Remote work doesn’t just give you flexibility with your work schedule. It can also give you more family time, the ability to work where you’re most comfortable (the beach, anyone?), and more money in your pocket that you won’t have to spend on a long commute every day. But you already know the benefits of working from home. Knowing where to find work from home jobs can be a different story.
Scams abound in the remote job world, but legit work from home jobs are out there. Whether you want to start a business from your home office or you’re interested in work from home IT jobs through some of the world’s biggest tech companies, I want to help you get there. It all starts with knowing exactly where to look.
Find Real Work from Home Jobs
Finding work from home companies willing to give legit jobs shouldn’t be difficult. Yet it seems that everywhere you search, more scams and sketchy “jobs” arise. No more sifting through the junk. Find the right job for you and your family by checking out these sites with legitimate work from home jobs.
When I first started getting serious about switching from an on-site to a remote job several years ago, my go-to website was Rat Race Rebellion. Although I ultimately decided to go my own route and start a business, I think this site gave me the confidence I needed to know that I could venture off on my own. It has tons of great resources for remote workers and gets updated several times a week with new remote jobs and side gig opportunities.
Indeed is a site on which companies can post their job opportunities for location-specific or remote work. As a freelance writer, I find no shortage of remote writing and editing jobs here, but there always seems to be plenty of other remote jobs, like customer service and IT. Use the search bar to enter the job title you want and then type “Remote” or “Home-Based” in the Location box.
Upwork is where to find work from home jobs when you’re looking for the flexibility of freelancing. It’s technically a freelance marketplace where clients and freelancers can find each other to complete various online jobs. You won’t typically find full-time work here, although some clients are looking for that. What you will find are jobs that can turn into long-term partnerships while still allowing you to choose when and where you work!
If you need help setting up your profile in a way that will win over clients, my article about creating a winning freelance profile should do the trick!
ZipRecruiter is similar to Indeed. The site has a huge database of on-site and remote jobs and you can play around with its filters and search features to find remote work. If you sign up, you can even upload your resume and apply to jobs quickly by sending along your resume and profile information.
FlexJobs is THE place to go if you’re specifically looking for a remote job that offers flexible scheduling. This site focuses on remote, freelance, and part-time jobs. You’ll need to pay a monthly or annual fee to get full access to the site, but I think the cost is worth it if you need a job that will work around your busy schedule. Check out its huge list of job categories to get an idea of everything you can find here.
Glassdoor is not only a great place to find work, but it’s also a fantastic spot to get the scoop on companies with which you’re interested in working. When you leave reviews or salary information for places you’ve worked, you can earn credits toward looking up other companies (you occasionally get some for free without having to leave reviews too) to find out how much you might make and what other employees think about their positions.
This one’s kind of a no-brainer just because of its name! Remote.com is an active job board for remote work of all levels. You can also import your LinkedIn network to help you build a network on the site and up your chances of landing your dream job.
SimplyHired is an online job board that lets you specify “Remote” as your location when you search for jobs. Then, narrow your search by the type of work you’re looking for, like an internship or contract work. What I really love about this site is its clean, simple layout without a bunch of clutter.
AngelList isn’t necessarily a job board (but it does have one of those!). It’s actually a listing of startups all over the world and information about their investors. This gem of a site can point you in the right direction of finding startups to land a remote job with, or it can even give you a healthy list of potential clients to target if you’re looking to start your own business.
NexRep is a matching service for remote customer support workers and clients who need their help. If you’re interested in doing call center work from your home, you can sign up with NexRep and essentially start a business as an independent contractor.
Jobspresso is an all-remote job search site. You don’t even have to search if you don’t want to; you can post your resume and wait for employers to come to you! Web design and development jobs are big here, but you’ll also find job listings in customer support, sales, writing, and other industries.
Remotey is another site that only offers remote opportunities, so you won’t need to sift through all the other stuff to find what you’re looking for. The crisp, clean layout is easy on the eyes and it has plenty of filters and categories to help you narrow your searches.
I love the name and the whole idea behind this site, which is 100% dedicated to helping moms find a job they love that also fits in with the needs of their families. You’ll need to pay for a subscription to view all the jobs, but you can choose between a quarterly or annual option, depending on your budget.
14. Skip The Drive
Skip the Drive is a site I came across recently. I like that you don’t have to sign up for a membership or register to search the job listings and apply. You can find everything from freelance work to full-time positions here.
HelpWelp is underwhelming at first glance and it’s not actually a job board with its own listings. Instead, it’s a curated job board (similar to what I have on this site), but the listings come from legitimate job search sites. It’s a good place to keep bookmarked to find at-home jobs in one place that you might have missed in your searches.
Virtual Vocations offers listings mostly for telecommuting work, but you’ll also find fully remote jobs here. I love its daily email newsletter that sends new job listings according to your preferences straight to your inbox.
I’ve heard some great things about Remotive from people who use it frequently. It’s free to search the listings – no sign-up required – and there are several new jobs added every week.
18. Remote OK
If you’re looking for techie remote jobs, Remote OK is the place for you. Most of its categories are technology-related, although there’s also a full category dedicated to non-tech jobs. Job posters need to pay $299 per listing, so it’s safe to say that not many scammers will be utilizing the platform to swindle you!
Find Real Work from Home Opportunities!
Now, go and find that job of your dreams!
Tip: Create a folder in your browser’s bookmarks to keep all of these sites – and whatever others you find – handy for when you’re on the hunt for new work or clients. I’ve done this for years now and it’s made my life so much easier for marketing efforts and recommending legitimate sites to my audiences.
Where have you been looking for remote work thus far? Are there any other sites you use and would recommend? Tell me all about your work from home journey in a comment below (scroll way down to the bottom)!
Amy is a mom of two, freelance writer, and blog manager who works with family-focused businesses to improve their content strategies. You can find her published work on Reader’s Digest Online, MSN, Niche, Frugal For Less, and other lifestyle publications.