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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…

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…