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5 tips on how to increase your productivity while working remotely.

5 tips on how to increase your productivity while working remotely. Working remotely certainly has its benefits, but it can be difficult compared to working in an office setting. it’s difficult to determine whether remote workers are staying on track and getting their work done, but there are still a number of ways you can be just as productive working remotely as you are in…

Working: not for everyone

Working: not for everyone A few days ago I came across an article that reports how bosses today expect their team to work onsite a.k.a. in the office. I thought to myself: there it is, another batch of people trying to prove that remote working is a myth in 2017. Much like what has been done in 2016, 2015, 2014 and years before. I am here…

5 reasons why you should try working remotely

5 reasons why you should try working remotely Over the past decade, a rising number of young professionals, primarily from the United States and Europe, have leveraged the use of technology to work remotely and live a professionally nomadic lifestyle. According to a forecast of employment trends by the World Economic Forum, telecommuting, co-working spaces, flexible hours, virtual teams, freelancing and online talent platforms are all…

Where Did This Extra Time Come From?

Where Did This Extra Time Come From? June 26 — Somehow I gave myself an unexpected gift today. The gift of time. My work week calendar is usually booked solid. Exploring the city and getting out is better done in the morning since I’m on U.S. Eastern Time. Not today. My entire day was blocked off and no one was able to book time with me. I didn’t…

What I Love (Would Love) About Working Remotely

What I Love (Would Love) About Working Remotely In the year 2016, I made a change in my life and started working remotely and living the life that I am happy to live. Working remotely can be defined as carrying out your responsibilities away from your office. Working remotely has its advantages and disadvantages but for me it’s the most advantageous work setup. I have a…

The deal Jeff Bezos got on Basecamp

In 2006, Jeff Bezos bought a minority, no-control stake of Basecamp from Jason and I. We didn’t need any money to run the company, as we’d been profitable from the get-go, so none of it went to fund “our incredible journey”. As the Valley players say, we took money off the table. It was an unusual deal for a number of reasons. First, Basecamp remained…

Lots of new Basecamp 3 stuff

We’ve been plugging away this summer on a wide variety of improvements on Basecamp 3. While there have been a ton of improvements on the iOS and Android side as well, this post will focus on some of the larger improvements to the web/desktop version. Focus Mode Need to do some deep work? Go into Focus Mode. This will turn off all notifications, and hide…

Dear Blue Apron,

Know Thyself When I took over as CEO of Highrise in 2014 — which was also the same week I signed up for Blue Apron! :) — I really had no idea what I had on my hands. I didn’t create Highrise. I didn’t know why 37signals/Basecamp bothered to build it. I didn’t know who its best customers were. So we did a bunch of customer interviews getting to the…

My top takeaways from our first company retreat for Leverage

No matter who you are, you’re limited to 24 hours in the day. What’s different about the trailblazers, the game-changers, the paradigm-shifters — they’re high-efficiency people. The kind of people who accomplish more in a day than most accomplish in a week. These are the type of people in our client community — but equally, on our team. What’s different about the trailblazers, the game-changers, the paradigm-shifters — they’re high-efficiency people….

Tried and True: 5 tips on working with a fully remote team

Tried and True: 5 tips on working with a fully remote team TL;DR: Communicate and manage projects well using online tools, have awesome internet, aim for results over time and have fun together as a team. If you’ve been following Power Level Studios’ story, you know that everyone on our team works remotely. It’s a concept that’s more and more common these days, and we believe can…

Remote Working

Remote Working An interview with a mother working remotely This week I spoke with Dawn O’Toole. Dawn works 3 days per week, mainly working remotely, from home. Dawn is mummy to 2 girls— Eilidh is 6 and Amelie is 2. I spoke to Dawn about how she manages the work/family life juggle… Dawn is mummy to the beautiful Eilidh and Amelie Did you change your job/career…

How we pay people at Basecamp

It’s just better business to pay people fairly There are no negotiated salaries or raises at Basecamp. Everyone in the same role at the same level is paid the same. Equal work, equal pay. We assess new hires on a scale that goes from junior programmer, to programmer, to senior programmer, to lead programmer, to principal programmer (or designer or customer support or ops…) We use…

