The 11 Best Sites You Need to Find a Remote Job
The 11 Best Sites You Need to Find a Remote Job
So you want to start working remotely so you can live the digital nomad lifestyle? Well, before you can do that you will need to find a way to pay for that lifestyle. The good news is that with an ever growing number of remote job sites, finding a job that allows you to work from anywhere has never been easier.
Below you will find a curated list of the best remote job sites. This is not a giant list with 50+ different sites that you can’t tell apart, but a hand-picked selection of what I think are the sites where you will be able to find a job the quickest.
Here are the criteria I used for choosing the sites:
- Number of job listings – the more job listings, the higher the chance of finding the right one for you.
- Credibility – There’s nothing worse than sifting through thousands of spam job postings to find a few real ones.
- Ease of Use – a site can have tons of job listings, but if I can’t figure out how to work the site and find them, then it’s kind of a waste, isn’t it?
With that out of the way here are the top 11 job sites for finding remote, digital nomad friendly jobs.
FlexJobs was started in 2007 when Sara Sutton ran into problems finding a legitimate telecommuting job after starting a family. Sara was inundated with ads, scams, and dozens of untrustworthy offers, so she decided to do something about it by starting FlexJobs.
While FlexJobs is not the prettiest website in the world, it wins through the sheer volume of job listings it features. Those job listings also go through a rigorous evaluation process to weed out any offers that are not serious or appear to be scammy. One downside of FlexJobs, however, is that many of the jobs are not completely location independent. While all the jobs featured are telecommuting, many will require to be in the US or specific regions of the world.
As one of the first remote focused job boards, WeWorkRemotely is an industry leader with over 76,000 job listings at the time of writing. This site is a great mix of size, and user experience.
The site layout is simple and you can start looking through remote jobs as soon as you land on the home page. If you are searching for a specific type of job, for example, customer service, the menu allows you to select a specific category so you see only the job openings that matter to you.
WeWorkRemotely also has a great newsletter that can deliver you tailored job listings every day. One thing to keep in mind with WeWorkRemotely is that while they have job listings for many different categories, a majority of them do tend to be tech-focused.
Ok so this might get a bit confusing, but Remote.co is a job listing site and remote work resource started by Sara Sutton in 2015. If that name sounds familiar it’s because Sara is the person behind FlexJobs, the first site I mentioned.
Unlike FlexJobs, Remote.co focuses much more on jobs that are not just remote, but more location independent. This makes the jobs you can find on Remote.ok much more appealing to those in search of the digital nomad lifestyle. Another reason to visit Remote.ok instead of Flexjobs is that it just looks better and is easier to navigate making the experience much more pleasant.
Remote.co is also a great resource for those interested in working remotely. They have tons of interviews with remote workers in which they share the lessons they’ve learned from years of working remotely. You can also read interviews with companies to get to know some of the top remote-run companies and get a better understanding of how they decide who to hire.
This is another job site where you can not only find a job, but also learn quite a bit about how to score a remote job. Remotive was started by an ex-Buffer employee in 2017 with the idea of teaching people how to find remote jobs. The site looks very sharp, it’s easy to navigate, and is filled with millennial-friendly emojis. The site features a job board, a blog, and a community page.
Like the rest of the site, the job board is very user intuitive and makes it easy to quickly find the type of jobs you are looking for. What separates Remotive from its competitors is that it doesn’t just provide you with a list of jobs, it also has a course and community to help you land that perfect remote job.
If you’re interested in the digital nomad lifestyle then you may have heard of Nomadlist before, but have you heard of RemoteOK, its job site cousin? RemoteOK was started by Nomadlist founder Pieter Levels.
You will quickly spot the design similarities between RemoteOK and Nomadlist, but the similarities don’t stop there. Like Nomadlist and other of Levels’ projects, it’s very easy to navigate. The site has TONS of jobs that update hourly so you can easily see just how fresh the job posting is.
While on RemoteOK you can search for many different types of jobs, from Software Development and Design to Teaching Online, it is important to note that many of the jobs listed are tech-based.
If you are looking for a highly curated job board that is still easy to use, then Jobspresso is a great place to start. It has been used by some of the biggest companies in the remote work world like WordPress, HelpScout, and Hotjar so there are tons of great opportunities available. What’s really great about Jobspresso is that you know all the job postings are high quality since all companies are screened by the team to make sure that there are no scams.
