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As you wait impatiently in line for your mislabeled coffee cup (you’re already going to be 20 minutes late to the office), take a step back and think: THIS could be your office. You could skip the commute, bring your laptop and charger, and power through your to do list from anywhere, wherever you are.

Working remotely – whether from home, Starbucks, or another creative place – is booming. A Virgin Media Business survey recently predicted that 60% of office-based employees will regularly work from home by 2022. And a separate survey featured in The Guardian found that ⅓ of employees think commuting will be unheard of by 2036.

But, that’s the future and this is today, you say to yourself. You don’t have the skills or the resources to find a gig that would give you that kind of flexibility. That’s for 20-somethings working on a startup who code in hoodies, or stay-at-home moms who work as part-time assistants.

Wrong! In fact, completely wrong. 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 Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey.

If working remotely tickles your fancy, check out this list of 25 great sites for finding remote work.

Remote-Work Specific

1. FlexJobs

FlexJobs has over 50 career categories, with jobs ranging from freelance to full-time, 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! 

2. We Work Remotely

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.

3. Working Nomads

WorkingNomads (formerly goRemotely) delivers a curated list of remote jobs right to your inbox. Choose daily or weekly emails to make the remote job search come to you.

4. Staff.com

Instead of focusing on contract jobs, Staff.com features primarily long-term telecommuting jobs in a range of industries from persional assistants to programming. Choose to work either 80 hours a month (part-time) or 160 hours a month (full-time), and the site recruiters start matching you with employers!

5. Skip The Drive

With a great name, a great resources tab (listing authors to follow and sites to check for help in the remote job world), and a decent listing of remote jobs, this site is true to its eponymous mission. Use what the site provides, you can completely skip that ugly morning commute.

6. Virtual Vocations

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.

 

Tech

7. Authentic Jobs

The job board for web professionals. Just click the “wireless logo” (you’ll recognize it) and filter by remote jobs. Beautifully designed and easy to use, as you’d expect from a job board for creatives and developers!

8. Dribble

Dribble 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.

9. AngelList

Always dreamed of working for a startup, but don’t live in a startup city hub? Head over to AngelList, a top site for startup jobs. When you search for a job on AngelList, click on “Job Type” and choose “Remote OK.”

10. Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow is a go-to jobs board for many top tech talent, especially web developers. Type in “remote” in the location field and you’ll bring up a list of more than 2,000 jobs that fit the bill.

11. Ruby Now

A job board entirely dedicated to Ruby developers. Once you graduate from the Web Developer Blueprint, and watch Adda’s video on how to get hired as a Ruby Developer, head on over and get to work landing a remote gig here.

 

Freelance and Contract

12. SkillBridge

Focused on connecting top-tier former consultants with short-term engagements for high impact corporations, the SkillBridge model is taking the traditional consulting world by storm. As a consultant, you can focus on only remote work and only on projects (and with clients) you are passionate about. Whether you bring e-mail marketing expertise or are a whiz at building financial models, the SkillBridge site and model is a remote-worker-dream-come-true.

13. Fiverr

With jobs starting at just $5 a pop, 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.

14. oDesk

oDesk features remote jobs in a suite of categories: from virtual assistants to mobile app developers. A little something extra to sweeten the deal: oDesk claims that more than 1 million companies, from Pinterest to OpenTable, use the site to hire remote freelancers.

15. Guru

With the tagline “Work Your Way,” Guru allows freelancers to build profiles with portfolios of work. Employers find your profile, or search/apply for jobs. The homepage features a wide range of roles from WordPress Developers to  Logo Designers.

16. Elance

More than 300K programmers and more than 200K designers use Elance to connect with remote job opportunities. Microsoft, Cisco, and Mozilla are just a few of the companies hiring contract workers on Elance.

17. Freelancer.com

Claiming to be “The World’s Largest Outsourcing Marketplace,” Freelancer.com is chock full of remote freelancing gigs. With over 13 million users, it features jobs for PHP developers, content writers, and web designers alike. Make a profile and start bidding on jobs!

18. Freelancermap.com

Search thousands of IT projects that are remote, and almost always contract. This site has a global reach with projects at companies from Holland to Spain to Ohio!

 

General

19. The Muse

With a gorgeous user interface and fun-to-explore information about all the companies and jobs they feature, The Muse makes the job search easy. Search for the content features on the site that highlight remote opportunities, such as 7 Companies That Let You Work From Home.

20. Indeed

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 2K+ remote jobs run the gamut.

