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How hard is it to find a remote job?


by @msurocks99 | 5yr  | 11 comments

I have been following nomad list, remotek and other remote job portals and from last two years have been applied to a lot number of remote jobs. Unfortunately none of them replied back me yet :(.

I have CS background with 5 years BI and DB development experience, also I know scrum and other PMO stuff.
I am looking for roles including remote PMO office and also I can do high end tech support stuff too. Sorry for the self-promotion but I have applied to more than 200+ oppโ€™s but unfortunately no one of them returned back to me why is that? I am planning to start my travelling life from last few years and this is the only thing is stopping me to do that.

Best

Shihab

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@nealbozeman | 5yr

I have hired 9 full time remote employees from contracts that started on Upwork (when it was Elance). But that is only 1/1000th of the number of applications I have received in total from there, over the years.

If you have been with a large employer for more than a year, and ask to go remote, they will oblige. I have met many who where able to go remote to be closer to family.

If you are starting fresh, try finding a job opening in a small town, where you can pitch to them the benefits of remote employees. The benefits to the small time employer are:

  1. Larger talent pool. You are drawing from all over the world
  2. Less administrative work. You bill as a contractor and pay your own taxes, file your own paperwork, take care of your own health insurance.
  3. Cheaper. Remote workers cost less. Partially because item 2 removes employer costs, but also because the competition is stiffer for remote workers.

Accountability is a major issue when I hire. I want everyone to have a daily process and routine, to be available at consistent and expected hours of the day, attend daily team calls, and have the skills to move projects forward. I want to know what will be happening when they log in, and what the results were when they logged out. You need to convey this to every employer you wish to work remotely for.

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@munly_leong | 5yr

lol nice seeing you here too Neal, and yup setting those hours and the ground rules is one of the first things I expect to do and insist on it myself if whoever Iโ€™m working for โ€œdoesnโ€™t want to deal with it right nowโ€.

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@ajsnewman | 5yr

I agree, Upwork is basically as good as you make it to be yourself. If you are looking for a single employer though, apply to join toptal.

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@andreobrown | 5yr

UpWork is no more of a lottery game than finding a job by any other means. The difference is, in regular life you donโ€™t see how many other people are applying and what your competition looks like.

As I pointed out, it takes a lot of work. You are after all competing in an international marketplace. It takes work to get your profile completed; it takes work to send applications day in day out; it takes work to customise each and every application for the client and job youโ€™re applying for; it takes work to keep trying until you land your first job; it takes less work to get a second job after landing your first.

Iโ€™m quitting my full-time day job on Dec. 31 to go into freelancing full-time. This is possible because I put the work into building my career on UpWork. If you are willing to put in the work, you can succeed on UpWork. Or you can just give up and keep doing what youโ€™re doing.

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@msurocks99 | 5yr

@andreobrown I am looking for long term remote job not short gigs thatโ€™s why didnโ€™t try upwork.

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@andreobrown | 5yr

It is possible to find long term contracts on UpWork. I have a client who Iโ€™ve been working with for 5 years, and another for over 2 years.

Additionally, you can find a steady flow of short and medium term contracts that can provide steady income.

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@msurocks99 | 5yr

@andreobrown upwork seems to me like a lottery game, I have applied to a lot jobs of my skillsets, none of them invited me to talk, the work I have done remote so far from my friends and known personal networks.

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@andreobrown | 5yr

Have you tried UpWork.com? Iโ€™ve been freelancing on UpWork (formerly oDesk) for 5 years now. Iโ€™ve met many great clients, and have some longterm clients too. I have a steady stream of well paying work.

There are many who will criticise UpWork because of bad experiences or not being able to find jobs. However, you should give it a try as your experience may be different. The key to landing jobs on UpWork is to stand out from the pack. It is after all an international marketplace.

To get setup and land good jobs, I suggest a lot of reading: https://www.upwork.com/i/howitworks/freelancer/. This is also a good resource: https://freelancetowin.com A lot of what the guys writes sometimes sounds gimmicky, but his recommendations are stuff Iโ€™ve learned over the years. Donโ€™t go buy into the course unless you have the money to spend. The free newsletter stuff if pretty good to get you started.

Get your profile completed, fill out every section, write a good intro, take a professional photo, do some tests. Donโ€™t stop applying for jobs daily until you land your first one.