While most of the jobs tend to be tech-focused there is still a good amount of non-technical jobs available. Another great thing about Jobspresso is that along with searching for jobs you can also post your resume for free and let the job come to you.
Sick and tired of scanning through all the developer remote jobs just to find one or two non-tech based jobs? Dynamite Jobs was created specifically to cater to remote workers whose skill base is not in tech. If you are a marketer, SEO, or support specialist then this is the place for you. The website is easy to use, and all the jobs are prescreened by the Dynamite Jobs team for authenticity.
One of the coolest things about Dynamite Jobs is the team behind it. The founders Dan and Ian are also the duo behind Tropical MBA, one of the most popular podcasts on remote work. Their membership community, The Dynamite Circle (DC), is full of high-level CEOs and it’s woven into Dynamite Jobs so you can even see the job postings that are by DC members. This means that many of the jobs on the site are high quality and a great way to find mentors.
FREELANCE JOB SITES
Working for someone else not exactly your thing? Want more control over how much money you make and what hours you work? Then freelancing might be more your taste. Below you will find the best freelancing sites.
Back in 2013, there were two big boys in the freelancer marketplace world – Elance and oDesk. That year they decided to merge together to form Upwork, which is now one of the largest freelancer marketplaces. Upwork sees millions of jobs posted annually so it’s a great place to find your first freelance job and start making that location independent income. If you get good reviews and prove you are an expert in your field you can even go on to earn a six-figure salary on Upwork!
Upwork is very easy to use and the design is straightforward. One of the things to keep in mind about Upwork is that where there are tons of jobs, there are also tons of workers. You will be in competition with millions of freelancers to get that perfect job. That being said if you are a US based worker you will go to the top of the list for many jobs.
Are you a proven expert in your field and don’t want to compete with millions of freelancers, then TopTal is the perfect freelancer marketplace for you. The idea behind TopTal is to only offer companies the best of the best and boasts to only work with the top 3% of freelancer talent. While that means that TopTal may not be right for you if you are just getting started, if you do have proven experience this is a great place to get connected to great companies paying a premium.
Becoming a freelancer on TopTal is pretty straightforward, but not necessarily easy. In order to make sure that only the best freelancers make it onto the platform you need to pass several tests. First, you will do a quick Skype interview with someone to test your English, after which you will be given several tests based on your specialty. If you pass the tests you can expect a sample project which will test your ability to meet deadlines, communication, etc. If you make it through all those tests you make it onto the platform and can start applying for jobs.
That may sound like quite a process, but keep in mind that TopTal works with companies like AirBnB, Zendesk, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise so the level of clients is much higher than other freelancer marketplaces. The other benefit is that many of the gigs are long-term and can last from several months to even a year or more, which means more time spent working and making money, and less time searching for clients.
GENERAL JOB SITES
Just because you can find job openings for baristas and grocery clerks doesn’t mean that you can’t also find remote work opportunities. While you may have to sift through many pages of job listings to find the perfect job, these sites are not as used by remote workers so the competition could be lower. It doesn’t hurt to check!
AngelList is where “the world meets startups”. If you are interested in working remotely but doing so for a startup, then this is where you need to start. When you land on the site you will be directed to sign up and create a profile which serves as your resume. You can then apply to thousands of jobs with startups from all over the world using that resume.
The good thing about AngelList is that it’s meant for startups, many of which are very open-minded and finding remote jobs won’t be difficult. You can find job listings for a lot of different specialties but a majority of the jobs on AngelList are tech-focused. Overall the site is easy to use and pretty intuitive. After all, it is a site for startups!
If you have been in the job force for a while, then you are probably already pretty familiar with Indeed. Indeed is the #1 job site on the internet and boasts over 200 million unique visitors every month. A large majority of jobs posted on Indeed are not remote friendly, but the search bar makes it easy to weed out all those millennial-friendly dependent jobs and find some great opportunities.
Overall, Indeed is not the prettiest looking site out there and you will probably have a better time using one of the sites mentioned earlier. That being said it’s not terrible and you can find what you are looking for.
I hope that this list of job sites gets you started on your remote work journey and you soon find the job of your dreams. If you found this helpful and would like to learn more about the remote work life and continue to grow and improve then consider signing up for the TRL newsletter below!