New job source being crawled: Welcome Remote UK!

The number of sites we crawl keeps growing - we're stoked to announce that UK Jobs Board Remote has been added to the list of sites we crawl, bringing the total number of sites we scour to seventeen! Remote's tagline is "Where will your office be? Because life's too short to spend it in a cubicle." We wholeheartedly agree! Welcome aboard!


How Small Businesses Empower the Remote Work Revolution

I uncovered an article on the Huffington Post listing the reasons that Small Businesses are  contributing to the Remote Work phenomenon. A lot of the benefits apply to any size organization, and the article lists the usual suspects:

  • Expenses - Smaller offices mean it's cheaper to have team members work from home
  • Larger Talent Pool - Want to compete with the "big players" in large cities? Recruit from anywhere.
  • Employees Want To Work From Home - Employee retention is important anywhere. You might not be able to compete with all of a larger company's benefits, but giving workers an opportunity to telecommute can give your small business an edge.
  • Technology Allows It - It's a lot more technically feasible to cheaply have a remote workforce than ever before.
  • Customer Facing Businesses are Evaporating - Brick and mortar businesses are on the decline, which obviates the need for onsite help.

You can read the full article here.


We're Crawling a New Job Board: Hearty Welcome to Love Remote Work!

We're super-thrilled to announce that we've added yet another job board to our repertoire. Say a big hello to Love Remote Work!



Love Remote Work specializes in Remote Jobs in the UK and Europe, and has a goal of "putting together the best people and the best companies in similar time-zones." They're also on Twitter at @loveremotework.

This brings our total number of job boards that we scan up to sixteen. We won't stop until we catch 'em all!


5 sites and resources that boost remote work mojo

With the trend of remote working growing every year, lots of sites and resources are sprouting up to assist and promote remote workers. Aside from (obviously) our own site, here are a few other interesting spots on the interwebs that are helping the cause:

Workfrom.io

Workfrom bills itself as a place "to find and share the best coffee shops, cafes, bars, co-working and other work-friendly spaces in cities and towns everywhere." I have a profile there (shameless, right?), and have reviewed my personal favorite coffee shop (shout-out to Bard Coffee!). Workfrom features Wifi speed reports, as well as reviews of power accessibility and noise levels. Definitely handy!  Plus the site creators seem to have a great sense of humor.

Remote Year

I've seen this one advertising in my Facebook feed and it's definitely enticing. Remote Year is an interesting concept - think of it a guided work-vacation group tour. You apply to become a member and pay a flat fee up front plus a monthly fee. If you're selected, you go to an exotic location with other remote workers in guaranteed work-friendly locations. Remote Year doesn't employ you - you need to bring your own job. :) Sounds cool, doesn't it? Read more on their How It Works page.

Nomad Pass

Nomad Pass is similar to Remote Year, except it seems to work a little more like AirBnB. The site lists remote work destinations worldwide, or you can list your own work-friendly location. The places I scouted out seemed to range from people's homes, to more commercial work/stay locations, along with some hostels.

Remotive

Remotive is actually pretty similar to what I aspire Remotely Awesome Jobs' blog and community to become, so in a sense, they're our 800 lb. gorilla competitor. :) However, it'd be silly to write an article like this one and not include Remotive. Remotive features an e-mailed weekly digest of remote stories around the internet as well as a blog, tools list, and a job board.

Panda Strike

This isn't a site about remote work per se, but a software company that happens be remote focused. In fact, Panda Strike blogs often about remote work and are currently writing a book about it. I'm a big fan of Giles Bowkett's writing, and he contributes to the blog there.

I've included Panda Strike here because it seems like the company and book everyone always thinks about when they think about "Remote Workplaces" is Basecamp (formerly 37signals), and their book, Remote. In the interest of promoting more voices on the subject, I thought it was a good idea to include Panda Strike as an alternative!

What'd I miss?

Did I miss any amazing sites out there for teleworkers? Let me know in the comments!




Working Nomads: Cool Article by Buffer's Joel Gasciogne

I'm a middle-aged family man with two kids, a house, a couple of cats, an amazing wife, and a minivan. I live in the idyllic lawn-abundant suburbs. For me, working remotely means being here when my kids get home from school in the afternoon so I can ask them how their day was. Working remotely means I can easily stay home when there's a snow day or a child illness. If I need to run an errand at a time that would normally be inconvenient in an office job, I can (occasionally) do so when I work from home without any fuss.

But for other people (especially the younger and childless types), working remotely enables an entirely different lifestyle: the "working nomad." It means working in a new city every few days/weeks/months, seeing the world, and meeting cool people. I would never trade my life today for anyone else's, but I'd be lying if I said I read these working nomads' stories and don't get a little envious. I have my own case of wanderlust.


Joel Gascione is the CEO and founder of Buffer, a company with a remote workforce that builds some pretty sweet social media automation tools. A little over a year ago he wrote an insightful Medium post about his three-month experience as a Working Nomad. In it, he covers why he wanted to try working from the road, the high points, the challenges, and what he learned. He also includes lots of photos from his adventure.

Here it is: How I worked remotely from 11 cities in 3 months

Nomads and their Yurt Photo Credit: Gusjer (Creative Commons)


How to Find a Perfect Remote Job

Other than (obviously) searching job boards like ours, what are a few other things you can do to help yourself find a great remote job?

