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How freelancing and
remote work is changing
the world
Hi, I’m Ines
• I’m from Sarajevo. I’ve traveled to 20
countries and visited more than 45 cities
in the last 2.5 years.
• I...
• Developers
• Designers
• Finance experts
The top 3%
@nesuss
All over the world
@nesuss
How many of you

have worked

as a freelancer?
@nesuss
How many of you

have worked

remotely?
@nesuss
@nesuss
Computer
Remote freelancer in the wild
Good views
Keeping it
casual
@nesuss
Remote freelancer in the wild
@nesuss@...
@nesuss
Computer
Remote freelancer in the wild
Good views
Keeping it
casual
@nesuss
Remote freelancer in the wild
@nesuss@...
@nesuss
Computer
Remote freelancer in the wild
Good views
Keeping it
casual
@nesuss
Remote freelancer in the wild
@nesuss@...
@nesuss
Computer
Remote freelancer in the wild
Good views
Keeping it
casual
@nesuss
Remote freelancer in the wild
@nesuss@...
@nesuss@nesuss
Computer
Remote freelancer in the wild
Good views Keeping it
casual
#WINNING
Shot during Toptal Snow Trip 2...
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/waldleventhal/2014/11/24/5-predictions-for-the-freelance-economy-in-2015
35% 50%
Freel...
Source: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8456-freelance-work-increasing.html
63%
of independent workers started
freelancin...
Source: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8456-freelance-work-increasing.html
80%
of the independent workers surveyed said ...
Working remotely has
become much easier
@nesuss
Better salary,
lower costs
@nesuss
Work whenever you want,
from wherever you want.
@nesuss
Already got a job?
No problem!
@nesuss
And… do all of this regardless
of where you’re from or what
their education level is.
@nesuss
@nesuss
Freelancing

challenges
• Finding clients and logistics
• Job security
• Getting paid
• Feeling part of a community
and pr...
@nesuss
!
@nesuss
Freelancing best
practices
@nesuss
Decide what
you want to do
• Freelancer
• Remote worker
• Digital nomad "
@nesuss
How to tell if you’re
ready to freelance?
@nesuss
Style
@nesuss
Financials
@nesuss
Make that portfolio sparkle
@nesuss
http://www.danielfischer.com/
Ruby or Ruby on Rails?
#WINNING
@nesuss
Productivity
@nesuss
Pomodoro, Rescue Time, Freedom, Time doctor, etc.
Remote work
@nesuss
Work organization
(Track your hours)
@nesuss
Coordination (time and
online presence)
@nesuss
World Time Buddy
Stay healthy!
(Physical and mental health)
@nesuss
Work/life balance
@nesuss
Digital nomadism
@nesuss
@nesuss @nesuss
Travel the world
#Toptal@nesuss @nesuss
Save up!
@nesuss
@nesuss
Have a plan B
@nesuss
Be safe!
@nesuss
• Travel insurance
• Visas
• Read up on local laws and be
respectful
Pack light
@nesuss
Use your networks
@nesuss
Community
#workinglikeaboss
@nesuss
“95% of great programmers
are born outside the US.”
– Paul Graham, Co-Founder of YCombinator, Let The Other 95% Of Great P...
дякую!

Thank you!
@nesuss
Ines Avdic-Zekic
Technical Sourcer/Community Leader
@nesuss
ines.avdic@toptal.com
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Ruby Meditation #19
November 25, 2017
Kyiv

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How freelancing and remote work is changing the world - Ines Avdic-Zekic

