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30 Mar, 23 tweets, 4 min read
1/ How to evaluate and find a great remote job:

With a remote job, I mean a proper one. Not a job at a company that happens to be remote because of covid or because people are cheap elsewhere.

It's not hard to find remote jobs, but it's incredibly hard finding a remote job that works for you. If you're in the USA, it's much easier as most jobs are USA-only.

Start by checking whether the job allows you to work from your location.
4/ If that's possible, try to get an idea (e.g. by searching employees on Linkedin or by asking) how the team is spread out. If you're the only person in a timezone far from the rest of the team - that can be difficult.
5/ If you're planning to work from a different country than where you have citizenship, that can be a challenge. Make sure you understand whether you're allowed to do so - and if you need employer help, address that early on in the interview process.
6/ Lastly, make sure to understand what the office/ meetup requirements are. Some companies ask you to come into some HQ or attend off-sites once in a while. This can be really fun, or a challenge based on your personal circumstances.
Think time to travel and visas.

Next, verify how you'll be employed. A company might employ you locally themselves, they might use a company like @remote or they'll ask you to work as a contractor.
8/ Unless you are actually independent of the company, you're probably being misclassified as contractor, which is a risk to both you and your employer (with $$$ fines and losing your job as outcome).
9/ Being independent means you don't have a job, and are clearly treated as separate from other employees. In some countries you're required to have other customers as well, before you're a valid contractor/freelancer.
10/ In doubt, have your prospective employer talk with @remote, we can help with all forms of employment.

The best remote companies have all of the following:

A company handbook to which everyone contributes. This is where all important processes live, and e.g. values are written down.
12/ Some policy on global compensation. You can figure this out by asking directly.

Younger companies might not have something super defined, which is OK, but the larger the company, the better the answer must be. It's up to you to decide what an acceptable answer sounds like.
13/ Internal expectations on what meetings are and aren't for. If you never hear the word async or asynchronous when you ask, be warned.
An easy check is to ask some of the people interviewing you how many meetings they have a day.
14/ A clear time-off policy. Unlimited time-off doesn't cut it anymore. There needs to be a minimum (which can just be the statutory min). How do they deal with public holidays?
15/ Some way for the team to bond outside of the context of work. This can take any shape from simple zoom hangouts to something more elaborate (everyone at Remote gets a VR headset, for example).

Organizations that work truly remotely have few to no excuses for not being diverse. You can hire from anywhere in the world, meaning your company should have some sort of reflection of what the world looks like.
17/ Easy to evaluate: ask for the numbers and look at who is interviewing you.

Ask about diversity and inclusion projects in the organizations. Also here, you should expect larger organizations to do much more, not less than young companies.

How do you know whether the offer you've received is a fair one?

A good way to start is by asking what the compensation band is for the position you're applying to.
19/ If the range is very large, and your offer turns out on the low end - you have a clear idea of where you are.

If you live in a low-cost area, it's possible your prospective employer accounts for this.
20/ Generally if the offer is below ~35k USD (yearly), it's too low to take seriously. If you are applying for a role that is in high demand, it can be worthwhile asking for peers in other companies / countries what they earn.
21/ The best way to get a higher offer is by asking for it. That can be really challenging, but it's a win-win: if the response is poor, the future you'd have with that company can't be very good either. If it's positive: you just got yourself some more money!

There are many remote-job websites. My favorites are:
23/ I'll follow up with a thread about applying to jobs some time in the future. Let me know what other questions you have!

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25 Mar
1/ I've been managing people remotely for 8 years. Here's how to be a better manager in a remote (distributed) team:
2/ First off: being a great manager and being a great remote manager are nearly identical.

Most of these tips would directly translate to an office. If you are a good manager in the office, transition shouldn't be hard.

I.e. you don't need to smell people to manage them.
3/ One-on-one calls:

Have regularly 1:1 calls with all your reports. The point of these calls is to check in with the person, not the work.

What that means in practice is that you don't spend that time reviewing work - you can do that async.
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These are the best ✨new (or otherwise yet to be massively appreciated)✨ tools that help you greatly with remote work:
. @AlmanacDocs is building the future of the documentation tools for teams. Reviews, approvals, merging, history, super great multiplayer. Early days, but super awesome.
. @withopal helps you block out apps, notifications, so you can truly focus or simply disconnect.

Super important, because remote work means work is always just a glance away. Opal helps increase that distance.
Mobile-only, but on desktops soon.
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1/ Here is how to be super productive working remotely:
2/ Find your optimal schedule and only work then. This could be e.g. working early mornings until afternoon, a day split in two or more parts, or working late nights.

The best way to discover what works is to experiment.
I work best afternoon-nights.
3/ Block your calendar: when out of your work schedule, block! Avoid ever making exceptions to this (circumstances allowing) if you can.

This is your first defense for a reasonable work/life balance. Even if you work a lot: block hours to sleep, eat and workout.
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Want a remote job? Not sure where to start? Here's how you can find one:

2/ Decide what you are looking for:

Companies tend to look for a person that can do a certain job. E.g. "Node engineer", "Data scientist"

Few companies will look at your profile if you don't apply directly to a position.

Zero will do if you can't say what it is you want.
3/ Be realistic. If you have little experience in time, you will have to make up for that in other ways - preferably a way you can prove.

Public work is gold. Blog posts, even e.g. StackOverflow or Dribbble profile can be very good.

For jobs like product mngr this is hard 🤷‍♀️
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