So, you have decided that you like (or would like) the freedom of working from home. Now you need a way to find remote work that will allow you to do so. This list of the 15 best remote job boards will help you.
If you are searching for work there are plenty of places you can look. You have probably heard of FlexJobs, and been to some of the biggest sites like Indeed or Monster. You may even have used our own job board, which is powered by ZipRecruiter.
These sites are great because you have thousands or even millions of job listings, but that can also become a problem. You don’t have time to hunt through all those offerings, even with the filters they provide.
Searching for the Right Remote Job
When looking for a regular office job on a job site you simply choose the type of work you are interested in and identify your location. Even though the major job boards often include “remote” or “home-based” as an option, it is not really that simple.
Even if a job is remote there may be additional criteria as to who can apply.
Many remote jobs are country-specific. This is usually due to issues such as work permits or tax laws. There is no point applying if you do not meet this criterion.
Some jobs may not be country-specific but may still require you to live within a certain time zone. Although the company might make an exception as long as you agree to work at the specified times, this rarely works well over the long term.
It is also really important to note whether a job listing is for contract or freelance work. If they are contracting with you rather than hiring you then you will not usually receive employee benefits. You will be responsible for your healthcare, insurance, taxes, etc. (Take a listen to this episode of our podcast for a comparison of remote working and freelancing).
Why Use Remote Job Boards
Although these job boards are generally much smaller than regular job sites, don’t let that deter you. You want remote work. The sites simply save you the effort of filtering out all the office-based jobs, which – even now – still make up the bulk of jobs that are on offer.
Remote job sites also take into consideration the additional criteria that can apply and will either include it in the filtering options, or make sure to highlight it so you can find it easily.
With this in mind, we decided to put together a list of the best remote job boards and sites, to help you in your search for home-based work. While you’re here we highly recommend checking out our remote working advice article, where we talk to 16 industry experts. Once you start to get some interviews, check out our guide to work from home interview questions.
15 Top Remote Job Sites and Boards
- Dynamite Jobs
- We Work Remotely
- Virtual Vocations
- Skip The Drive
- Just Remote
- Remote 4 Me
We have put considerable effort into selecting these sites, but make sure to read the detailed descriptions we have provided to find the one that will best meet your needs.
Remote.co has a friendly and intuitive search tool to help you quickly search remote work opportunities by job category. The site has a lot of hand-selected listings and attracts attention from large companies as well as job seekers.
The site is somewhat unique in that it provides resources for companies and job seekers. Most sites lean heavily in one direction or the other.
By providing information, statistics and tips to help both sides of the remote work equation, the site creates a helpful rather than a competitive vibe. The Question and Answer segments and the blog are great resources, especially for those who are just getting started with remote work.
Remote.co also has a weekly newsletter so that you can get fresh job listings in your email inbox.
2. Dynamite Jobs
Although Dynamite Jobs is smaller than some of the others on this list it more than earns its spot. It is a serious remote job site that doesn’t take itself too seriously and that is really refreshing.
Their job search filters are great and they have a good variety of carefully vetted work on offer. The only element which can seem a bit confusing is that, in addition to “Staff Picks”, you can filter for “Work for a DC’er”.
This refers to their Dynamite Circle which is made up of over 1400 location independent business owners and is a continuation of their work helping bootstrapping founders grow their remote teams.
Dynamite Jobs is the site that seems most interested in seeing job seekers succeed. In addition to the search engine, they offer a weekly email with the top job postings, a remote work newsletter, resources, and a free Job Placement Program.
The fact that the site has testimonials from job seekers, as well as companies, reflects the fact that this is more than just a remote job board.
3. We Work Remotely
We Work Remotely was one of the first job sites focused on remote work and it is also one of the biggest. They attract a lot of business because of their standing and the features they offer to companies that use them to find workers.
The site does not provide a very user-friendly search tool and so it can take a little getting used to. However, it is well worth familiarizing yourself with their category system given the quality and variety of jobs available.
If you struggle to get used to their search function, you do have the option to sign up for daily email notifications for new job postings in the categories of your choice.
We Work Remotely goes beyond simply providing information about remote job opportunities. It has a paid community with webinars, educational opportunities, access to experts and discounts. It also has a newsletter, a blog, and a presence on social media.
4. Virtual Vocations
Virtual Vocations is proud to be a family-owned and operated site but this does not mean that they only have a few job listings. You can get limited access to their job listings for free but their focus is on providing job searchers with additional tools through their paid membership plans.
The design of their search engine is more akin to the search filters on sites like Amazon or eBay but this allows you to be very specific in your searches. The jobs on the site are all legitimate and carefully catalogued according to their telecommute level.
Even if you decide not to sign up for a paid membership, it is well worth checking out their blog for tips and advice. We have a full review of this site here.
Outsourcely works on a slightly different model to most of the other remote job boards. It is focused on companies looking to create long-term relationships with remote workers.
You need to fill out a profile in order to apply for any of the jobs listed on the site. This is a part of their effort to ensure they are pairing companies up with the ideal candidates. Once you have created your profile you will be able to apply to the jobs which they have listed. Unlike some sites, the job descriptions are very detailed.
Do not be put off by the fact that the majority of the information and tools on their site are geared towards companies. This focus has allowed them to attract companies offering high-quality jobs.
