Everything comes full circle. I now work for EMC, which is merging with Dell. I once worked for Canonical, back when getting these kind of native Linux deals was just starting.
LOL at #7. I know more than 1 work-from-home friend who has a rule against sweatpants, or wrestles with how often to wear them.
4 years ago today I started working full-time for Automattic. Four years seems like a lifetime, but it’s a pretty short time in my work history, and it’s been the most life-changing job so far for …
A colleague at work shared this. It’s fantastic. I’ll echo the importance of emoticons and routine. Text chat is the primary form of communication in remote teams, so overuse emoticons to clarify tone. And remember, text chat doesn’t carry tone. Novelists spend hours getting the tone right in their text. You and your colleagues are not going to spend that time in day-to-day text communication. Don’t assume tone, and ask questions to clarify.
Also, every successful telecommuter I know has some kind of work/life ritual. Some people need to get dressed properly before starting work. Some people are strict on work hours. Figure out what your non-negotiables are for making the day feel like a work-day and the non-work time feel like home time, and stick to those things, religiously.
I’ve been working pretty hard on this education tools update for Storybird since joining the company. I’ve got lots of other things going on too, but it’s nice to point to this and say, “yay, I had a hand in getting that done.”
More and more companies will be built fully distributed this way. Great ideas here for companies with all remote workers.
This seems like such a silly article. There’s not that much difference in types of software developers. Why not just say, “Software dev is a good job to have going forward” and just leave it at that? Or tell us something interesting about jobs beyond software development.