Best places to look for Remote Work in 2019

Okay...January is over.

New years celebrations are a distant memory...along with your resolve to realise the dreams you declared you would make a reality. One of those dreams may have been to go remote with your work which in turn would facilitate you travelling a little more. Maybe you’re already remote but now you’re looking to kick things up a notch.

But you’ve had a brief look on the web at your regular job platforms and thought…

So you go back to the daily grind, wondering whether you’ll ever catch a break. Maybe you could try hassling your current boss to let you go remote even though they’ve told you no 12 times. If you’re already remote you can maybe look forward to another 6 months of frustration.

OR…

You could look at this list of places to find that awesome full time remote work or side gig that’ll blow 2019 wide open.

Up to you.

Using this list…

Please keep an open mind. I’ve seen some amazing positions in the most obscure places, so don’t think that because I’ve generically listed a job board as being great for customer service positions, you won’t find a developer job on there for example. But for me, its always about streamlining the process - if you can get that amazing position without going through the rigmarole of looking in all the wrong places, why waste time?

Some sites listed are super niche with the kinds of jobs they post and others cover a wide range of industries. Find what is appropriate for you and discard the rest.

If you run a job board and I’ve missed you out, get in touch please ;-)

A little note for freelancers…

You’ll notice that this list won’t be focusing heavily on some of the very well known job boards known to all freelancers…

That is on purpose.

The reason for that is because generally if you want to do this sustainably, it’s best to focus your energy on finding gigs that will ask for high quality work and pay you accordingly. Places like Fiverr, Freelancer and Upwork are fantastic for starting out and building your skills and your portfolio. It’s also fair to say that you can actually find well paying gigs but on the whole, there’s more of the lower paid “Write a 2000 word article for $10 - don’t apply unless you’re happy with this rate.”

But applying for low paying jobs becomes a real time stealer with low rewards. So if you’re good at your craft and you know your worth, I’m gonna be an awful human and suggest that you target your job search elsewhere and not throw your best marketing pitch at a gig that will pay you $25.

You’ll also maybe notice that some of the old school job board titans have not made this list either. Places like Indeed and TotalJobs...they are wonderful in their own way, giants in the online job board space...but not always friendly for those of you out there looking for remote work.

To help you avoid the heartache of finding your perfect role and then discovering that it’s only remote for 12 days out of every year, I’ve decided to leave them out of this post.

Having said that, I’m not saying you can’t find remote jobs on these boards; I implore you to leave no stone unturned. However...read the small print.

Let’s get to it!

JustRemote

Best for: Developers, Marketing Roles, Designers, Managers

Part time or Full time Work: Both

Exclusively remote jobs: Yes

Fee to Access Jobs: No

Experience Level: From Junior upwards

Okay so JustRemote set up shop last year and they’ve been going from strength to strength. What I love about this website is the design and how straightforward it is for you to see jobs in your chosen field. You land and there’s no messing about - everything is already categorised and ready to go. All the jobs are remote. So there’s no small print that looks like “You will be required to be in the office 4 days a week with the option to work from home 1 day a week.” Nuh-uh.

The major categories on there include jobs for developers, marketers, designers, and managers so take your pick. Jobs are added daily so keep checking back.

We Work Remotely

Best for: All remote positions across lots of different industries

Part time or Full time Work: Both

Exclusively remote jobs: Yes

Fee to Access Jobs: No

Experience Level: From Junior upwards

One of the biggest job boards for remote positions in the world, We Work Remotely gets millions of hits and has plenty of jobs for you to apply your skills to. There’s a wide breadth of experience levels and loads of different industries to choose from. Definitely be sure to check it out as you do your job search.


AngelList

Angel List remote job

Best for: All remote positions in startups

Part time or Full time Work: Both

Exclusively remote jobs: No

Fee to Access Jobs: No

Experience Level: From Junior upwards

The place to go if you want to work for a startup. Set up your profile and apply to thousands of exciting jobs across the globe. A good chunk of these are remote as well although I think there are location specific jobs as well. I’d argue that it’s a more refined version of the LinkedIn platform when it comes to applying for remote work. Check it out and spend a good chunk of time getting your profile looking sharp.


Outsourcely

Best for: Jobs in startup companies

Part time or Full time Work: Both

Exclusively remote jobs: Yes

Fee to Access Jobs: Yes

Experience Level: From Junior upwards

This job board does have lots of fresh jobs on it which is good, but it looks like you do have really check out the job details well. By that I mean that some people advertising on there put a lot of effort into explaining what they need and other people literally give no detail at all. So take the rough with smooth but there’s definitely potential to find great positions here across all the major industries.


