Remote work is the future!

What they haven’t told you about remote work.

Luboš Volkov
Aug 20, 2015 · 6 min read

Working remotely is still a relatively new style, but according to reports almost 50% of tech companies will have more than 30% of their workforce operating remotely by 2020, which sounds crazy and awesome all at once. Both employees and companies will gain some huge benefits from this trend. Don't like reading? Listen audio version of this article.

1) Freedom to choose location

  • Quality of Internet
  • Quality of Services
  • Criminality
  • Weather
  • Costs

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2) Costs

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If you’re able to work remotely, you will actually be left with more money because your expenses are way lower.

Think about such the benefits that financial stability would give you and your family. You don’t need to only search for local jobs anymore. Be smart.

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3) Do you feel alone?

At the end of the day, you need to be a really strong individual to be able to handle all of these things. Remote working is not for everyone.

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4) Team communication

How do we do this?

Daily communication and meetings — Slack and Skype

Weekly Demos GoToMeeting

Task ManagementTrello, Jira, and Freshdesk

Team ManagementCustom tools

Design CollaborationInvision, Trello, Collabshot

With all of these tools and proper scheduling, you can run an entire company remotely. Additionally, keep in mind that if you have meetings, keep them quick and to the point so everyone can get back to their work. Meetings are toxic.

5) Design vs. Remote Working

A) It’s harder to deliver awesome products (design-wise) remotely.

It’s easy to deliver things 98% correct, but fixing the 2% worth of tiny differences can be tough. Why? Some things are simply harder to communicate online. There is a difference between iterating based on interactions with a developer who is in the room and one who is online. Trust me there is! :) You simply can’t go and tell them move a certain button 3 pixels up.

B) It consumes a bit more energy.

You need to inform and motivate people way more remotely than in regular work. You basically need to share a lot of your internal energy and give it to other people.

C) You need to get way more visual.

When you deliver feedback to your team or to a developer, it doesn’t matter what it is, you need to make sure that everything is described properly and also has good visualisations.

6) So how do you build better products remotely?

It’s all about timing. You should manage these meetups based on the product state.

7) The future of remote working

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There is one more thing I’m curious about. Since way more companies are going to start accommodating remote working (due to costs, lack of local talented employees, and other benefits), I’m curious how much it’s going to affect the economy. Many more people will be earning money in one state and spending all of it in another country, which could affect the economy as the volume of people doing this rises.

What do you think? Are you a design or development rockstar willing to push hard remotely? Come and join us! We’re always looking for amazing talent at Toptal. You can read more about the Toptal screening process here and apply here.

Luboš is a Designer traveling all over the world. He is also leading the design team at Toptal. And constantly talking about design.

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I was giving this talk on Behance Portfolio Review at Prague.

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Luboš Volkov

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Lead Designer at Toptal • Digital Nomad • CZ https://dribbble.com/otherplanet

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Luboš Volkov

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Lead Designer at Toptal • Digital Nomad • CZ https://dribbble.com/otherplanet

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