This post is the first in a planned series about my experiences moving from a traditional Nine to Five office job to a remote job with a distributed team. Disclaimer: These articles are intended to provide my personal perspective on transitioning to what very well could be the future for tech workers and are not endorsed by, nor reflective of the opinions of my employer.
Well, this is it. I’ve been interested in the idea of remote work and distributed teams for a long time now, and ever since I read The Year Without Pants last year I’ve been hooked. I saw what companies like Automattic and Lullabot have been doing – hiring talented programmers wherever they may be and trusting them to get things done without constant oversight – and it made so much sense to me that I had to pursue that kind of working life, if only to try it on for size. Finally, after taking my time and slowly searching out a new job over the last several months, I’m starting my first full-time, 100% remote job tomorrow.