7 Challenges To Working From Home, How To Overcome

7 Challenges To Working From Home, How To Overcome So, you’re thinking about what it takes to work from home. Whether you adding a second (or third) job to your list of responsibilities, forced to begin telecommuting for your current job, or completely starting over to regain control over your life, working from home has some basic challenges that need to be addressed. Working from home…

An Interview With Analog Republics Del Currie

“We build digital products for an analog world”- Analog Republic Analog Republic is a remote web development team that have worked on some monster projects, including but not limited to websites/applications for Nike, Porsche, Heineken, Foo Fighters, Red Bull, Adidas, The White Stripes, Kanye West, Game of Thrones, and many, many more. I was lucky enough to have a conversation with one of their developers…

iOS vs Android Mobile App Development: Which to Launch First and Who to Hire

You’ve conceptualized, wireframed, and designed your new app—now it’s time to develop it for launch. Which means it’s time to choose: Android or iOS? Launching a native app on Android and iOS platforms simultaneously can be cost-prohibitive and risky, especially since you don’t yet know how users will respond to your app. Because of the uncertainties, most businesses choose to start with one or the…

Six Months in South America

Six Months in South America Hey friends! My name is Katie Lotz, and I’m one of the We Roam Orion trip program leads! I thought I’d drop a note to share a little of my story on world travel and to give you some inside scoop on all of the upcoming adventures ahead with We Roam! So here goes… Asia and I have had a long…

The appear.in top 5 remote working locations of the world

The appear.in top 5 remote working locations of the world 🌍 This year we’ve worked remotely from 5 continents and countless cities! We asked our team members to share their favourite spot so that you can start planning your next trip! As a bonus comes their top tip for remote productivity 😉 Written by Meri We asked 5 team members to answer 3 questions What has been…

How to get your first project as a freelancer?

How to get your first project as a freelancer? Courtesy: Pixabay Originally published on Gig Economy blog. You need not necessarily possess a degree. You need not pass any sort of ‘test’. All you need is a skill that people are looking. If you do, this is your dream job. This is freelancing. That’s a bold statement, a bold claim. Whether or not you, as…

10 best places to live as a digital nomad

So you’ve committed to the freelance life. Congratulations! You can now work pretty much anywhere in the world that has an internet connection! Photo by Avi Richards on Unsplash It really is that simple. As long as the country you choose lets you in (visas and all that) and you can afford a decent standard of living, you can work remotely from the destination of your…

Authenticating Android Apps Developed in Kotlin

TL;DR: In today’s post we are going to learn how to create a simple Android application, written in Kotlin, and secure it with JWTs. We are going to use Auth0 to issue an access_token for us, and are going to use this token to communicate with an API. In the end, we will also talk about how we would handle tokens issued by a home…

How We Increased the Readership of Buffer’s Blog to Over 1.5 Million Visits

Every company is a media company these days, and Buffer is no different. We started the Buffer Social blog in January 2011 and since then it has been a key component in the success of the company. We have published more than 1,000 posts—and we’re honored to receive more than 1.5 million visits every month. It’s been a long, challenging journey, though. We first hit one…

Orchestrating the Distributed Teams

Orchestrating the Distributed Teams Distributed teams vary in geography, size, demography, and many other aspects.However, there is one word that says for all of them — the distance. Physical, mental, or cultural, it can easily tear a team apart, leaving behind a muddle.Building and shaping the distributed but tight-knit team and then carefully orchestrating it all way long is a challenge for every product manager.But the thorny…

How Building a Community Can Supercharge Your Customer Service

At first glance, it might seem as if community managers and support teams don’t have that much to talk about. The people in community management are scrolling through Twitter feeds and Slack channels, while customer support teams are in the trenches handling customer conversations. While social media interactions can tell you something about your customers’ experiences, why would you need a community in order to…

Remote working: a future for Ireland?

Remote working: a future for Ireland? The benefits are many; possibilities for all, plenty. Prelude This article is for abstract thinking and statistics. The intention is to raise the question of why can’t we change the way the standard week works, aimed at providing solutions and trying not to focus on what can go wrong. The inspiration behind it was the book Remote by David Heinemeier…

Lessons I Learned from Working Remote for a Month

Lessons I Learned from Working Remote for a Month Life is too short to work in the same office everyday. With a change of scenery, both my creativity and productivity are boosted. A traveler at heart, I need the ability to work outside the office from time-to-time, so I can reach all those destinations I love. A part of the culture our co-founders have created here…

Upcall’s New features — communicate with Upcallers like never before.