Contena

Best for: Writers

Part time or Full time Work: Both

Exclusively remote jobs: Yes                                         

Fee to Access Jobs: Yes

Experience Level: All levels

This job board is exclusively for those folks who want to write for a living. There is a little bit of controversy around Contena and people have various opinions around whether it is worth the cost. You do have to pay a fee to access the jobs available but in return you get loads of courses, and a platform that helps you to build your writing portfolio. The jobs on there look pretty good and it looks like they pay well but I haven’t paid for full access to the platform so I can’t completely vouch for that. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not it’s worth paying for...it’s definitely a great vehicle if you want to streamline the process into writing full time.


Remoteok

Best for: All remote positions

Part time or Full time Work: Both

Exclusively remote jobs: Yes

Fee to Access Jobs: No

Experience Level: From Junior upwards

This is one of the job boards that’s been around a good long while. I like the way the job ads have keywords attached to them - so it’ll say a position like ‘Content Manager’, and then it’ll have keywords like PPC, GoogleAds and Content Strategy. This let’s you know immediately if the role falls into your experience. The downside of this job board, is sifting through the really old job postings; there’s stuff up there from 6 months ago... It’s not a deal breaker by any means but it can be a bit frustrating.



Logo courtesy of  TopTal.com

Logo courtesy of TopTal.com

TopTal

Best for: Senior developers, project managers, designers, product managers, finance experts

Part time or Full time Work: Both

Exclusively remote jobs: No

Fee to Access Jobs: No

Experience Level: Experts


TopTal has a slightly different set up. They aim to recruit the freelancers who are in the top 3% in terms of skill, experience and expertise. Then once you’ve gone through their rigorous recruitment process, you are placed into a pool where companies fight over recruiting you to their business. So this is a great one for all you OG’s out there looking to find work that fits your supreme level of experience.




Remote.co

Best for: Everything

Part time or Full time Work: Both

Exclusively remote jobs: Yes

Fee to Access Jobs: No

Experience Level: From Junior upwards

This website is great in that it’s not just a job board, but a place to go for lots of great information. It’s got bags of resources all focused on remote work and there are plenty of jobs in loads of different fields. All the positions advertised are obviously remote so you know that you don’t have to read the small print to check an double check that the position is actually remote. It’s easy to use and the site is nice to navigate. Get on here to have good look at your next potential gig!

FlexJobs

Best for: Everything

Part time or Full time Work: Both

Exclusively remote jobs: No

Fee to Access Jobs: Yes

Experience Level: From Junior upwards

FlexJobs in my opinion is one of my favourite job boards - the breadth of positions and the overall commitment to flexible working that fits you, is definitely something we can get on board with. There are fully remote jobs, part time gigs and other flexible jobs so be sure to filter to get the exclusively remote jobs. This is another job board like Contena where you can invest in paying to get access to the jobs on there. They do have a money back guarantee as well so if you try it and you’re unimpressed then you can vote with your feet and get your investment back. Again, it’s up to you to decide whether you are happy to pay for the flexjobs service but it looks pretty good.

Stack Overflow remote work

Stack Overflow

Best for: Software Developers

Part time or Full time Work: Both

Exclusively remote jobs: No

Fee to Access Jobs: No

Experience Level: From Junior upwards

This job board is solely focused on our software developers, with jobs popping up all the time. There isn’t a whole lot to say here - it’s a great place to look for work so please check it out if you are a software developer. There’s also a discussion forum as well for developers to help each other out, so it has that added community element as well.

Idealist

Best for: All remote positions in the Non-Profit Sector

Part time or Full time Work: Both

Exclusively remote jobs: No

Fee to Access Jobs: No

Experience Level: From Junior upwards

This job board is great for finding work in the Non-Profit sector - I’ve seen some blinding jobs on here. This is brilliant for those of you looking to work for companies doing awesome things in local communities across the world. Great idea, we love it.

Mike's Remote List

Mike’s Remote List

Best for: All remote positions

Part time or Full time Work: Both

Exclusively remote jobs: Yes but some are location specific

Fee to Access Jobs: No

Experience Level: From Junior upwards

Found this little gem whilst I was researching for this article - it’s a tool that curates a list of vacancies directly from company websites. This is perfect for grabbing those positions that don’t find their way onto the usual channels.

It’s not the most beautiful website, don’t get me wrong. But it does the important task of centralising everything so you don’t have to be trawling a million different company websites for your remote job. Very smart.


So there it is. You’re at the end of the article and at the end of any excuses 😉

As ever, if you’ve got any platforms you use to find work then please add your expertise below!