Hi, I'm Ivan. I grew my career while working remotely since 2010, I love knowledge sharing and helping starters. AMA!

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What was your first remote job and what was the process of getting it? Currently trying to get my first job in development and could use the advice!

I worked on a web crawler project. They wanted to compare sports news websites and do some data analysis. The project didn't go deeper, but it was really cool. There were many things you could do with the data, lots of possibilities.

I don't really remember, but I worked three to four months only. If the project developed more, it would be a big room for text and data analysis, IA, etc. I enjoyed.

The process was quite simple. The guy posted something on a Python mailing list and didn't describe a lot. I was interested and he replied with just "here is my Skype username, contact me". We talked and then one week after I started. I was very afraid because I didn't know how much I should charge; when I should start or stop; whether they would pay me or not, how they would pay me, etc.

Everything went well and I survived :)

Any words of wisdom for someone looking to stay with a company, but work 100% remotely with them? How does one start that conversation? Maybe it's an experience you've had?

Yes I had this experience. You can just talk with them. See if they are open and flexible to this culture. Start with one day of the week remotely, then increase slowly. Keep with three days remotely for some time so you are confident enough to be 100% remote.

How is remote work different in 2018 than it was in 2010?

Great question!

The word is organization.

Eight years ago it was hard to find a good client, nice projects, you had to work on your own. It was so much stress. We had some websites but with a lack of organization, you needed to dig a lot to be able to find something worthwhile.

Now we have plenty of websites and companies focused on remote work. Many organized by stack, types of jobs, client budget or professional experience. Some work specific technologies or jobs (QAs or designers only, for instance) They do pre-screening, find good developers, good clients, match each other.

You can still work on your own, but there is a possibility of using some platforms and allowing them to take part of your rate and they take care of finding good clients and projects. Before you had to be like a company with a client. Now it's possible to have someone with just programming abilities to kind of outsource the contact with the client and just do the development part.

Some platforms only allow higher level clients and professionals, to avoid any kind of hassle at all costs. That's really important for some companies and developers and many companies are really willing to pay really higher rates for professionals capable to deliver faster, in time, and with an organized schedule. At the same time, we have professionals who want companies that will always pay at the end of a project, pay well, make good requirements, not ask for crazy stuff and appreciate the work done.

The world is learning that many professionals can be remote as well, like managers, designers, financial advisors, and sometimes the entire company!

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Ivan Neto
Born pythonista, likes to play around in the world of web development. Sometimes tries rusty swift stuff. Likes to teach, learn and coach. When not coding, enjoys wife, kids, soccer, guitar and acting
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