Great news! Connecting, interacting and training top notch Upcallers for your outbound calling campaign has never been easier! Coordinating with a growing team of agents can be a challenge, especially when they are remote. At Upcall, we know that communication is the key to success. And now we’ve made it even easier: Discover Upcall’s 5 new Features for this month! ​ 1. Company pages are live…

Worry is the most useless emotion

Five ways I cope with worrying as a leader. The other week, I interviewed Jason Fried, CEO and co-founder of Basecamp. I asked him what he wish he would’ve learned earlier as a leader. His response? Worry less. I smiled when he said this. Oh, how I could relate! Over the past few years, I’ve noticed how many CEOs (myself included) are stressed out and worried…

Yours Remotely,

Yours Remotely, How did the “Remote Work” concept came into existence? Simple answer to it is — just like the offshoring and outsourcing came into existence. Someone from the west was starting up it’s own venture and had tight budget initially and couldn’t afford a local talent because of the minimum pay criteria in one’s country so he went ahead and recruited equally talented guys over the internet…

O Guia do Trabalho Remoto

Os passos para o Trabalho Remoto Migrar para o trabalho remoto não é uma operação simples, mas está longe de ser um bicho de sete cabeças como muitos pensam. Podemos dividir a busca por essa oportunidade em 3 etapas: Procurando Vaga, Contratação e Pagamentos. Procurando Vaga Muitas pessoas acabam desistindo justamente por não saberem onde encontrar vagas — apesar de existirem centenas de sites e fóruns disponibilizando oportunidades…

Commit to adventure with the Questocat tee

Inspire your inner adventurer with our fearless Questocat by your side. From merging old pull requests to exploring new lands, you’ll always be ready to commit to adventure—just look at the back of your shirt if you need a reminder. This vintage game-inspired design is available now in the GitHub Shop. Get your Questocat tee Adventure over to the GitHub Shop to get one before…

Quickly review changed methods and functions in your pull requests

The biggest barrier to code review is often time, but there’s a new way to easily understand how changes impact your code. Now you can navigate to changed methods and functions right from your pull request file finder. Searching the file finder for a method or function in a Go, JavaScript, Ruby, or TypeScript file will provide you with a timeline-style view of the results,…

Signing into Microsoft Office 365 with Google Apps

TL;DR; In this blog post, we are going to learn how to allow Google Apps users to sign into Microsoft products, like Office 365, without needing an extra pair of credentials. The scenario described here can help many companies to achieve single sign-on between the most popular office suites available, enhancing employee productivity while keeping authentication and authorization centralized in one of the providers. Google…

Webcast recap: What data science can learn from open source development

Last week, Solutions Engineering Manager Aziz Shamim sat down with Datascope Analytics’ Jess Freaner to talk about how data scientists are uniquely positioned to adopt best practices from both science and software—and how her team is using open source practices to enhance collaboration and results. In case you missed it, here’s a recording of the webcast, along with a few of our takeaways. Watch the…

Reflections on Working Remotely: Nomad House Week 1

I’ve spent exactly a week in Lisbon, Portugal with Nomad House, a small group coworking and coliving community. We’re staying in a multi-story apartment with 20 people from around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and specialized freelancers. Some are pursuing a remote or semi-nomadic life, and others are traveling through on a work-cation. There are developers, writers, startup founders, grad students, an…

Making it easier to grow communities on GitHub

Open source is all about building communities around shared challenges. Thanks to some subtle (and not so subtle) improvements in the past few months, it’s now easier to make your first contribution, launch a new project, or grow your community on GitHub: Contributor badges One of the best ways to grow your community is to welcome new contributors. To make it easier to identify when…

I am Nomad As Fuck

I am Nomad As Fuck Nomad As Fuck showcases the most badass nomads you can imagine who are either dedicated to nomadism as a way of life, or using the nomadic lifestyle to up their game and become awesome as all hell. Asad Zulfahri Where are you from? I have a Malaysian passport. But I prefer to define myself as a global citizen. What do you do? SEO…