  1. 1. How freelancing and remote work is changing the world
  2. 2. Hi, I’m Ines • I’m from Sarajevo. I’ve traveled to 20 countries and visited more than 45 cities in the last 2.5 years. • I’m a Technical Sourcer and a Community Leader for Toptal. @nesuss
  3. 3. • Developers • Designers • Finance experts The top 3% @nesuss
  4. 4. All over the world @nesuss
  5. 5. How many of you
 have worked
 as a freelancer? @nesuss
  6. 6. How many of you
 have worked
 remotely? @nesuss
  7. 7. @nesuss Computer Remote freelancer in the wild Good views Keeping it casual @nesuss Remote freelancer in the wild @nesuss@nesuss Computer Remote freelancer in the wild Shot during Toptal Snow Trip 2017 Keeping it casual Good views @nesuss@nesuss Remote freelancer in the wild Shot during Toptal Snow Trip 2017
  8. 8. @nesuss Computer Remote freelancer in the wild Good views Keeping it casual @nesuss Remote freelancer in the wild @nesuss@nesuss Computer Remote freelancer in the wild Shot during Toptal Snow Trip 2017 Keeping it casual Good views @nesuss@nesuss Computer Remote freelancer in the wild Shot during Toptal Snow Trip 2017
  9. 9. @nesuss Computer Remote freelancer in the wild Good views Keeping it casual @nesuss Remote freelancer in the wild @nesuss@nesuss Computer Remote freelancer in the wild Shot during Toptal Snow Trip 2017 Keeping it casual Good views @nesuss@nesuss Computer Remote freelancer in the wild Good views Shot during Toptal Snow Trip 2017Shot in Santo Domingo, 2016
  10. 10. @nesuss Computer Remote freelancer in the wild Good views Keeping it casual @nesuss Remote freelancer in the wild @nesuss@nesuss Computer Remote freelancer in the wild Shot during Toptal Snow Trip 2017 Keeping it casual Good views @nesuss@nesuss Computer Remote freelancer in the wild Good views Keeping it casual Shot during Toptal Snow Trip 2017
  11. 11. @nesuss@nesuss Computer Remote freelancer in the wild Good views Keeping it casual #WINNING Shot during Toptal Snow Trip 2017Shot in Santo Domingo, 2016
  12. 12. Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/waldleventhal/2014/11/24/5-predictions-for-the-freelance-economy-in-2015 35% 50% Freelancer workforce in the US (expected)2017 2020 @nesuss
  13. 13. Source: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8456-freelance-work-increasing.html 63% of independent workers started freelancing by choice, not necessity. @nesuss
  14. 14. Source: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8456-freelance-work-increasing.html 80% of the independent workers surveyed said they view freelancing as better than working a traditional job. @nesuss
  15. 15. Working remotely has become much easier @nesuss
  16. 16. Better salary, lower costs @nesuss
  17. 17. Work whenever you want, from wherever you want. @nesuss
  18. 18. Already got a job? No problem! @nesuss
  19. 19. And… do all of this regardless of where you’re from or what their education level is. @nesuss
  20. 20. @nesuss
  21. 21. Freelancing
 challenges • Finding clients and logistics • Job security • Getting paid • Feeling part of a community and professional development (Historically) @nesuss
  22. 22. @nesuss !
  23. 23. @nesuss
  24. 24. Freelancing best practices @nesuss
  25. 25. Decide what you want to do • Freelancer • Remote worker • Digital nomad " @nesuss
  26. 26. How to tell if you’re ready to freelance? @nesuss
  27. 27. Style @nesuss
  28. 28. Financials @nesuss
  29. 29. Make that portfolio sparkle @nesuss http://www.danielfischer.com/
  30. 30. Ruby or Ruby on Rails? #WINNING @nesuss
  31. 31. Productivity @nesuss Pomodoro, Rescue Time, Freedom, Time doctor, etc.
  32. 32. Remote work @nesuss
  33. 33. Work organization (Track your hours) @nesuss
  34. 34. Coordination (time and online presence) @nesuss World Time Buddy
  35. 35. Stay healthy! (Physical and mental health) @nesuss
  36. 36. Work/life balance @nesuss
  37. 37. Digital nomadism @nesuss
  38. 38. @nesuss @nesuss
  39. 39. Travel the world #Toptal@nesuss @nesuss
  40. 40. Save up! @nesuss
  41. 41. @nesuss
  42. 42. Have a plan B @nesuss
  43. 43. Be safe! @nesuss • Travel insurance • Visas • Read up on local laws and be respectful
  44. 44. Pack light @nesuss
  45. 45. Use your networks @nesuss
  46. 46. Community #workinglikeaboss @nesuss
  47. 47. “95% of great programmers are born outside the US.” – Paul Graham, Co-Founder of YCombinator, Let The Other 95% Of Great Programmers In @nesuss
  48. 48. дякую!
 Thank you! @nesuss
  49. 49. Ines Avdic-Zekic Technical Sourcer/Community Leader @nesuss ines.avdic@toptal.com

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