Working remotely – whether from home, a coffee shop, or another creative place – is booming. In fact, a survey by Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs indicates that the number of workers telecommuting in the U.S. increased 159% between 2005 and 2017. Employees are leaving the traditional office for a number of reasons: shorter commute, higher productivity, money savings, and greater flexibility, to name a few.
Sounds like something only dreams are made of, right? Well, telecommuting jobs are real and are here to stay. If you can keep your distractions in check and stay disciplined, you could have the right qualities to become a successful remote worker.
Remote positions, sometimes referred to as “telecommuting jobs” or “flexible jobs,” give you the best of both worlds: the energy that comes with working with a team and the freedom of working from anywhere you want.
If you thought that working from home is only for 20-somethings working on a startup who code in their pajamas or stay-at-home moms who work as part-time assistants – you're totally wrong! In fact, you will be surprised to hear that the typical remote employee is a 40-something college graduate earning nearly $60,000 a year at a company with 100+ employees, according to the New York Times.
But how do you find these elusive remote jobs today? Easy! Check out this list of 10 great sites for finding remote work.
FlexJobs has over 50 career categories, with jobs ranging from freelance to full-time, and entry-level to executive. The best part? They screen the jobs before posting, so you don’t have to dig through shady opportunities. The site currently hosts more than 20K job listings including part-time and freelance opportunities.
Sponsored by Remote, the book by famed 37Signals founders, this job board is a catch-all of remote jobs from customer service to web design to programming. With the catchy subtag “Office not required,” and the cache of the 37Signals brand behind it, this site is sure to host remote opportunities at some of the hottest tech companies.
This job board features only telecommuting jobs from technical writers to paralegals. Started by a stay-at-home mom frustrated with the job search for legitimate remote jobs, the company is still run by an entirely remote team. Plus, the blog has great tips, such as a recent article on how to take on a remote gig for the holiday season.
Dribbble is a great site for designers to find their next gig. There’s a location tab right on top where you can click “remote / anywhere” and be off to the races finding your next work-from-home gig.
Fiverr is an amazing site to find your first gigs and build up a portfolio FAST. The site focuses on “gigs” or “micro-jobs,” such as editing an image in photoshop, designing a Facebook ad, or brainstorming SEO-rank-worthy article titles.
Formerly oDesk, Upwork features remote jobs in a suite of categories, from virtual assistants to mobile app developers. A little something extra to sweeten the deal: Upwork claims that more than five million companies, from Pinterest to OpenTable, use the site to hire remote freelancers.
Claiming to be the "world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace,” Freelancer is full of remote freelancing gigs. Connecting over 38 million employers and freelancers globally, this site features jobs for PHP developers, content writers, and web designers alike. Make a profile and start bidding on jobs!
With a gorgeous user interface, expert advice, and fun-to-explore information about all the companies and jobs they feature, The Muse makes the job search easy. More than 75 million people trust The Muse to make work-related moves, and you can search over 100,000 jobs using its job search page to find the right one for you.
One of the most robust job boards you can find, Indeed pulls data from around the internet and around the world to bring together jobs. From Product Marketers to a “Technology Productivity Consultant,” Indeed’s 3K+ remote jobs run the gamut.