There are more and more remote jobs available these days. This is great news for those of you who wish to enjoy a flexible or home-based lifestyle. But how many of the jobs are with fully remote companies?
You may have seen our huge feature on 50 companies that hire home workers. Only a few of those companies are “remote first” or fully distributed.
All the fully remote companies on THIS list have one thing in common: remote working is not a “perk.” Instead, the companies are built around it, putting it at the core of their culture.
Some Key Questions
What ARE Fully Remote Companies?
Fully remote companies (sometimes known as “remote first” companies), allow all of their staff to work from home or remotely. They usually have no physical headquarters, or offices where staff work.
We’ve featured companies here that are completely distributed. But this doesn’t always mean that these companies aren’t somehow tied to one timezone, or even a specific region.
These firms have all clearly given a lot of thought to how they maintain a remote workforce. They don’t try to compensate for the lack of an office. Instead they find innovative ways to ensure remote working is beneficial in its own right.
Many offer regular retreats for people to get together in person; Some offer travel grants to help teams meet up. Regular “all hands calls” feature a lot, with some interesting approaches, such as walking calls.
Why does being Fully Remote Matter?
A lot of companies advertise remote roles, but still have the majority of staff working from an office. This can introduce pressure for remote workers to be a little less remote than they would like to be.
Pretty soon, the offer to “pop in” to the office once in a while can feel like a condition. Or, you may feel you’re less informed than your office-based colleagues.
This sort of arrangement is perfectly acceptable, but working for a company that is truly remote first is an absolute game changer.
For a discussion on remote working and how it compares to freelancing, check out this episode of our podcast.
How do I get my First Remote job?
You get a remote job in the same way as you would get any other job: apply, and be successful at interview.
Where remote first companies do differ is that the interview itself is usually conducted remotely. If you’re expecting to apply for a remote job, make sure you’re able to use products like Skype and Zoom competently. Be aware of when and how the company might contact you, so you’re available and ready to create a positive impression.
It should go without saying that you must be qualified for the job. Simply having a decent internet connection doesn’t mean you can apply for every remote job you see.
What Sort of Jobs do Fully Remote Companies Offer?
Tech firms are – unsurprisingly – hugely over-represented among remote first companies. Even though there are lots of jobs for developers, engineers and designers, there ARE also plenty of legal, finance, sales, marketing and customer service roles.
Many remote companies are relatively young and technologically savvy. But this doesn’t mean they are all start ups or tiny agencies.
Though many different sectors are represented, all remote first companies view working remotely as a way they run the company, not a perk to replace a desk. You should be able to get all the benefits you would expect from any employer, but with a flexibility of approach that could make all the difference.
Hopefully you will find a job that suits you, in a company you’ll enjoy working for, in a way that suits your working style.
31 Remote First Companies
350 is a remote first grassroots climate pressure group, coordinating campaign and lobbying activities across 188 countries.
Staff at this company have a passion for campaigning on the issues of climate chance and social justice. If that suits sounds appealing, you will find like-minded colleagues distributed all over the world, in a fully remote organisation.
Jobs range from web development to marketing to fundraising and campaign roles. A great fit for people with campaign or climate change experience
10up offers “finely crafted websites and tools for content creators.” Though the company has physical offices in Seattle, the team is made up of people from all over the world.
As well as roles for project managers and developers, 10up is also looking for account strategists at the time of writing.
Being a US company, 10up offers a 401k with company matching, as well as health, dental and life insurance.
Not a Swedish pop band from the 80s, but a project management software company based in Menlo Park, California. The team is completely distributed across the United States and everyone with the right qualifications (who can work remotely from anywhere in the US) is eligible to apply.
Aha! is currently hiring for positions in customer success, marketing, engineering and product development. You can expect employee benefits such as a 401k plan, health insurance, and competitive paid time off. There are also some attractive lifestyle-related features.
Arkency is a consulting agency that’s mostly looking for coders. The firm’s three principles are “Anarchy, Async, and Remote.”
This means you can work remotely from anywhere in the world. Arkency’s specific approach to making asynchronous working effective is having no insistence on instant communication. Arkency sidesteps meetings and long discussions as a matter of company policy, so you don’t miss out if you’re not online at a specific time.
Articulate allows people to create online courses. The company has more than 104 million learners in 151 countries.
Articulate contributes pre-tax dollars to your choice of Vanguard 401k plans, matched at 50% on up to 6% of your salary. You’re also allowed $100 a month toward the wellness program of your choice.
Current jobs on the Articulate site include those in software development, tech support and sales.
Automattic is the company behind WordPress.com, Tumblr, and several other online content brands. The company is fully remote first, with 1,176 “Automatticians” in 76 countries, speaking 93 different languages.
The company’s on-boarding process is interesting. Once you make it past the interview, you do a two to six week project, depending on how much time you can spend, to see how you work with the company. You then spend your first two full time weeks in customer support for WordPress.com. Everyone, regardless of position, spends a week in support annually.
