Finding remote work is difficult. The best way to get remote work is to have remote experience, which leaves us with a nice chicken and egg problem. The easiest way to get your first remote job is to convert your current job into a remote job. Working from home is a great joy and convincing your manager to have some time to work from home (WFH) can be rewarding.

If your company already has a flexible WFH policy, then great! Take as much time working from home as your company allows. When I was working for a major hospital, they allowed employees to WFH one day every two weeks. Almost nobody utilized this benefit but I was sure to take my one day, even if I didn’t particularly want or need to.

It is important for your manager to see that all your work is still completed when you work from home. This will hopefully give you a bit for flexibility and leverage when asking for additional time.

If your company does not have a flexible WFH policy things are more tricky. You can start by simply asking your manager if that is a possibility. You will, of course, have to be in good standing with your company if they’re going to entertain the thought. Start by asking for a day where you have no meetings- where your communication can be via e-mail or slack.

Top talent, especially in the software engineering world, is very difficult for companies to find and retain. If you are a great contributor your employer will want to accommodate you. If your WFH request is a hard and fast “no” it is a bit of a red flag. Companies should be willing to work with you to keep you happy and engaged.

A few selling points to bring up when you are discussing the possibility of working from home: No commute, fewer interruptions, doing heads down work anyway. If you need me, I’ll be in. Can call, slack or e-mail any time.

If your company is dead set on no regular WFH time and you are set on working from home there is only one option; finding a new job. Stackoverflow, LinkedIn, whoishiring.io all have filters for remote work. I’ve had good luck on StackOverflow and the monthly HackerNews whoishiring thread. Alternatively, find another job with a bit more flexibility for working from home, and you’ll be on your way!

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