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03-17-2011 09:28 PM
BentSailor Now that is an interesting idea. Not one to rest my hopes on, for sure, but as a decent back-up plan, it sounds like it has merit.

Something that doesn't sound too hard to accomplish either. At least, no harder than the many other things I need to learn and accomplish before setting out.
03-17-2011 09:23 PM
BobRivard Get a TOEFL certificate. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language.
I did a whole year outside of Athens teaching english and substituting
in the American Schools. Worldwide demand for native English speakers, in some parts of the world. Think school year liveaboard and cruise summers. Start in the Greek Islands mon....
03-15-2011 08:00 PM
BentSailor It is indeed the support issue that needs to be addressed. I happen to work remotely already as development work is indeed relatively easy to do away from the office (even easier due to lack of a manager or meeting interrupting every five minutes!), but I need to be on-call for support for our clients.

We've also dipped our toe in the retail market and, while it is relatively lucrative, it comes with even more support problems than turn-key or contract development. Much as I would like to believe otherwise, I really don't think there is a consistently paying market for developers who can disappear for weeks at a time without much (if anything) in the way of notice.
03-15-2011 06:23 PM
IslanderGuy I'm in the same boat as you BentSailor (pun intended)

I am also a software engineer, trying to figure out how to make some money while cruising. While, as you stated, working sporadically and remotely is not to difficult, finding companies who want to employ such people is a bit different.

I have wondered off and on if it would be possible to get a group of remote, sporadic coders connected and working together, since we would all understand each others situation, and create a marketable product. Of course you would need to find something that your customers are not going to need support for, or the ability to contact you, so it would take just the right sort of project, with just the right sort of people involved....

Hmmm....
03-15-2011 05:53 PM
BentSailor Much appreciated everyone. At this point, it would appear I need to develop something that can be done with sporadic connection to the Internet (given my skill-set).

I'll look into the references people have given me here, and in PM, and see take what I can from it. As always, the sharing of experience and advice is appreciated.
03-15-2011 02:15 PM
bdietrich Take a look at my web page:
Money Needed to Buy, Refit and Live on Boat
03-09-2011 06:49 PM
Cruxandreams Traveling nurse is what I'm in the process of obtaining!
best way to keep cruzin
03-09-2011 06:27 PM
BentSailor Because you need a pretty decent connection to do that too An SSH terminal connection (i.e. text-based connection to the server) would work but I wouldn't trust marina connections to be reliable enough for a reasonable VNC style interface (be it Citrix or otherwise)... but now I'm falling into geek-speak in the sailing forums!

Development remotely is not really a big deal, but a non-insignificant part of contract development is client relations. Hard to do that (with integrity) from a boat in the middle of the ocean and an unpredictable connection to the Internet. Retail development might work, but I am not sure how well contract development might go.
03-09-2011 05:56 PM
Tim R.
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Originally Posted by BentSailor View Post
Thanks for the input, guys, taking notes and discussing with the Powers-That-Be (i.e. wife).

As for software development, yes, technically I can develop from pretty much anywhere in the world... provided I have a decent connection with which to discuss things with clients and/or send & receive data. It's the connection that is the problem, not the ability to do the job. I've been successfully working in a home-office for sometime now, but it has an ADSL2+ connection to handle the almost nightly upload/download of 400Mb interim software & data updates.

Perhaps retail software is the go.
Why not setup a development machine somewhere with a decent conection and merely remote into that machine to do your work. There are many online services for this like Logmein.com. If you are firewall savy you could set this up using RDP or SSL telnet.
03-09-2011 05:04 PM
BentSailor Thanks for the input, guys, taking notes and discussing with the Powers-That-Be (i.e. wife).

As for software development, yes, technically I can develop from pretty much anywhere in the world... provided I have a decent connection with which to discuss things with clients and/or send & receive data. It's the connection that is the problem, not the ability to do the job. I've been successfully working in a home-office for sometime now, but it has an ADSL2+ connection to handle the almost nightly upload/download of 400Mb interim software & data updates.

Perhaps retail software is the go.
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