I did another Instagram Live today.   I was less concerned about how I looked or mixing up my words than I was yesterday.  I was more concerned with why my mom was hopping on Instagram Live, talking about “What time are you making me dinner?”

This Instagram Live ended up being 45 minutes long, and it’s still up on my Instagram now.  If you want to catch the next one, follow me on Instagram, and DM me when you do.  I’ll make sure I’ll account for your time zone when planning the next one 🙂

On Freelancing

I’ve been getting a lot more questions about freelancing lately.  So many, that I’ve decided that season 3 of the SheNomads podcast is going to focus solely on freelancing.

For those of you who haven’t listened to the podcast, season 1 was on Being a Digital Nomad.  Season 2 is being recorded now and is on finding community.

I have interviewed several freelancers and their answers about finding clients, getting paid, and where to work always differ.  If you have questions about freelancing, I want you to listen to the podcast interviews I did with Jenny Shen and Nicole Dominguez.

My work schedule as a remote worker

This depends on where I am.  If I’m in Mexico City, I’ll work the same hours as when I’m in Chicago.  If I’m in Oslo, Barcelona, or somewhere further, I’ll start work a few hours before I normally would, so I don’t have to stay up too late. I like it because I get to play tourist during the day, and head to work with fun experiences to share.

The sun sets around 10 pm in some European cities, so I can easily finish work before night time.

If I’m working from the US, I like to take run errands before work, so I’ll pop in anytime between 9 and 10 am. If I know I’ll be working with someone on the West Coast, I’ll make it closer to 10.



Going from Junior to Mid

You’re probably not going from Junior to Mid at the same company; our industry doesn’t do a great job at promoting within.  Figure out what company you want to work at as a mid level developer, and look at their development needs.

If you want to work at a tech company that is working in Ember, for example, attend EmberConf.  Learn vanilla JavaScript.  See what their open source code, if they have it, looks like.

Join a study group.  You’ll be able to ask both technical and career questions from people who are actually living it.

Find coding resources that are based on how people code, not theory.  If you want to know how to write clean JavaScript, check out the AirBnB Style guide.  If you want to know how to write objected oriented Ruby, check out POODR.

My #1 Technical Interview Tip

Make sure you are in a good state of mind before a technical interview.  Get a good nights rest, eat before the interview, and drink lots of water.  You never know when you’ll be stuck in a small hot room for 3 hours because the company had a technical emergency (true story).

Also, make sure you ask as many questions about the interview process before you get in. You could spend weeks of prep work thinking you’re interviewing for a Clojure position, and then end up in a Ruby interview (also true story).

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