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I have noticed that most SQL job vacancies are not adapted for remote (telecommute) work as Java or .NET jobs are. I'd like to know if there is a way to work in remote mode in T-SQL programming direction? And if that is impossible, why is that?

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I wouldn't think it being T-SQL would have any impact in that. It could just be a current trend, but database design and development can be done remotely just as well as any other development process.

If I was to take a guess as to why there could be hesitation, it would be because database developers are often working very closely with the application developers to be able to write that data layer and logic.

But I don't really believe that to be enough to legitimately keep a remote database developer from working to their potential.

On a related note, remote development/working is still in its infancy stages. A lot of management is not accustomed to this type of working environment, and are stuck in their ways. The positions are out there, but just like many drastic shifts in business this will take a bit to adopt with open arms.

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"but database design and development can be done remotely just as well as any other development process." That's right :) The model development according to tech reqs but still they do break up with it :( And sure I know that Database Developer should work close to client apps developers but still there is a way to organize a project separate architecture isn't it? Why do they want people just being visible or something? It is not the development problem but maybe something more deep? How you think? Because, as for me, I have no problem as NOT TO SEE my office at least every day :) –  user592704 Oct 3 '11 at 0:41
... but still I can do database development at my remote office. So I guess there is something more than a tech problem because nowadays technologies do provide all tools which make remote work possible. But what is impossible then where is the point marking all remote things off as for sql developers? –  user592704 Oct 3 '11 at 0:53

IMHO, T-SQL remote jobs (freelancing) is not that much available, because, .NET freelancing is not that much widespread. Head over to many freelance web sites and look at their job board. What you see is mostly PHP (of course accompanying MySQL and mostly done in WordPress) and also web design.

Here is a list of top freelancing websites. You can see if I'm right or wrong.

  1. Freelancer
  2. Freelance Switch
  3. List item

Now, this means that in fact database freelancing exist, for MySQL. But because nobody wants a mere database without the applications, thus few people are interested in offering a job for T-SQL, because few people choose .NET as their platform of their projects.

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This will surely depends on the industry and type of work you do. Large projects - imagine a government department - are very rarely PHP, and almost never Wordpress. There is a lot of .NET work in that space. –  Kirk Broadhurst Oct 3 '11 at 12:43
You are right :) Sure the freelance area is much as for MySQL and so on languages. It is all maybe owing to MySQL license direction or maybe because it is something like a free product :) But mostly I was talking about NOT freelance as it is but a contract position etc which mean an office like working but in a remote mode :S –  user592704 Oct 3 '11 at 16:48
And yes, I've also noticed that companies don't want get a bit harder and hire good program architectors the experts who can develop a separated structure projecting before its development do starts. So all programmers have a real plan things to do with no need keeping a real time communication among co-workers. When I was starting studying programming I thought there should be no problem with it; I thought each programmer can do the program part the programmer belong to –  user592704 Oct 3 '11 at 16:58
...but now I can see that it is a real problem :( Less people say that but what OOP was really created for then? It's a nonsense... –  user592704 Oct 3 '11 at 17:03

I'm currently doing this now (not exclusive to t-sql dev, but it is the majority of it) and have done it before, but I was employed with the company and worked in the office for nearly two years on all occassions. These are not technology companies. Smaller tech startups may not care as much, but you really need to either know these people or create a strong online presence displaying you and your work.

When people want full-time employees their requirements are not the same as those looking for contract workers. They want the day-to-day ability to see you work. Sometimes it's the nature or the length of the projects or let's face it, many of them are not capable of spotting talent right away and require a lengthy courtship.

Many jobs requiring t-sql development are also DBA positions. You can do almost anything remotely as a DBA, but eventually you or someone else has to handle the hardware. If it is a larger company with other network admins, you may not be required to do this or if you're renting servers from a service that provides this.

If your primary concern is to telecommute, you may just have to work in the technologies where you are finding the opportunity.

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It is quite interesting especially the point concerning, as you saying "create a strong online presence displaying you and your work" ? Can you advise some web service which can help to make some online presentation (demo) or something? Share your experience please –  user592704 Dec 4 '12 at 17:25

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