According to recent statistics, 3.7 Million employees in the US (2.5% of the overall workforce) currently work from home at least half the time, and at least 50% of all jobs in the US are at least partly compatible with telecommuting.
Depending on your personality type, job role, and industry, telecommuting at least part of the time may be something worth looking into, with considerations such as a shorter commute, higher productivity, cost savings and greater flexibility. Employees who aren’t tied to a single office location generally score higher on employee satisfaction surveys as well, and companies are looking to create creative ways to increase employee engagement.
There’s just one issue: how do you find remote work if your current employer does not offer it, even after you ask?
First, a bit of caution: If you are looking through traditional job boards or Craigslist for telecommuting opportunities, try to avoid using the phrase “work from home” or “work at home” as your search term. In our research, there are more people using this term for marketing/advertising purposes, and very few (if any) real jobs. (“Telecommute” or “Remote Work” are the terms that legitimate corporations will be more likely to use.)
That said, here are a few places to get started in your job search.
Authentic Jobs – The job board for web professionals. (Since 2005, Authentic Jobs has helped designers, hackers, and creative pros find work at places like Apple, Facebook, ESPN, Estée Lauder, and The New York Times.)
Escape the City – They help talented professionals escape unfulfilling jobs and transition into the new world of work.
FlexJobs – FlexJobs is an innovative, professional job service to help you find the best flexible jobs available, safely and easily. Every job is hand-screened and legitimate. Guaranteed.
Freelancermap – More than 3000 projects a week make freelancermap one of the leading job listing portals.
GrowthHackers – Find jobs in growth marketing, user acquisition, conversion rate optimization, content marketing, analytics, product, and more.
Idealist – Idealist is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration. With more than 100,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to their sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world.
Jobspresso – Jobspresso is the easy way to find remote careers within innovative companies.
Jobs Remotely – Find or list programming, writing, graphic design, IT, sales and system administration jobs that are not restricted to a particular location.
Landing Jobs – They want to connect the best tech candidates with the best jobs, and we want to reward you and your peers for helping each other find those opportunities. Do you want to get hired or do you want to land the perfect job? Aim for more.
Modern Day Nomads – Follow your dream job: Top Travel Jobs & Inspiration for GlobeTrekking, Creative Professionals.
The Muse – This is not your typical job search site. Finding a job shouldn’t make you want to pull out your hair. Have fun browsing our 5,000 open jobs. Find a career you’ll love.
Nomad Center – Nomadcenter is a job portal that provides simple and easy means for companies and honest telecommuters connect with each other.
Outsourcely – Hiring and Working Remotely Made Simple. Find, hire and manage the most talented remote workers in the Philippines
Power to Fly – Focused on placing women in Tech and Startup positions.
Remote.co – Remote.co is a resource for the life cycle of companies who see remote work as a true opportunity, from hiring to training to managing distributed teams.
RemoteOK – Remote OK is a daily listing of jobs where it’s okay to work remotely.
Remote Tech Work – Remote Tech Work aims to provide the most comprehensive remote jobs resource for developers, designers, testers, and support engineers.
Remotive – Remotive is a weekly newsletter on Remote Tips & Jobs sent to 10,000+ Remote Workers across 700+ cities, complete with Job Board.
RubyNow – Since 2005, RubyNow has been the trusted Ruby job board with over 5,370+ job posts.
Skillbridge – Skillbridge gives clients on-demand access to a ‘hidden market’ of top-tier Elite Business Freelancers through their intelligent online platform. Hire the experienced consultants, experts, and specialists you need for short-term engagements without the overheads of consulting firms or the complications of auction-based marketplaces.
Skip the Drive – Our goal is to provide those looking for professional work-from-home jobs a free, simple, no-hassle service to help with their job search. Whether you’re a freelancer looking for part-time opportunities, or somebody looking for full-time options, we’ve got you covered.
Stackjobs – StackJobs.io is a job board focusing on OpenStack-related jobs.
TechMeAbroad – Find the job of your dreams, in the country of your dreams. (They only list job posts from tech startups and tech companies who will recruit you from abroad.)
TeleAssistants – Find legitimate full time, part time, contract work from home opportunities with business from around the world.
Virtual Vocations – Virtual Vocations is a job service that provides job-seekers with hand-screened telecommuting jobs leads that offer real pay for real work. From account management to writing, all of the job openings we bring you offer some form of telecommuting or virtual work.
We Work Remotely – The best place to find and list jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area. Find the most qualified people in the most unexpected places: Hire remote!
Work At Home – a Remote Job-Board for technology professionals
Working From Home – WFH.io is a job board focusing on digital and tech remote jobs.
Workingnomads – A curated list of remote jobs, for the modern working nomad.
TalentBoard – Free mailing of your CV to 300+ companies to find remote work
That should get you started! Make sure to check them all frequently, as different jobs will be posted in different places (even if there is some crossover.)
Good luck with the job hunt, fellow wanderer!
Had any experience with these that our readers should know about? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!