The appeal of working remotely has never been more profound than it is at this very moment. It seems that finally, at this point in history, we have everything we need to make working remotely completely possible without sacrificing any value in the process.
The COVID 19 pandemic has also highlighted the need for companies to accommodate a great deal of remote working flexibility in their operations. This is why more and more people are gravitating towards finding sustainable and lucrative remote opportunities.
And yes, these opportunities are available, not just for all ages but even with salaries reaching as high as five to six figures. But before you can find them, you first have to know where to look. For those who are still a bit confused about this, you have come to the right place.
In this article we take an in-depth look at the best remote jobs you can possibly get into at the moment, and most importantly, where to find them.
The Best Remote Jobs to Work From Home
As mentioned earlier, the scope of remote jobs have expanded so much in recent times, that nowadays even tasks that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with being possible to handle remotely have become much more dominated by remote workers.
Gone are the days when remote working is regarded as a realm occupied squarely by virtual assistants, now even marketers and executive assistants get more done when they work remotely rather than being confined to the four walls of an office.
The scope of remote working is not limited to these alone, however. Below are some of the most popular and lucrative work-from-home occupations around today:
- Project Manager – In charge of managing and coordinating day to day activity of a project, a task that can be veritably executed remotely.
- Web Developer – Both frontend and backend development are remote jobs that are in incredible demand at the moment.
- UI & UX Designer – UX designers are in charge of ensuring that delivery is a smooth experience for the user.
- Copywriter – One of the most popular remote jobs, copywriters usually work from home and can earn a lot of money doing so.
- Editor – Another job perfectly suited for a remote environment, there is no need for an editor to be physically present on site before the job is done.
- Product Manager – Product management is one of the new popular remote jobs.
- Field Expert/Specialist – Experts in any field can make a lot of money remotely by selling their expertise through courses, podcasts etc.
- Marketing Consultant – Online Marketing is one of the most lucrative remote jobs. You not only make money promoting your own products but can also do so for others, either directly or as a consultant.
- Social Media Manager – Since social media has a huge revenue potential for businesses, people who are capable of managing these pages get hugely rewarded for it.
Other positions include:
- Customer Representative
- Executive Assistant
- Data Entry Operator
- Sales Rep
The Best Sites to Find Remote Work
Now that we know what the best and most popular remote jobs are, and having internally processed them, the next step is to figure out which one is more suitable to your skills, talents, and disposition. For some, making a decision is extremely easy, seeing as they already have a great deal of skill or affinity in one of these fields.
For others, it may require a little bit of prolonged thought. Either way, it is never too late to pick a field based on interest and then get to work on improving your skills in the field, or acquiring them afresh.
Once this is done, you can begin to comb the best sites to find high quality remote jobs. But where exactly are these sites, you ask? Well, below are thirty of the best and most popular platforms to find remote job offers, all of which feature legitimate opportunities in all forms – part-time jobs, contracts, gigs and freelancing opportunities.
Gwaber is a comprehensive job board where you get to find some of the best remote working opportunities out there. Perhaps the biggest appeal of using Gwaber lies in the fact that only the best, high quality jobs make it here. The website also boasts of a smooth and simple user interface with the job offers, companies and even salary ranges all laid out clearly and concisely.
- Convenient navigation
- Incredibly detailed
- High-quality offers
Upwork is undoubtedly one of the most popular sites for finding remote job offers online. The appeal of Upwork comes predominantly from its perfect mix of volume and quality. Sometimes these platforms tend to sacrifice one for the other. There are either lots of jobs with most of them of very low quality, or high quality jobs in a very small pool. Upwork strikes an adequate balance.
- Enough variety of job offers
- Lots of high quality jobs
- Used by big companies such as Pinterest and OpenTable
Virtual Vocations is a special job board made predominantly for telecommuting workers such as paralegals and technical writers. True to its ethos, the site itself is completely remotely run, and offers numerous helpful tools and materials for remote workers to maximize their businesses.
Virtual Vocations Highlights
- Niche market accounting for easier navigation
- Helpful resources
- High quality offers
Fiverr is one of the most popular platforms for remote workers and freelancers all over the world. The appeal of Fiverr is found in its popularity, which makes it a place to get lots of job offerings, although it should be said that not all of them are of the highest quality.
But the volume of listings is so impressive that if you stick around long enough you’re sure to find something that appeals to your fancy.
- High volume of listings to choose from
- Reputation increases with number of jobs done
FlexJobs is known for its thoroughness in making sure that only the very best jobs scale through its screening process. This can come in particularly handy, especially for those who have had unpleasant experiences with low quality remote jobs. They also have more than fifty categories of job opportunities to choose from, so variety and options won’t be a problem here.
- Impressive categories
- Pretty sizeable number of listings
- Thorough vetting process
Dribble is one of the most ideal sites for designers to get their next job. The site is impressive for its categories and sorting function. The jobs here aren’t restricted to remote only, but with the right parameters you can set your page to only display remote opportunities. And from there it’s only a matter of time before you find a satisfactory gig.
- Good sorting function
- Highly specialized for designers
- Impressive listings
As the name implies, the Muse offers not just great remote job opportunities, but tons of resources to inspire you and guide you on how to be a successful remote worker. Their user interface is impressive enough for its simplicity and aesthetics, and the site itself boasts of no less than 100,000 job offerings. You’re just one search away from finding the right one for you.
The Muse Highlights
- Beautiful and simple user interface
- Expert advice and information
- 75 million visitors and 100,000+ jobs
Indeed is known for its robustness, which is a product of its commitment to thoroughly scour the internet and collect data around the world on numerous job opportunities. Almost everyone can get a remote job opportunity on Indeed, from product and project managers to technical consultants.