Additionally, these companies can search the profiles of workers to find people with the skills they need. They can then directly approach a candidate rather than post a job. Something worth considering if you have a lot of experience or skill to offer.
Jobspresso is a medium-sized site. Each job has been hand-picked and scrutinized by the staff. Companies can pay extra to have their listings featured on the homepage but this does not detract from the overall quality of what this site offers.
Their search engine is visually appealing and allows you to select from contract, freelance, full-time, internship, and part-time work. The location field is probably best left empty, as the search results clearly display any country or time zone requirements.
An additional perk offered by the site is the ability to upload your resumé so that it can be seen by potential employers.
WorkingNomads.co is a well-established site and has a large number of curated listings. Still, it is worth noting that the vast majority of them are in the Software Development category.
The site focuses on sending daily or weekly emails notifying subscribers of remote job postings. While you can search the website, using their colour-coded category system it is not very convenient.
8. Skip The Drive
At Skip The Drive you will find a wide variety of offerings as they aggregate remote jobs from many general job-listing sites. Even though listings are not as carefully curated as on some other sites, Skip The Drive is a good place to look if you work in an unusual niche.
The site’s search functions are fairly intuitive and the company offers email notifications. The site also offers some interesting resources – although some seem more geared towards convincing you to work remotely than helping you to do so.
9. Just Remote
Just Remote is another solid option. It has a decent number of job postings and stands out from other remote work sites in that it includes postings for executive positions.
The search functionality could be better and the detail of job descriptions varies greatly but it is still a site worth checking out. They company also offers email notifications of job postings.
Just Remote also offers some remote work resources and has teamed up with Resume.io to help users create an outstanding remote resume. Unlike some other sites, they do not a system to share users resumes with potential employers.
Remotive is similar to Dynamite Jobs in that it tries to create a more friendly job search environment. They offer resources, share success stories, and you can join their paid Slack Community to receive advice and support.
The design of the site is bold and clean, making job searches less tiring. A drop-down box with job details is a nice feature which allows you to see if a job is right for you without navigating away from the job list. Like many of the sites, there’s an option for email notifications.
The biggest downside to Remotive is a relatively small number of listings, all divided into just six categories.
You need to create a free account to see the details of jobs listed on Pangian but that is a minor downside. The site has a healthy list of jobs presented in a user-friendly manner.
Despite its goal of empowering every person in the world, the reality is that remote work offerings are still largely US-centric.
The real attraction of this site is the learning and networking opportunities it provides. It offers resources, training, and a free community.
Workew is a smaller remote job board with clean, easy to use search functions. Although there are not many job listings, a surprisingly large percentage of them allow you to work anywhere.
The site allows you to post your resume so that employers can contact you directly. The site limits some job listings, and the email notification feature, to those who have posted a resume.
It appears that you can post your resume with a free membership but the additional perks are no doubt tied to the paid Premium membership plan.
Although the site does not offer email notifications to everyone, you can get Telegram and Twitter alerts.
In addition to advice on its blog, the site offers free and paid training through their Remote Work Academy.
13. Remote 4 Me
Remote 4 Me is a job aggregator. This means that it pulls listings from lots of job sites and job boards and puts them all in one place.
To help you cope with the number of listings, the site divides them into Developer Jobs, Tech Jobs, and Non-Tech jobs before further dividing them by categories. Within the categories, you can search using key terms and also filter for time zone and level of remoteness.
Although this site offers no additional bells or whistles, it is very easy to use. Since it links you to the original job posting you can use this to help gauge the legitimacy of the job.
Crossover is a totally different type of site, focusing on connecting remote talent with more than 3500 partners.
Since this site focuses exclusively on full-time, high-paying positions, it is hardly surprising that there aren’t that many job listings. However, the quality of the listings is clear and indications are that demand for top talent is growing.
This is not a site where you can simply find a job and apply. Crossover puts applicants through up to 10 hours of testing or interviews to ensure that they meet the requirements of the company posting the job.
The final spot on our list goes to FlexJobs. Technically this is not a truly remote job site but neither is it a general job site. FlexJobs has listings for both remote and flexible work.
We couldn’t leave it off the list because it boasts one of the largest hand-screened databases of remote jobs. As you can see in our review, the site has a positive reputation.
The site works on a paid subscription model, billing itself as a premium job search service. In addition to accessing the job listings, you get resources from experts to help with your job search and career in general. The fee also allows you to take skills tests which you can use to demonstrate your abilities to possible employers.
FlexJobs offers career coaching and resume review services at prices well below market rates. It also negotiates with other companies to obtain exclusive deals and discounts for its members.
If you decide to subscribe to the service, you will find that the job search features are pretty good. The advanced search options allow you to specify the remote work level making it easy to find remote-only jobs. You can also search by location to avoid wasting your time looking at remote jobs which are not accepting applicants from your country or time-zone.
The number of job categories, the quality of the offerings, and the ability to research companies make this site stand out from the crowd.
As you can see, there are plenty of options out there to help you find genuine remote work opportunities. These specialized remote job boards make the entire process much quicker and easier, and often offer significant support to those embarking on a remote work lifestyle.
Karen Fleming is a writer, translator, and teacher with more than 10 years of freelance experience. When she isn’t reading, writing, or taking yet another online class, she is probably doing some one-on-one tutoring or enjoying a good movie with her husband and two daughters.