2 Recent Remote Work Articles I’ve Written

Remote work by Maciej Duraj

I have previously written about the concept of the officeless future and remote work. For years I saw the potential for companies, particularly startups, to rely on freelancers and remote employees to function regardless of their location. We are living in a globalized economy and world that is connecting us closer than ever with the advent of broadband Internet and various communication as well as collaboration tools. 

Here are two recent articles I have published about remote workers and telecommuting work replacing the traditional desktop and the office:

The first one has my actual byline and the second was ghost written, thus it has no byline. The subject matter refers to remote software developers and some other professionals being part of a globalized work force companies can tap into. I go into topics such as outsourcing work abroad, companies having branches in places like Minsk, Belarus and untapped talent that is sitting on the table for companies to consider.

In the second article, which I linked above, I mention some statistics related to this trend and go into details about the current gig economy that is booming. This is a trend where many young people are being paid on a project-basis rather than an hourly wage or even contract work. They are also often bidding against each other for projects.

This is good and bad for both them and the employer. The bidding system in particular is controversial because many people have to try outbidding each other for the lower price and compete with people in third-world countries like India, where it makes much more sense to create quality work for a lower price (the economy there allows for this vs. say an economy in the United States).

It is good for employers because it allows them to find the right price for the type of project they need and even get something that traditionally would cost them many times more if they hired a contractor or an on-site developer or other professional to get the job done. However, often the work is subpar or done as quickly as possible so it also has its drawbacks.

Hiring contractors or qualified people for a standard (to the nation at least the work is being carried out from) wage and who are at least familiar with the same language and culture that the company  is based out of makes more sense. This is where nearshore development is a great idea or hiring freelancers from other countries familiar with the culture and language. Many people like me are familiar with Silicon valley and speak English natively due to having grown up and went to school in the United States, thus I believe our rates should reflect this.

The flexibility is good for the freelancer as well as the contractor (useful for long-term work) and the employer who does not want to deal with the hiring process of full-time employment or having to free up capital resources for the on-site worker.

I personally see a lot of opportunities today and going forward in creative professionals being able to go into business themselves. Platforms like YouTube are making this possible. However, revenue streams are still too low for most people or content creators to really make a living with these platforms due to the low returns on advertisement.

By most people I am not talking about the lucky few who had a big name going in or were able to garner a huge following of viewers and subscribers. Some people are also using these platforms as a venue to sell marchandise on the side, but not everyone wants to run an eCommerce store

I also was saddened by the recent news of WeWork going downhill, since the idea behind the company is great as well as the way the office spaces look around the world, which are designed for remote workers and freelancers. However, mismanagement can do that for you. Check out this documentary below on the topic:

Remote work will continue to grow across professions and more companies should embrace it as it saves capital costs on office space and is more flexible. There is still a die-hard office culture in many professions, however, that will not go away anytime soon.

[edit] I’ve had a nice blog post written here and WordPress decided not to honour my saves of it and had to rewrite a lot of this post, thus it is less informative and much lower quality than originally intended. Strange that WordPress decided not to allow me to save revisions and the last revision was from two days ago when I logged back in. By the way, I have noticed WordPress giving me issues as of late. For instance, sometimes I cannot preview a document or blog post and have to publish it first to view it. Oh, and I am writing this from a Mac right now and not an iPad, so tablet support is not the issue here.

I think I have figured out the problem and it mostly related to the Brave browser and what seems like lackluster support of it by WordPress.

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