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Matt Smithies

Matt Smithies

Matt has worked his entire career as a remote software engineer with contributions to 20+ startups. He is the Lead Developer for Coursematch, an EdTech startup

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Take action and start building your SaaS business today

How do you build a SaaS business? You need to believe, powered by data and feedback, that if you build your product you will make your customers' lives better. Moving the needle forward.
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On balance, a retrospective

I've taking a little break over the last month from blogging, I needed it. The goal of this blog is to provide a resource that helps startup teams cope with remote life. Its been a challenge to find a balance especially between work, life and product releases.
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Learn new technology in the remote lockdown: free Laravel courses, credits & more

Get all of Laravel Daily's courses for free, its difficult to overstate how much value is in these courses.
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A definitive overview of habits to keep you sane whilst working remotely.

There is no magic pill when getting working done from home, and if you are looking for one you won't find it here.
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World Class Remote: Members Newsletter 02.

Everyone has their own story entering the world of remote work, but globally we have now transitioned into the next phase where living a remote life will become commonplace.
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Case Study: How I sourced and closed a £2000 deal in less than 2 hours and delivered in a week.

Last year, in 2019, I met the redundancy gods twice which felt like an emotional kick in the teeth but thankfully being in this game for so long I was able to handle my transfers to other companies swiftly and as professionally as possible.
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Volunteering: giving time, delivering value and building relationships. A long term strategy.

Sometimes just even the idea of giving up your time, your skills, seems somewhat foolish, counter-intuitive and wrong.
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Why having self esteem is cruical for starting independent work

Starting your remote journey is hard, not just because of the work involved but having the initial self-belief that you are capable of success.
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World Class Remote: Members Newsletter 01.

It has been a productive week 🚀, I have 8 articles live, and had an my first ever guest post released on Simple Programmer named "Why you shouldn't label yourself as a Junior Developer".
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Shout it to the world. Show off the impact you have created.

One of hardest things as an introverted developer is to get to the grips of promoting your work, having a sense of self-accomplishment.
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Yes, sometimes you'll feel like an imposter, that feeling will never leave.

We all feel like this from time to time, but it does get easier. It will never leave you completely.
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When you start working remotely, if you are learning the ropes you will work hard.

There were some weeks I pushed myself hard, probably working in the region of 80-100 hours to get the projects done.