Interview: Carlos Hernández

Carlos Hernández is a software developer with more than 10 years of professional experience. He has always been interested in computers and reverse engineering – which is what he likes to do in his spare time -. JavaScript is his main programming language at this moment. However, he also likes to program with native languages like C++ or Go. 

He works at Audiense where he’s part of the backend engineering team. You can find him in Twitter, LinkedIn, and his blog.

Carlos Hernandez - Remoters1. How did you started working remotely? How did you do the switch?

I started on a Madrid based company when I was living in Valencia (there’s 355 km of distance between these cities). I left a job where I was working at a industrial unit which was a warehouse for an internet cable provider because I didn’t like to spend all the day doing physical work, and also because I wanted to work 100% of the time programming.

2.Which are the main advantages that you find that remote work has?

I can schedule everything that I want in the time that I want. This leads me to be very organized and I can confront any of the issues of the week with time. Remote working has given me the ability to work in the way I want.

3. Do you think you have disadvantages or that you’re missing something by working remotely?

I usually go to Google’s Campus Madrid so I can keep contact with other professionals and to attend some of their amazing events. I see a disadvantage if you cannot keep contact with a good networking environment, so that’s what I try to fix by going there.

4. From which cities or countries have you worked from since you have become remote? Which has been your favourite one?

Valencia, Bilbao, Marbella, London and Madrid. My favorite one was Marbella, good weather most of the time of the year. Amazing places for eat. Good networking environments and a lot of places to have fun. My favourite restaurant of Spain is right there, it’s called Da Bruno Sul Mare, go give it a try ;).

5. From which type of place do you prefer to work from? Coworking spaces, coffee shops or others?

Quiet coworking spaces are the best for me. However, I usually travel with good 4G internet connection so I can work anywhere, like in hotels or coffee shops that doesn’t have good internet connection. I solve internet issues with my 4G plan.

6. Which places would you like to travel to while working remotely or working from?

I really want to remote work in Paris and somewhere in Italy or a mediterranean country, I like mediterranean lights and quiet places, so Calpe – Spain – is definitely another good place.

7. What would you say to the companies that don’t believe in hiring employees who work remotely?

Start believing on remote working or you’ll be less attractive for good developers really soon.

8. Which tools do you use to work remotely?

  • Screenhero for pair programming.
  • Google Hangouts for daily meetings.
  • GTMhub to align execution with strategy.
  • GitHub as code repository.

9. How do you manage your business and taxes as a remote working professional?

The company that I work for already has offices in Spain so I work as a normal employee. Nothing tricky here.

10. What advice would you give to people looking to work remotely and companies doing the remote switch?

If you want to start working remotely, make sure you buy a Rooststand or Nextstand to avoid back in the pain. Also, do physical exercise almost 3 days per week so you don’t get tired of being all the time sat in a chair. As for companies… to trust is something that you have to learn when having remote employees. Make sure they have everything they need to keep in touch with you and don’t contact them outside work hours.

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