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@ajsnewman | 5yr

Or you could suggest to your current employer that you could do your role remotely and how it would benefit them. This was how I got started.

Have you tried Toptal? I have found them to be excellent.

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@munly_leong | 5yr

The odds are pretty bad because the whole planet can apply for them and there arenโ€™t enough remote companies. I think because of this, companies putting out remote roles should at least mention a minimum salary as a filter so that those who are looking for a higher range wouldnโ€™t bother.

Itโ€™s really best to start a business. Thatโ€™s how most people are doing it

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@naeemtee | 5yr

Itโ€™s certainly a lot more competitive. But like all jobs, thereโ€™s two things:

  1. Sell yourself well
  2. Keep at it

Luck plays a big role. Just make sure youโ€™ve got a nice resume, work on your interview skills, and keep at it. Itโ€™s worth it in the end.

Persistence, man, thatโ€™s it. It sucks, but thereโ€™s no secret, you just have to keep at it.

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Where should I set up my company as a remote worker?


by @beloruchka | 1mo 1 month ago | 7 comments

Iโ€™m looking for any recommendations for services or people others have used to get answers on the best place to set up their businesses based on their personal circumstances.

Leaning towards Singapore after a ton of research, but would really like some concrete advice before jumping in.

Appreciate it!

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Bali to focus on attracting remote workers when the island reopens for tourism


by @levelsio | 4mo 4 months ago | 0 comments

When reopening for tourism, Bali says it will focus on attracting remote workers to choose the island as their workplace:

"We will focus on a new pattern of how Bali is not just for leisure, but indeed to work in Bali as well"

thebalisun.com/bali-tourism-will-target-digital-nomads-and-those-who-work-online/

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Any attorneys working remotely?


by @rohitsn | 4mo 4 months ago | 3 comments

Transactional Attorney with a focus on US Immigration. Burnt out doing the law firm thing. Trying to leverage skill to get on this digital nomad tip. Love the traveling experience, hostels, seeing new places, new cocktails etc etc.

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What do you use to work together remotely?


by @artofwarbiz | 6mo 6 months ago | 6 comments

What do you use to work together remotely with your team?

I know Slack, Hipchat and Hall.

Which ones do you guys use and why?

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What have been your biggest challenges working remotely in your team?


by @wanderer | 6mo 6 months ago | 2 comments

My interest in DN lifestyle started when half of our company have been taking 1 month for remote work @ Ko Samui. It was truly cool but we observed quite some communication challenges. Communication seemed just โ€œriskierโ€ when online.

What were your worst situations caused by misunderstanding while communicating online with your teammates? What do you do to avoid misunderstandings?

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What's the first step now that I can work remotely?


by @mariaplslourdes | 1yr 1 year ago | 4 comments

Hi everyone and nice to e-meet you!
finally, after so long I found a job that allows me to work remotely.
But now? Do you have any practical advice that I can use to approach this new world?
In particular, I have to put my tax situation in order, do you know a good tax advisor from whom I can ask for advice? (Iโ€™m Italian but I live in Franceโ€ฆI donโ€™t know how long it will beโ€ฆ) )
Beyond that, any advice is welcome.
Thank you!
Maria

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Recommendations for UK/Scotland accountants that understand remote businesses?


by @eduardoyi | 1yr 1 year ago | 1 comment

Looking for recommendations for reliable accountants who understand how remote businesses with off-shore freelancers and clients work. Thanks!

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What's the best CRM/system for managing remote work opportunities?


by @panoramica | 2yr 1 year ago | 3 comments

Iโ€™m currently doing some work through Upwork, but itโ€™s sporadic and Iโ€™m keen to get more active on other platforms like Freelancer, Toptal, CodeMentor, Fiverr etc

Currently Iโ€™m managing leads in a Google sheet. Basically itโ€™s just a list of projects I pitched for, how much I bid, what I did differently from the last pitch/bid, how much time went by before I got a offered a job etc.

Iโ€™m not actively following up anybody, and Iโ€™ve in fact โ€˜lostโ€™ a few jobs where the client was keen, but then disappeared without a trace. I guess I need to keep in touch with those people to ensure that they remain focussed on our agreementโ€ฆ

Iโ€™m also keen to take on more small projects concurrently, without dropping the ball on any of them.