21. Idealist

For those who have always wanted to work on public health in Africa, or economic development in India, but weren’t willing to uproot from your friends, family, and country, Idealist.org has the opportunities for you.  You can filter all of your searches by selecting “remote” in the location category.

22. Career Builder

The Career Builder jobs site is the largest online employment website in the United States! Type in “telecommute” or “remote” as a keyword and find more than 9K part-time, contract, and full-time jobs from brands like Forever 21 Inc, Xerox, and Univision. 

23. Monster

The first name you think of when you hear the words “job board,” Monster does indeed host a plethora of remote jobs. From remote customer service opportunities to remote user experience designers, there are plenty of options if you’re willing to sift.

 

Direct Selling

Note: I’d be remiss not to mention the amazing opportunities afforded by direct selling, also known as multi-level marketing. There is real opportunity with these types of jobs to work from home (or anywhere) and make an income. These companies often require upfront buy-in, so be sure to properly evaluate the opportunity before you jump in.

A few of my favorites:

24. Beauty: Avon

Perhaps the best-known and most-storied of the direct-selling opportunities, Avon has built an incredible business on the “Avon Lady Model.” Sell Avon beauty products, from lotion to lip gloss, to your friends and neighbors in exchange for the freedom of setting your own hours and working from home. Mary Kay is another skincare and makeup company that offers the opportunity to build your own business in this way.

25. Jewelry: Stella & Dot

This jewelry company has a “flexible entrepreneurship” model for stylists: host in-home or online trunk shows to display jewelry to friends. Flexibility and stye in one! If this doesn’t fit your style, there are several jewelry companies providing this type of remote job opportunity including Chloe & Isabel and Trend Tribe.

 

Bonus!

26. PowerToFly

This new (but fast up-and-coming) site is a Skillcrush dream come true. PowerToFly is focused on matching women in tech with work-from-anywhere jobs. Join the talent database, go through the vetting process, and get matched for a “paid trial,” a 2-4 week test period to make sure it’s a good fit for both you and the employer. Started by two moms with serious tech chops, this company is perfectly poised to make your remote job dream a reality!

 

Inspired, but not sure what skills you bring to the table? Get the Ultimate Guide to Getting a Remote Job You Love, check out the 10 top-paying tech jobs you can do from home, read the 5 common myths about working from home, and bulk up on your skills with a Skillcrush Career Blueprint.





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Leslie Zaikis

Leslie runs point on Skillcrush sales, marketing, and business development. She previously ran business development for a digital media startup and worked as a management consultant in Washington DC.

Outside of Skillcrush, Leslie can be found reading dystopic fiction, scouting NYC for the city's best nachos, or at SoulCycle.

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59 comments

  1. Analisa Ciaburri Replied

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  4. countryweddinginvitations Replied

    I had to quit listening to that episode because it was so Joe can usually talk with anyone and make it But it felt like Amy only planned on talking in sarcastic quips and didn’t have much of substance to say at

  5. Jehanzeb Anwer Replied

    Nice list but it now seems to be outdated as we dont have Elance or Odesk anymore, both sites have merged to become one single Upwork.com. I have worked on mostly all freelance websites but eventually, it is always better to look for direct work in order to get a steady flow of projects.

  6. Sanna Replied

    You got one important thing: Some websites charge a costly fee to signup.

  7. Steven White Replied

    If you would like to have home-based work in NGO, I would recommend to visit uncareer.net
    This is the biggest listing of NGOs jobs in the web.
     

  8. cassiescircus Replied

    I don’t know what staff.com was like in 2014 when this article was written, but there are no recruiters, and it’s full of scammers posting fake job listings using the names of legitimate companies to “interview” you in order to get enough information to attempt to steal your identity. Contacting support goes no where and the “jobs” are never removed.

  9. dennisjacobs Replied

    Great article. I’d also say that applying for remote jobs is very different from applying to regular jobs, and applications often get ignored due to there being so much competition.

    I would add a site like howtofindaremotejob.com to the mix if you want to focus on strategy.

  10. Peter Gaseoustania Replied

    oDesk and Elance have merged and the platform is now known as upWork. 

  11. darkone Replied

    I signed up to make a point related to ZoeZo91’s observation about the absence of Upwork.

    oDesk, which is listed, is the old name for Upwork.

  12. ZoeZo91 Replied

    Love this – thanks for sharing – excited to sign up for a few and see where i end up!

    Noticed upwork.com isnt on the list but oddly that was the only freelance hiring site i was aware of before this post!

