to collect a parcel before they close for the weekend.

Remote work (specifically heavy async communication) has also forced me to slow down and really think about meaningful communication and being as efficient with it as possible. When you're communicating with people in multiple timezones, you lose time going back and forth if you're not succinct and lay everything out properly.

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

Having extreme flexibility to schedule day-to-day life interwoven with "traditional" working hours just feels right to me.

Now that my before- and after-work schedule is not dictated by a commute, I've found that I can enrich my social life with more spontaneous events with friends and family.

In terms of the work environment, there is a freedom in not having the "boss over the shoulder" or the "always-talking coworker".

This simple mastery over nearly every detail of your work environment is not only liberating, but thrilling.

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

I love being able to set my own hours, being my own boss, not having to worry about commuting, working comfortably and you know taking meetings in pajamas.

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 like that distractions are mostly of my own design.

There’s so much about commuting and office life that you can’t control, right down to someone talking to someone else in the room you’re in.

If I need quiet, I get quiet. If I need socialization, I can go out and make that happen. If I need to go for a walk, run or hike to clear my head, my door is right there.

Probably the best thing, though, is being able to be there for my family. If my kids forgot something at school, it’s not a big deal. Having a dentist appointment doesn’t derail my day, as it takes just a half hour. These are things I don’t have to tell my manager about, since they’re so quick.

Life doesn’t get in the way of remote work; it complements it rather well.

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

I like the freedom of being able to work from anywhere.

Not being bound by any location and also time is a really great thing. Although it does require discipline to be effective with this freedom.

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

The best part of working remotely is the flexibility you get.

With kids and family, I strongly believe that at least one parent should be working flexible hours. It’s not possible for my husband since he’s working in advertising, so in our family, it’s me.

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

There's a lot to like about remote. Independence, autonomy, privacy, freedom, and health benefits.

  • Enables me to hire the best folks for Litmus from (almost) anywhere, and as long as we're being intentional about building our culture, this helps avoid creating a monoculture.

Not worrying about commuting, traffic, parking, etc. Time is a finite resource, and over the years, this adds up to a massive lost opportunity cost, both personally and professionally. #killthecommute

  • Control over my daily interactions and flexibility to react to life events. The ability to work around my schedule, instead of scheduling around my work, has improved my quality of life significantly.

Being in control of meals and meal times. Being in control of physical activity. Frankly, I am way less self-conscious about eating and exercising in the privacy of my own home, so both of those things have helped me get healthier.

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 Adam, a UX engineer building his own consulting company

I love the freedom.

Because my clients cannot see me day-in and day-out, they judge me based on my output and value, and not based on my time in a seat.

Because of that, I don't have a problem taking a long lunch or running errands, because I can always slot in my work time earlier/later in my day.

I'd rather have that flexibility with the shared understanding of high output than simply exist in an office for 8 straight hours just because it "feels" more productive to a manager or executive.

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 Mike, a software engineer who works remotely at GitHub

I like the time and location flexibility it affords me and my family. It decouples my preferred employer (currently GitHub) from my preferred location to live (Edinburgh, Scotland).

It forces my employer to judge me on how much I get done rather than how long I'm sitting in a particular chair in a particular office.

I like that I'm more productive working remotely than working in an office; it feels like both my employer and I are getting a better deal.

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 Chanell, a freelance writer and social media manager

I love the freedom. It allows me to have the time to walk my dog, go to the gym, visit with a friend, or go on a vacation without the need to ask permission. I have always been excellent at self-management, so having the freedom to manage my whole schedule is excellent for me.

I also enjoy the fact that I get to work on a lot of different projects, and learn a lot about a variety of topics. This part of it helps me to never become bored with what I do.

I genuinely feel that I have the opportunity to work at my own pace, and which is honestly one of the best feelings.

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

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