You look back at your dramatic New Year’s Resolution to find work at home online jobs because you have a love-hate relationship with your current 9-5.
You need the money you get at the end of the month so you really love your job, actually.
But you don’t like what you do.
Or, you don’t get along with your boss.
Or, you hate the commute / time away from your family, etc.
Or, you don’t get time to travel.
Maybe even all of the above?
Something’s gotta change (hence, the New Year’s Resolution) but it’s now mid-April and you’ve done absolutely nothing to change anything.
For the millionth time in a long time, you think, “Surely, there’s something better than this but where do I start?”
Well, you could start by looking for work at home online jobs in legitimate (READ: real, legal, NOT SCAM) job boards.
Do they really exist?
Imagine this scenario: You wake up at 10.30AM and then meander along your hallway to the kitchen to grab your first cup of coffee.
As you wait, you power on your laptop and check your email. And you get to work. In your pyjamas. With a mug of steaming hot coffee in your hand.
No rush hour to contend with. No worrying about what to wear or how to appear put together when you’re all stressed out.
Doesn’t that sound heavenly?
Remember, finance is part and parcel of blissful living. It shouldn’t be stressful all the time. It should come easily and be a source of joy, even bliss.
The good news is, working remotely or telecommuting – whether from home, Starbucks, or somewhere else – is on the rise. In 2012, a Virgin Media Business survey predicted that 60% of office-based employees will regularly work from home by 2022. And a separate survey featured in The Guardian found that ⅓ of employees think commuting will be unheard of by 2036.
Great news, isn’t it?
But, that’s the future and this is today, you say to yourself. You don’t have the skills or the resources to find work that would give you that kind of flexibility. That’s for 20-somethings digital nomads or stay-at-home mums who work as VAs.
You don’t fall in either category. You just know that working in your mind-numbing, soul-sucking high-stress job is not how you want to spend 8 hours of your day, 5 days of your week for the next 40-odd years or so.
Luckily for you, the typical remote employee is actually a 40-something college graduate earning nearly $60,000 a year at a company with 100+ employees.
So, if you are even remotely interested in working remotely (see what we did there? har har), check out this list of 19 legitimate sites dedicated to finding remote work.
PS. If you want total freedom from the rat race instead of swapping one job for another, we recommend Tim Ferriss’ The Four Hour Work Week.
Top on the list is FlexJobs, which has over 50 career categories and truly epitomises flexibility.
The opportunities here range from freelance to full-time, from entry-level to executive.
You’d also be happy to know that they actually screen all jobs before they are posted, so you don’t have to worry about being scammed.
Finally, the site hosts over 20K job listings in different opportunities and categories all over the world!
You’d also probably want to check out We Work Remotely, currently the largest remote job community on the web with over 2.5M monthly visitors.
WorkingNomads (formerly goRemotely) “curates lists of the most interesting remote job offers in many professional career areas”.
By far, most of the opportunities listed in this site is for development work, with over 3,000 opportunities. That said, they also have other offers available in other fields.
Finally, you have the option to sign up for daily or weekly job alerts to make the remote job search come to you.
Remotive’s “mission is to help tech professional go remote” and hand-picked work online opportunities in various fields.
Unsurprisingly, the bulk of opportunities is in software development with about 30 or so opportunities available in other fields.
Remotive has a unique manifesto that we, big manifesto fans that we are, absolutely adore.
What a great name!
Skip the Drive has a great resources tab (listing authors to follow and sites to check for help in the remote job world) and a decent listing of remote jobs.
Use what the site provides and you too can completely skip both morning AND after-work rush hour.
This job board was started by a stay-at-home mum frustrated with the job search for legitimate remote jobs.
It features only telecommuting jobs (currently at 21,282) in fields as varied as technical writing to legal.
Their blog is also worth reading.
It contains great tips and insights, such as a recent article on the top companies hiring telecommuters.
The job board for designers, developers and creative professionals.
You need to click on the small “wireless logo” on the left side of the board and filter your search by remote jobs.
