How to stop Slack getting in your way when working

Slack is a widely-used real-time communication tool in remote companies. We use it too at Automattic, and it’s our default app for communication. But the problem with Slack is it’s too noisy. Especially with the default settings. You can not go in a focused work time without getting a Slack notification to ruin it. OrContinue reading “How to stop Slack getting in your way when working”

Time tracking when working remotely

When you work as a freelancer on different projects, and with different clients, it makes sense to track the time you spend on each project. But what about remote work? Does it make sense to use time tracking too? For remote companies, or at least those implementing remote work right, time tracking isn’t used. AsContinue reading “Time tracking when working remotely”

The savings and extra expenses you should expect when working remotely

If you are new to remote working or thinking of making the leap, you may think remote work is all extra savings. You aren’t spending much now that you’re working from home, you’re skipping the commute, etc. While this is true, there are also new expenses added to the equation. I’ll present to you theContinue reading “The savings and extra expenses you should expect when working remotely”

The best companies you can work for remotely

When it comes to remote working. There are a lot of companies out there. But when deciding to go remote, one should choose wisely. You don’t want a company using “remote working” as an excuse to make you work all day. Or a company monitoring all your moves… I have a list of the bestContinue reading “The best companies you can work for remotely”

3 things you can do TODAY to improve your communication when working remotely

In a remote working environment, communication is oxygen. But when the only medium of communication is text, things aren’t easy. But how can you communicate better in a remote work environment? Some tips you’ll find around are “over-communicate”, “async-communication”, “text first”… I find those not specific enough. What does “over-communicate” mean anyway? I’m not doingContinue reading “3 things you can do TODAY to improve your communication when working remotely”

7 excuses you’ll hear about remote working

When talking about remote working, you’ll certainly hear some excuses. The reasons for these are lack of trust, resistance, or sometimes misinformation. People and companies have seen one way of working: coming every day to an office. So it’s normal that they will push back if you start telling them they can do it differentlyContinue reading “7 excuses you’ll hear about remote working”

5 steps to get a remote job from Morocco

So you want to work remotely? Awesome! This article is for you. If you’re new to this blog, I’m Ahmed. A self-taught software engineer from Morocco working remotely. You can know more about me here. I’m providing you a 5 steps to get a remote job. I used this process myself and I hope thisContinue reading “5 steps to get a remote job from Morocco”

3 steps guide to learn something new while maintaining a daily job

If you’re in a field and thinking of learning some new things, either to be able to work on other areas or change your career completely, you’ll find yourself learning in your free time. One thing we need to make clear, however, is if you’re learning something to be able to do your current job,Continue reading “3 steps guide to learn something new while maintaining a daily job”

Understanding Remote vs Distributed teams

In your journey of finding remote jobs you’re likely to find two types of teams: distributed and remote. Even if they are used interchangeably, you need to be aware of the difference. This talk by Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic, is a good talk about Remote vs Distributed, but also remote working in general. IContinue reading “Understanding Remote vs Distributed teams”