Based on our experience, there are basically three types of remote workers:
- Regular full-time or part-time employees who work remotely because the company allows, encourages, or requires it
- Contractors who have agreed to work for a company for a specified period of time
- Freelancers who take individual assignments
Although freelancers and contractors are more common in the remote work world, the list of partly- or fully-virtual companies is growing (especially in tech). In any case, the following techniques can help you find remote work no matter which category you fall into.
- Search remote job sites
There are a number of websites where remote companies advertise job listings. Here are three good ones:
These websites are great because they tell you which companies use at least some remote workers. In other words, even if you can’t find a job posting in your field, you can use these sites to accumulate a list of employers who hire remotely—then you can reach out to the hiring managers at those companies.
- Network with people at co-working spaces
Even if co-working isn’t something you want to do every day, it can be helpful to join a coworking community for the connections alone. After all, remote workers know (and work with) other remote workers. Talk to enough people and you’re bound to stumble across a few leads.
- Join online forums dedicated to your field (Facebook groups, LinkedIn, Reddit)
Yes, all forums have a few trolls, but there are also many hard-working professionals who want to help each other chase their dreams. Whatever your area of expertise, when you build strong relationships with people in your field, they’ll be happy to recommend you—even if they’ve never met you in the real world.