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I started to work remotely on 2012, and up until now, still working remotely as full-stack Ruby on Rails developer
When I started it, I had no idea what is it like to work for someone or company far-away (in fact, most of my employers now were on the other side of the earth).
Let's start with the story before I worked remotely.
This time, I live on far-away city from my hometown - about 300 miles.
I almost finished my bachelor degree on computer science.
My lecturer suggested me to get a job before I am done with my final assignment and graduated.
He argued that it will be easier to land a job when you're still connected to your university ( which means you're still a student ).
I followed his advice and sent some applications to some local software development firms.
Fast forward, I got a job as a junior CakePHP developer at nearly end of 2010.
From there, I'm also being asked to learn Ruby on Rails.
I still remembered I used Ruby 1.8.7 with Rails 2.3 at that time.
Though most of the tasks were challenging, I always enjoy to work there.
Outside of my office hours, I also tried to challenge myself working on some small side projects I got from freelancer.com and odesk.com ( now, odesk is merged with elance and it's been renamed to upwork.com )
The time goes by . . .
The mid of 2012 my father passed away ( he's been fighting his illness since 2010 )
It means, my mother will live alone on my hometown because:
That means, no one will be able to take care of my mother except me.
At this point, I still had no idea if my job as web developer can be done remotely.
I talked with HR about my condition, and they allowed me to work for them remotely from my hometown( thanks to them ).
However, things did not work out as it should be.
Near the end of 2012, I finally decided to resign from my position as Rails developer from that firm.
From there, I started to look for more remote projects on oDesk.
At the beginning it was very challenging since I had no decent reputation yet.
Here are what I do to get approved for a job on oDesk at that time, and eventually sustain my income from there:
Since then, I've been working remotely for some employers (either individual or company).
I am not sure how did they find me, but as I remember, I never reached them first or landed an application to reach them.
I don't mean to brag but it's due to fact that I'm always focusing on the projects I am working on
I often need to reject the offers too, because I just can't take any new job anymore (sorry).
So, that's my story how I am still working remotely.
It's not because I want to, but it's because I must to, due to my condition: where I need to accompany my mother after my father passed away.
Now, I am grateful that I can work from home, make a decent living, and at the same time taking care of my mother and my family.
After reading my story above, you may be curious: what you need to start working remotely as web developer ? Is it possible? Will it allow you to make a decent living?
As web developer, yes it's possible to work remotely.
It's also possible to make a decent living but don't expect you'll have a luxury one.
Working remotely is totally different than working as in-house developer on a top corporation.
At last, here are what you need to start working remotely, based on my experience:
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