The site itself is simple and easy to use (though a wee bit slow when we tested it) and has some proper work from home opportunities.
Dribbble is a dedicated site for designers looking for their next work at home jobs as well as teams looking for skilled designers.
If you click on the Jobs tab on the main menu, you can click “remote” and the site will give you a full list of available opportunities.
If you want remote work with a startup company, you can sign up with AngelList and get connected to 27,652 startup companies in different parts of the world.
You need to sign up so you can create a profile that will showcase your experiences and skills. You then browse the listed jobs and click yes on companies you’re interested in.
The companies you selected will be notified and if they say yes back, you’ll be introduced by email.
Sort of like Tinder but, you know, for remote workers.
10. Stack Overflow
Most people recognise Stack Overflow as the go-to place to get tech advice when websites are misbehaving. Few people know that it also has an excellent job board for legitimate work at home online jobs.
Many top tech talents find their dream opportunities in this site. You can either work remotely or get relocation assistance if companies need you closer to their offices.
Type in “remote” in the location field and you’ll bring up a full list. It’s currently att 223.
11. Ruby Now
A job board entirely dedicated to Ruby developers, it has listed over 5,000 opportunities since 2005.
There doesn’t seem to be a way to filter your search by location but you do get a full list of what’s available.
12. Power To Fly
This is a relatively new site (only 5 years old!) that aims to connect women with companies that value inclusion and diversity.
They have a strong blog, webinars and career advice on top of a job board that offers over 230 work at home online job opportunities.
The clue is in the name. Fiverr helps you land your first gig and build up your portfolio by encouraging you to offer micro-jobs instead of a full service.
If you’re a WordPress developer, for example, you can offer to customise a Genesis Framework widget for £5 as opposed to building a complete, semi-customised WordPress site that would normally cost a few hundred pounds.
Upwork (formerly oDesk) is a site dedicated to freelancers and features remote jobs in 12 different categories so chances are high that you can find the role you want within this site.
All you have to do is register, create a profile and submit a compelling job proposal.
Just remember that Upwork encourages freelancers to cultivate repeat relationships with their clients by charging a fee based on a sliding scale.
According to Guru, it is “the best place for employers and freelancers to connect, collaborate, and get work done”.
Indeed, the homepage boasts of an astonishing 3M+ freelancers available for hire.
All you really have to do as a freelancer is to register, build a profile with portfolios of work and submit a quote for an open job.
Freelancer.com has over 13 million users and like a few other previously mentioned job boards, you just need to register, make a profile and then start bidding on available jobs!
What kind of jobs?
Almost anything under the sun – from software development, content writing, and graphic design.
17. Freelancer Map
Freelancer Map has been operating for 14 years and connects freelancers with companies looking to hire them directly.
Unlike other companies such as Upwork, Freelancer Map does NOT charge freelancers a commission fee (yay!).
They currently have 2.764 available projects and 48.136 available freelancers.
18. The Muse
We would say that The Muse has the most beautiful user interface we’ve seen in a job board.
It’s also very easy to navigate. For example, work from home jobs happen to be the first entry under Top Searches. If you click on that, you’ll immediately get access to a list of flexible / remote jobs that range from internships to senior positions.
To maximise your chances of landing the job of your dreams (remember, not all work at home online jobs are created equal), they have a section on career advice as well as career coaching services.
Idealist is one of our favourite job board simply because it was created to address the fact that “too many good ideas for making the world a better place go unheard or unrealized” and therefore, “helps people move from intention to action all over the world”.
As usual, you just sign up, create a profile and apply.
There you go.
These are the sites that we used when we were looking for remote work.
They combine the flexibility to work from wherever and whenever you want with the stability of a monthly income from your employer.
But, if it’s freedom you’re looking for – the ability to separate what you do for money and what you do (period) – then perhaps Tim Ferriss’ lifestyle design is for you.
We’ve read the book. We’re implementing the strategies. And we highly recommend it.