13 Places to Find the Best Remote Jobs

I started doing freelance work on the side when I was 15. While most of my friends were putting in 40 hours/week over the summer working in retail stores, factories, or fast-food, I put in about 20 hours/week designing websites for people. Not only did I make more than most of them, I was sitting comfortably in my shorts, had more time to explore my own personal interests (photography and music), and I didn’t have set hours to clock in. After that, it was almost impossible for me not to look at remote working opportunities when I was in college while most of my friends scrambled to compete for desk jobs at the gym or library. The freedom you get from remote working can be intoxicating, so that’s why I want you to be able to experience that life for yourself as well. To help you out, I have listed the top 13 sites for finding the best remote jobs to help you get started with your dream life.


Freelance and Contract


I’m going to start off with this list first. Freelancing, in my opinion, the best way to start your work from home journey. These jobs are typically contract work for various tasks like designing a logo, writing/cleaning up code for an app, or social media marketing. The advantage of freelance and contract work is that it allows you to test the waters of working remotely for a small duration of time without binding yourself to a legal work contract that extends several years. It’s a great place to start by using your already existing skills to make some additional money or if you enjoy it enough and it starts paying your bills, you can replace it with your current job.


1. Fivver


With jobs starting at just $5 each (they generally have tiered jobs that allow you to charge more for additional services), Fiverr is an amazing site for you to get your feet wet in the freelance and remote jobs field. Fiverr focuses on “gigs” or “micro-jobs,” such as editing a photo in Photoshop, designing a Facebook campaign ad, or proofreading an article. Since most of the “gigs” are relatively small tasks that are easy to do, it’s a great way to build up your portfolio FAST.


2. Upwork


After you had your share of small gigs and want to upgrade to more serious freelance work, try Upwork. Upwork is probably one of the most well-known and premier freelance platforms on the internet right now. They have a very user-friendly interface that allows you to create a profile and portfolio and send proposals to jobs that seem interesting to you. The jobs are either project based (complete project/requirement x I’ll pay you $500) or hourly (do work x for me for 3 hours a day for 3 months for $15/hour). The beauty of it is you can filter the search to specify your criteria. Some of the most popular jobs are web/mobile development, design, writing, virtual assistance, sales representatives, customer service, administrative, and consulting.


3. Guru


Guru is very similar to the way Upwork works. It does not have as big of an audience as Upwork, but the way to use it is very similar. Pick project you would like to work on, work on it, get paid. The difference between Upwork and then the next one, Guru, is really the membership fees (Guru and Upwork are free, but paying for membership has increased benefits), and transaction fees. Guru’s transaction fees are much lower compared to Upwork, but you have a lot less total users (1.5 million vs 14 million). Guru doesn’t currently offer 24/7 support like Upwork and Freelancer.


4. Freelancer


Like Upwork and Guru, Freelancer is another freelance platform for freelancers to find work. Freelancer does boast to have the largest total users among the three (19 million users) and is the largest freelancing platform to find work. It still works similarly as the other two though. Their transaction fees are right in the middle of Guru and Upwork and they do offer contests so employers looking for freelance work can almost get a guaranteed higher quality of work before starting. But for you, the freelancer, it might mean that you spent your time doing the work but won’t be paid for it. If you want to know the difference between the three, here’s a chart.


5. Toptal


If you have had multiple years of experience and consider yourself a master/expert level freelancer in your field of expertise, you might want to consider Toptal. Toptal takes only the top 3% of freelancers for their clients. So if you want to start playing in the big leagues with higher payouts and more complex jobs, consider using Toptal.


6. 99Designs


Many of the freelance jobs on platforms like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer, and Toptal are populated with tech related jobs such as web/mobile development and programming. That doesn’t mean you can’t find design jobs on there though. However, if you’re a designer and want to just look at freelance design jobs like logo design or album covers, then 99Designs is perfect for you. 99Designs does run on a competition based model, so a client says he needs x design and you submit a proposal(s). If it gets picked, you win and you get paid.

Remote, Telecommuting, and Online Jobs


These are more traditional, salaried jobs where you would have set hours. Many of these jobs also include the same perks and benefits you would get from your traditional job. Paid vacation days, 401k, insurance etc. are just some of the perks and benefits some of these companies offer in addition to you being able to work wherever you want.


1. FlexJobs


As the name suggests, FlexJobs is a job board site that lists “flexible” jobs. Although this includes a huge selection of remote jobs, they also have jobs that are part-time, telecommuting, and flexible jobs that aren’t full-time, regular jobs. FlexJobs also has a ton of resources and articles to get you on your feet. The only caveat is that you do have to make an account and pay a subscription fee to join, but all their jobs are 100% legit and vetted so if you’re serious about it, it’s definitely the place to go.


2. We Work Remotely


This job board only provides 100% remote jobs that don’t require you to have a physical location. The website is ran by the creators of the book by 37Signals, Remote: Office Not Required, #1 in three business categories on Amazon. We Work Remotely offers a large array of programming, designing, business admin, sales, customer support and other jobs. The best thing about this site is how clean it is and they have new jobs every single day. A must follow!


3. Working Nomads


Similar to We Work Remotely, Working Nomads offers jobs catered to digital nomads to support their lifestyle. The jobs on Working Nomads are jobs you can work from home or better yet, anywhere else in the world. Just their development (web, mobile, software etc.) jobs section boasts over 3,000+ opportunities and they have new ones posted every day. If you want to be a nomad, then you must turn on their job alerts for remote jobs.


4. Remotive


One of the best things that sets Remotive apart from Working Nomads and We Work Remotely is their online community of remote workers. They boast to have the largest virtual co-working space on their Slack group. You do have to pay a membership fee to join, but it’s extremely helpful if you are wanting to go remote for real. Remotive does have new job listings every day and tons of helpful resources including interviews with veteran remote workers to get a look into their life. Definitely a great follow.


5. RemoteOk


The job board created by Nomad List, RemoteOK is similar to Working Nomads in terms of the jobs and number of jobs they offer. You can find any type of job for the wanderlust worker like software development, marketing, design, sales, business administration etc. RemoteOk does boast having a network of 1,000,000 remote workers around the globe, so there is that. Unlike most of the other online job boards that are primarily geared to software/tech related jobs, RemoteOk does offer a larger selection of non-tech jobs, so there’s something for everyone here.


6. Indeed + other large job sites


Of course you can find remote jobs on larger job board platforms like Indeed or Monster. You’ll have to type in for location something like, “remote,”  “virtual,” or “online.” However, these sites are really a hit or miss. There is little or no curation or screening process to make sure these listings are legit. You do have to be careful when applying for some of these “jobs” because they are spam and that’s definitely not a great start to your remote journey, so take caution when using these sites. (Hint: I don’t recommend them, but here’s an article on 4 Ways to Avoid Being Scammed from Remote Job Listings).


7. letsworkremotely


Finally, you have us as another great resource to find 100% remote, online or work from home jobs. All our jobs are hand curated and vetted to make sure they are legitimate opportunities for you to start the remote life you dreamed of. We also have great resources and a blog to answer any questions you have might about remote working. We frequently invite veteran nomads to share their stories and experiences to get you a look into their exciting lives. In addition, we have a awesome Facebook Group of over 12,000+ awesome remote friends! Be sure to join us there! Otherwise, if you’re ready to get started, head over to our remote job board!

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