The Realistic Guide to Remote Work

Steph Smith on January 20, 2019

This was originally published on my blog, where I often write about remote work, learning to code, and women in tech. Remote Work β†— I... [Read Full]
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I'm glad you pointed out something that many people seem to forget when looking for remote jobs - not all remote jobs are created equal. It's easy to put on rose-colored glasses, thinking remote jobs are the key to happiness, but just because a job is remote does not mean it will be a good company/culture.

I've interviewed for several remote jobs that I found out were 70hr/week jobs or had bad culture, bad managers, etc. Which pretty much did away with the main advantage of working remotely.


Yes, exactly! I love the way you put it: "not all remote jobs are created equal".

I think it's so important that people (whether looking for remote jobs or not) vet the position and company. Since people think the remote lifestyle is glamorous, they are especially likely to skip the vetting step, when in reality I think this actually matters more for remote work.


Great article!
Took the quiz; Im a questioner 😊.


Ive been working remotely for 6 months now, while actively looking for higher paying opportunities. I find that its best to focus on jobs that require you to build a project as the application. Dont waste time filling forms, uploading CVs and writing cover letters... In my experience, those places dont even bother to acknowledge receipt.


Is there any way to filter only those with that require?

Thank you! :D

Unfortunately, I haven't found a platform that curates these specific jobs/employers so my process is pretty basic. I subscribe to various job sites and slack groups for jobs; Do a job search every two days; Click every link that applies to me; Discard every link that doesn't lead to a build X as a project/assessment.
Recently, I applied for BriteCore's frontend developer position. They made us build a vue data-table. I didn't get the job, but I did get solid feedback from the team explaining why (a rare occurrence in this industry); so it wasn't a waste of time at all 😊

Yes, I did something similar when I was searching a few years ago. Set aside a period of time a few times a week to look through the best job boards.


Yes 100% agree with the test projects! No better way to prove your abilities than doing something instead of "selling yourself"


That's awesome. I want to do a poll and see how many nomads are!


Great writeup! I'm currently looking to get a remote web dev job. My biggest challenge seems to be a disconnect between what I know (WordPress/PHP/HTML/CSS/etc.) and what I've seen for most "Front End Developer" positions (React/Angular/Vue). I'm in the process of learning React, but I don't really know how to convey "I know a lot of web dev stuff that will help in this position, but not exactly the tech stack that's in the requirements, however I'd sure as shit figure it out if you hired me"


Thank you! Yes, being hired as a developer is difficult and unfortunately, I don't have much advice here. I also know how to code but don't have the "chops" to be hired yet so am personally building my own projects while working in marketing. I agree that sometimes the requirements of developer jobs are at times too focused on specifics instead of the ability of the developer to solve problems.

What I have heard that has worked for some is to build something that is relevant to the company you want to work for. I've seen a couple stories of this happening and the developer getting hired by that company because they were so impressed.


Wow, thank you Ben! Means a lot coming from you!


Hi Steph!
Awesome article, I enjoyed the read so much :)
You can also find remote jobs from top companies at
All the best.

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