- Robustness and thoroughness
Freelancer is one of the oldest and largest crowdsourcing platforms on the internet. It is mostly built for freelancers to easily get gigs and remote jobs thanks to the huge number of offers on the platform. It boasts of more than 38 million users and freelancers around the globe.
- Incredibly vast number of users and job offers
- Large array of job categories
- Easy to get gigs for freelancers
Programmers, journalists, branding specialists and designers can all find high quality freelance and remote working jobs on PeoplePerHour. The platform boasts of millions of workers from across varying industries and a team of moderators that ensure quality and smoothness of operation.
- Listings can be sorted by location
- Impressive variety and quality of listings
Toptal deals with highly qualified remote workers and freelancers and connects them with industry leading companies and businesses. From web designers to developers, there is a high range of opportunities on this platform, but it should be noted that users must pass five screening processes to be approved on Toptal.
- Top tier companies
- Highly qualified talents
- Highly lucrative
A job board where people come to post and find job offers for free, SimplyHired has enough high quality remote working opportunities to secure a place on our list. Its clean user interface, comprehensive categories, and quality information are some of the reasons why it’s so popular.
- Helpful guides and job tools
- Impressive U.I
- Large array of job types and categories
Other places to find impressive remote job opportunities include:
- Working Not Working
- Webflow Experts
- Authentic Jobs
Pros and Cons of Working From Home
Working from home is a great idea, but there’s no denying it does have its drawbacks. So before you absolutely commit to it, it is wise to first consider some of the pros and cons.
- Harder to Build Relationship with Co-workers
Just because you’re a remote worker doesn’t necessarily mean you will be working alone. And we all know how important chemistry and compatibility is when you have to get a task done with someone else.
Truth is, it is easier to build this compatibility when you’re working closely, physically, with another person. Working remotely, however, makes it a lot harder. A survey carried out by FinanceBuzz showed that half of remote workers find it hard to connect with their co-workers.
Working remotely can make you feel really isolated, not just from the work you’re doing, but from the much needed feeling of “belonging” in the first place. There is a sense of belonging that one gets in an office surrounded by people who share the same feeling.
Of course this can also get a bit overwhelming, but when you work from home, the feeling is completely gone. And while this can be nice and exciting at first, studies have shown that the feeling dissipates after a while and one is left feeling completely isolated.
- Separating Work From Personal Life
Lastly, it is harder to stop your personal life from interfering with your work when you work from home. Many have reported this to be one of the biggest drawbacks of remote working.
Obviously, remote working is not all bad either. There are some serious perks that make it all worth it. Chief among these are:
- Flexibility of schedules
- The feeling of being free to work without intense physical supervision, and
- Elimination of commuting and moving from place to place.
FAQs about Remote Jobs
1. How much can I Make Working Remotely?
Definitely one of the most popular questions asked by aspiring remote workers is how much they can make working remotely, which is understandable because who would want to leave the comfortable pay of an office job to work remotely if the pay isn’t worth it.
Well, first of all, remote working is absolutely lucrative. But of course just like in office jobs, a lot goes into how much you’re able to make as a remote worker. What we will say for certain, though, is that with the right skill sets, background and experience it is absolutely possible for remote workers to earn as much or even more than traditional office workers.
2. What are the Best Remote Jobs?
The best remote job is one that you enjoy doing and completely suits your skill sets. Truth is, remote working can be extremely fun thanks to the freedom and higher level of control you get over your own schedule, but all of this is out of the window if you get stuck in tasks that you’re not particularly fond of, or good at.
Another factor that determines the best remote jobs is compatibility. As mentioned earlier, it is harder to find compatibility with co-workers when you work remotely. But by working with a company whose vision aligns with yours, you give yourself a better chance to get that feeling of belonging that is mostly missing in remote jobs.
3. Can I Get Offers From Big Companies while Working Remotely?
Absolutely. Remote working isn’t a field for low level entry jobs and small companies anymore. In fact, recent happenings and realities have opened the eyes of many companies to see the huge benefits remote working can have.
Even those who don’t completely support remote workers have realized the importance of being able to switch to remote compatibility should the need arise. Companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google and Adobe all hire for remote positions.
Sites such as Upwork, FlexJobs, and Gwaber all have incredible offers from reputable companies to choose from.
Tips on How to Apply for Remote Jobs
Finally, here are a few tips on how to apply for remote jobs and maximize your chances of success.
- Brush up on your Skill Sets
One of the most important things to bring to a remote job application is a strong, unique skill set. In fact, many would agree that this is the singular, absolutely most important thing. Many remote workers and freelancers have been able to completely dominate and control their remote job offers because they have a skill that is so in demand that no company can afford to say no to them.
So before you even start to apply for remote jobs, make sure you have something to offer that you believe can not be found elsewhere. Mind you, this doesn’t have to be some obscure skill, just something you have trained yourself on and attained a high level of proficiency in.
- Know Your Worth
This is a vital tip on applying for remote jobs. Never sell yourself short. There is a likely chance of negotiations and back and forth at this stage, and this is the point where you have to have your wits about you, so that you don’t undersell yourself.
A good way to know your worth would be, firstly, to have a great deal of confidence in your own skills, and secondly to collect data on just how much that skill is worth. You can do this through a quick market research on remote working platforms to find out how much your peers are charging.
Through this you can estimate how much more you’re worth.
- Reserve your Space
Lastly, it is advisable that before you even apply for a remote job you already have a reserved workspace where you’ll be carrying out your tasks. This is important for a number of reasons, first of which is that it implies a level of readiness and commitment. Secondly, it helps prevent clutter and stops your personal life from interfering with your work as much as possible.
A reserved space for working remotely also helps keep you centered and focused, and removes the feeling of isolation one gets from working away from the office.
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