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Are you a busy stay-at-home mom who wants to re-enter the workforce but you need flexibility to pick up your kids from school and run errands? Do you have a health issue or disability that would be so much easier to manage at a work from home job? Are you a digital nomad who wants to travel the world while being able to telecommute from anywhere with an internet connection?
If you are—or if you’re generally drawn to the wide range of jobs allowing you to commute from your living room while wearing your pajamas—remote work is the answer. Working remotely means living the dream of work-life balance, but remote work doesn’t have to be a dream—the jobs are totally real!
A Note on Work From Home Jobs, Telecommuting, and Remote Work
In case you’re wondering what the difference is between work from home jobs, telecommuting jobs, and remote work, let’s take a moment to clear it up.
- Work from home jobs are exactly how they sound—jobs you can do from your home. This term speaks to the assumption that jobs are either done in a traditional office or from your living room (and you’ll see that there are plenty of other options in between), but—for many people—working out of their house is a perfect remote solution.
- Telecommuting jobs typically allow people to work from their home (or elsewhere) for companies or organizations that are still in their immediate area. A job where someone works in an office three days a week, but spends two days working from home is a classic example of telecommuting.
- Remote work is a catch-all term that applies to work that can be done from anywhere in the world (assuming the location has access to electricity, internet access, etc). Since work from home jobs and telecommuting jobs are subsets of remote work, we prefer to use remote work to describe any job that doesn’t involve being tied to a specific office or workplace. If you’re working from home, that’s remote work, but if you’re working from a coworking space, a coffee shop, or the beach, that’s remote work, too.
(If you want the full explanation, you can read our article answering “What is remote work?” here.)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people doing some or all of their work remotely is on the rise, so there’s no time like the present to get in on the unique benefits and advantages a remote position has to offer. So where exactly can you find these remote opportunities, particularly if you’re in a time crunch and you’re ready to start leveraging a career or job change ASAP?
In order to help job seekers looking to escape the confines of a cubicle, we’ve compiled over 25 of the best sites for finding remote work. Whether you’re looking for full-time jobs, part-time jobs, jobs in tech, or jobs in other industries, these sites are a go-to resource you need to start consulting, stat!
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FlexJobs has over 50 remote jobs categories, with positions ranging from freelance gigs, to part-time work, to full-time jobs, with remote careers varying from entry-level to executive. The best part? FlexJobs screens their jobs before posting, so you don’t have to dig through any less than reputable opportunities. The site currently hosts more than 20,000 work-at-home and digital nomad job postings.
Remote.co hand-curates their list of remote jobs. These listings include customer service positions, design opportunities, developer jobs, recruiter and HR roles, sales jobs, and other remote work (including writers, managers, and marketers). The Remote.co site also has the handy feature of allowing you to search or browse by job type.
Virtual Vocations’ jobs board features telecommuting positions in job fields like technical writing and paralegal. The site was started by a stay-at-home mom who was frustrated with a lack of legitimate remote job listings online, and today the company is run by an entirely remote team. In addition to their jobs board, the site’s blog has great tips, including this article on how to pick up a seasonal remote gig during the holidays.
Pangian is on a mission to unite all five continents by connecting remote-minded companies with remote employees. Their job board provides a robust list of open, remote positions including web development, UX design, content creation, and digital marketing. Pangian also gives users the option to start an account and participate in their online community, where employers have a chance to learn more about potential employees’ specific skills, interests, and backgrounds.
With a simple, straightforward layout, this job board is a catch-all of remote, work from home jobs from customer service, to web design, to programming. Living up to their stated goal of ”finding the most qualified people in the most unexpected place,” the We Work Remotely site connects over 130,000 monthly users with telecommuting opportunities. It’s your ticket to remote employment in no time.
Remotive is a bi-monthly newsletter for job seekers interested in working remotely. In addition to news about how to get hired at remote jobs and tips on life as a digital nomad, the newsletter also has a robust listing of remote positions. Remotive’s job listings are broken down by job type—sales, support, product engineering, marketing, etc.—making it easy to find the specific kind of job you’re looking for.
With a catchy (and appropriate) name, a handy resources tab that lists authors to follow and sites to check for advice in the world of working remotely, and a reliable list of remote jobs, this site is true to its eponymous mission. If you use the resources Skip the Drive provides, you can truly swap your ugly morning gridlock for a leisurely telecommute.
8. REMOTE OK
Remote OK is a remote job site that tags all of their job listings, making it simple and easy to set filters for the specific listings you want. You can choose to filter jobs posted by recruiters, by experience level (junior, senior, etc.), by job type (sales, marketing, design, dev, and more), and even whether they’re tech or non-tech related jobs (of course even the “non-tech” jobs—things like analysts and marketers—will benefit from some basic tech skills).
Working Nomads is a newsletter serviced dedicated to busy digital nomads. When you sign up for the service, Working Nomads will then deliver a curated list of remote jobs directly to your inbox. You can choose daily or weekly emails, then keep moving to the next city while the telecommuting job search comes to you.
Jobspresso features a wide range of curated jobs in tech, marketing, customer support, and more. You can search job openings and post your resume to be searched and seen by potential employers.
If you’re a job seeker looking to work remotely in European time zones (whether you’re from Europe or not), you’ll want to check out EuropeRemotely. This site is full of job listings from companies that are happy to work with at-home and remote employees who are interesting in doing work based on European time zones.
Jobscribe is a site that sends out daily emails to job seekers with remote job listings at tech startups. Web designers, web developers, mobile app designers, and digital marketers can specify their focus and receive listings for corresponding remote and work-from-home positions.
Wfh.io focuses exclusively on remote digital and tech jobs. They include remote jobs in product management, software engineering, web engineering, customer support, marketing, and more.
