February 18, 2019

What's the most annoying aspect of remote work that you did not find a solution for yet?

Alin Rauta @alinrauta

What's the most annoying aspect of remote work that you did not find a solution for yet?

Hi there indiehackers,

I'm a self-taught web developer who currently is working 5h per day onsite for a web development agency and also 3h per day remotely for clients on fiverr. In the near future I would like to increase my remote working hours and decrease the onsite ones as I begin to really love the perks of working remotely. That's why I would like to build mini projects on the weekend for remote workers, but I need some inspiration and problems that you are facing which you would like them to be solved.

Every answer is much appreciated.

Thanks!

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    In a word: clients (which is why I gave up freelancing). Good clients are gold dust; finding them among the deadbeats, weirdos, fantasists, idiots and tyrants was near impossible.

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    I have to work on a schedule, otherwise I don't work.

    So I just can't force myself to put in 4 hours on a Saturday.

    I wish I could– I would be able to have more flexibility. Now my schedule looks like a regular job.

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    Where do I start? I work remotely from NH full time 5 days a week. Here is my list

    1. Pinged by multiple people each day asking the same question. What are you working on today and when do you plan to start <insert task here>.

    2. The extra 5 mins of every meeting getting the chat working right.

    3. Finding a place with other people to work for a few hours so I don't feel alone but without having to pay high co working space price and make chit chat with the same 5 people there. Starbucks is the closest but it sucks because most times they have loud background music

    4. Being remembered by the team when things are up for debate

    5. Time zone differences. No one respects it. "Let's just book this meeting for 9pm your time because ... well it's sunny where we are now."

    6. Hashing out complex ideas and solutions with team members is rather difficult via chat

    7. Making any sort of sustained impact that'll get you a promotion is hard. Career practically dead in the water as it's easy to execute tasks and fix bugs but hard to get your ideas across especially when they require back and forth discussion.

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      "Finding a place with other people to work for a few hours so I don't feel alone" +1 on this one.

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      #5 drives me crazy. That's why we're building http://everytimezone.com — specifically the new Pro features. Maybe you could get your clients to use it.

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      But does your company use any kind of software to manage projects? I mean, where all this conversation happens? I've never worked remotely, but some software seems to be pretty decent regarding tools for remote teams

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        We use Slack for managing conversations. I'm not sure I'd say software is pretty decent. Software has made it a lot more easier for fellow coworkers to bug me at any time in the day without regard to what time in the day it is where I am. And also made it easier for endless conversations and side discussions that eat up my time. Imagine social media on steroids but you can't opt out as you may miss something important in the sea of streaming information.

        Personally imho, we need software that facilitates more focused and to the point information. We have the complete opposite at the moment.

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          I've seen a lot about @derrickreimer 's https://level.app. You might want to give it a try.

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          I agree with you. Slack is focused on real time/near real time communication. Remote work should be about good asynchronous communication.

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    Dropped calls & bad network for me. Having to arrange my schedule around reliable internet or limit my travel. I'd like to get back to the point where I'm doing more offline and can batch up commits, email, and research -- but being connected and communicating is a big part of my role now.