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  14. BryanWalsh Replied

    I would add in the General section is another very useful resource MyJobRating.com – site reviews about the companies, their evaluation and rating. It helps a lot to learn about the companies and to understand where there is work, where there is no

  15. Marius Replied

    Thanks for the list! Odesk and Elance have merged under Upwork.

  16. Eddie Replied

    Hi I stumbled upon Skillcrush today, I think it was destiny ☺. Are there any UK based websites you could share for top tips on web-developing. I’m a newbie to coding and would like to look into organisations this side of the pond

  17. Nate Whalley Replied

    Jobspresso.co is another great source for curated, high-quality careers in tech :)

    • Anonymous Replied

      Thanks so much for sharing this, Nate!!!  Great site!

  18. Marek Replied

    Very thru and interesting, even if I’d would websites like sideduty.com or fiver.com.
    They are the latest developed for those who are looking for a side career.

  19. Pete Replied

    Excellent resource for finding remote/telecommuting jobs. Thanks for posting!

  20. susan clark Replied

    I thank you Leslie for your blog input, this is informative and has given my son( *it major) and I some clues as to what we should be looking at as far as telecommuting goes. You put a lot of time in this project. I only knew of about 4 or 5 of the listed companies. I am sure there are more, but your list is pretty thorough. Thank you again you saved  me from dishing out 19.00 a month. I am working on a list that displays companies who charge per month and year for online workers. A project of my own, I will not charge for this info either. It should be free. Kudos to you and if i could I would buy you a cup of coffee for a donation or something, at least. 

  21. mujahid Replied

    jobsremotely.com has also great resource for remote workers and companies

  22. Katarzyna Wilska Replied

    I think there is 1 really important job portal missing in the article – the biggest job portal with remote IT jobs.
    The best in the list has around 100 job offers while on http://www.itflow.biz there are more than 400 (according to footer).

  23. Karin Krachtus Replied

    Power to Fly is great. Their site is actually how I found you guys.

  24. manxy Replied

    Lately there are sites where you can work or offer your services on hourly rating system. Besides you can call the shots by quoting your own hourly rate as in here – http://hourlyconsultant.com.

  25. Lana Replied

    Any rudimentary googling of multi-level-marketing will tell you what a terrible investment it is. I certainly don’t think you should promote them as a means of financial freedom or a good option for a remote job.

    A report produced on 11 popular MLM’s showed “99% of all distributors in these companies earned on average less than $13 a week in commission income. (In 10 of the 11 companies, the commissions were less than $10 a week.) This isn’t even enough money to cover the minimum purchases they’re required to make in order to “qualify” for commissions.”

    Quoted from article http://bit.ly/1cx5PIp

    Report found at http://bit.ly/1vDQ3vm

    • rleneem Replied

      Hi Lana, which site are you speaking of as being a terrible investment. I was not sure what your comment was in reference to?

  26. Lauren Holliday Replied

    freelanship.com has some remote project-based internships too

  27. Mzndependent Replied

    How would I find a starting place? I am crippled from auto accident. I am versatile and fast learner. I just need one to give me a chance but don’t know where to start.

    • skillcrush Replied

      So sorry to hear about your accident! As far as getting started with finding a remote job in tech, you can read this article for information about top-paying jobs: skillcrush.com/2014/09/11/10-top-paying-remote-jobs. And this episode of Skillcrush TV gives some good tips on finding a job: skillcrush.com/2014/10/28/3-steps-to-remote-job
      Really hope that helps!

  28. Watho Replied

    We have 7 open remote positions right now. You can check them at watho.net

  29. Urszula Koczyńska Replied

    Those are really great sites, I wish in my country was so many of them… We have only two sites, and with spam offers too. wycieczkijachtem.com.pl

  30. Javier Abad Replied

    watho.net A new tool to find remote jobs

  31. ModernDayNomads Replied

    Great article! ModernDayNomads.com also provides top work-to-travel jobs in the U.S. + abroad, including remote work for digital nomads. Happy travels to all!

  32. Hi Leslie,

    Thanks for including us in the list! We appreciate it. Let me know if you have concerns and let’s keep in touch. :)

    Carlo
    – Staff.com

  33. MJ Replied

    Staff.com is paying $8.25/hr. for a Java developer and $5.35/hr. for a writer. Those salaries are embarrassing. Are you sure you want to promote that site?

  34. Regina Replied

    I wanted to ask if any of this sites provides international remote positions for those of us who do not live in the US..

    • Tricie Lane Replied

      I’ve been on Elance for some time now. Many people outside the US are hired there.

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