Last updated: June 2018
One of the hardest part of being a digital nomad is finding work that can pay the bills and allow you to keep on travelling. Thankfully, there are more jobs open to digital nomads than ever before as you’ll see from this super long list of job boards.
Some of these boards cater specifically to digital nomads while others cater to remote workers. What’s the difference? Good question.
A digital nomad is someone who works from anywhere, while the term remote worker usually applies to someone who works from home or a co-working space but not the company office. The two are often used interchangeably, however, and many of the jobs open to remote workers may be suitable for digital nomads as well. That isn’t always the case, though, and many remote jobs will only be open to US residents so keep that in mind when apply.
Now that’s out of the way, here are some of the top places to look for jobs that are suitable for digital nomads.
Digital Nomad Job Groups on Facebook
There are several Facebook Groups that are dedicated solely to jobs for digital nomads:
Others focus on a specific type for work. For example
Online Teaching Jobs – Digital Nomads – Focuses solely on online teaching jobs
General Digital Nomad Facebook Groups
Although they don’t focus specifically on job listings, the general digital nomad and freelancer groups are another great place to find work. Often jobs are posted there, but it’s also no harm in mentioning that you’re looking for work as well (as long as you keep to the individual group rules).
Remote OK is one of the largest specialist job boards for remote work. Here, you’ll find remote work positions for developers, marketing people, sales people, copywriters, designers, customers support agents and more.
Similar to Remote OK, Workew specialises in jobs for digital nomads and remote workers. Here, you’ll find jobs listings for well-known companies and organisations like Github, the Wikimedia Foundation, Mozilla, Airbnb, and Shopify.
Remote Job Solutions
Remote Job Solutions is a job board that lists remote job opportunities for designers and developers, customers service, project managers, social media marketers, business developers and more. The board is regularly updated with new opportunities.
Working Nomads lists digital nomad-friendly jobs, most of which are in development but also include jobs in management, marketing, administration, finance, and legal.
Startus specialises in jobs at European startups. The majority of the jobs are full-time and in-house, but there are usually quite a few remote positions advertised on the site as well. Simply use keywords like ‘remote’ or ‘freelance’ when searching for positions (and don’t select a location) and you’ll see all of the available suitable positions.
Digital Nomad Job Finder
Digital Nomad Job Finder tends to focus on smaller one-off jobs for digital nomads, such as writing an e-book, building an app, or editing a bunch of videos as opposed to longer term remote positions. The site is nowhere near as popular as sites like Workew and Remote OK, but it’s worth subscribing and keeping an eye on it.
Let’s Work Remotely
Let’s Work Remotely is another popular job board for remote jobs and lists a wide range of freelance job opportunities include virtual assistant jobs, jobs for online marketers, designers, developers, account managers, and more.
Glassdoor mainly lists in-house jobs, but it also lists a few freelance roles that are suitable for part-time or full-time remote work.
Glassdoor is currently available in several countries, including the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, India, France, and Netherlands. Head to the Glassdoor site that’s relevant to you and search for relevant jobs with freelance in the title e.g. freelance copywriter, freelance developer, etc.
The jobs aren’t necessarily open to anyone in the world: many of the jobs are only open to people from the same country that the company is located in. You’ll have most luck if you apply to companies that are located in the country you’re still registered as living in.
Upwork is a platform for finding freelance work, both one-off gigs and ongoing work. It lists every type of job imaginable, from web development to voiceover work to screenwriting jobs and more. There is a lot of competition, and often from countries who can afford to bid low on jobs, but it can still be a good place to look for work.
As well as Upwork, other freelancer sites to look at include:
- People Per Hour
- Fiverr – Don’t let the name mislead you, most people charge more than $5.
There are also job-specific boards such as:
- Contena, ProBlogger, Freelance Writing, Blogging Pro, All Indie Writers, and Textbroker for copywriting and blogging jobs
- 99Designs and crowdSpring for graphic designers
- Toptal for freelance developers and designers, while RemoteML focuses on machine learning jobs
Outsourcely connects startups and remote workers. The site focuses on full-time remote work, as opposed to one-off jobs – ideal if you’d like the security of a full-time income. The site lists freelance opportunities in just about every field including marketing, app development, HR, sales, accounting, and development.
It’s worth keeping in touch with old bosses and letting them know that you’re a freelancer now and available for hire. And not just bosses either: load up your Linkedin profile, and network with everyone that you’ve ever worked with. You never know what it might lead to.
Freelance jobs are often posted on sites like Craigslist (US), Gumtree (UK), and Kijiji (Canada). You’ll also notice that many people post their services on there with listings like Copywriter for Hire, or Web Designer for Hire. It’s worth keeping an eye out for job postings, and it’s also worth posting an advert and seeing if you get any response.
DNX Jobs is another job board for digital nomads, but really only caters to German speakers.
Indeed is one of the largest job collation sites on the web. It’s normally aimed at standard jobs, but it does list quite a few remote jobs as well. Some of these are only available to people in a specific country (for example the US or UK) so do keep that in mind when looking.
Remote Work Hub
Remote Work Hub is another job board that lists remote job opportunities. Jobs are marked as being open to ‘anyone in the US,’ ‘anyone in the world,’ or anyone in a specific region such as the Western Hemisphere.
Rat Race Rebellion
Rat Race Rebellion is more focused on work-from-home jobs particularly customer service jobs, but also in research, virtual assistant, and tutoring jobs. Many of the roles are specific to US-citizens, so do keep that in mind.
What places have you found useful for finding work while on the road. Let other digital nomads know by leaving a comment below.