These 5 Companies Let You Work Wherever You Want
Thanks to our ever-connected world where pretty much anything can be accomplished with a laptop and WiFi, companies can collaborate with workers around the world just as easily as they can with in-office staff. So, it’s not surprising to see an increase in virtual/remote/distributed workforces in companies across a number of industries.
Plus, when teams open their (virtual) doors to around-the-country or even global candidates, it gives them access to a huge pool of talent that otherwise would never exist. Why limit your workers within a certain geographic boundary if you don’t have to?
These five companies asked that same question and, in doing so, have embraced virtual workforces–many of them even have 100% distributed teams. And the best part? They ALL are currently hiring remote/virtual/telecommute team members.
InVision is a powerful design and prototyping tool. It transforms static screens into real-working, interactive, and clickable prototypes. Did I mention it’s free–forever? Twitter, Evernote, MailChimp, Netflix, and Zendesk are just a few of the well-known InVision fans.
When you join the InVision team, you’ll help designers change the way they create and collaborate on projects for online and mobile applications while working from a place of your choosing:
Who says you need to move to work at a great company? Not us. We know there’s great talent all over the place and we are a completely distributed company. Do great work from an environment that you’re comfortable in.
They employ talent in departments like sales, customer support, engineering, design, product, and marketing tools. And, working remotely may just not be the best perk of employment at InVision–they have some noteworthy benefits:
- 100% personal health coverage
- Half-day Fridays
- Free Amazon books
- Unlimited Starbucks card
- Free gym membership (no doubt to counteract unlimited Frappuccino consumption)
They also have a commitment to learning and personal and professional growth. InVision has many remote positions available, my favorites include Customer Success Manager, Deep Thinking Product Designer, and Marketing Copywriter.
My favorite startup on the list, Edgar is a social media management tool. It makes it easier and less time consuming for bloggers, entrepreneurs, and marketers to keep it consistent with their social media efforts. When you work at Edgar, you’ll be joining a small, fun-loving team who all work remotely:
Want a commute that’s only 30 seconds long? Think cats make the best officemates? Work with us, and work from home. (We don’t even HAVE a headquarters, unless you count our secret undersea laboratory.)
To work at Edgar is to be committed to their company philosophy. It also means you get to call an octopus your boss. Check out their Careers Page for current job openings and available internship opportunities.
X-Team recruits the best and most talented developers around the world, giving companies access to a scalable developer team they can trust. X-Team was founded in Australia but currently maintains a global presence:
We are 100% remote and believe in building a world where developers can have access to an environment of growth and incredible opportunities regardless of where they live. Our culture is based around the proactive, selfless values that make up every X-Teamer.
If you’re a top-notch, extraordinary developer, there may just be room for you in X-Team’s community. They also hire Ambassadors to recruit and attract the amazing aforementioned developers. Ambassadors and Developers alike should all have superhero qualities and get excited about making positive changes in the world.
You probably know Automattic as the people behind WordPress.com and popular services like Jetpack and Akismet. When you work at Automattic, not only do you get to call yourself an Automattician, you get to choose where you work:
Everyone works from their own home or office, and we’re spread out all over the world — United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Iceland, Bulgaria, Australia, and more.
Automattic embraces the timezone variances of their workers rather than viewing it as an inconvenience since it allows them to operate pretty much 24/7. Working for Automattic lands you some pretty amazing benefits like coworking allowances to help keep you sane when working from home, an open vacation policy, and company-sponsored life insurance. Sound good? Community Organizer, Theme Wrangler, and Happiness Engineer are just some of the opportunities there are to become an Automattician.
Upworthy is committed to providing the best online content without all the filler and fluff–no click-bait headlines here, folks! Their curators scour the corners of the internet to help bring attention to things that actually matter (humanity & culture, diversity & equality, environment, and health, to name a few). These irresistible issues get shared on the Upworthy Community and take off from there–50 million people are engaged each month with some of the most important content thanks to Upworthy!
When you join Upworthy, you get to be part of a team that makes a social impact month after month. As if that wasn’t cool enough, you’ll also get to work from anywhere:
Work from home, from a coffee shop, from a coworking space — anywhere with good enough Internet to do a Google Hangout. Go move to Montana for a month and work from there if you want. (And if you already live in Montana, keep on living there!) There are no remote workers here; we’re all part of a distributed team.
You also get a vacation stipend, flexible scheduling, and free no-deductible health insurance. Upworthy just may have the key to work happiness by allowing team members to make a meaningful contribution to the world (that you also happen to get paid for!). Check out the Upworthy Careers Page for a list of current openings like Growth Editor, Designer, and Account Executive.
Work from Anywhere Happiness
These five companies are taking the reins when it comes to fully embracing remote/virtual/distributed workers. And I’m sure, in years to come, we’ll see more and more companies offering home/office/anywhere work options to promote employee happiness. After all, it’s no secret that happy workers = happy customers and that’s a win-win any way you look at it.
Want to know where you can find even more great distributed workforces? Check out the 10-Second Commute for advice on how to land a work-from-home career with a credible company.
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