About a year ago, I started working 100% remote. It has been a very rewarding journey. So naturally, I feel it is a good time to look back and share my feelings.
Working from home
I recently moved to Margaret River, Western Australia. It is a beautiful area and I feel really close to nature. I can go for a surf or a hike before work. Being part of the community is very rewarding, as working from home somehow limit your social interactions.
I have a dedicated office in my house. It allows me to make a clear distinction between my family/free time and work.
I don’t believe a lot of things are required, but there are a few essentials:
- a good microphone for better communication ( preferably unidirectional )
- a laptop stand and a good chair for a healthy posture
- a fast, stable internet connection
Digital nomad lifestyle
I also spent two months working from Indonesia. It is only a 3 hours flight and being immersed in a different culture is really refreshing.
The best tip I can give you is to go to a co-working space. They have fast internet and you don’t have to think about having a desk when renting a place. They also provide the opportunities to meet fellow remote workers and host events.
The co-working space I stayed at was dojo bali.
It takes some time to adjust, mostly the communication side of things. Using great tools helps a lot ( e.g. for pairing I use screenhero )
You may have to ask your employer or clients to adapt their workflow. I work for a company which has a lot of remote staffs, so that was not an issue.
But overall it is amazing! My only advice, if you consider going remote, is just do it. It is probably much easier than you think.