Both of these companies are on my radar because I like the founder’s stories and the stuff they make. I’ve never actually found a job using these guys, but if I were looking for a job, these would be the first two places I would go to.
Toptal seems to make a point of being the best place to find really good programmers. The only scary thing about Toptal would be overcoming the fear of rejection that they might not let you into their marketplace. They vet everyone who comes to their marketplace because they want to ensure they only market programmers who are really good.
They seem to be an agency + marketplace. I think a programmer could land cool gigs with their help.
Being a freelancer can suck. Freelancers do their own government compliance, they act as their own marketing department and there is a crazy cycle of looking for projects, executing projects, billing for projects and looking for more projects. This is a lot of stuff to deal with on your own. It’s hard work.
I believe Toptal helps with this sort of stuff. They vet everyone so they will have a good idea for what you need. They have existing relationships with companies so they market for you. I believe the companies pay Toptal and they pay you which makes your billing/tax challenges much less complex.
If you just want to focus on writing beautiful code, Toptal might be great.
There are always interesting looking programming jobs on this site. The companies pay to make their listings so the positions are listed by motivated companies looking to hire remote workers.
Here it appears that one is more likely to find a job here, as opposed to a freelancer type commitment.
Another cool thing about RemoteOK.io is that Peter Levels is the guy behind the site. He does a lot of interesting work in the remote money making sphere.
If you don’t know my next guest, then I’d like to introduce you to my wife V, short for V DRozario.
V liked to read books as a kid. Now she really enjoys listening to audio books.
In this episode V shares with us her 5 favorite books because well, she got really excited and wanted to share with us two more of her favorites. Of course I couldn’t say no. I hope you enjoy this episode.
“It really impacted the way I was living, it changed my life, it taught me a number of many great lessons.” – V D’Rozario
“It was an amazing book. I couldn’t put it down.
It all started in Australia, and I’m Australian, then it ended in India, and I’m part Indian. I still haven’t visited India so this made me want to go to India even more. There’s so many great things about this book. I loved it.”
“He’s such a super geek and he changed my thoughts and a lot of misconceptions and myths I had about a number of things.
It really impacted the way I was living, it changed my life, it taught me a number of many great lessons.”
“I think it’s very close to how I live, my lifestyle. It’s all about living a life of long term travel. It distinguishes the difference between being a tourist and a traveller and so many other great little facts, tips, travelling stories and quotes from other long term travellers.
It’s a really really inspirational book.”
“He’s such a badass, he’s fearless and he lives a life of adventure and love.
I just want to swim to Necker Island to have a pina colada with him.
“The whole book is so powerful, the message and the way he’s thinking.
He’s just a confident guy with big dreams and he did everything in his power to get what he wanted. I’m all about non-profits and it inspired me to think big and do what I want to do.”
You can get a free copy of this book by signing up as a new member with Audible through this link.
So I spent much of today trying to make the best screencasts I could.
I do have a question for anyone reading this blog.
Notice that in the first movie, I invest a lot of time into zooming in on the specific sections of importance.
In the second video, I ran of time and just completed it without the zooming in effects:
Which do you think is more useful for someone seeking this information? If you think the zoom is valuable, on a scale of 1-10 how important do you think it is?