The community of remote workers is growing every day. As more employees choose remote work and more businesses offer remote options to attract the best talent, a natural need for resources and connections among the remote workforce has grown to match. So how does a newcomer to the world of working virtually find community and resources? How do you even find a remote job in the first place? We’ll cover everything from finding remote work to finding your #squadgoals.
As usual with us remote kids; you don’t even need to leave your house.
Where to Find Remote Gigs
Contrary to popular belief, finding legitimate remote work is no longer the wild goose chase it once seemed to be. The best employers have seen the turning of the tide. They know that top talent may not be geographically convenient or willing to relocate, and they’ve found that creating the option for remote work is worth the learning curve.
If you’re interested in working remotely but aren’t sure where to find such opportunities, here are some of our favorite job hunting resources for finding remote work.
With endorsements from sources like CNN, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, FlexJob’s reputation speaks for itself. The variety of positions available are impressive, including even theatre, teaching, and therapy; seemingly unlikely industries for remote work.
The FlexJobs team has tirelessly researched both part time telecommuting jobs and full-time remote positions, ensuring there is no scam attached. Once a job passes their critical evaluations, FlexJobs links you to the most direct route to apply for the job.
And if you’ve ever spent time weeding through the many remote work scams clogging the net, you know that FlexJobs’ price tag of $14.95 for a month, $29.95 for three months, or $49.95 for a year is worth every dime.
Remote.co is a great resource for remote workers of all types. In addition to providing remote job postings from reputable companies, (including the Mayo Clinic, IBM, and Dell) they provide consulting services to help you “create, grow, and manage the remote company of your dreams.”
With a top notch blog featuring contributors from some of the most successful remote companies today (including yours truly
), Remote.co gives you all the resources you need to both get started in the remote world and maintain a competitive presence there.
We Work Remotely is another easy to use remote job search tool. Though smaller than other sites, their categorized one page site makes it easy to read and navigate through the job postings (including more typical remote careers in programming, marketing, design, and development).
It’s easy to scroll through at a glance-- and did I mention it’s free?
Skipthedrive is another great remote job searching tool that doesn’t require any registration or fees. Their job opportunities have a wide range of options for remote positions--though it doesn’t include as many unconventional positions as FlexJobs. Many of these postings will not lead you directly to the employer’s site, but may lead you through another job search engine.
In addition to their job search tool, Skipthedrive also has handy resources for remote workers, including a list
of the top rated companies with a remote work force. Also definitely check out their handy commuting calculator
to help you figure out how much money you could save by skipping the drive!
Remoteok may win the award for most aesthetically pleasing site, but it’s more than just a pretty face. Remoteok provides you with jobs from around the world that are cool with working remotely. They offer many of the conventional remote careers, including design and development, but also include non-tech jobs like education and copywriting.
If you are specifically interested in that startup life, check out their tab dedicated to remote start-up work.
So, now you have a telecommuting job... What resources are available to you? Read on for our favorite communities, co-working hot spots, and even more resources.
Where to Park Your Laptop
Sharedesk is a great resource to find both individual work spaces and meeting spaces for rent in public or private settings all over the world. Every space is vetted by the site to be specifically functional for workers.
Besides renting ‘hot desks’ (shared, public workspaces), they also rent out ‘dedicated desks’ (more permanent, personal spaces).
Additionally day offices are great for temporary, private work. Conference rooms are for those high stakes meetings with investors you really want to wow, and meeting rooms are functional, comfortable spaces to bring together the members of your team.
Sharedesk is an amazing resource for long term habitation, networking, traveling, or if you just want to mix it up a little here and there!
CoPass offers you a membership with a one time fee to gain access to their more than 450 work spaces worldwide. They boast 462 workspaces in 303 cities in 63 countries. While Copass gives you fewer options within one city, it is a useful tool for travellers, specifically in Europe where the company is based and spaces are numerous.
Their memberships range from $55 to $334 monthly. This gives you access to all of their spaces with a certain number of monthly ‘check ins’.
In short: Copass is definitely your go-to for your backpacking trip across Europe.
3. Where to Work
Where to Work is a great iPhone app that tells you where to work on the go. It combines bars, coffee shops, and coworking spaces in their results. Use your GPS or search a location to find what is near you in most major US cities.
The information on each work space is super detailed too, including things like, seating, WiFi speeds, and even outlet availability.
Best of all, most of these locations don’t cost a cent. Well, except for the price of your pumpkin-spice-whatever.
Now, you’ve got an awesome workspace. What about community and networking?
#Nomads is a digital nomad chat community which allows you to connect by city, industry, and topics with over 3,500 nomads with a one time fee of $50.
For remote workers on the go, this is a great resource to check out everything from good hotel rates to the best free WiFi in a new city. It can be helpful when travelling while working or just to connect with other likeminded people to stave off the occasional loneliness of being a remote worker.
Nomadler is a discussion board with topics such as housing, work, and inspiration. While many of these people are nomads in the truest sense of the word
and pursue this as a lifestyle, this also usually makes them telecommuters. Thus the site contains highly valuable inside information about remote jobs and companies that allow and encourage telecommuting.
You’ve got the remote gig, now the world is your oyster. The next question is, where to? The community at Nomad List has curated reviews and information about nearly every city in the world—from pricing, to safety and climate, even WiFi availability. Get the inside scoop from others in the remote working community, then head over to the Nomad Forum
and find a friend or two to meet IRL at your next stop.
Redditers, this one’s for you. The digital nomad subreddit is a great place to trade everything from tool reviews, to job opportunities, and even travel stories with new friends in the nomadic workforce. Like all of reddit, it’s hard to know just what you’ll find here. But you can bet that if you stick around for long enough, you’re bound to stumble upon something great.
Other Handy Resources for the Remote Worker
1. Remote Year
Here’s the idea: You are a remote worker who wants to see the world. Remote Year sets an itinerary for one year of travel (3 continents, 12 cities) specifically for remote workers. They set the schedule, your only job is, well, your job… and lying on the beach in Thailand, or sightseeing in Buenos Aires.
What better way to see the world, network, and keep your job? For those interested parties, you can apply here
Your new remote gig might get you out of the morning commute, but paying up to Uncle Sam is still non-optional. Helpfully, though the IRS has put together this handy set of tips to ensure that you’re making the most of your home office on your taxes.
Ever wonder if you’re charging enough as a freelance worker? Entrepreneur and blogger Ryan Robinson created this handy infographic to help you decide what you’re worth and set your rates.
There you have it! You’ve now got the inside scoop on where all the cool remote kids are hanging these days. Some of them are even hanging face to face in shared spaces-- or sharing travel packs! So get out there (or in there) and network!