Working remotely has become very popular in the modern world.
But how does one know how to find remote jobs? And why should one work remotely?
Being able to work while sitting by a lake or simply being able to avoid the horrible peak traffic can make a difference in some people's lives.
I definitely would never go back to working in an office. Working from home allows me to have more time for myself and the ones I love. It also gives me the freedom to work from anywhere in the world!
If you are looking to become a remote worker for an existing company, then please read on to find out what are the best remote work job search platforms 🙂
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Why should you become a remote worker?
This is obviously a personal choice and I know many people who would never opt for a remote working option.
I have extremely extrovert friends who just thrive for human contact, so working from home would make them feel well miserable!
I, on the other hand, love that I no longer have to waste 2 hours commuting to and back from a place of work. Driving during peak traffic time stresses me out!
I also have one dog and two cats, so I love giving them the time and attention they deserve 🙂
Furthermore, my family and many of my close friends live in Italy while I live in the UK, so being able to take my work with me rather than relying on annual leave gives me complete relief!
Finally, life is too short and I like to be surrounded by people who really matter to me. I don't want to spend my days surrounded by someone I am not comfortable with. I would rather be on my own during work hours and then see the people I love in the evenings or during the weekend.
So here are a few reasons why you might want to become a remote worker:
- Wanting to spend more time with your family
- Being able to work anywhere in the world
- Having the office set up you like
- Wearing whatever you like
- Avoiding dreadful commutes
- Saving money on fuel, transports, snacks, etc
- Having your own schedule
What are the cons of working remotely?
In 2019, buffer.com asked around 2,500 workers what are the pros and cons of working from home.
Here were these workers' biggest struggles:
- Unplugging after work
- Feeling lonely
- Being able to communicate effectively
- Getting distracted
- Being in a different timezone than their teammates
- Staying motivated
- Taking enough vacation time (I am guilty of this at times. When you work remotely you sometimes feel like you don't need a day off!)
- Having a reliable WiFi
Here is the image taken from buffer.com showing the percentages associated with each struggle:
What jobs can you do remotely?
There are many roles you can fulfil remotely these days, but these are of course all those typical office jobs that do not require face-to-face contact with clients or handling of products, e.g working in a warehouse.
Here is a list of some of the jobs you can do from home:
- IT jobs, such as Software Developer, QA Engineer and so on
- Data Entry
- Proof Reader
- Virtual Assistant
- Graphic Designer
- Online Teacher
- Social Media Manager
- Session Musician (if you have your own home studio)
- Customer Service Representative
How to find remote jobs - List of Remote Job Board websites
There are plenty of websites that offer work from home opportunities. I am going to list a few, starting with the ones you might have already heard of.
Click on any of the names below to access the relevant remote job board website or scroll down for more details of each job board website:
- STACK OVERFLOW
- WORKING NOMADS
- WE WORK REMOTELY
- AMAZON JOBS
- EU REMOTE JOBS
- JUST REMOTE
You can also simply type "remote <role> job" in your search engine. This should help you find several work from home opportunities for your desired role 🙂
Let's look at each one of these remote job board websites in more details:
Formerly know as Elance-oDesk, the company was rebranded as Upwork in 2015.
Upwork is a global freelancing platform where businesses can look for their perfect candidate and candidates can look for opportunities.
The platform is very competitive as there are tons of freelancers who use it, so it is important to have a great profile and portfolio in order to stand out!
This platform was founded in 2007 and has its headquarters in London, UK.
Just like Upwork, PeoplePerHour allows both businesses and freelancers to search for what they need.
Having had a quick look at this platform, it currently looks less competitive than Upwork, so if you are new to freelancing and remote working, you might want to start with PeoplePerHour first and build your portfolio there, before venturing into Upwork.
Fiverr is an Israeli market place founded in 2010. It was originally created with the idea of offering everything at $5, but things eventually changed and now freelancers can sell their services for much more than that.
This is a well-known platform, therefore it is very competitive.
On top of that, Fiverr has received a lot of criticism, so I personally wouldn't recommend it.
Here is a list of criticism received (Copied directly from Wikipedia):
"At the end of 2014, Fiverr's Facebook page advertisement saying "You're paying too much for design" caused a public outcry.
In 2013, Fiverr lifted the five dollar base price and began allowing logo designers, graphic artists, voice over artists and other sellers to charge the base prices they set for themselves.
In 2015, after undercover sting, Amazon files suite against 1000 Fiverr users over fake product reviews.
In 2017, Fiverr was criticized for portraying unhealthy living and excesses in work behaviours as ideals to live up to. Fiverr also gives 100% privileges to buyers thereby neglecting seller rights. After a job has been completed, a seller has the full rights to request for a refund.
