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Top 20 places to find a remote job online — September 1, 2015

Top 20 places to find a remote job online

Remote work is no longer considered unusual, with millions of people across the world opting to work out of the office. In the United States alone, freelancers are said to make up 34% of the workforce — many of whom have chosen to work as entrepreneurs, consultants, and independent contractors. From freelancers to those in full-time remote roles, we are slowly breaking away from a traditional model to change the way we work.

Looking to ditch your commute or try something new? The following 20 sites and job boards cater to remote workers of almost every kind, with listings for creatives, professionals with technical talent, and everyone in between.

1. CloudPeeps
CloudPeeps is a quality-driven marketplace, community and platform that empowers freelancers and businesses to do their best work. Freelance ‘Peeps’ who are vetted and approved to access the platform so they can view opportunities that range from hourly compensation to fixed monthly pricing. Freelancers can also create a customize Storefront to sell their services and market themselves from. As CloudPeeps does the legwork of finding clients, processing payments, managing contracts, and account management – all a freelancer has to do is focus on creating great work.

2. We Work Remotely
Put together by the bright folks who founded 
37Signals and authored Remote, this job board is a valuable collection of various types of remote work. From programming to customer happiness, look here for some of the finest offerings from legitimate tech companies.

3. Working Nomads
Perhaps the easiest job ‘search’ of them all, this clever resource will deliver freelance opportunities that meet desired criteria directly to an inbox daily or weekly, depending on the specified preference and desired workload.

4. Remotive
A weekly newsletter of tips and opportunities for the global, remote professional. A great resource for freelancers, digital nomads and those just beginning a remote career path.

5. Remote OK
Embracing the future of work, Remote OK is an aggregator that shares the best contract, part-time, and full-time work from a multitude of job boards. Job hunters can access freshly pulled opportunities by visiting the site or signing up to receive email notifications.

6. Remote.co
Apple, IBM and American Express are just a few of the employers that use Remote.co to find talent. Sales professionals, consultants, and coders can all find work here, along with developers, analysts, and writers.

7. JobScribe
Focused on startups, JobScribe emails targeted work opportunities at a chosen frequency (daily, weekly, monthly). Most opportunities are for the technically trained, but marketing and design gigs sometimes make their way into the mix.

8. WFH.io
These job boards focus on the technology space and post new, remote roles often. Areas of interest range from customer service and design to quality assurance and development. Employers are listed in an alphabetical directory that currently spans an impressive 33 pages.

9. SkillBridge
Employers looking for the elite turn to SkillBridge, a marketplace that matches top-tier contract consultants to companies in need of specific, expert skill. Skillbridge is an ideal remote job search tool for those with advanced degrees from prominent universities or experience with well-known, innovative companies.

10. Fiverr
This fast-growing platform offers a huge variety of micro-jobs, allowing a remote worker to capitalize on an entire skill set. With prices starting at five dollars, it’s time to finally utilize all of those seemingly random talents, like photo editing, banner making, and ad design.

11. Upwork
Formerly known as oDesk, this platform prides itself on matching employers with freelancers who can work on jobs of any size, at any time, from anywhere. A breadth of categories showcases work opportunities for virtual assistants, writers, and consultants.

12. AngelList
AngelList is an outstanding resource for remote workers who want the startup life without the commute that so often comes with it. In addition to surfacing remote roles through a simple search (choose ‘job type’ and ‘remote OK’), the directory also offers helpful information about the company and compensation.

13. Remote Working
Mostly helpful for engineers and developers, Remote Working is a valuable resource for “people who don’t like to go to work.” Customer service, design, and operations roles are sometimes found in the mix.

14. The Muse
This valuable site not only features compelling content and helpful career reads – it’s also home to some of the best remote job opportunities, which often fly under the radar. Use search and filter to see ‘flexible/remote’ listings, each with a beautiful photo and information about the company and position.

15. Dribbble
Perhaps best known as a ‘show and tell for designers’ portfolio-style platform, Dribble has added immense value for community members by sharing design-specific job listings. To find them, hover over ‘jobs’ and choose the second option, ‘remote/anywhere’.

16. Freelancer.com
Millions of people use this site, which has been featured by TIME and The Wall Street Journal, to find their next project. Most impressive is the incredible range of categories, which employ freelancers who work on everything from robot design to logos.

17. FlexJobs
FlexJobs has developed a good reputation their screening process, which ensures that all job postings are legitimate. With a huge range of categories, there’s a multitude of part-time, full-time, and contract opportunities to check out and consider.

18. Scripted
Writers take note — Scripted is a trusted marketplace that provides clients with copywriting and editing services. A few samples and a writing test are required to join, and writers are granted the ability to view work opportunities after being formally admitted.

19. Stack Overflow
This well-known site is dedicated to providing top technical talent with the best out-of-office opportunities. Want to work as a remote developer? Don’t miss the 2,000+ listings showcased here.

