When most people think of remote work, they think of owning a business they have complete control over while they enjoy the fruits of their labor on the beach, iced coffee and laptop in hand.
Although that’s an excellent goal to work toward one day, you might not realize how much hard work goes into owning and growing a business of your own.
The next best thing (and, maybe even better if you find the right company) is working for a company that favors a helpful work-life balance for their employees. Some companies are fully remote, meaning that every person on their team works from a virtual location, anywhere they want in the world.
Others may not be fully remote but are still dedicated to giving their employees the best of both worlds: A reliable job with excellent benefits without being tied down to an office chair.
As someone who supports everyone’s right to have a flexible work environment, I put together this list of companies that not only let you work remotely, but also offer some incredible perks for employees.
In no particular order, here are 19 of the best remote-friendly companies that offer work-anywhere jobs in 2018 (and beyond!):
Amazon is breaking down boundaries in so many ways, rapidly climbing the ladder as the largest online retailer, while placing its roots in almost every retail industry, from food and beverages to furniture and appliances.
It’s no surprise that Amazon’s also making a name for itself as a remote-friendly company, offering seemingly more remote jobs every year to its already massive list. The company provides several high-level positions, like project managers and wholesale experts, but there are also plenty of opportunities for everyday people.
One of the most popular is the at-home customer service representative. Openings for these spots ramp up around the holidays, but those who perform well might get signed on for full-time, around-the-year gigs.
There’s also the newer Amazon Flex, which lets you become a delivery driver for Amazon, essentially starting your own sub-business with the company and putting you in charge of your schedule.
Salary: Amazon Flex workers earn up to $25 an hour; Other positions depend on experience and the type of job, but customer service representatives average $11 an hour.
Benefits: Flexible scheduling, paid training, ample resources, employee discounts, and 401(k) for eligible employees.
Appen is a technology-focused company that helps other businesses expand into global territory using secure data and artificial intelligence. Appen has also become one of the most talked-about names in the work from home space.
Namely, its web search and social media evaluator jobs have become quite popular, providing part-time work to people who want to work from their home office (or anywhere else). Social media evaluators provide feedback on things that show in their newsfeeds, ads, and search results, while web search evaluators give input on the results from their search queries.
Jobs provide up to 20 hours a week and workers can have flexible blocks of time scheduled.
Salary: Information across the web puts Appen salaries between $9 and $14 an hour.
Benefits: Flexible scheduling, independent work, excellent job training and support.
Apple has been hailed as one of the best places to work, period, but it’s also made headlines for its Apple At Home program, through which it hires remote employees to provide customer and technical support.
There are even positions for college students, known as an AppleCare College Advisor, for students in all majors to work up to 20 hours per week.
Passion for customer service and knowledge of several Apple products are some of the requirements for an Apple At Home position and you’ll also need to attend in-person training for up to 9 weeks.
Salary: Reportedly between $12 and $17 per hour.
Benefits: Paid training, a free Apple computer for work purposes, tuition reimbursement, company stock plan, employee discounts, and more.
Automattic is a fully-remote company with employees based all over the world. The team communicates through video chat, Slack, and with other collaborative online tools.
The company is the brains behind WordPress, Jetpack, and other incredible tools that tech-savvy people use every day.
Most positions will require applicants who have passed the interview stage to move onto a contracted project. You and Automattic can test the waters with this project to see how well you work together!
Various remote positions include:
- Director of Strategy and Corporate Development
- Senior Content Strategist
- Happiness Engineer
- Accounting Wrangler
Salary: Varies with position, but Automattic is known for its competitive wages and salaries, with interns even reporting $25 an hour.
Benefits: Open vacation policy, home office allowances, life insurance, hardware and software reimbursement, paid two to three-month sabbatical every few years, parental leave, and more.
Buffer is a company dedicated to streamlining social media posting for individuals and businesses with its handy Buffer app.
The company has several fully remote positions for people in marketing, designing, management, and other industries. Buffer has an in-depth hiring process that’s extremely selective, but it’s worth a shot to apply if your skills meet the job requirements because each job comes with a load of benefits.
Salary: Use Buffer’s Salary Calculator to see how much you have the potential to make with the company!