Outsourcely pairs up remote workers with employers seeking both full and part-time employees. You can browse for jobs by category: design & multimedia, web development, writing & content, customer service, sales & marketing, and more.
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PowerToFly is a dream come true for female job seekers interested in working remotely. PowerToFly focuses on matching women in tech with remote and work-from-home jobs. If you join the site’s talent database, you’ll then go through a vetting process and get matched for a paid trial (a 2-4 week test period) with a potential employer. The site was started by two tech-savvy moms who were dedicate to making other women’s digital nomad dreams a reality, and PowerToFly continues that mission today.
While Landing Jobs doesn’t have a huge section of their tech job opportunities dedicated to working remotely, they do carefully curate their listings. As a bonus perk—unlike many job boards—their site allows you to filter your search for jobs that are either fully remote, partially remote, or even remote within physical commuting distance.
17. AUTHENTIC JOBS
Authentic Jobs bills itself as the “the job board for web professionals.” While it’s position listings aren’t remote specific, working remotely is common in tech, which means you’ll find plenty of remote listings here. Just click the “wireless logo” the site uses for its jobs search and then filter by remote jobs. This is a beautifully designed and easy to use site, reflective of its focus on providing job opportunities for web designers and web developers.
Dribbble is most often known as a pillar site for freelance web designers to share their portfolios and find their next gig—but it has a lesser known jobs listing feature, too. There’s a location tab on top of the screen where you can click “remote / anywhere” and then be off to the races finding your next work-from-home gig.
Have you always dreamed of working for a tech startup, but don’t live in a tech hub? That’s the beauty of working remotely—it doesn’t matter! If you head over to AngelList—a top source for startup job listings—you can enter a for a job search and click “Remote OK” when you’re prompted for your search type. Then—tech hub or not—you can find a startup that’s right for you.
20. STACK OVERFLOW
Stack Overflow is a go-to source for web development Q&A, but it also has a jobs board with listings for tech positions (especially web developers). Enter “remote” in the location field when you go to search, and you’ll bring up a list of more than 2,000 work-from-home and digital nomad jobs that fit the bill.
21. GITHUB JOBS
GitHub is another hotbed of web development activity—web developers use GitHub as a repository from projects they’re working on where they can share code, questions, and discovers with other programmers. But, like Stack Overflow, it also has a job’s board, including an entire category devoted to remote jobs. Because it’s GitHub, the jobs are web development-focused, with remote listings from all over the world. GitHub even posts their own job openings on this board.
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22. TOPTAL BUSINESS
Toptal Business focuses on connecting business consultants with freelance corporate engagements. As a consultant, you can choose to only focus on remote work, and you can be choosy about working on projects (and with clients) you are passionate about. Whether you bring e-mail marketing expertise to the table, or you’re a whiz at building financial models, the Toptal Business site and model is both digital nomad and freelance friendly.
With jobs starting at just $5 a pop, Fiverr is an handy site for finding your first freelance gigs and building up a portfolio fast. The Fiverr site focuses on “gigs” or “micro-jobs,” like editing an image in Photoshop, designing a Facebook ad, or brainstorming SEO-rank-worthy article titles. You can also add any specific skills or credentials you have to your listings, allowing you to make a lot more than $5 on each job.
Upwork features freelance remote job listings in a suite of categories: things like virtual assistants, mobile app developers, and copywriters. Companies like Zendesk, Dropbox, and Airbnb use the site to hire remote freelancers, so if you’re ready to start doing freelance work for some major clients without having to set foot in an office, create your Upwork profile ASAP.
With the tagline “Work Your Way,” Guru allows freelancers to build profiles using portfolios of their work. You can then wait for employers to find your profile, or you can search and apply for jobs on your own. The Guru homepage features a wide range of freelance roles, including WordPress developers, logo designers, writers, and marketers.
Freelancer.com claims to be “The World’s Largest Outsourcing Marketplace,” and it’s chock full of remote freelancing gigs. With over 13 million users, it features freelance jobs for PHP developers, content writers, and web designers alike. All you need to do is make a profile, and then you’re able to start bidding on jobs.
FreelancerMap allows users to search thousands of active IT projects looking for remote, freelance team members. The site has a global reach, with projects currently listed on their front page from companies in the US, Australia, and the Czech Republic.
Coworks is a freelance work platform for creative job seekers (graphic designers, illustrators, web designers, etc). The site has connected over 2,000 clients with freelance work, catering to brands like Decathlon, Starcom, and BBH.
Gun.io is a freelance platform designed for specifically for freelance web developers. You can sign up through GitHub (so make sure your GitHub profile is up to date and active), and they’ll help match you up with companies that need your services.
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30. THE MUSE
With a gorgeous user interface and extensive information about all the companies and jobs they feature, The Muse makes remote job searching feel easy. In addition to being able to search the best remote job opportunities listed on the site, you can avail yourself of The Muse’s top notch content highlighting remote work opportunities and tips to get started.
Indeed pulls job data from across the internet and around the world, making it one of the most robust job search engines going. As of this writing, an Indeed search for remote jobs yields over 2,000 listings across positions as varied as cruise ship staff, clean energy interns, and SEO experts.
32. CAREER BUILDER
The Career Builder jobs site claims to be the largest online employment website in the United States. Simply type in “telecommute” or “remote” as a keyword, and you’ll find more than 9,000 part-time, contract, and full-time jobs from brands like Forever 21 Inc, Xerox, and Univision.
Idealist isn’t and exclusively remote job board, but it still has hundreds of remote job listings worldwide (just click on “Remote” under locations). The catch here is that all of these jobs are with organizations and nonprofits that are committed to making a positive difference in the world. Work from wherever in the world you want, get paid, AND contribute to a worthy cause? That’s the definition of a remote win.
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