Remote jobs used to be associated with virtual assistants and freelancers. But the remote job landscape is changing, and it’s changing fast.
Large and very well known companies are now 100% remote – Zapier, Buffer, Edgar, GitLab, Hubstaff, and others.
There are a number of advantages for offering remote positions:
– Different time zones are great for servicing customers around the globe
– No need to rent expensive office space
– Easier to conduct company meetings
Everyone is drawn to the lifestyle of working remotely. The hours are more flexible, you can work in your PJs, and you can probably multi-task and wash dishes while taking business calls (not recommended), but you could!
Also, the best part for an employee is that they could schedule their work around their activities and social life. Of course, what ends up happening is that their schedule becomes very irregular but if people are cool with it then it’s just another lifestyle choice.
So why all the bad rap about remote jobs?
Let’s look at the data and see if we could disprove some myths about remote work.
- Remote workers are more productive
According to a study conducted by ConnectSolutions, 30% of all remote employees surveyed said that they were able to accomplish more in less time. In another study 86% of employees preferred to work remotely to hit maximum productivity.
- Remote work decreases absenteeism
Not only is remote work less stressful (by a whopping 82%) but it actually boosts employee morale. In the same study, 80% of all the employees surveyed reported higher morale – aka they were ready for battle. What’s really cool is that 69% of them reported lower absenteeism which means that the less stressful and more inspired remote workers just showed up more.
- Remote employees are more engaged
There are so many tools available for communication for remote companies that employees actually feel more engaged when working remotely (87% felt more connected working remotely). This is due to all the video conferencing, group chat apps, and all the other tools.
What types of jobs are remote?
Software engineers – there are a ton of companies that build out their entire engineering teams in a different country, so everyone are remote. This is really popular in tech hubs like Silicon Valley and NYC because the cost of paying engineers abroad is so much less.
Customer success – This is just a fancy term for customer service. Loads of companies are hiring people to answer customer concerns, respond to live chat messages, and provide technical support.
Marketers – there is a growing trend among companies to hire remote marketing staff. These include social media marketers, marketing strategies, content marketers, and the like.
Content writers – there are tens of thousands of freelance writers out there and that’s nothing new. The new trend is to hire full-time content writers, editors, and strategists with the intention of building long-term relationships.
Best tools for remote companies
There are numerous tools that can help companies work with remote employees. Regardless of whether the company is 100% remote or only a few of the employees are remote, these tools can greatly boost every company’s productivity and communication.
Communication – There are numerous tools to use to communicate with a remote team. Slack is one option, Skype is another simple option. You can also use Google Hangouts to schedule video conference calls with everyone.
Project management – One of the simplest tools to use to manage projects, notes, calendars, and teams is Nuvro. It does the job and it’s really affordable. If you’re doing anything that’s related to publishing or content you should check out Airtable, it’s a really great tool to organize content.
Time tracking – One of the best time tracking I have ever seen is called Hubstaff. It’s a really easy way to clock in and out when you are working remote, it provides transparency to remote teams and even calculates your wages for you.
Best places to find a remote job
WeWorkRemotely – A really cool site that has a well-rounded selection of remote jobs in almost every possible department
RemoteOk – An online community of over 1 million remote enthusiasts where you will find mostly technical job postings
Remote.co – A really neat site that breaks up remote positions by industry. They have jobs for teachers, healthcare professionals, IT and even interpreters.
WorkingNomads – One of the largest (and perhaps original) remote resources. They have over 7,000 positions advertised.
So whether you are just starting out in a field, are looking for some side money, or are a serious professional looking for a job change – there are remote career opportunities that will fit your schedule and help you grow to the next level.