As society becomes more comfortable with technology and the way it’s affecting the working world, more people are asking, “Hey, couldn’t I do my job from home?”
It’s true — so many jobs are now completely digital that there’s really no need to have to go into an office every day to get your work done. In fact, 68% of U.S. workers say they expect to work remotely in the future. Many people argue employees are more productive at home in an environment they’re comfortable with. Plus, they can use the time they typically spent commuting to get more done.
For people who want to travel, working remotely is the ultimate dream. Unfortunately, finding a company that will let you work from anywhere in the world can be difficult, especially when there are so many people competing for these flexible, desirable career paths.
If you’re on the hunt for a job that will let you travel while you work, check out these six tools to help you find it:
- The Muse
With TheMuse.com, you can create different searches for companies, jobs, coaches and courses. By selecting “remote” from the job search options, you’ll see a list of results for positions that you can do from anywhere. This site’s user-friendly interface makes exploring the available information exciting and simple.
The site’s most popular job types include international, engineering, marketing, finance and, of course, remote and work-from-home positions. After searching for remote jobs, you can filter the results based on level, industry, salary and more. This way, you’ll only be seeing positions you qualify for and nothing you’re uninterested in.
- We Work Remotely
Sponsored by a book written by the founders of 37Signals, WeWorkRemotely.com is a site for companies to post their open positions that aren’t restricted by a certain location. The job board typically has positions posted in an assortment of industries, from web design to customer service.
The site is organized in a simple, straightforward way. The jobs are separated by industry with subheads for design, marketing, programming, customer service, business and copywriting jobs. They also highlight new postings so you can easily scan the list each time you sign on and make sure you’re one of the first applicants for your dream job.
With more than 50 categories of career options and jobs ranging from entry to executive level, FlexJobs.com is the remote job hunter’s best friend. FlexJobs also screens every position before the posting goes live, so you won’t have to worry about scams or other shady listings. The site currently has more than 20,000 job listings, including freelance and part-time stints.
FlexJobs’ catchy tagline, “Life is flexible. Is your job?” could make even the most comfortable employee stop and think about their professional situations. For those who need less structure in their careers, this site could help you find your best job yet.
- Skip the Drive
It’s clear that SkipTheDrive.com wants to be more than a job searching website — they want to be a respected resource for people in the remote world. In addition to job listings, the website features a handy resources tab, complete with a list of authors, blogs and sites to follow while making the transition to a remote career.
Skip the Drive has perhaps the widest range of industries for searchers to choose from, including accounting, consulting, insurance and even health care. You’ll truly be able to skip the drive when you use this site to make your dream of a remote career come true.
Yes, you read that right — Twitter is actually an excellent tool for people on the hunt for a remote job. Tons of companies use their social media to promote new positions, so, by typing “remote position” or a related phrase into the search bar, your results will most likely include tweets about new, open work-from-home positions.
If you choose to search for a job on Twitter, it’s crucial to beware of scams. When you see a tweet about a position that sounds interesting to you, do yourself a favor by checking out the profile that sent the tweet before clicking the link. If the rest of their tweets seem a little sketchy, it’s best to try reaching out to the company directly via phone or email.
- Consider Self-Employment
After a few days or weeks of searching for a remote job, you might find that none of them sound appealing to you, despite their flexibility. If you opt for self-employment, you can choose where and when you work, and you can also decide what exactly you’re going to be doing.
For example, if you’re a writer, there are tons of options for remote positions. But, if you’re picky about the type of content you’re writing, you might prefer deciding what you write yourself rather than receiving specific assignments from a supervisor. Self-employment lets you not only choose your own schedule and office venue but also the content of your work — now that’s flexibility.
If you’ve been wondering whether you could do your job from home, the answer is simple: You probably can.
You might need to search for a new position with a company that allows its employees to work remotely, but getting used to a new job will be worth it when you can work from anywhere in the world — especially if that’s the beach, an exotic Caribbean island or a bustling European city.
Use these six tools and you’re sure to find something that fits what you’re looking for in a career.
About the Author:
Kayla Matthews is a productivity and life-improvement writer who loves working remotely from her Pittsburgh, PA home. To read more posts by Kayla, subscribe to her blog, ProductivityTheory.com.