Joining Remote Apprentice, leaving Upwork

June 2017 ยท 3 minute read

In my last post, which was quite poorly written because I was just trying to throw words out there instead of trying to pursue an artistic endeavor as I typically attempt to do.

With that said, I delayed this post as it would have inevitably been charged with negative emotions which is not something I want to have written down under my name. The situation is that Upwork has essentially banned me. I can no longer work on their platform.

The reason being is that I needed 30$ to rent a server on VULTR as outlined in the previous post and Upwork took that as an utter violation of their terms of service. Which is true, and I have a hard time blaming them for it. I do however contended that it was unjust because it was unreasonable relative to the gravity of the “crime”. Either way, it barely matters now.

In whatever concerns the clients I was working with at the time; I took them off Upwork and intend to payment process via Stripe and PayPal instead considering that there is no longer a point in giving Upwork.

Now this is all unfortunate and I would have had a hard time writing about if not for Evans Enonchong, a man from Cameroon who got a great idea: Remote Apprentice.

Remote Apprentice

The logo is cool I will attempt to explain how RA works without using too many words. There are ultimately 3 groups: Job hunters, coaches and apprentices.

The job hunters, which is currently just Evan’s himself, refer gigs to coaches and get 10% of referred freelance projects. Next, the coaches take the gigs and work with the apprentices to help them learn and deliver quality work in exchange for a variable percentage of the project. Finally, the apprentices are just there to learn and eventually become coaches themselves.

In short, it’s freelance without job hunting. It’s really what I needed all these years!

The People

I don’t get to say that I don’t like the people considering the fact that I myself recruited most of them from FreeCodeCamp’s Gitter channels. But either way, it mostly comes down to 5 peoples who are the most active and I enjoy all of them.

Evans, the founder, is fine a fine guy but doesn’t seem like the best leader in the world. Since I have a vested interest in his success, I help out in that department despite not being the leader type myself.

Evans really seems to like my coding styles as well as my raw business sense. He consults me regularly on decisions and I am always glad to help.

Everybody who is there wants to be there; this is crucial to any attempt to cultivate a community. There was always demand for this sort of thing and it was always obvious and evident to anybody who looked at the situation objectively. But the question remains: Why did nobody figure this out sooner?

The following posts will most likely discuss my day-to-day experiences with Remote Apprentice as I will be wearing many hats: Developer, Coach, Consultant, Businessman and Project Manager.