On Working Remotely

Technology is a great enabler. It allows us to do things that weren't previously possible or that were difficult to do. It also makes existing processes more efficient. This provides benefits not only for businesses but for technology workers as well. In this post, I will share my thoughts about working remotely.

My Experience

I was always curious about working remotely, even when I was still relatively new in the software development field. I thought that since the primary product of software development is digital in nature (source code) and not something physical (eg. food), an office was not really necessary, not 100% of the time anyway.

In mid-2014, I got the chance to work remotely. This lasted until late 2015, a little over a year. It was a good experience and I learned more about what it was really like to work remotely. There are a variety of pros and cons (that perhaps I can talk about another time), but the point I want to make is that working remotely is very possible. I know some of you might be thinking that working from home is too good to be true, and yes, I agree that there are a lot of scams out there, but I'm here to tell you that there really are people working from home for a living.

The Search for a Good Platform

Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I stopped working remotely and went back to an office-based, full-time job. The job is good, but my interest for remote jobs did not cease.

I continued to look for remote software engineering jobs. There were plenty available on different freelancing platforms, but the one that caught my attention was TopTal.

TopTal

On the TopTal homepage, one of the things that stand out is their headline of "Hire the top 3% of freelance talent." This is attractive to employers who want to get only the best, but I found that it attracted me as well.

My experience on other freelancing platforms is that there is little or no barrier to entry for talent to join, resulting in an oversupply. This can be a disadvantage to both the employers (since they will have difficulty choosing) and the freelancers (it will be difficult to get bids due to competition). I know that there are ways to resolve this, but with TopTal, this problem is mitigated by having a higher barrier to entry.

Right now I am in the process of joining TopTal, specifically, the TopTal Web freelancers community. I am excited for the opportunities that will come once I am able to join TopTal.

Conclusion

I believe that opportunities for remote software-related jobs will continue to increase. Freelancer platforms such as TopTal are leading the way in this regard. I believe that the future of software-related jobs involve more remote positions and less office-based positions.

Do you think there will be more and more remote software development jobs? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below!