Want to work from home, the road, or just about anywhere? FlexJobs has a new list of 76 virtual companies to set your sights on.
Here’s something you probably learned long before your parents did: if you want to collaborate with someone, you don’t have to be in the same room with them anymore.
Today’s game-changing companies are bringing together remote workers who use tools like online project management systems and instant messaging to share ideas, develop products and ship their work — all from their home offices.
And the number of companies that allow their entire staffs to work from home is rising.
If you work best on your own, with occasional Facebook Messenger chats to check in with your friends, a remote job might be perfect for you. FlexJobs has a new list of 76 Virtual Companies and Distributed Teams that are ready to hire remote employees who are skilled in virtual collaboration and ready to do great work.
Virtual companies use the best people, no matter where they live
When you work for a company that uses remote workers, you know that you’re on the team because you are one of the best possible people for the job. Data analytics company Elastic explained this philosophy to FlexJobs: “We care deeply about the quality of the team, which is infinitely more important to us than where you’re based.”
Companies that use remote workers also value output over face time. They know that it’s what you do that counts, not where you do it. As online proofing/content approval company ProofHQ told FlexJobs: “All our roles are remote working, so you can be based anywhere and work from your home office, the garden shed, the beach, the slopes, or local coffee shop. We don’t care as long as you deliver and get the job done!”
Virtual companies are growing
If you want to work remotely for a virtual company, there are a lot of opportunities out there — and these opportunities keep growing. (Click here to tweet this tidbit of optimism.)
Here’s the latest from FlexJobs: “In 2014, the number of remote or telecommuting job listings rose 26 percent over 2013, and the growth is expected to continue this year.”
How can you find these remote jobs? Well, you can search various job boards, or you can start with FlexJobs’ list, which includes companies in many different industries, from software to marketing to education. There are even non-profits on the list!
Virtual companies teach people to collaborate
It makes sense that people who work for virtual companies are great at collaboration; after all, that’s one of the qualities these companies look for as they build their teams.
Some of the virtual companies FlexJobs highlights are even working to teach the importance of virtual collaboration to other companies that want to improve their remote work, including iDoneThis, a company that works to “make people happier and better at work,” and Sqwiggle, a software company that focuses on building collaboration tools. Basecamp, one of the early pioneers in the remote working movement, has published the bestselling books Rework and Remote to teach people how to be great remote workers.
If you are ready to be a great virtual collaborator, take a look at FlexJobs’ list of virtual companies and consider applying for one of their open positions. If you want to learn more about remote work and collaboration, pick up a book like Rework or check out Brazen’s great resources on working remotely.
Have you used virtual collaboration tools? Which tools are your favorite?
Nicole Dieker is a freelance copywriter and essayist. She writes regularly for The Billfold on the intersection of freelance writing and personal finance, and her work has also appeared in The Toast, Yearbook Office, and Boing Boing.