Captain's log, stardate d256.y36/AB
At MarsBased, we have a strongly defined company culture. We believe that in order to compete with bigger companies, smaller ventures have to define a strong company culture that attracts like-minded people.
One of our core principles is being able to work remotely. As an officeless company, we want to be able to work from wherever we are, regardless of our location or time-zone. As long as the work gets done, who cares where did you write your code from?
While you wait for the second part of our blogging guide (read the first part here), you can read our team's advice for working remotely.
What does it mean to be officeless?
Companies that are 100% digital and do not require a big physical infrastructure such as storage, a lab, servers, or other machinery, can perfectly exist without having an office.
An office requires maintenance, paying more bills, hiring basic services (phone, internet, water, A/C, etc.) and generally increases the number of chores that most small companies cannot afford to spend nor their money neither their time in.
While some companies have adopted this lifestyle and work from home, some others have become digital nomads, such as 8fit, that travel together around the world, building their product from awesome places such as Bali, Berlin or the Canary Islands.
Javi working from a plane. Sky-high quality code!
We, for one, like to work from home and take advantage of this flexibility by moving around. For instance, it's cheaper to travel during the week, so we might fly for a weekend off to Italy on Wednesday, and work from there during Thursday and Friday, and then spend the whole weekend enjoying the vacation, instead of packing up last minute and waiting for delayed or overbooked flights.
Having no office has some downsides, but also many advantages. We will cover this in future blog posts.
Why are we a distributed team?
Some companies might prefer it the other way, but we were adamant that our company would be 100% remote from the very beginning.
As a service provider, working mostly with SaaS and cloud-based solutions, we do not require anything more than a laptop and an Internet connection (all of which we can have at home). Moreover, we like traveling, so coding from San Francisco, Barcelona or Germany makes no difference at all.
For instance, last week we launched Eureka Startups Experts from Berlin. Javi and I were in the capital of Germany for 10 days of remote working.
We were actually the only two people directly involved in the project. So working together remotely brought a different kind of focus that isolated us from other distractions. We could round off a very safe launch for this complex project and not being in Barcelona didn't make any difference whatsoever.
Our team's advice
After over a year of working remotely from awesome places like Munich or Berlin (Germany), the island of Hvar (Croatia) or San Francisco (USA), our team wants to share some of their tips with all of you.
Are you also a remote working company? What tips have you got to share with us? Feel free to post them using the comments section below!