Iโ€™ve done a quick Google and turned up a few names including Salesforce, Zoho, Nutshell, HighRise, Base, Nimble, etc etc. But testing out all these products isnโ€™t all that appealing, so I thought Iโ€™d ask here first :slight_smile:

Ideally Iโ€™d like something that integrates with remote job boards in some way.

Feature list

Iโ€™ve done some research and currently have this feature list:

Proposal building & tracking

  • Compile proposals from snippets - technologies, past projects
  • Quickly pull together a realistic/client friendly quote
  • Test and measure different approaches
  • Beat proposal deadlines while maintaining quality
  • Fine tune pitch material to bid more quickly and win more work โ€“ templates
  • Store history about past projects involving common needs and technological solutions
  • Learn which proposal content is working, and which is not

Lead generation and client management (CRM)

  • store info about regular clients
  • track remote projects which Iโ€™ve pitched for
  • Remote Job Board integration
  • search multiple job sites for keywords
  • track projects across multiple remote platforms โ€“ API integration / message alert/response

Project Management & Scheduling

  • Break projects down into granular tasks
  • Gantt chart to visualise overlapping jobs
  • Calendar to schedule daily work, deadlines, R&D
  • follow up, plan and schedule future work now, rather than once current work has dried up
  • offline reminders via a dedicated Android app
  • time tracking โ€“ to get an idea of true cost, to flag issues to client
  • BitBucket integration

Billing

  • Integration with Xero
  • tracking status of payments, actual payment date vs expected payment clearance date

Marketing

  • Get repeat business
  • Build Word Of Mouth
  • Proactive lead generation
  • Publish proposals as case studies

Cheers,
Dan

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Is there a US bank for easily creating new business checking accounts remotely?

 

by @tylertringas | 2yr 1 year ago | 23 comments

Every accountant is going to tell you that you really should be keeping separate accounts for all your businesses and even projects that may one day become businesses. But in my experience setting up a new account associated with an actual business entity is a pretty annoying process involving an in-person visit to a bank branch, proof of residence in that branchโ€™s region, etc. Has anybody seen a bank that letโ€™s you easily create a simple business checking account online and more importantly that would let you add additional accounts and transfer funds between them?

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Remote worker in Amsterdam: taxes and legal status?


in Amsterdam, Netherlands by @think | 2yr 1 year ago | 1 comment

Hi all,

I am moving to Amsterdam in January and looking for advice regarding legal status.

I work for a small French company. They agreed to let me move to Amsterdam as a remote worker starting January. :v:

However, they have no business entity and no employee in the Netherlands, so we have no idea how to set up the whole thing legally speaking. Should I remain an employee of the French entity, should I charge them as a consultant/contractor?

Of course, I am looking for a solution that is both simple and with minimum taxes :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

Thank you for your help!!
Steph

PS: If you can recommend a good accountant that is competent on the topic, I an happy to pay for the service too!

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Where can I go for remote working while surrounded by nature (ocean waves, mountain, etc)


by @nish81 | 2yr 2 years ago | 7 comments

I have this dream scenario in my head, and Iโ€™ve searched for a while without figuring out how I might best achieve it. I donโ€™t need many places, just one or two that I can go back to over and over again. I want to be working on my laptop while being surrounded by nature; for example a place right on the ocean where I can hear the waves crashing and look up and see them, then look back down and go back to work (but it would have to be very close by to achieve this feeling, not a distant sea view).

In itself this might not be so hard but my total list of requirements makes it difficult:

  • Fast internet: at least 20Mbps down with ethernet connection possible.
  • Very close to emergency medical services: so not in the middle of nowhere, and ideally in/very close to a decent size town (I have some medical issues)
  • Not more than ยฃ70/night to stay
  • It doesnโ€™t have to be a residence: it can also be a coworking space that meets all these requirements, and I can stay somewhere else and work at this space

So far I thought of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: there seem to be some flats with a nice ocean view, although Iโ€™m not sure how close to the ocean they can get. And maybe also Valencia?

