Work is changing
How to Build a Distributed Company
Future of work is asynchronous and distributed
Remote work is changing the way people are creating value for companies and for themselves. Whether from home, a co-working space or a coffee shop, the success metric for productivity is output, not 9-to-5 time in a co-located office.
Before founding Finos, I was set on establishing my next venture as a distributed company. There are several benefits including freedom, time zone coverage, productivity, access to global talent, cost savings, and lots more.
There are no advantages for people who come into the office, no disadvantages to staying home to get your work done. — Jason Zimdars
A distributed company does have its tradeoffs though: developing collaboration tools, managing internal communications, team building.
There are a lot of successful distributed teams out there, and if you’re thinking about becoming one — knowing where to start can be a little difficult. That’s the purpose of this post — a curated list of best practices on building distributed companies, all in one place. All of these are curated based on if it’s an inspiring read or a valuable resource.
Whether you’re an established company thinking of building a remote-friendly culture or a startup thinking of setting up a distributed company, I hope this curated list helps you get started on what you need to know in embracing the shift in work and workforce.
- The Joys and Benefits of Working as a Distributed Team
- Why Remote Working Works For Us
- GitLab Remote Working Deck
- Guidelines for Effective Collaboration
- How Do You Manage Global Virtual Teams?
- Remote versus Co-located Work
- Why working from home is both awesome and horrible
- 10 Lessons from 4 Years Working Remotely at Automattic
- 9 ways to make working remote work for you
- Distributed Design: How Stack Overflow builds strong remote teams
- My Remote Developer Life
- Working Alone, Together
- The Ultimate Remote Team Culture
- Why I work remotely (hint: it has nothing to do with productivity).
- Working remotely for extroverts
- Buffer Annual Retreats — Quick recaps of every team retreat at Buffer.
- Remote Year — Keep your job. See the world.
- Hacker Paradise — Hacker Paradise creates remote work trips for professionals who want to live, work, and adventure differently from one month to one year.
- Project Getaway — A carefully curated group of entrepreneurs work on their businesses from an inspiring location in Bali, while living together, and having a ton of fun!
- DECELERATE — A creative retreat to journey inwards and realign our life’s work from a point of Essence.
- Live Unsettled — Brings together entrepreneurs, designers, developers, executives, and explorers. What you work on is up to you, but we look for people who are interested in co-creating a work culture based on productivity, collaboration, growth, and adventure.
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- NODESK — A newsletter for a digital nomad, remote worker and traveling professional.
- Remote Jobs Direct — A biweekly newsletter covering a wide variety of remote jobs.
- Support Focussed — Support focused jobs delivered weekly.
- Remoteur — Remote jobs in Europe delivered every two weeks.
- Remotive — productive remote workers — A weekly newsletter on Remote Tips & Jobs sent to 10,000+ Remote Workers.
- Yonder Newsletter — Biweekly tips on remote work tools and resources.
- Remote Jobs Club — Biweekly newsletter featuring a curated list of remote jobs.
- Async Remote by Robert Pankowecki and Andrzej Krzywda (Arkency), 2014.
- Distributed Teams by John O’Duinn, 2018.
- Remote Revolution by John Elston, 2017.
- Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (37signals), 2013.
- The Remote Jobseeker’s Handbook by Coby Chapple (GitHub), 2016.
- The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work by Wade Foster (Zapier), 2015.
- The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun, 2013.
- Timezone — Keep track where and when your team is.
- Teleport Sundial — Manage the locations and timezones of your distributed team.
- Traveling Mailbox — View Your Postal Mail Online Anywhere!
- World Time Buddy — Makes it really easy to enter a few time zones and find some overlapping times.
- Teamweek — Trello is great for managing projects, Teamweek provides “at a glance” view of what everyone on the team is working on.
- Funretro — A retrospective online board for distributed teams.
- Timing — Automatic time and productivity tracking for Mac. Helps you stay on track with your work (especially important when working remotely)
- Rescue Time — Understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.
I hope that you’ve been able to learn from these resources that will make your team — remote or otherwise — work better together.
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