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List of places to find remote jobs and freelancing projects (drive.google.com)
590 points by pankmahar on April 19, 2018 | hide | past | favorite | 66 comments

I'd like to give a thumbs up to both AngelList and my favorite former co-worker.

When things went south at our workplace, a coworker and I were kvetching about how hard it would be to find a good job locally, and how great it would be to work remote. But I had no clue how to get started with finding good remote jobs, and didn't do anything other than distribute my resume to local positions.

Instead she went through AngelList open jobs looking specifically for remote positions. She immediately got an interview, but midway through it she told them she was under-qualified for what they needed, and told them, "But I know someone who would be perfect for you", and a few weeks later they hired me. I'm very humbly grateful to her for changing my life immensely for the better.

And the even better news is she got her own remote job, again through AngelList, a couple weeks later. Not only did we both get substantial raises, but more importantly we are getting to work on much more interesting projects and on teams that are really supportive of us.

I've been working from home for twelve years now. I didn't set out to WFH, I stumbled into it.

Here's what worked for me, it might work for you:

I was contacted by a recruiter. They wanted to hire me, but the job was 5000km away and I didn't want to move. I politely declined the offer.

Ten minutes later, they call back, and offer to let me do it remotely.

I worked there for six years.

The thing that I've found, is that it's generally easier to work remotely if they already want to hire you for some other reason. For instance, this particular employer was interested in filling a role that required a skillset that was very unusual. Basically they had two options; they could hire me and let me WFH, or they could hire someone local and invest the time and effort 'bringing them up to speed.'

I've generally avoided jobs that were advertised as "work remote", because a lot of those recruiters are just BURIED in resumes. I've found that it's better to use the "work from home" option as part of the bargaining process. No different than bargaining over salary or title.

this particular employer was interested in filling a role that required a skillset that was very unusual

So, first, it helps to have unusual skills they need.

I'm not trying to be snarky. People tend to have blind spots about their own value position and often focus on some detail of negotiating that feels like a big deal to them and end up somewhat glossing over the fundamental value position that caused them to be in a strong negotiating position to begin with.

Negotiating tactics are vastly less useful if no one wants what you have to offer, or if others like you are a dime a dozen.

You’re right, I think its that we all want to see a tight cause effect loop in our success, but reality is more like the reason I’m successful in my career is a single blog post I randomly found ten years ago which sent me off in an experimental direction that later became my niche and then, unforeseeable to anyone, least of all me, that niche became suddenly in demand. Five years from now it may disappear just as suddenly. But the reality is a little unsettling to we attribute success to something we can control.

We all prefer to feel like we have control over our lives. People also like to take personal credit for their success rather than chalking it up to luck or circumstance.

This often leads to bad advice.

When I had a corporate job, one of my coworkers with a lavish lifestyle was giving a lot of financial advice to another coworker with chronic financial stress. It wasn't necessarily bad advice per se. But it kind of glossed over the fact that the one with money was childless and her husband made scads of money. The other woman had four children and an ordinary Joe of a husband.

I always felt the advice should have started with "First, go back in time and marry well. Second, go back in time and don't have four kids."

It's vastly easier to do things like pay off your credit cards in full every month and only pay cash for a new car when you have lots more income and fewer obligations. These were the sorts of things she bragged about as if she were some financial genius, glossing over the huge income difference that allowed her to implement these ever so wise financial choices.

If there's a job you find interesting, you can always ask the recruiter if remote is an option (even if it's not explicitly listed). Most companies are on some sort of chat system, so making it work and is becoming less and less of an issue.

Most places will flat out say no, but every once in a while a recruiter responds "let me check" and there's your opening..

I've written up details on how to do this in a couple of threads :


"How to Get a Remote Job, Even When Remote Isn’t Advertised" https://medium.com/@aantix/how-to-get-a-remote-job-even-when...

This is right on the money. I think the 'trick' to getting a satisfying remote position is to use WFH as a bargaining chip. For instance, I was living in Seattle and I wanted to live in Portland, where it's more affordable. When I started WFH, I traded a pay cut for the opportunity to WFH. It all worked out; my place in Oregon was about 70% as expensive as what I would've paid to live in Seattle.

It was a win-win; they were able to hire me at a discount, I was able to move to where I wanted to.

its also a win for them too in that they dont need to provide office space for you

Agreed. I think one of the reasons that my employer wound up retiring their WFH program was because the value of the real estate cratered.

IE, if your plan was to let people WFH, then sell the buildings they used to occupy, that plan is going to go south if the value of the building drops by half.

Why can't people just say "Thank You" to this person for taking the time to put a list together instead of spamming their own websites (some of which are already on this list....).

That's what the upvote button is for.

Ignore them and Thank you.

What’s wrong with providing alternatives? Nothing against your list, but you may want to respect others’ work as well.

This was a big problem I faced as a remote freelancer looking for 100% remote front-end work.

Yes, there's a lot of remote work out there, but it's so spread out on various sources that you end up having to spend time every single day reading the listings in depth because many times there are constraints.

For example it's limited to candidates in the USA, or it's remote but you have to live in London, or it does have flexible hours but you have to be willing to join a meeting at 3:00 AM EST. I've run into all kinds of constraints.

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finding front end only work is problematic?

try looking for systems programming work. most of these sites don't have have categories for any kind of software development - the closest you can get is DevOps/SRE or 'full stack'.

Try looking for ANY legitimate role that's not programming or development oriented. Your pool rapidly approaches nil. I'm in information security and I quite enjoy it, but I would kill for a remote info sec job chance that many programmers have.

Bug bounties are remote. Probably more of a second job.

> you only get the jobs and projects that match up to your preferences.

