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Is it possible to be location independent as an application developer?


by @globeprogger7yr  | 5 comments

Iโ€™m a .Net application developer with 5 years of experience and Iโ€™m contemplating trying to fund my visions of location in-dependency with my acquired skills or if I should rather head into the web development sector in which I donโ€™t really have a lot of experience yet. Iโ€™m seeing a lot of web dev. / designing being successful but I havenโ€™t see an application dev. yet. Would be glad if you could share your opinions.

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@cephei7yr

I just googled โ€œremote jobs .netโ€ and there were a lot of remote .NET jobs to find.
I guess with 5 yr experience you wonโ€™t have a problem to get a remote job.

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Hi Marcus,

The way you write it suggests that you seem to think it is necessary to wholly abandon .net in favor of developing โ€œwebโ€ apps. It is entirely possible to build web applications in .net (ASP.net MVC), mix and match (say a javascript front end with a WebAPI or WCF backend) or drop .net all together and use completely different technology. However, I donโ€™t think you specifically need to have web app experience in order to get remote dev work.

If I were to hazard a guess youโ€™re looking at location independent job boards and seeing an abundance of โ€œweb appโ€ roles, often requiring php or ruby on rails or angular and it makes it seem like its necessary to abandon .net entirely and focus on web developer technologies so you can be employable as a nomad.

Thereโ€™s nothing wrong with switching to learn a different platform and tech (itโ€™s always good to expose yourself to other approaches), however that doesnโ€™t mean its necessary.

I think what it really would come down to is your skills are and how you can leverage them to the advantage of potential clients (or your own startup).

You say youโ€™re a .net developer. .net is a very huge space and it can mean a very wide variety of things. Your experience could lie anywhere from working with big ball of mud style legacy windows forms apps or building out cutting edge microservice (coughโ€ฆ SOA) based architectures with thin multi platform clients and everywhere in between. Within each of these you could have specialized experience depending on the size of applications youโ€™ve worked with. As trezibond suggeted (I donโ€™t know where his comment went), he never does web because his specialization isnโ€™t UI (at least from what I read), its in the backend development. Thereโ€™s lots of room in the spectrum for remote work if it is based on the right architecture that allows you to modularize the code and the work. If not, it can make things a bit trickier, though not impossible.

A small app can rather easily be pulled together simply in something like Angular. Pure websites as well can be rather small projects. Once it gets to be something of size however you reach a point where you have a distinction between front end (UI) and the back end which can be composed of many tiers or services. A lot of the remote capable positions out there are with small shops and startups who are building things from the ground up with a very small team (possibly only you). Often times this can be throwing together an MVP with whatever technology is best suited to get things done quickly. Others are more established and specific in the technology space and specialization they require.

As an example, I work remotely (for my own company mind you) and I build out the entire stack for my application composed of a javascript frontend, Web API & WCF based services hosted in Azure powered by SQL Azure. I cover all elements from UI design, the service architecture, sql query performance management and design and Azure devops, let alone the business side of things. There will come a time when Iโ€™ll be looking to hire on or contract people who specialize in sub areas of this that I can hand things off to and it will likely be across the board, not specifically just web focused.

I think what youโ€™ll want to do is hunt to see if you can find opportunities that match your skillset and experience. Web experience wouldnโ€™t be a bad option if you feel you need more experience, though Iโ€™d look for ways to leverage the experience you already have vs. completely jumping ship into something else (unless youโ€™re heavy into legacy stuff that is no longer useful). One of the key things about software is that it is still in its infancy and gradually there are more and more parallels in techniques used across technologies. For example, if you rely on MVVM for building WPF/Silverlight apps, that knowledge translates really well to Angularjs/Knockoutjs as many of the concepts are the same.

None the less, I think one of the keys to being able to work remotely for a company is whether their culture supports it and in parallel, their technology requirements and architecture supports it. Youโ€™ll likely have a very hard time finding companies that are willing to hire people to build and maintain legacy windows forms apps remotely. However, anything thats small (often web stuff) or anything that has been modularly designed will be perfectly capable of being remotely worked on. That is assuming the business heads put more focus on deliverables rather than face time in an office.

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โ€œIf I were to hazard a guess youโ€™re looking at location independent job boards and seeing an abundance of โ€œweb appโ€ roles, often requiring php or ruby on rails or angular and it makes it seem like its necessary to abandon .net entirely and focus on web developer technologies so you can be employable as a nomad.โ€

This is exactly my problem at the moment too lol and you nailed it. I really have 0 interest in most web tech (I stop at Drupal and PHP personally) and the middle ground is doing cross platform mobile with Xamarin. Instead of focusing so much on the Xamarin tech, I focus my angle on solving the business problem of cheaper, single team cross platform general mobile developmentโ€ฆ Thatโ€™s kind of the plan anyway when I can finally make it happen lol.

It isnt even just web dev but right now, remote/nomad friendly jobs are purely from the web side and exclude other types of programming. And yes, ye olde WinForms >< lol

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@yako7yr

Sure, why not. Your line of work is โ€˜remote friendlyโ€™. Now is up to you to find the means to get jobs while traveling. Regarding your decision, I would try to โ€˜offerโ€™ both of my skills at first and then stick to the one which offers me more results.

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Sure, itโ€™s possible to go nomad with almost any kind of job. It just depends on the company you work for or whether you can get freelance work. My friend is a .net dev and heโ€™s been nomad for years.

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Hey nomads,

Iโ€™m looking for the best location to incorporate my online business (offshore programming and so on).

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So as the title suggests, whatโ€™s the best way to make enough cash to support a lifestyle of coding on the move?

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by @jasonmwomack6yr 5 years ago | 3 comments

I am a web developer and content writer. As of right now , I reside in Atlanta, Georgia . My plan is to move abroad soon. At this point , I am not sure where to set up my home base . Anyways , my real question is about rates. How do web developers decide the most suitable charging rate ? Letโ€™s say a client is in need of a full website and e-commerce platform. That client resides in Paris , but another client in a low income country wants the same service. Does your charging rate depend on the clientโ€™s location ? That was a hypothetical situation. I am a new to this stuff! I do not have any clients yet .

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by @conni6yr 5 years ago | 23 comments

I am a Yogi, living a spiritual, healthy, vegan lifestyle. I have been a digital nomad for several years and am now more and more looking for places that satisfy all my interests and needs that meet my healthy yogi lifestyle.

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