I am a Nomad As Fuck

I am a Nomad As Fuck Nomad As Fuck showcases the most badass nomads you can imagine who are either dedicated to nomadism as a way of life, or using the nomadic lifestyle to up their game and become awesome as all hell. Asad Zulfahri Where are you from? I have a Malaysian passport. But I prefer to define myself as a global citizen. What do you do?…

How to be Productive Working From Home

When you start a new job with flexible working hours, it feels like a big win. You can sleep in when necessary, work in the way that best suits you, and have heads down time when you need it the most. Working from home can be great, but it can also be a disaster. I was a few years out of college and learned quickly…

Can’t Miss Summer Events in Portugal

To anyone planning a summer getaway in Portugal: get ready for some tough decision making. The entertainment scene in Portugal absolutely thrives in July and August; the plethora of events transpiring in this country during summer months will make it super tough for you to decide where, exactly, you want to be — there are just so many amazing options. Whether you have a heart for music,…

The Bottlenecks Of Digital Agencies

The Bottlenecks Of Digital Agencies And Ways To Deal With Them When we first started, it was a team of former freelancer friends who decided it was more fun and productive to ride out together in some sort of an organization. The first couple years were party-work-party. It’s safe to say, our teambuilding skills were as sharp as anybody’s. The projects we did were mostly stress-free and…

Why Should I try Coworking?

It’s not all just free coffee. Curious but not convinced? We’ve got seven reasons coworking may just be your next new thing. 1. Find Business Essentials at Your Fingertips For many independents, freelancers, small business owners and startups, renting an office is an expense that is beyond their income. And even if you can afford the rent, four walls does not an office make. Internet, utilities,…

Mental Reset Techniques to be More Productive

For many freelance business owners, the work day is spent in front of a glowing screen, checking off to-do lists for multiple projects, making sure deadlines are met and clients are happy. All of these things can be mentally taxing, making mental fatigue and burnout a real risk among the self-employed. One long-term strategy to improving work-life balance overall is to make a schedule and…

Freelancing 101: How To Highlight Your Skill Set

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash While the term ‘multitalented’ was a huge compliment as a kid, in the gig economy, the alternative ‘multitasker’ is becoming a bit of a dirty word. It’s the nature of the business. Freelancers are often creative types who have the curiosity and courage to branch out on their own. So it’s no surprise that many come armed with multiple skills….

This is what happens when you get to work from wherever you want

Why Automattic closed their headquarters in San Francisco Deserted San Francisco office. Credits: Automattic “We focus on two things when hiring. First, find the best people you can in the world. And second, let them do their work. Just get out of their way.“— Matt Mullenweg, CEO at Automattic For the ones that don’t know, Automattic is where WordPress was born. A company committed to…

One Year of Gratitude — Day 22

One Year of Gratitude — Day 22 Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash In less than two weeks we head to Louisiana. We’ll be there for two weeks visiting family. This has been a yearly end of summer event for the last two years? Why only the last two years? Work. Jobs can put the kibosh on travel. Three years ago, I decided I’d had enough of that. I decided…

How to break free from your 9–5 routine

Now you know why you want to make the switch. So, let’s us take a look at the things to keep in mind to move to the path of self-employment. Choose your niche Before jumping into it, make sure you know what you want to do. For example, if you want to get into writing, you will have to put out a portfolio in the form…

The Complete Guide to Creating Effective Snap Ads with Snapchat Ad Manager

In the past, if you wanted to run Snap Ads (Snapchat’s full-screen video ads), you would need to go through one of their ads partners. Now, though, you can create Snap Ads yourself through Snapchat’s new self-serve ads tool, Snapchat Ad Manager. Snapchat has even included a video creation tool in the Snapchat Ad Manager to make creating engaging, awesome-looking vertical videos a breeze. We’re…

7 reasons why remote work is amazing

7 reasons why remote work is amazing Remote work is working everywhere except from the office. You can work at home, at the coffee shop, from another country, even at the beach. Nowadays there are no escuses for sticking with just a workspace, we can be connected wherever we are, and with all the collaboration tools available we can sign up and be in real-time contact…

Don't Pass on the New NIST Password Guidelines

According to password cracking experts, “It is unlikely any other document has been as influential [as past NIST guidelines] in shaping password creation and use policies.” For over a year, the NIST has been drafting new rules and recommendations for protecting digital identities. This June, the result was finally published. Substantial changes have been introduced since the NIST’s last publication in August 2013, many concerned…