BlogCast 007: Women in Tech, Legacy Code, Mexico City, and Expat Goals

Happy Tuesday! Let’s get to it…this week, we covered 4 things on the blog.  Thanks to my failed attempt at blogging every day for the month of October, I got into the groove of blogging three or four times a week. That’s waaaaay too many times to record the BlogCast (I was recording 1 episode for each new blog post), so I decided to publish a new episode every Tuesday.  Each Tuesday, I’ll talk about what changed on the blog and in the community that week. So, here’s what you missed. If you’ve never worked in a legacy code base but will be soon: Jumping into a Legacy Code Base. It’s a lot of work, but there are a few things you can do to make it easier. Share this post with someone you know who has recently graduated a boot camp, or college, or is getting ready to start their first…

Instagram Diary: Working Remotely from Mexico City, Mexico

Here are some of my favorite memories from a solo remote work trip I took to Mexico City. Where I Worked My favorite co-working space in CDMX was at Garage CoWork.  It’s in the Polanco neighborhood, which some call the Beverly Hills of Mexico City.  But the people are super laid back, warm and welcoming. Where I Got Lost My one of my favorite places to get lost was the Frida Khalo Museum.  At the time of my trip, her wardrobe was being shown as an exhibition. I also got lost in Chapultepec Park.  It’s one of the of the largest parks in the Western Hemisphere.  It’s also home to a beautiful castle (the one from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet), lots of museums, and a zoo. That’s it for now! Where are you going next?

Q + A: Managing Your Time as a Remote Worker

This question came from LinkedIn: “I suppose I’d like to know how to manage your time, both tracking your hours to your employer and time management for myself.” My number one tip for tracking your hours: get a stack of post-its. Let’s pretend you’re working from Oslo, Norway, or Porto, Portugal .  Your team lead/boss is in Chicago.  But, the rest of your team is scattered across California. On your post-it, make room for 3 columns: Where you are, where your boss is, and what you want to do. So in this example, it would be “Porto”, “Chi”, and “Task”.  Put the time you start through the time you finish work in the “Porto” column.  Convert the time that it will be in Chicago, and add it to that column.  Put the task you want to accomplish in each column.  Typically I’ll only put the big stuff, like “Daily Stand” and…

Q + A: Getting Freelance Clients

This question came into my Twitter DMs: “…I would like to leave my current job with COMPANY and focus on freelancing being full time. Doing freelance is fine but the sales is where I need more understanding…” Here is the thing: I’m not a freelancer.  I’ll never be a freelancer because I’m confident that I would fail as a freelancer. How do I know this, even though it’s something that I’ve never tried? Because I’ve interviewed lots of them. I know what it takes to land clients, to get paid, to navigate the world of insurance and taxes, and other things that my employer currently does for me. I can do those things, but I wouldn’t be happy doing them. Also, freelancing doesn’t fit into my career goals.   My end goal is to build a tech company so that I can hire a bunch of hard-working, empathetic people who want…