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Dec 17

Why you do what you do - Freelancing

Posted by jobnomade in opensourceofficefreelance

Does working in the office is fun?

Are you one of the guys who sit right now in a cafe with your laptop, at home or on the train to a customer? The life of a freelancer is exciting and sometimes exhausting, isn’t it. You need to build up your own customer base to get your steady income. You go to networking events, conferences or ask friends to recommend you to their networks and so on. It is a challenge to keep the path of a freelancer, especially when you have a family to feed. That’s why people prefer the office space to work. It is less risky, it is less stress. As a software developer, do you really think so?

Why the heck you need an office?

There are technology companies which don’t run traditional offices. They don’t have a 8 hours 5 working days schedule. They are distributed around the world working in different time zones. And yes, they are pretty successful.

There are technology companies which don’t run traditional offices. They don’t have a 8 hours 5 working days schedule. They are distributed around the world working in different time zones. And yes, they are pretty successful.

Those who knows WordPress probably knows Automattic. A team which builds great products and serve millions of users.

Everyone works from their own home or office, and we’re spread out all over the world — California, Texas, New York, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Iceland, Bulgaria, Australia, and more.

And Github of course how the hell have they build this Git thing without an office?

I'd like to double down and predict the decline of the office as the center of planning, coordination, and communication for software development organizations. I'm not saying offices will go away entirely. They just won't be required or useful for most aspects of the software product development lifecycle. Processes with better survivability characteristics will slowly but inevitably creep in and win out
(Ryan Tomayko)

Does working in the office is fun?

All have in common that they a common vision with a big goal. And do you think they have fun at work? I am sure they more than they would work in an average office.

Some of you may say, working at home or somewhere else but the office has too much distraction. Really? Watch this video, if you are still not convince. At the end it depends on how well organized and disciplined you are to get your coding work done. There are a lot of methods how you can manage your time and tasks to be more productive. But this will be a topic for another blog post.

Why companies need to learn from OpenSource?

Traditional technology companies need to rethink the way work has been shifted from “start at the right time and work in a cubicle” to “work at any time and from everywhere”. With the mobility of the work forces companies need to reconsider their recruiting purpose, too. If you are a good developer if you have a chance would you leave your friends and families behind to work for this company? I would think twice, do you?

Do we really need to get to the office, move to a new city, take the public transportation or buy a car and rent an entire building? This might happen to you or one of your friends, right? The society evolved an “office” space which will become more and more meaningless. Why should employers spent money for a person to re-locate, pay transportation and other expenses. Is it a really effective and a productive way to hire and get a task done? And hell I can’t imagine the amount of unnecessary expenses can be turned to parties and other fun stuff. Look at Auttomatic, they gather all people together once a year somewhere on the globe. Waiting a whole year for an exciting event isn’t this fun and worth working for?

OpenSource projects prove us that they are able to deliver high quality services and products. Why not traditional companies?

Paul Graham a programmer, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and co-founder of Y-Combinator looks at average offices this way.

The average office is a miserable place to get work done. And a lot of what makes offices bad are the very qualities we associate with professionalism. The sterility of offices is supposed to suggest efficiency. But suggesting efficiency is a different thing from actually being efficient. The atmosphere of the average workplace is to productivity what flames painted on the side of a car are to speed. And it's not just the way offices look that's bleak. The way people act is just as bad.
(Paul Graham)

Why do you as a Joomla/Web Developer don't want to join a traditional company? You may have personal and social constraints but you have decided to do what you do. A laptop and a good internet connection and you are ready to go. Turn on your IDE and check-in check-out your code from github, grab a good coffee from the waiter and listen to nice jazzy music. Meet your wife or girl friend next doors and take a break when you need it. Anyone of you enjoy this experience? Not having people interrupting you, being your own boss, do what you want to do and at the end of the day you receive exactly the $$$ you have worked and are worth for.

We at JoomLancers are glad to have a chance to give you a place where you can find work so you can live and work as you want. Be flexible in what you do. Be a digital nomad and work from everywhere. This is what we have done in the past 4 years and will continue to do. The freelancer’s way of life and work will be the future of most of technology savvy individuals and organizations.

P.S: This blog post has been drafted in a small bar after my main office work hours. Had a blueberry smoothie and a good portion of sticky rice. Who needs an office ;)?

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