And then it says "web" in the first headline :D

Maybe it's better to have as a GitHub repository so people can add new stuff there through pull requests and it can be indexed by Google so others can find it? I would add two missing sources myself, they are not the greatest but I found my previous remote job on one of them.

Good Idea.

This is a great list, thanks.

I also made a site for this, but rather than aggregating the various job boards I'm trying to track down the companies themselves that hire remotely and aggregate the postings on their own sites: https://www.mikesremotelist.com

Meta: I personally found the published version very unfriendly to my eyes, so I chose to generate a download link for OP's spreadsheet. This is a direct link to download the spreadsheet :


This is cool. Thank you for this

You're welcome!

I made a website to help with this: https://www.remotejoblists.com

It only shows remote jobs, and you can search by selecting certain categories that youre interested in.

Your filters seem to be getting stripped when you use the pagination making it impossible for a user to see all possible positions tagged in a specific category. (ie - clicking design lists 51 jobs but as soon as you go to page 2 it's now put you at page 2 of all possible (1100+) jobs. Resetting the filter still only shows you the first page of the job listings).

Additionally, if you change the filter the jobs section seems to be automatically updating but your pagination isn't. (ie - click media, it lists 171 jobs, navigate to page two (which resets your filters) and then click the backend filter tag. Your pagination now says you're on page 2 of all possible backend jobs.

Just clicked on https://www.remotezoo.com/ from the list and received the message (in Chrome) This server could not prove that it is www.remotezoo.com; its security certificate expired 4 days ago.

My advice, click away. Chances are you will get sent valid html from the site you requested from.

What criteria were used to rank these as "best"? I personally see some on the list that aggregate high-quality jobs in small quantities (e.g. WeWorkRemotely), and then others that have variable-quality jobs in very high quantities (e.g. UpWork).

As far as I can tell, the title is "Remote jobs and gigs platforms." I see no indication they were ranked. Correct me if I'm wrong.

The original title of this post (and the document) was "List of best places to find remote jobs"

You're right.

One to add that's not on the list: https://www.moonlightwork.com

They have a link at the top to suggest an addition. It takes you to a simple form where you type in the link and hit submit. That might be a more effective means to get this added.

Yes. I added all submissions.

I've just started looking at the remote jobs market, as finding a remote position could be very useful in my current situation (ie, ready to leave my current position - which will require some time to find a replacement and for the handover - and to move abroad). But it looks like most of the good offers are only for US/Canada based people.

Does anybody have good experiences with finding well paid, technical remote jobs here in Europe? How did you find that?

I found my job through StackOverflow jobs filtering by "Remote". Now I work for Hotjar, and we hire mostly in Europe timezones (although also some in North America). I'm specially interested in a DevOps/SRE type person to join my team, but we have other openings too.

I applied two times at HotJar in the past few months, without success. Can't say I'm a fan of the video part of the interview process.

What is the video part like?

For a full remote position, you'd think video chat would be a common thing.

For me the video part of the process involved recording a video about 6 minutes long where I had to answer 5 questions to camera and send that video in, there wasn't a video conference part (at least not for me). After that was a telephone interview, I didn't get any further than that.

Yes, I recently got a remote job in Europe through https://www.remotepython.com/ . We're currently running a campaign on StackOverflow, too.

If you don’t mind staying in your current role (other than the location), it would be worth having a friendly chat with your boss to see if they can offer you remote work.

We are hand-curating the remote jobs from all over the web. We are monitoring over 200 different job boards daily and manually tagging them for appropriate categories and locations. So that you will get the list of jobs which are applicable to your location and selected category/skills.

Checkout -> https://remoteleaf.com

Remotely, a job board for the remote workforce on iOS


http://weworkremotely.com/ exists as well.

How do you save this list? I don't see a "copy" feature / save.

Make sure you're signed in, and then File -> Make a copy...

In browser, Save page as... also will make local copy

great list! I'm going to update mine ( http://lx.tc/positions ) to point here as soon as I confirm everything on my list is on yours.

Hahaha. You've nice collection.

No need for this really. whoishiring.io aggregates most of these already.

you're not even close to correct

searching whoishiring for java with a filter of contract returns exactly 1 result in the usa. the same search on just upwork gives 120 results, and there are 80 other sites listed

the list is very much needed

Is there a way to filter for only remote positions there?

EDIT: Yeah, there's a big switch there, didn't see it before asking. Thanks

https://recruitt.me don't try to find jobs, let the recruiters reach out to you


Yeah, looks like the co-founder


Cosmin Rusu - Co-Founder

yes, that's me. more like an mvp. if there are any features you would like to have on recruitt just let me know at cosmin@dutylabs.ro

Is it possible to get a HTML or plaintext version for people who don't just run any non-free JS[1]?

[1]: https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/javascript-trap.html

Why not, I've been meaning to work on my vim macros.


No guarantee that this is up to date[1] (or even error free).

I realize that Github Gists are also not Open Source, but they render without Javascript enabled, and Simplenote was acting up for me and wouldn't let me publish.

[1]: Last updated April 19th, 11:50 EDT

Thanks. (Viewable without non-free JS is fine)

would you be willing to pay for a proxy service that took a url that used non-free JS and rendered it to pure dom that you could then view without JS ?

any sense of whether other people that care about such things would be willing to pay ?

Interesting idea, but I don't think anyone would pay for it. From a freedom perspective it would probably be considered SaaSS[0]. You could use wkhtmltopdf[1] for a service like that.

[0]: https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/who-does-that-server-really-s...

[1]: https://wkhtmltopdf.org/

These questions don’t work.


isn't that close to what Reader Mode does?

I would also like a text or plain html version of the list.

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