Keep Your Online Profiles Current

Yeah, LinkedIn gets a pretty bad rap for being a cesspool of recruiter spam, but it's still important to make sure your skills and experience are up to date here. Be explicit in your description that you are looking for remote work - truthfully, few recruiters will take notice, but some will. If you're a software developer, set up a public profile on StackOverflow's career section - first go here, then click this link:


You'll want to do this after you've updated LinkedIn, because StackOverflow can get the job started by pulling from your LinkedIn profile. Another place to make sure you have a public profile is AngelList. I've actually gotten several unsolicited messages from founders here. It's probably also a good time to go back and clean up any questionable content on all of your social media accounts, or adjust their privacy settings.

Ping Your Network

Fire off an e-mail to your career contacts letting them know you're looking for remote work. I've gotten several of my remote jobs this way. The best part is that, unlike social media posts, you don't have to tell anyone at your current employer that you're looking.

Brush Up on Your Skills

The tech landscape changes quickly. Chances are things have changed a bit since you were last hired. Take an online course at Udemy, Egghead.io, or  Coursera. Once you're done, add your shiny new skill to your online profiles.

Networking Events

Even the smallest cities usually have professional networking events. It might seem strange to go to a local event for remote work, but you'll probably bump into other remote workers there (remote folks tend to go to networking events just to socialize with other humans - working from home can get lonely!). Their employer might be hiring, or they may know of one that is.

What are Your Tips?

Got any other ideas? Leave them in the comments below!


6 tricks to help you be a productive remote worker

So you've decided to work remotely. You've exchanged your co-workers for your cats, and your work shoes for slippers. Then it hits you - without your cubicle or  open-plan office, how will you stay on task and be productive?

I've been working remotely for over ten years now. Out of necessity, I've come up with a few ways to stay focused and productive in the face of distractions.

1. Develop a Routine

When your office is your laptop, it's easy to work whatever schedule you feel like, which can mean no schedule at all. Before you know it, you stop showering and your verbal communication skills devolve into a series of grunts. Equally dangerous is overworking yourself. As work time bleeds into play time, you can find yourself in a perpetual "gray area" and will eventually burn out.

Another reason routing is critical is that it's helpful to your co-workers if they know when they can count on you to be available. If you start work at 9am one day, and 4pm the next, you won't seem dependable.

I personally stick with being online by 8:30am (preceded by a morning run when I'm up for it), and I insist on a lunch break at noon sharp. I'm offline by 6pm, sometimes earlier. Errands get run outside those hours, as does play time.

2. Daily Goals

Some people swear by the Pomodoro technique for time and task management. If that works for you, great! I prefer a much simpler plan of writing a daily To-Do list of things I hope to get done that day. Don't overdo it, and break things down into small tasks so you can feel some progress throughout the day. I'm currently using Wunderlist for this (it plays a satisfying "ding!" when you've finished a task), but I've also used a plain old notebook or whiteboard.

3. Dedicated Work Area - Sometimes

A lot of "remote working tips" articles stress the importance of finding a spot to make your "quiet work place." A lot of this advice is tied to establishing a routine and enforcing separate boundaries for work and play time (see above). However, I've also found exposure to other human energy is sometimes reinvigorating. Being stuck in a spare-bedroom-turned-office every day with your cats can get a little stale. If you're starting to feel like that, make sure you get out once in a while to a local coffeeshop or library, or find other remote working buddies to hang out with. You can use a site like workfrom.io to find a great office outpost for a day or other working nomads.


4. Turn off distractions

This is the rule I most frequently break. If you lack self control, use a browser like StayFocusd to keep sites like Reddit and Hacker News at bay. Turn off the Twitter client. If you have a young family at home, you'll probably need a separate space to focus on work, otherwise the lure of play time (or the obligations of parenting time) will too often bleed into work time.

5. Overcommunicate

Make sure your colleagues know what you're up to. Stay in the chat room and be connected. Use video calls often - a lot of the nuance of communication gets lost in pure text and humanizing your coworkers keeps everybody happy.

6. Reward Yourself!

Did you have a particularly productive day? Nailed a big item on that to-do list? Take a quick break! Go for a walk outside, spend a few minutes on Twitter, plan a vacation, or play with your kids if you have them. Humans work on a work/reward system, don't deny yourself the occasional dopamine!

Most Importantly, Enjoy Your Freedom

You took on working remotely for a reason. The isolation can seem daunting at first, but with discipline and consistency, the rewards can be fantastic. The reasons for giving up the commute are different for everyone - take a few minutes every day to remind yourself why it's right for you.

Cat Photo Credit (Creative Commons): Andrew Belenko

Laptop in Coffeeshop Photo Credit (Creative Commons): Robin Elizabeth


We're monitoring a new job board: Welcome RubyNow

We're super psyched to announce that RubyNow has been added to the list of job boards we scan for remote positions. According to their site, "since 2005, RubyNow has been the trusted Ruby job board with over 5,370+ job posts." We're really excited to bring another source of excellent remote work to you at Remotely Awesome Jobs, bringing the total number of sources back to 12.

As always, make sure you check out all the awesome posts on the front page right now, or sign up for our email alerts to make sure you never miss out on a perfect job.



TGIF! Here's what's happening with remote work on the web

Periodically at Remotely Awesome Jobs' Remotely Awesome Blog, we'll try to post some of our favorite recent stories from around the interwebs, mostly on the topic of working from home.

It's that time again! Let's see what the buzz is with Remote Work this week:

See you next week! Don't forget to check out our job posts while you're here.


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