As you might expect, there’s a huge number of jobs across all areas. These include people, finance, business development and marketing, as well as “happiness engineers.”
Bandcamp is a music platform where bands put up their latest tunes so that people can discover new music. It’s also a fully remote business with a variety of roles available.
According to the website “you can work for Bandcamp from wherever you want to be, so long as the Wi-Fi is strong.” The company also require’s employees schedules to “overlap GMT-7 for at least four hours each day.”
Bandcamp does have some physical locations in Oakland, Victoria, Brooklyn, and Raleigh, but these are more collaborative workspaces than offices.
There are plenty of different roles available, including working with artists, labels and music fans. Bandcamp offers all the benefits you’d expect from a large company, as well as a “sensible leave” policy.
Basecamp is a project management tool that may well be familiar to many people who work remotely. It’s more just than a way to schedule tasks. As you would expect from a company that enables virtual collaboration, there’s a huge focus on remote working.
Although officially headquartered in Chicago, Basecamp is a remote first company. Everyone at Basecamp is free to live and work wherever they want.
In their own words: “We’re designers, programmers, tinkerers, writers, speakers, bikers, engineers, runners, developers, chefs, analysts, campers, musicians, filmmakers, knitters, hikers, authors, photographers, pilots, race car drivers, readers, travellers, gardeners, volunteers, parents, and hard workers.”
Something for everyone!
Buffer started in 2010 as a solution for scheduling tweets. (We actually use it at HomeWorkingClub). The solution now helps people mange their content across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn – all from one dashboard.
Buffer has a fully distributed team of 82 people, living and working in 15 countries around the world. The firm offers three months parental leave for all parents as standard, a free Kindle with books when you join, and a host of other benefits.
Being a global company, people working in different timezones help Buffer with customer service. This is a true “remote first” company.
Civic Actions helps government organisations procure, develop, and deliver digital services. The business focuses on agile working and enables openness, learning and collaboration through new technology.
Civic Actions has a “primarily” remote team, with remote “all-hands” calls and an annual company retreat.
Many of the jobs are in the web development and the tech realm, but the nature of this business means people with experience of working in government are much valued. Civic Actions offers good benefits and time off, as well as a focus on collaboration.
Clerky is an online legal service that helps startups get legal paperwork done safely. Although some staff are “co-located”, the company has a fully remote ethos that’s “about results…not face time.”
Job roles include customer facing and legal opportunities, and are not limited by timezone or physical location.
Close is a fully remote sales and CRM company, with 40 people working from 17 countries.
Like many remote first companies, Close has bi-annual team retreats. The company also offers seven weeks paid time off and a 30 day paid sabbatical after five years. US residents get 99% paid medical and dental premiums, 401k matching at 4%, and dependent care FSA.
Many of the roles are in software development and tech support, but there were also roles for sales professionals at the time of writing.
Doist produce Todoist (included in our Best Apps for Freelancers feature), and Twist – both productivity apps for organising work. Doist has a remote first team based across 18 timezones and over 20 different countries.
Given the company’s apps enable collaborative working in a virtual environment, Doist is pretty big on remote working.
At the time of writing, Doist is on the lookout for support staff, developers and community managers.
Dollar Flight Club is dedicated to “travel hacking.” It was created after its founder was stuck at the Everest basecamp during an earthquake, and decided to spend more time travelling the world.
DFC has a 100% remote team, based all over the world, finding and sharing cheap flights with members.
Jobs include finding flights, marketing, and technical roles supporting the platform.
As you might expect, this company also offers some really good travel benefits.
Edgar is another social media management company. It’s fully remote, and “was built to be distributed.”
Edgar don’t believe in “make your own hours” policies. They believe these end up translating to “you’re on call pretty much all the time.” You clock in and clock out, and you’re not expected to work outside of those core hours.
There are currently roles for people in development, customer experience, operations and marketing.
Fire Engine RED is a marketing, data, technology, and consulting services company in the education market. Fire Engine RED is 100% virtual, and all jobs are fully remote.
There is a variety of jobs available. All would suit people who have prior education experience, but this is not always necessary.
One distinctive way of working caught our eye: Walking Wednesdays. Everyone in the company, wherever they’re located, is encouraged to get out for a walk and call in to a conference number. This typically attracts 60 to 75 percent of the team.
It’s fairly likely that you’ve heard of FlexJobs. If not, you can read our own review here. Rather than trying to find a job on their website, you can actually work for them.
Flexjobs is a fully remote company and, as you would expect, offers great flexibility and freedom. However, many of the roles do require you to be a US national or present in one of several states.
When we looked, FlexJobs had roles available in PR, content, and development, as well as openings for job description writers and career coaches.
Genuitec is a collaborative coding company. It offers a “full-time telecommuting environment,” with team members from around the globe.
