I have experienced bouts of loneliness where I can't seem to reach the coworker I need via Slack and have no insight into where they are. While not overwhelming, this feeling can sometimes chill the sunny disposition that the remote work life instills.
Furthermore, when you are on a team that is failing to build rapport due to geographic distribution, the distance feels that much more multiplied. Something as simple as whiteboard collaboration becomes a much bigger chore.
Easily, the biggest trap that's easy to fall into is working past traditional hours. You've never left the office, right?
Too often, I've neglected home errands or exercise to squeeze in "just one more hour". Before you know it, one becomes four. Is this behavior exclusive to remote work? No, but remote work definitely enables it.
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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The only thing I don't like is the volatility, you can have work one day, then no the next.
John works remotely while using the latest web development technologies, learn how he works by reading his interview.
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Working remotely can be isolating. I’m an introvert, and even for me the silence can get to be a bit too much. It helps to have someone else in the space with you: a spouse, significant other or another co-worker.
It’s important to make connections, so I make a point to schedule coffee, hikes or other social things with friends.
Just stepping out once for a coffee midday is a really good way to counter some of that feeling of isolation.
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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I like working with people and solving problems together. Brainstorming on white boards and generally talking with other people about interesting things.
Remote communication lacks the human element I find.
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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I find that remote working lacks a support system.
You don’t have someone you can pass off the work to if you aren’t feeling well or you have an emergency.
Emergencies happen. And when you’re working remotely, most clients expect you to be more punctual with your deadlines.
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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One of the issues I have with remote work is more so unique to freelance work. As a freelancer, it can be difficult to understand the state and tax laws: paying quarterly, estimated vs. actual earnings, and paying online.
This situation has been a bit of a challenge I have had to get used to and learn a lot about.
The other issue is the isolation. I am an introvert by nature, so working alone is not a problem for me. However, there are times where it would be nice to work with someone who is in a similar situation. I have made a practice of having co-working days with old college friends and attending lunches with professional contacts to combat these feelings.
Chanell is a freelance writer working from Atlanta that writes about business management tips and video game entertainment threads.
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Ideally I'd work in a small, quiet office a short walk from my house.
I miss having coworkers to chat to in person whenever I feel like it but between real-life friends, family and web chats there's not really any meaningful isolation.
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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I am extroverted so I definitely find the isolation to be difficult at times.
Luckily, having a dedicated office space in a co-working office helps alleviate that loneliness.
Because I have that flexibility (and membership also includes perks like free coffee), that takes care of any of the downsides I would normally have with remote work. It's actually pretty great!
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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Working remotely can sometimes get lonely. You can feel isolated, missing human contact. Communication can be also a bit tricky sometimes. It helps to work for a company that is remote, meaning most of the people are working remotely so the tools and workflows reflect that.
Igor converted a part-time contract into a full-time remote software engineering job—learn how he did it and his tips for working remotely.
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There are a few downsides about remote work, in my view these are:
Deb made the jump from full-time software developer to freelance sales copywriter—learn how he made the transition.
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