DEV Community

Tanya Mott
Tanya Mott

Posted on

Working Remotely...

I have two questions about working remotely...

1) Can you really work anywhere?

2) Can you work out of state if you move?

I'm considering moving out of state and wanted to see if it would be feasible to obtain a remote job here or in my future city?



Top comments (11)

joehobot profile image
Joe Hobot

Depends on what kind of work you are to work, but yes in general working remotely is clearly possible if there is no 'office' needed. Although I personally prefer 50/50 because of human interaction.

Not sure if you are rich or something, but wouldn't you have to find a remote job first and then move out of state?

tmott13 profile image
Tanya Mott

haha I am not rich at all! My plan is to definitely find a remote job before moving.

lefebvre profile image
Paul Lefebvre

WeWorkRemotely is a great place to look for remote-only jobs.

Thread Thread
lkopacz profile image
Lindsey Kopacz

Thank you paul!

lefebvre profile image
Paul Lefebvre

I suppose it depends a bit on the company. For example, if you "work remotely" but have to come into an office occasionally then you'd probably not want to live very far away.

However if you are truly working remotely then there is no coming into an office. So it doesn't matter where you work. I've been working remotely for a company for 6.5 years now and although I haven't moved, we've had staff that has moved to different states. It should not be a problem for any good company.

And yes, you can work anywhere. I work mostly from my home office. But sometimes I grab my laptop and go work elsewhere: library, cafe, co-working office, outside.

What I've Learned After Working Remotely for 10+ Years

tmott13 profile image
Tanya Mott

thank you Paul for the info!!

eljayadobe profile image

Working remotely is not for everyone.

A co-worker of mine regularly worked out of coffee shops. Apparently the proprietor had no problem with a patron squatting in the establishment... as long as coffee was being bought. And he drank prodigious amounts of coffee.

Working remotely does not interest me, because I value face-time with my co-workers. Even though my company is okay with working remotely (at the manager's discretion).

So it varies by company, by manager, by (potentially) remote employee.

avelino profile image
Thiago Avelino • Edited

Theoretically yes, but it all depends on the company you work.
The remote work culture is a complicated subject, there is no right or wrong way for the company to do and yes the way that the company and its employees have given greater result.
I try to bring to my company ( an asynchronous culture, so my work will not depend on yours, making it possible to work in different time zone if necessary. We do not charge amount of hours of work and yes delivery (previously Combined) if the employee work less 2 hours per day and handed it to me Ok.
Looking at the above text makes no sense to have a fixed location for remote Work.

But I've worked in a company that wanted the employees online in call practically all day, for me that was uncomfortable.

remotesynth profile image
Brian Rinaldi

There are plenty of remote developer jobs out there, but they are tougher to find than on-site jobs. I've been working remote for years. In some cases, I've had to make some sacrifices in the short term to remain remote, but it's worth it to me. You can work for a company in a different state, though some roles care which time zone you are in and others don't.

For example, I work for a Massachusetts company out of Florida (though I worked for them remotely out of Mass. for several years first). One big benefit of this is the ability to have a lower cost of living (and no state taxes) while being paid a salary that I likely would have a hard time getting where I live in Florida. Plus, my vote actually counts for something ๐Ÿ˜‰.

However, should the situation change my options are much more limited (i.e. take a pay cut to work locally or limit my search to other remote-friendly jobs). I am ok with that trade-off.

bgadrian profile image
Adrian B.G.

As a EUropean dev I think twice before applying to an US remote job, beside the legal and accounting extra problems, it is the matter of having a big timezone difference. For a good communication usually the working hours have to overlap, at least partial, this means you will either work very early or very late, messing up your ... body and mind basically.

Also a few companies states that they hire remote, but only in US, most likely because of the previous reasons. So do not presume that all remote jobs you see now will be available after you move.

augustosandim profile image
Augusto Sandim

Hello, I work 100% remotely, I don't see problems, because depends of company.

I thing of depends the company allows this.