Do you dream of waking up to a commute that involves walking over to your laptop in your pajamas? It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for some people there’s nothing more attractive than the idea that you can control where and how you work (not to mention being within a stone’s throw of your kitchen coffee maker!)
If you’re one of these people, you may be wondering, “Do good remote jobs really exist?” It’s hard to give a generic answer to that question because what any individual is looking for can be so personal and specific. However, we wholeheartedly believe there is little harm in checking out your options — even if you’re just curious — and have compiled a list of 30 places job-seekers can turn to for remote jobs. With so many job boards out there, we’ve focused on those sites that either offer 100% remote positions or that allow you search and filter for remote jobs on their sites.
How many people work remotely?
Working remotely is more common than you think. There’s been a steady increase in the number of remote positions available in the world in the past 20 years. According to a recent Gallup poll on telecommuting, more than 1/3 of U.S. workers (37%) say they have telecommuted in their jobs (up from 9% in 1995). On the other hand, the definition of what counts as remote work may not be what you may think. For example, the same 2015 Gallup poll suggests that the average telecommuting employee only worked remotely an average of 2.3 days per month.
Also, the distribution of remote jobs is very specific. White collar professionals tend to be the main beneficiaries of remote work opportunities since technology is one of the forces driving remote work. The ubiquity of computers, phones and internet access has enabled workers to be digitally connected to colleagues and clients anywhere they go. This benefits some job roles more than others. For examples customer service telephone representatives can more easily work remotely than a nurse (though telephone nurse services and hotlines do exist). Technology is changing many industries, so you may be surprised at the kinds of digital work and remote jobs that are available.
Finally, we should mention that the freelancer or “gig” economy is driving a lot of remote job opportunities. If you’re happy being a freelancer or independent contractor, there’s probably never been a better time in terms of job and project opportunities. The downside is that you may have to be willing to forego full-time employee status and it’s accompanying benefits such as a 401k, or employer-provided healthcare insurance. In other words, great remote jobs can often mean accepting the pros and cons of being a freelancer or independent contractor.
31 Places to Find Remote Work
With all the caveats and context out of the way, we’re now happy to introduce a round up 31 great websites where you can look for remote jobs. Depending on your skills and industry, some may be well worth exploring!
Even if you’re not sure if remote-working is for you, reviewing a few of these resources will give you a better idea of what’s out there (job title, salary, employers, etc). And if we’ve missed a great remote job board, please let us know and we’ll add it. Happy job-searching!
Update. The following resources for remote jobs have also come to our attention:
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