Working as a remote web developer, writing is a critical part of my work. My customers are spread all around the world, and the 95% of our communication and project management process is written.
From the starter requirements phase, going through the daily reports until the final delivery, writing is a key part of the project and can determine his success. Is not only about describing the work carried out but is also and most importantly about doing the right questions, explaining my development choice and the advantages they will bring to the project.
How I discovered Grammarly
I am a part of the awesome Codeable team, and we always use to talk about new tools that can improve our productivity and workflow. I was talking with Raleigh about written communication tricks, and he suggested me to give Grammarly a try, and I did.
I started with the free plan, but in few days I upgraded to premium and can’t be happier about this choice.
Spelling matters, a lot
Working remotely means to have customers in very different time zones. I am based in Italy, and most of my customers are in USA or Australia. Asynchronous workflow requires continuous communications, and we often communicate while not in the office, or not “at work”.
It’s easy making spelling mistakes while writing in a not entirely comfortable situation. This can make me look unprofessional – and this is something unacceptable to me. Grammarly makes very easy to fix our copy through his tools. I use the Chrome extension and the iOS keyboard to correct errors in one click/tap. This one-minute video explains the concept very well:
Improving my writing
Fixing typos is one of my favorites features, but Grammarly is very helpful even to improve my writing form in general. English is not my primary language, and I learned it on myself, so having a tool that provides suggestions on my writing is a never-ending learning cycle willing to improve this skill. And being a better writer means being a better developer because, as told, writing is an essential part of this job.
I’ve read around the web someone complaining Grammarly got a $ 110 million round of funding for a feature that Microsoft Word has from 1995 🙂 Let me say, this is simply not true. User Experience can make a difference, and Grammarly is built to make the life of content marketers, social media manager and every tech worker easier.
It integrates seamlessly with your working environment, so is not the feature itself, but how it is delivered to be so special for me.
Finally, I use to promote affiliate content in some post but this is not the case! There are no affiliate links to Grammarly, I just love it and I think it should be between your working tools.
Until next time,