Benefits: Health insurance, stipend for continued learning, company retreats, co-working space reimbursement, laptop for work, unlimited time off, and more.
6. Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines hires remote workers to work as virtual vacation planners. This is technically a sales job where you’ll source and maintain a database of potential customers, make outbound calls, and try to plan and sell vacation packages with the company.
Applicants should have related experience, be excellent multitaskers, and have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Salary: You’ll work with a base salary (reportedly between $8 and $10 an hour), plus commissions for each sale.
Benefits: 401(k), healthcare and dental benefits, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, stock plans, discounted cruise rates, profit sharing, and more.
Convergys offers a flexible way for people with call center experience to work from home instead of in an office environment. Most of the positions are for sales, customer service, or technical support, but Convergys also offers a health care licensing program to help representatives become healthcare agents.
Representatives can have flexible schedules that work with their families in any position.
Salary: Former and current workers report an average salary of about $20,000 a year.
Benefits: Tuition reimbursement, 401(k), quality training, paid vacation, medical, dental, and vision coverage, advancement opportunities.
Apple isn’t the only computing company to offer remote work. Dell is also one of the top remote-friendly companies with a variety of positions available all over the world, like:
- Account Executive
- Systems Consultant
- Administration Assistant
- Senior Advisor
- Customer Support
Dell’s Connected Workplace program thrives on a flexible work schedule that works with employee’s needs, making it an excellent choice for college students or graduates, military families, disabled workers, and more.
Salary: Customer service representatives can make upwards of $24k a year to start, and wages from other positions only go up from there.
Benefits: Competitive wages, employee discounts, employee referral bonuses, health and wellness benefits, paid time off, and more.
DuckDuckGo is a search engine focused on privacy and protecting your personal information. There’s no advertising trackers, public search history, or data collection, so it can be especially helpful for children.
The team is also 100% remote and DuckDuckGo enforces a strict “Work whenever and wherever you want” policy to help boost morale and productivity.
Most positions are technical and require high-level experience in design, engineering, and other related industries.
Salary: Average reported salary is about $164k.
Benefits: Company meetups, co-working space reimbursement, family leave, paid vacation, professional development benefits, and wellness benefits.
LiveOps has been one of the leading companies to provide work from home call center jobs for years. One of the reasons it’s so popular is because agents can work for themselves with clients they find through LiveOps, essentially building a business with their own scheduling and earnings potential.
LiveOps works with a variety of clients with different needs, including inbound and outbound sales, health services, insurance sales and claims, and food order taking. All agents will need a corded phone with a dedicated line, a wired internet connection, a reliable and updated PC, and a noise-free area to work.
Salary: Some clients pay hourly, while others pay for talk time. Average wages range from $10 to $30 per hour.
Benefits: Part-time or full-time opportunities, agents are in control of their own business with LiveOps, a dedicated support team, and free analytics and business tools to keep your performance on track with your goals.
LoveToKnow is a popular online resource providing fun, engaging, and informative articles in several niches, from Beauty & Fashion to Home & Garden.
Many of its employees work remotely, whether they do social media, programming, product management, or any other type of work. LoveToKnow also works with freelance writers who can work from anywhere writing the articles you find on the site.
Salary: Corporate salaries reportedly start around $40k, while writers can make up to $50 per article.
Benefits: Communication tools for virtual co-working, ability to choose work hours, and an engaged team environment.
MomsRising is an organization that advocates for moms and their rights in the workplace, society, and just about every other aspect of their lives.
The organization is virtual, so the team routinely meets using online tools, like video chat, instant messaging, and conference calls.
Since its focus is on helping moms achieve their goals to make them the best parents and women they can be, MomsRising is unsurprisingly dedicated to providing its workers with an excellent work-life balance with flexible scheduling.
Some of the typical positions you can find with MomsRising include web development, accounting, campaign direction, and fundraising coordination.
Salary: According to Paysa, the average MomsRising salary hits just over $87k.
Benefits: Part-time and full-time flexible schedules, paid training, and other benefits that vary with position.
Rev is a freelancer-friendly company with most of its team made up of independent contractors that do transcription, captioning, or translation work.
It also has perks for its regular employees, most of whom can work remotely. Rev’s mission is to make more than 1 million remote jobs available by 2025.