In 2018, Fiverr received an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau, which is the lowest grade that can be given. In 2019, Fiverr received a "B" rating after responding to customer complaints."
Stack Overflow is a question and answers website founded in 2008.
It is widely used by many IT professionals to ask coding related questions for which they are struggling to find a solution.
The website also has a "job search" section that features tons of Tech related listings.
There is even a filter dedicated to remote working, making it easier to look for work from home opportunities.
Remoteok.io started off as an aggregator site in 2015.
The site was built to display other job boards' listing, allowing remoteok.io to feature hundreds of remote jobs each day.
It looks like this has now changed and all jobs displayed on remoteok.io are jobs that have been posted directly on their platform.
They still have a huge amount of opportunities available though, going from tech to marketing, design and more!
Remote.io is another job board website dedicated exclusively to remote jobs.
Unfortunately, I could not find any details of when the website was launched, but I remember seeing its name at least 3 years ago, so they seems to have been around for a while.
They have a range of remote opportunities such as web development, design, copy writing and more.
The website is solely dedicated to remote working, featuring opportunities such as healthcare jobs, data entry, IT, legal, accounting, bookkeeping and more.
Working Nomads was founded by Peter Marcely, a man who was sick of working 9 to 5 and who in 2014 decided to start his new nomadic lifestyle.
Despite featuring a number of remote work opportunities, Working Nomads seems to have a greater number of Development jobs, with over 10,000 opportunities available at the time of writing this post.
WE WORK REMOTELY
We Work Remotely was founded in 2013 and has its headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia.
The company is well trusted by many well-known brands such as Google, Amazon and GitHub.
The website features a range of remote jobs going from programming to customer support, sales, marketing, legal and more.
Remoters.net is a platform with resources, advice and useful information regarding working from home.
The platform was founded by Aleyda and Elisa, two women passionate about remote working.
The website features an aggregation of the most recent remote jobs from the most popular sites, as well as remoters.net own listings.
Just like Remoters.net, Nodesk does not only have a "remote jobs" section, but it also has plenty of articles about working remotely, lists of books, forums and other resources that can help you kick-start your remote working career.
At the time of writing this post, there are 585 jobs available, which is far less than what you may find in websites such as Working Nomads or RemoteOK, but it is still worth checking the site out.
A platform dedicated to all the jobs you could possibly do at Amazon.
You can search for jobs located in different parts of the world, as well as remote opportunities.
However, filtering results by "remote jobs" does not seem to be very straight forward, so you might find yourself spending a lot of time on this website trying to find the right opportunity for you!
EU REMOTE JOBS
A remote jobs platform dedicated to European, African & Middle Eastern time zones.
EU Remote Jobs features remote jobs from companies like Doist, Buffer, HubSpot, Mozilla, Spotify and Zendesk.
I could not find any information on when the website was launched, but there seem to be plenty of opportunities available, so definitely worth checking it out!
Just Remote was founded in 2018 by Tom Pinchen, a developer passionate about remote working.
The website has hundreds of work from home opportunities, as well as plenty of useful resources.
They also have a helpful list of companies that are remote work friendly!
Remotive.io was founded by Rodolphe Dutel in 2014.
Rodolphe is very passionate about remote working, in fact he actively promotes it on his twitter account.
His platform features hundreds of jobs, with a focus on Software Development.
The website also has a "Community" section to help remote professionals to connect with each other!
Adzuna is a job aggregator platform founded in 2011.
The company operates in 16 countries worldwide and aggregates job ads from different sources.
Although they mainly focus on location based jobs, they also have a "remote work" section listing thousands of remote jobs.
Flexjobs was founded in 2007 by Sara Sutton with the intention of helping professionals find flexible job opportunities.
Whether you are looking for seasonal, short-term, flexible schedules or 100% remote type of jobs, Flexjobs always has plenty of opportunities available in different fields.
Glassdoor was founded in 2007 by Robert Hohman, Rich Barton and Tim Besse. It has its headquartered in Mill Valley, California.
Glassdoor claims to have 12 million job listings per month and this includes a variety of "work from home" opportunities.
The platform also allows you to look for company reviews, so that you can get an idea of whether you should apply for an opportunity or not.
Linkedin was founded in 2002 by Reid Hoffman, Konstantin Guericke, Jean-Luc Vaillant, Allen Blue and Eric Ly. It has its headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.
The platform was launched with the aim of helping professionals connect with each other, but it eventually evolved to also include job opportunities.
Their job listings feature thousands of remote jobs and you can easily apply by using your existing Linkedin account.
I hope you enjoyed reading my "How to Find Remote Jobs" post!
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