Genuitec currently needs developers, customer service, marketing and PR people.
Ghost builds websites, with its free core application funded by a premium platform. Ghost’s “virtual headquarters” is in Singapore, but the company’s team is fully remote and spread all over the world.
At the time of writing, Ghost has openings for a designer and an engineer, but there are plenty of other roles within the company that could become available.
As well as some excellent benefits, Ghost offers three day weekends, all year long! They close the office on the last Friday of every single month.
GitLab is fully remote, completely distributed, and dedicated to working asynchronously.
Apparently you don’t need to ask permission before spending company money like it’s your own – whether it’s for a standing desk, a co-working space, or continuing education. (Presumably this is within reason!)
GitLab has a huge amount of jobs on offer. These include roles for UX people, developers and engineers. We also saw jobs in legal, finance, sales and marketing.
Malta-based Hotjar makes behaviour analytics software that helps website owners understand how people view and use their sites.
All jobs are fully remote, but many are limited to the EMEA region. Roles listed whilst compiling this article included those in product management and customer support. Please note that at the time of writing, Hotjar has paused recruitment due to the current global health situation.
Hubstaff is a remote company that provides staff monitoring and time tracking software. Hubstaff is remote first, saying you can work whenever and wherever you feel most comfortable.
At the time of writing there were jobs available for a Ruby on Rails Developer, customer support and admin staff, UX and software engineering roles.
InVision is a digital product design platform used by more than five million people. The company’s clients include brands like Airbnb, Amazon, HBO, Netflix, Slack, Starbucks and Uber.
This is a fully distributed company, with employees in more than 20 countries around the world, all working remotely. There are positions in design, engineering, sales and marketing, finance and product management.
Knack has been 100% remote from the beginning. The company states that it’s set out to build a lasting culture in a fully remote environment.
The company offers unlimited paid vacation and paid corporate retreats (including flight, lodging, and meals). Knack also offers learning credits, and health, vision and dental cover.
Scrapinghub is an open source web scraping system. In plain English this means it’s a sophisticated research tool, amongst other things!
The company has a variety of jobs available. It also offers a charitable donation for your time taken to interview. This is in recognition of the fact that people spend their own time preparing for interviews or completing technical trials. A nice touch.
Stack Overflow is fully remote first. The company offers full health coverage for employees and family, office equipment for your home office, paid maternity and paternity leave, and also personal development stipends.
The firm has openings in customer success, engineering, finance, operations, people, product management and sales.
Toggl is a time tracking app produced by Toggl OÜ, headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia. It offers online time tracking and reporting services via web, mobile and desktop applications.
The company needs developers, product designers, editorial staff and social media marketers. When we looked, we even saw a role for a fully remote chief revenue officer.
Toptal claims to be the largest fully remote company globally. It employs over 500 core team members in 60 countries, and has operations in many more. Toptal is a recruitment company, and it committed to being fully distributed
We saw jobs in finance, product engineering, marketing and communications, business operations, growth, talent operations, sales and delivery, legal and design.
Tyk is an API and service management platform with a global client base. The company has offices in London, Singapore and Atlanta, with a remote-first policy that sees staff working from a wide range of additional locations.
If you’re seriously smart and keen to be part of a team that values integrity, trust and powerful, performant engineering, Tyk could be the perfect working environment.
With flexible working hours, unlimited holiday and a supportive, dynamic culture, there are plenty of positives to working at Tyk.
YNAB offers budgeting software, both for personal and business use. It’s a 100% remote company that employs staff all over the world.
If you are in the US, you’ll be set up as a W2 employee. If not you’ll be set up as a contractor. YNAB say there’s no difference in how you will be treated.
At the time of writing there is one opening for a Public Relations manager.
Zapier, the creator of popular workflow and automation software, lets you work from anywhere. The company says that reliable internet access is their only requirement.
Zapier operates across 17 time zones in 24 countries. The business mostly uses Slack to “communicate asynchronously, work autonomously, and take ownership of (our) work.”
There are currently job openings in accounting and finance, design, engineering, marketing, partnerships, people ops, product, R&D, recruiting, and support.
All of these fully remote companies pride themselves on their way of working, seeing it as more effective, open and efficient than the alternative. In many cases, these businesses have built a remote culture from scratch. Their methods are tried and tested.
If you are looking for a remote role, regardless of function, there is no reason you should expect any fewer benefits from a fully remote company. Being remote is no reason to reduce your employment rights, or your pension and insurance benefits.
In fact, there’s one thing in common across all of these companies: They all take extra time to ensure you have a strong work/life balance, and that you are given everything you need to work well and be well in yourself.
Still Need More Ideas?
- Take a look at our other list of companies that hire home workers – these aren’t remote-first companies, but they all regularly recruit remote staff.
- Take a listen to our podcast introducing remote working.
- Find even more remote jobs available now via our job board.