RockHard said:Onto said:americanInEurope said:...the ability to make serious money, the only way to go about this is to freelance. Freelancing gives you the ability to travel, take as much time off as you want, work anywhere you want
Any idea what kind of skills are needed to get those gigs which allow 100% telecommuting?
Communications. Biggest challenge with telecommuting is being able to trust that people are getting things done. "Don't go dark" is the #1 rule. You have to make sure your boss knows what you're doing and that you're demonstrating progress, because nothing frustrates a manager more than having no idea what your staff is doing.
Onto said:Most companies are not open to people working remotely, at least for what I do (Test Automaton).
I disagree here. The company I work for has their automation in India, and it works well because devs can get their stuff done during the day and then the Indians beat on it overnight, and the US guys wake up in the morning with a list of defects or things to look at. Totally depends on each company. I think it's more about the company's style.
Have a look at https://weworkremotely.com/, if you're into IT & telecommuting, that's an excellent starting point for your job hunt.
I hear what your saying. If they let people in India telecommute, why can't I? I think the answer is I won't work for $4/hr.
Also those guys in India are often part of a whole outsource project. Infosys may charge a US client $18/hr per person for the bulk rate and then pays the workers $4/hr.
I'm guessing at these numbers, but I may not be far off. This is my last week at work and then off to travel the word, so after a month or so of R&R I am going to really try and find a telecommuting gig that pays a minimum of $60k/year. That's the goal anyways.