Rev has several available positions, like Content Marketing Coordinator, Inside Sales Representative, and Software Engineer.
Whether you’re looking for a freelance or employee position, you can find what you need with Rev while enjoying a flexible work-life balance.
Salary: Freelancers can make $1,000 or more every month, while the median salary for employees, according to Comparably, is $143,839.
Benefits: Insurance plans, 401(k), unlimited paid time off, options to work from home, team building events.
14. Student Loan Hero
Student Loan Hero’s CEO struggled with student loan debt after graduating college, leading him to create the top online resource for helping other college students and graduates learn everything they could about student loans, borrowing wisely, and paying them off quickly.
The company’s workers are located all over the world for the fully remote team.
Most of its work involves content writing, editing, and marketing, but there are occasionally other openings.
Salary: Competitive, but based on experience, location, and position.
Benefits: $500 co-working space stipend, free MacBook Pro plus $1,000 technology stipend, continuing education, unlimited vacation, flexible work hours, and more.
U-Haul’s sales and reservation agent jobs have been some of the most talked about on work at home sites and forums for a couple of years now.
The rental company hires agents across the United States to take incoming calls from customers and assist them with their questions or reservation needs. Because there’s no commuting or outbound sales involved, the positions are very in-demand by remote workers.
Some weekend and holiday work is required, but schedules are relatively flexible otherwise.
Salary: The pay varies between $14 and $18 per hour, plus agents are eligible for commissions.
Benefits: Part-time and flexible scheduling, paid training, dental and vision plan, retirement plan, prescriptions plan.
16. United States Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently started a flexible work program that allows several current employees to switch to remote positions and new employees to begin working with the government agency in a remote environment.
All jobs are government-backed, so it’s likely that they’ll require employees to have a clean record and ample work experience.
Some of the flexible positions the USDA offers include:
- Wildlife Biologist
- Customer Service Representative
- Administrative Support Assistant
- Office Automation Clerk
- Biological Science Technician
Salary: Varies greatly depending on position, but you can view some salary information for the USDA on Glassdoor.
Benefits: Health insurance, a vast range of human resources, Work Life program to assist employees with their family/personal needs, continuing education, and more.
VIPKID has recently gotten on the radar of remote workers and seems to be crushing its competition as one of the best online tutoring companies to work for. FlexJobs recently ranked VIPKID as the #1 remote work company and reviews on Indeed rate it high for flexibility, support, and ease of getting new students.
The company works globally to help non-English speakers learn how to speak English with the help of online tutors and virtual classrooms.
Salary: Between $14 and $22 per hour.
Benefits: You’re an independent contractor with VIPKID, so you won’t get benefits like health care and paid time off, but you do get a flexible schedule.
Xerox is a technology company with its own Virtual Office Program, through which it hires and maintains a pool of remote workers who carry out duties in customer service, technical support, data entry, administrative support, and other areas.
When you browse the jobs, you can weed out all non-remote opportunities by clicking the Virtual/Work from Home filter.
Most of the remote opportunities are fully remote, but some may require you to have in-person training or live within a specific distance from a Xerox location.
Salary: Customer service positions reportedly start at $10 an hour, but other positions have higher wages.
Benefits: Life insurance, health insurance, childcare and senior care resources, paid holidays, and more.
19. YouNeedABudget (YNAB)
YouNeedABudget (YNAB) is a financial-planning software that helps people stick to their budgets. Everyone on the team works remotely, and rarely over 40 hours per week!
The culture at YNAB is very lax, which helps everyone boost productivity by working in a way that’s conducive to their mental well-being.
Some of the jobs you can find with YNAB include:
- Customer Support Representative
- Visual Designer
- Full Stack Developer
- Senior Mobile Developer
- Social Media Manager
- Video Specialist
Salary: Customer service representatives reportedly make about $15 an hour, but more technical positions offer higher wages.
Benefits: Paid time off, 100% paid healthcare premiums, retirement and savings plans, bonus plans, and annual company meetups.
Although there are plenty of remote work opportunities out there (hooray for modern times!), the above companies are some of the best, according to the employees and freelancers who’ve worked with them.
Are there other remote-friendly companies you’ve worked for that you loved? We want to hear about them! Leave a comment below and tell us about some of the perks.