20. Power to Fly
Serving up remote work opportunities for women who live anywhere, Power to Fly counts vetted professionals in more than 4,000 global cities. Clients have included Skillcrush and Hearst, among others.

Know of another great resource for finding remote work? Leave us a note in the comments!

About our writer // Krista Gray is the director of community operations at The Fetch. She loves travel, words, photos and making people smile. Follow her on Twitter, @thekristagray.

The 4 types of freelancers and how to know which one you are — November 3, 2013

The 4 types of freelancers and how to know which one you are

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Don’t let the Zen masters fool you – making a decent living from freelancing is a seriously tough gig.

Despite its intoxicating allure of professional independence and moderate increase in the consumption of long macchiatos, as a freelancer you’ll soon discover that the nature of dealing with ambiguous clients, the constant mutual misunderstanding of expectations and occasional succumbing to horrifyingly unreasonable rates are enough to abandon the prospect of freedom entirely.

Fortunately, these can be mitigated. As a freelancer myself and often sometimes an employer of other freelancers, I’ve recognized that the freelancers who prosper the most are the ones who recognize tailor their entire marketing strategy and personal brand around a particular freelance ‘type’ – one that best encapsulates their personal characteristics and abilities. Sounds logical right? Like most things, it is easier said than done.

1. The Grinder

The grinder is your hardcore workhorse. The guy or gal or who likes ticking boxes and can churn out large quantities of output at a low margin or rate – it’s as if they live and breathe volume. Grinders excel at low-end administrative/management like-tasks, working to rigid structures and streamlining their operations so that the client gets exactly what they asked for at the rate specified.

If you’re the grinding type you should look for jobs where the expectations and task requirements are explicit and straight forward – the scope should not be something that requires much negotiation. Seek to set straightforward payment terms and establish rates where efficiencies can be rewarded. The beauty about grinders is that the funnel seems to always be full for them – there is always a demand for them in virtually any industry.

Beware: creative types will tend to lose their minds when stuck in a grinder-like role.

2. The Specialist

The Specialist is the master of his or her trade who has grinded long enough to know what they are good at, identified a professional niche and has taken the time to hone their craft. Specialists are Grinders with expertise and clout – professional fixers who can produce wizard-like solutions that their clients could only dream of doing.

With Specialists, it’s all about ‘the work’. They have the ability to set the bar for the quality of their output, dictate the terms of their involvement and charge a premium on their efforts.

If you’re the specialist type however, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. In a world of self-proclaimed ‘experts’ and ‘specialists’ the only selling point you really have at the end of the day is your history of delivering results that supersede client expectations.

Depending on your networks and industry, specialists can have either a very narrow or deep pipeline of potential clients as work can either be too specialized or too infrequent in its requirement. You have to love what you do.

3. The Diagnostician

The Diagnostician is exactly how it sounds. Diagnosticians love to take control of the room, diagnose a situation and prescribe a creative solution that plays to their strengths and still satisfy the client’s objectives. Examples of diagnosticians are high level advisors, consultants and strategists. They are the ones people call when they fear something bad might happen.

The chilling factor about Diagnosticians is that they thrive on a customer’s pain. Whether a business is bleeding cash, a website completely stops generating traffic (thanks, Google Humminbird) or when customers simply disappear, the diagnostician should be ahead of the curve – to know the client’s pain before it hits, or to be front and center with a solution when the pin actually drops. This is particularly useful for industries or fields that evolve constantly.

Diagnosticians should be wary of over-diagnosing or over-analyzing a situation. Clients don’t really like hearing about every little thing that is wrong with their product or business and Diagnosticians should be wary of falling into the trap of seeing problems that aren’t really there.

4. The Professional Polymath

The Professional Polymath is your jack and occasionally master of all trades. Whenever a client has a project that requires neatly packaged service all rolled into one, the Professional Polymath is their answer.

Professional Polymaths often have the ability to see the wider context – the big picture – to every task or required job function which serves well in developing long-term client relationships and establishing alignment with them.

If you’re a Professional Polymath, chances are you’re naturally intuitive, creative and can help the client see a breadth of opportunities beyond what’s merely on the surface. You can present a myriad of creative options to a single problem thanks to your ability to see related project dependencies and draw on abstract ideas.

Professional Polymaths can get too caught up in the creative side of the relationship and avoid making decisions that require immediate action. Being good at many things results in not being ‘masterful’ at anything and hence lack the ability to specialize. They should work with clients who are entrepreneurial in nature and who are looking to establish a long-term relationship from the outset.

Conclusion

Determining which freelancer type you are is critical to both to your personal success and wellbeing. Once discovered, you’ll start translating this newfound self-awareness into literally everything you do. The skills you need to learn, the relationships you need to build, whom you need to target as a potential customer and those you need to simply say ‘no thanks’ to are all elements you can positively affect.

About our contributor // Cameron Rambert is a Melbourne-based digital media and technology enthusiast with a background in startup commercialisation and digital strategy. Follow him @cameronrambert.

Image credit: Ashley Percival

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