Anyway, Iโ€™m not sure if anybody else has had this kind of dream as well. But I would very much appreciate any tips for places I can check out :slight_smile:

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Does anyone plan on applying to the Vermont $10,000 remote work incentive?


by @wagmanben | 2yr 2 years ago | 5 comments

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/vermont-pay-10-000-move-110056645.html

Hello All,
Saw Vermont rolled out an incentive to get more remote workers to live there, Does anyone plan on applying and If so why? Reason Iโ€™m asking is I work for an organization in Tulsa, Ok that wants to also bring in Nomads, and would love to hear your thoughts on what such a plan should look like

Any help would be Awesome!
Ben

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Teaching Music Remotely


by @barrittrebecca | 2yr 2 years ago | 0 comments

Hello! Does anyone have experience teaching music remotely via Skype or another form of Video Chat?

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Are most digital nomads self employed or remote employees?


by @kfitzgerrell | 3yr 2 years ago | 2 comments

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Places in Central or South America with a beach for remote working


by @mcdime | 3yr 2 years ago | 5 comments

Im looking to make my first venture into nomad living this September and keep leaning back towards Bocas del Toro.

Does anyone have experience setting up shop there? Iโ€™m open to other warm weather surf towns as well

Starting a SaaS company that assists the operation of service based industries so being near some other SaaS people would be wonderful. (First time starting a tech company)

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How to get bank statements remotely?


by @hoperto | 3yr 2 years ago | 12 comments

Greetings!

Me & my gf holding not very strong passports, so have to apply for a visas quite often.
Soon need to make a visa applications from the countries we have no ties with.
The problem is that by the moment of making an applications, a bank statements will be outdated and the banks we currently use donโ€™t send the paper statements internationally. That cause quite a lot of problems with visa applications. (the way i see it now is to open new account in each country, transfer funds to it and wait for 3 months)

Any suggestion on probably some fin tech banking startup where one can both open the account remotely (with using a local mailbox service i suppose) and get a paper statement delivered internationally?
Hope there is a solution to it :slight_smile:

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What problems do you face while working remotely?๐Ÿค”


by @stvbutlr | 3yr 2 years ago | 0 comments

Hi all,

For those of you who work remotely, I think the community would love to hear about your problems โ€ฆ I know I would.

When working remotely what problems do you face with your day to day work and/or employer(s)? โ€ฆ Please list anything and everything that comes to mind!

  • Ideally, people who have overcome the problem(s) will weigh in with recommendations. :ok_hand:
  • With this information, people who wish to join the nomadic lifestyle can better prepare for the transition from โ€˜office jobโ€™ to โ€˜remote workโ€™. :airplane:๏ธ

Some topics that might trigger some inspiration for reply. :speech_balloon:

  • trust from employer
  • communication
  • project management
  • payment
  • timezones
  • culture/teamwork/colleagues
  • stress/anxiety

Cheers,

Steve

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Do you have time zone issues working remotely in Asia?


by @anniestrout | 3yr 2 years ago | 1 comment

Regarding remote work in Asia/Far East, How have or could you successfully navigate the time zone and internet issue. It sounds like you really have to use a cowork space there to have adequate connection but I would be working mainly in US time zones with 12 hour difference, are there spaces open 24 hours? Is it possible to get good internet with a long term rental instead? I would need a really good connection, which itโ€™s hard to tell if exists in some places at all. Thanks!

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How do I work remotely from India and stay connected?


in India by @natalie1 | 3yr 2 years ago | 16 comments

I am going to India for a few months and am planning on going to Kerala, Goa, Varanasi, Dharamshala, Rishikesh. What phone company has the best coverage and data speeds for those places, or India in general?
I also heard of people using a wifi stick to work remotely while traveling in areas where you may not be able to find a coffee shop, hotel, etc, with reliable wifi. What company sells the best one of those and where can you get it?
Thanks!

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Good place on Fiji for expats and remote work for long term (6 month or more)


in Fiji by @zoxel | 3yr 3 years ago | 0 comments

Hey there dear Nomads,
We were thinking to try out Fiji for some period but after looking at rental prices there were quite surprised (not in a good way).
Though still trying :slight_smile: I would appreciate if some one can advise\share any particular area or place where you can rent something similar to Thai condos (like in Pattaya or Chiang Mai) but in Fiji at some reasonable price.
Hope there is something there :slight_smile:
Thanks in advance for your time.

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