By: Jakša Bašić
My interest in building websites started when I was a student. I initially began slicing PSD files. Next, I wanted to learn how to make a web app. After a while, I realized that I lacked discipline and decided to make some changes. I created a schedule for myself and pretended that my place was my office and “home” was at my girlfriend’s apartment. In a way, this was my first exploration into remote work. My schedule followed this pattern.
07:00 — beginning my day 08:00 — start working 12:00 — stop working and start exercising 13:00 — eating lunch and resting 14:00 — start working 16:00 — stop working and prepare for classes 16:30 — attending classes 21:00 — visiting girlfriend’s apartment 23:00 — sleeping “Rinse and Repeat”
Life at the Office
When I first started learning to code, I felt a sense of urgency. I wanted to learn as much as I could, as fast as I could. When I landed my first job as web developer I thought that that sense of pressure would be the same. My colleagues would be more skilled than I, which meant that I needed to learn quickly and keep up with them. Almost immediately I discovered that it isn’t quite like that. Many people prefer to lead easygoing lives. They want to get their work done, but they also want to be able to chat with colleagues about nonwork-related stuff. At home during my student days, I had stricter regimen than the one I encountered in my first work environment. I also realized that I’m cut out to be that type of guy. My preferred work style is easygoing but strict about time management.
Of course, I recognize the positive aspects of working at the office, such as improving my communication skills, developing patience, helping colleagues with tasks, having lunch together, getting to know interesting people, and team building. There were some good times that I will miss.
However, I’ve wanted to work remotely for a very long time. I read numerous articles on about it. I noticed several other developers doing it, but never tried it for myself. Also, my definition of working remotely doesn’t mean for a day or two in a month. I’m talking about 24/7/365!
While I wanted to pursue working remotely as a web developer, I also faced an interesting challenge. Most companies in Croatia don’t offer positions that include remote work.
Prior to joining 2amigos my longest remote work stint was two months. It was a great test for me to find out if I’m ready for that kind of lifestyle. Now my answer is “Yes!” I’m ready.
Now that I’m working for 2amigos, new doors are opening for me. Not only can I work from home, I can also travel and work from anywhere in the world! Of course, I must stay focused and productive, but that’s the beauty of it, I’m always more productive when I’m at home.
Work from anywhere, be where you want to be. I am from Zadar a small town on the coast of Croatia. I moved to Zagreb to attend college and find work, as there is a serious lack of work in Zadar. After finishing college, I wanted to go back to Zadar, but couldn’t find any good opportunities. Now with 2amigos, I can go wherever and whenever, if I am productive and get things done.
Another perk is that I don’t waste time commuting. This is a huge benefit, especially during very hot or very cold weather. I simply wake up, make some coffee, turn on my laptop, and I’m ready to go!
I began my career working from home. Then I switched to an office environment. I’m now finally getting back to remote work again. I want to thank 2amigos for giving me the opportunity and the trust to live a lifestyle I’ve always wanted.
Here are my final thoughts about remote working, “Do what you love, work where you feel most productive. Remote is not for everyone, but we could say the same for the office.”
(original article published on Medium.com)