Digital Jetty
Published on 01 Jul 2019
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Our work landscape is changing rapidly every year. If you changed your job during the past few years, you surely noticed that remote work becomes more and more prevalent. 

It all initially started a few decades ago with the outsourcing of software development services to offshore companies. Later remote work was adapted by small companies created by a few people spread either around a country or even around a few different countries. As those companies started growing in significance, larger organizations noticed that remote work is a viable way of accomplishing their goals. Nowadays all sorts of companies are looking for talent around the globe to join their remote teams.


Why Work Remotely

Thanks to the internet and a wide range of choices of online collaboration tools, remote work is no longer a niche thing. There are multiple, respectful organizations out there that are remote first. They believe that this type of work increases the productivity and happiness of their employees. Statistically, remote workers also tend to stay with a company longer.

There are multiple reasons why people might want to choose to work remotely. The biggest one is, of course, the lack of opportunities around them and the inability to move at the same time. 

Sometimes people also don’t want to move to places where the great companies are located. Cities like San Francisco, New York or London are well known for their high real estate prices, huge traffic, and giant crowds. Not everyone is a fan of that kind of places. Many people want to live in a less known locations, where they are either closer to their family and friends or live near a sunny beach, mountains or just calm farmlands. 

Another motivation might be a desire to travel the world and becoming digital nomad. It’s also a growing trend. Nevertheless, usually, people travel for a few years and later they decide to settle down in one of the spots the like the most. It’s a great approach, it enables you to see all those wonderful places and choose your own place on earth. At the same time, they experience stability of income and they can grow their careers.


Types of Remote Work

When it comes to remote work types, there are generally two groups. Permanent and contract roles. 

Permanent roles are usually published by companies that are remote first companies. They usually maintain a small main headquarter. They are definitely good in terms of stability and employee perks. Work time overlap is almost always required. They are a perfect fit for people looking for a stable position that gives them the flexibility of location.

Contract roles, on the other hand, are much more flexible. They are either filled by single freelancers or whole agencies. Often contract employees are hired to build a minimal viable product before the company even come to existence. In the case of established enterprises, they are usually brought aboard to fill in the missing skill gap or just deliver a single project. Those types of positions are perfect for people that prefer a more flexible arrangement. On one hand, they allow freelancers to get experience in multiple projects. On the other hand, people taking those jobs, need to be on a constant lookout for new opportunities. Luckily, it usually comes with a better pay.


Best Sites for Finding Permanent Work

Either you are curious and want to get your first remote job or maybe you are looking for a new remote opportunity, you are certainly wondering where can you find those positions. 

Conveniently for you, we list all the best remote job sources below.


Job Boards Dedicated Mostly to Remote Permanent Positions

- We Work Remotely
https://weworkremotely.com

We Work Remotely is one of the biggest remote job boards on the web. It’s well established if you are on a lookout for a stable remote job. 


- RemoteOK
https://remoteok.io

RemoteOK has a lot of interesting permanent positions. It’s definitely one of the most popular job boards for remote workers nowadays. It’s globally focused and it’s run by a digital nomad, giving it more authenticity.


- Work In Startups
https://workinstartups.com

If you are based in the UK, then Work in Startups is definitely for you. It consists of a lot of amazing opportunities from British companies. A good thing about it is the fact that it distinguishes full-time, part-time and freelance positions.


- Hubstaff Talent
https://talent.hubstaff.com

Although not equally well established as previous websites, Hubstaff job board seems quite promising in terms of the number of jobs. Unfortunately, most of them seem to be rather low paying ones.


Job Boards Dedicated Only to Remote Contract Jobs

There are quite a few marketplaces on the web for remote contract work only. They all act as a middle man between a client and a professional, taking cut from whatever is being paid. In general, we can divide them into two groups: unvetted and vetted marketplaces.


Unvetted Contract Job Boards

There are a few big players in this space. Unfortunately, because they have no verification process, they end up accepting everyone. As a result, they are littered with silly job offers and people willing to work for ridiculously low pay. Very often participants on those sites have to compete among themselves in terms of price, creating a race to the bottom. They often also charge freelancers for using them. We rather advise to avoid those spaces altogether, but for the sake of completion, we will list the most popular one.


- Upwork 
https://www.upwork.com

UpWork is definitely the biggest freelance platform out there with the highest number of jobs available. It’s quite US centered.


- Freelancer.com
https://www.freelancer.com

Freelancer.com is the second biggest unvetted freelance marketplace. It doesn’t seem to have many serious jobs though. 


- PeoplePerHour
https://www.peopleperhour.com

it’s a UK based portal that is rather targeting the international audience.


Vetted Contract Job Boards

If you are on a lookout for contract work, then vetted marketplaces are a much better bet. They usually work only with serious clients, willing to pay top dollars for their services.


- Toptal
https://www.toptal.com

Toptal is the biggest player when it comes to vetted contract marketplaces. It only accepts the best developers and clients. Thanks to this selection, working with them is a pleasure.


- Gun.io
https://www.gun.io

It’s a US-centered vetted marketplace for contract work. They seem to be focused only on the high-value projects, although it’s hard to tell how many projects they running simultaneously.


General Job Boards

Sometimes, it’s might be hard to spot it, but the most popular job boards also offer remote work opportunities. Please note that often positions advertised there as remote, in reality, offers only a few days in a week to work from home. Rest of the time must be spent on-site. Therefore, you should always read carefully details of a job offer.


- AngelList
https://angel.co

It’s one of the best sources for remote jobs in startups out there. It allows you to apply for jobs quickly and you can find remote jobs with ease.


- Indeed
https://www.indeed.com

It’s the best search engine for all kind of jobs. It catalogs a huge variety of job offers and allows you to search for remote, contract jobs only. On a downside it’s filter doesn’t always work well and often jobs that seem to be remote, are in reality on-site positions.


- StackOverflow
https://stackoverflow.com/jobs

It’s the most popular portal with questions and answers for programmers. They list fabulous remote job offers, many of which are contracts.


- Authentic Jobs
https://www.authenticjobs.com

It’s a job board mostly focused on listing jobs for tech professionals. Sometimes you can spot here some rare offers.


Other Places to Look for Remote Work

- Twitter
https://twitter.com

Quite often managers or employees of a company will tweet about a job opening. It’s a perfect opportunity to get in touch with them in person. You can find here all kinds of remote work offers, contract, permanent, you name it.


- Reddit
https://www.reddit.com

You might want to visit subreddit like “/r/hiring” for example. It lists some interesting job offers, but since it’s free to post there, the offers aren’t always the highest quality.


- Craigslist
https://craigslist.org

You might also take your chance in finding work through Craigslist. You might be lucky in getting some smaller jobs here. Although please be advised that it does have a bad reputation for a lot of weird people using it. We warned you.


We hope that you will enjoy our findings and we wish you luck with your job hunt!


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