Planning to look for a remote job. Any suggestions?

Anyone have any special thoughts about getting a remote job in web development?

Here is my situation: I’m an experienced software engineer (embedded C/C++) but will be out of a job next March. In the past, I’ve tinkered on some small web projects and thought this is something I’d like to do full time. I’m getting close to finishing the FCC Front End development certification and also in a great Udemy Angular class. Its been super and has put the fun back into development for me.

I’m in Honolulu and for web stuff, there is little going on in my community except for government/military (which I want to avoid). In my current job, company closed local office a while ago and I’ve been successfully working remotely for several years. And so I figure I’ll give it a try again.

Anyone have any experiences with looking for remote web development jobs, especially with limited direct experience?And warnings? Any suggestions?


Remote jobs are usually given to those with proven experience. It’s unlikely that someone would find a remote job as a junior programmer or junior web developer. However, you’re an experienced programmer, so you could find a remote job doing C/C++ and maybe find remote work doing that for a web-based app.

Also, think beyond just a full-time, permanent job. It may be easier to find contract work on a project. You could also consider doing some contract jobs that involve traveling to the worksite. Once you have a few of those on your resume/in your portfolio, it would be easier to find a more permanent remote job. Or you could just continue contracting, which can be far more lucrative than permanent work.

There are online sites (e.g., upwork) where programmers bid on projects and work remotely. I don’t know how well they pay, but it would be a way to get your feet wet and maybe develop a client base/references while you still have your day job.

Thanks for the ideas!

I’m definitely trying to keep an open mind. After my current job ends, I figure I can get by for a few months financially. During that time, maybe I can really focus on picking up some small projects to build a portfolio and then also look for contract work.
I’m also thinking of some volunteer work (local community group that has a great website in terms of content but horrendous presentation and UI).

OK - I have some hope. Mahalo!

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This is what worked for me: start by looking for remote contract work. This is more common than remote permanent positions. This will also prove to hiring managers that you are self-directed and can successfully execute remotely.

Makes sense. If I was a hiring manager, I would be looking for some evidence that someone is able to be effective remotely.
Though I have a lot of experience with working remotely, it is all in my current C/C++ position. Looking to add some solid remote web related experience seems like an excellent idea.