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Remote Worker != Outsourced Worker. I didn't touch on the many reasons why, but I would certainly entertain the idea of hiring somebody remotely ... but never remotely on the other side of the planet.

> Even if your assertion is true, $60 is dirt cheap.

60 x 8 x 5 x 52 = 124,800

That's a funny definition of dirt cheap.

> While it is possible to find local talent, the pool of good developers is limited

Not in a major city, especially if you know where and how to look.

> Personally I'm on call 24/7.

Except when you're sleeping? And if your time zone = my business hours, that's a problem.




    60 x 8 x 5 x 52 = 124,800
    That's a funny definition of dirt cheap.
No, it's perfectly accurate, unless you think that the cost of a developer is measured by his net revenue only.

I don't know the tax policies of every country, but the real cost of a developer will be at least twice his net revenue.


> Except when you're sleeping? And if your time zone = my business hours, that's a problem.

When I work with a company that it's on another timezone. I change my timezone myself to be awake and working when everyone else is working in the office. Even if it means I need to work from 10pm through 6 am.

I'm a remote worker that usually works with companies from the other side of the world and usually travels once or twice a year to do in-location jobs. But that's only when they pay is good enough / I'm interested in working with the people that hire me.


>> Personally I'm on call 24/7.

> Except when you're sleeping?

24/7 is by definition when you're sleeping. As in "call me when I'm asleep, and I'll get up and take care of your emergency".


No vacations? Family time? Socialising? You never drink? Ever??


I'm the one that made that comment. I do take lots of vacations and have a really healthy life outside of work. And I sleep well at night too.

But I always have a 3G-enabled phone near me and I always keep a laptop around. I also have monitoring in place that alerts me in case shit happens before my managers even notice.

This is not about being available 24/7, but about being available when needed. That's in case of emergencies, which by definition are exceptional.

Also, if your customers are suffering because of a problem, good customer service means waking up and fixing the problem at 00:00, regardless of your location.




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