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Video: Porto, Portugal Travel Diary

First of all, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who helped me secure the /SheNomads URL on YouTube! Now that I’ve got it, I’ll be posting videos every other Thursday. Once I get better at the design aspect (my thumbnail still feels slightly off and I’d like to get better at editing ), I’ll bump it up to every Thursday. If you prefer to read about my experience, I’ve written a few things about how much I love working from Porto, Portugal. If audio is your thing, listen to this on Bumpers (link below), or iTunes.  I have this thing called the SheNomads BlogCast, where I open a bottle of wine and record myself chatting about topics on the blog.  Thursdays are always fun 🙂

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…

Breaking A Project Up Into Smaller Parts

Hello from San Francisco! In this episode, I wanted to talk to you about how I’m breaking up the timeline for this project. I took some time at the end of the month to enjoy my last days in Portugal, to speak at a conference in Barcelona, and spend time with people and in nature. Now I’m headed into the end of 2017 with a plan! I also talk about some of the security decisions and databases decisions I’ve learned from my boss, and how I’ll apply them to The App. Also, people are already starting to talk about conference season, and I realized that documenting my journey with a podcast could easily be converted to a technical talk. Would you want to see me talk about building an app with React.js, Rails, and getting beta users? LMK. I just realized that @LABuildsAnApp will give me the content I…

Video: Remote Work X Travel

It’s 3 am and I’m sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Barcelona.  I’m (mostly) packed, and ready to fly to San Francisco in the morning.  I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to make a short video that has some shots I took from Norway, Portugal, and Spain. I loved editing this, which is funny because I don’t enjoy editing the podcast. Since this is something I like doing, I’m going to try and publish a weekly video on Fridays. I also have a ton of footage, so I’ll have plenty to keep me busy on my long flight home. Now I’m going to take a nap before my flight 🙂

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…

Q + A: Having a Non-Technical Background

Hello from Matosinhos, Portugal… and Happy BlogTober! I’m attempting to publish 1 blog post per day for the entire month of October.  Thanks to everyone who has been sending me questions on Twitter and Instagram; it makes it easier for me to come up with blog ideas. If you have a question, slide into my DMs.  I’ll answer them by the end of the week. From My Twitter DMs “My main concern is that my background isn’t related to tech, or close to it. I know that my background can be used as a skill in the future, but wondering what the recruiters might think of this career change concerns me. I studied Customs Administration & Foreign Trade, and have been working in Finance and also in a mix between Agriculture and Commerce.” What I Think This is probably the number one question I get.  People with various degrees are…

Working Remotely From Porto, Portugal

The District of Porto is located on the north-west coast of Portugal.  I spent 3 weeks working there; primarily in Porto, the capital, and Matosinhos, a city on the beach. Where to Work If you like coworking spaces, let me introduce you to Porto I/O.  I got to work from all 3 locations.  They have one in downtown Porto near shops and cafes, one that sits on the river, and another which is steps from the beach. This is a shot from the seaside location, which is technically in Matosinhos, but still in the Porto district. This is one of my favorite co-working spaces. @portoio has fast wifi, good people running it, and the people are there to put in work. pic.twitter.com/Zc8MEWfAo4 — SheNomads (@SheNomads) September 26, 2017 If you prefer cafes, there is this cute, 3 story place named Moustache on Praça de Carlos Alberto 104, 4050-158 Porto. If you’re…

Using the Airbnb Style Guild, Setting Up GitHub Issues for a new Project, Working by the Beach

As you know, I’m only supposed to be working on this project on the weekends.  During the week, I’ll give myself an hour to do some smaller tasks if they come up, or if I feel like I need to make a small change to existing code. Typically, Saturday is my “marathon” coding day.  I use the term marathon because I’m working typically 6 to 8 hours; nothing too intense.  This means that Fridays are a great opportunity for me to unwind from a long work week, and prep my tasks for Saturday. Youn can listen here: Itunes: http://bit.ly/ReactRails  Bumpers: https://bumpers.fm/u/LaToya      I decided to start implementing the AirBnB Style Guide and set up GitHub Issues.  I’m relocating to an Airbnb by the beach (I’m in Downtown Porto, Portugal now), so I’m hoping to find a nice cafe near the beach I can work from while I sip espresso, and nibble…

Why I’m Using React + Rails 5 in API Mode To Build my Product

Hello from Porto, Portugal! I’ve been working remotely here for 3 weeks.  It’s been a nice stress release, being in a sleepy town full of warm people. If you haven’t heard, I’m building my own product to release to the public.The fun part about creating your own projects is that you can work in whatever technologies you choose.  In this episode, I dive into my decisions to user React and Rails 5 in API mode. You can listen here: Itunes: http://bit.ly/ReactRails  Bumpers: https://bumpers.fm/u/LaToya  I started on the code portion last week, but I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to build for the past few months.  Most of the process involved me sketching out notes on some of my favorite UIS, paying attention to what apps I like, and deciding who my users are.The fun part about creating your own projects is that you can work in whatever technologies…