Work From Anywhere in the World
The world has gone remote! Thanks to the pandemic the once coveted remote position has now become commonplace. While many of us no longer spend time commuting or sitting in an office from 9-5, working from home (WFH) has got us thinking about the next frontier of remote work—the ability to work from anywhere…and we don’t mean Anywhere, USA.
With the rise of digital nomad visas employees who work from home find themselves untethered like never before with new options that allow them to take their work abroad. The problem though is finding a company that lets you take advantage of these perks. If you’re looking to work from anywhere in the world—not just anywhere in the U.S.—check out our list of 15 companies that can make your work from anywhere dream come true!
Jobs you can do from anywhere
Remote work, which was supposed to be a temporary solution during the pandemic, has now become permanent in many workplaces—but not all. Some employers moved to a hybrid model, allowing employees to split their work week between remote and in-office, while others reverted to their old ways and rolled out 5-day in-office mandate. At the same time there were companies who saw the benefits of remote teams and embraced a more radical concept of remote work—a global remote workforce. These companies allow their employees to work from anywhere in the world they choose, really!
As you’ve probably noticed, the problem when searching for work from anywhere (WFA) roles, is that they are few and far between. Plus they are hard to find since they are mixed in with conventional remote work, or WFH positions. But for those of us who want to work from all corners of the globe, the lack of distinction and clarity on a job listing can be frustrating! These days the term “remote” on a job profile comes with skepticism as it’s often not a fully remote position when conditions such as being located in or near a specific time zone or region in the U.S. is a requirement.
As frustrating as it is, most companies are just not set up to meet compliance regulations abroad and therefore aren’t able to hire or manage employees outside of the U.S. In order to empower you to work from anywhere, a company often needs to have a registered entity in the country where you want to work abroad from AND you need to already have a work permit for the location you want to work from—yes, even if you are working remotely. Some organizations can get around these obstacles by hiring talent as a contractor instead of an employee. Learn more about these obstacles and some of the solutions to working from anywhere when working remotely.
Given that, it doesn’t mean work from anywhere jobs aren’t out there—there are many in-demand roles that have been fully remote for years in the freelance world. But now with companies like Deel and Remote—both are included on our list— who help organizations comply with local laws, work from anywhere roles are even more available, if you know where to look.
After receiving endless inquiries on where to find truly remote roles we’ve created the go-to guide about companies that will let you work from anywhere.
Top companies that allow work from anywhere
Working from anywhere in the world has become more viable now than ever. Through research and feedback, we’ve compiled a list of 15 companies that allow WFA, including a couple of companies that come close but aren’t 100% WFA yet. These companies allow you to work from around the world as a digital nomad or allow you to work from your new home country abroad.
Please know that popular remote companies like Airbnb, Shopify, and Hubspot have not been included on our list as they offer limited remote work policies only allowing employees to spend up to 90 days abroad a year. Read on to learn about the top 15 companies that allow employees to work from anywhere in the world!
An Australian software company, Atlassian creates tools like Trello and Jira that are essential to project managers, software developers and their teams to achieve success. They have headquarters in Australia, the U.S., and England and introduced TEAM Anywhere in August 2020 a “distributed work policy giving our people more control over where they live and work, allowing them to make choices to support family, personal goals, and life priorities.” Check out their open positions in numerous categories such as program management, legal, IT, and security.
Behind the platforms like WordPress.com, Tumblr, JetPack, and WooCommerce, Automattic’s goal is to “democratize publishing and commerce so that anyone with a story can tell it, and anyone with a product can sell it.” Enjoy benefits such as career coaching, a wellness stipend, home office setup and co-working allowances, an open vacation policy and of course work from where you choose—anywhere in the world. Hundreds of remote positions are open, most roles available are in engineering, business development and marketing with additional roles in sales, finance, and design.
Blueground is a real estate tech company that provides short-term housing in more than 20 cities around the world. Their flexible, modern rentals are optimal for those seeking a digital nomad lifestyle. The company wanted to offer the same flexibility to their employees as they do to digital nomads and rolled out the Blueground Nomads initiative. This program empowers employees to shape their ideal work setup in their dream location.
Roles range from accounting, partnership development, finance, and marketing operations. All employees receive complimentary and discounted accommodation at Bluegrounds locations around the world!
Buffer is a social media scheduling application that started in 2010 to help users schedule tweets. Today thousands of solopreneurs and businesses use Buffer to plan and publish content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and now TikTok. As an employee, you’ll enjoy benefits like a 4-day work week, fully-paid family leave, and comprehensive health insurance for both international and domestic employees.
Deel is the go-to global payroll for employees in multiple currencies. As one of the leading innovative Fintech companies, Deel “makes it easier than ever for companies to hire whoever they want, wherever they live.” Their FlexWork program lets you choose where you’d like to work whether it’s from your home, the beach, in one of their offices or elsewhere with their WeWork global membership program. Note that while most of their roles are not country specific, they may be regional, i.e. Americas, EMEA, APAC. Roles range from project management, mobility and immigration, and customer success.
Hotjar is an analytics tool that lets businesses understand user behavior and how it impacts a product. They are a fully remote company with employees in Europe, Africa and the Americas, however, they are not 100% work from anywhere and explain why most roles have a dedicated time zones or regional requirement.
Compensation for all roles is based off the market in London and perks include 40 days of vacation, a vacation budget, paid leave, stock options for all roles and a home office budget to name a few. Many open roles are in sales, product marketing, and customer experience.
Pleo is an improved business spending solution for businesses across Europe. The stress of personal, out-of-pocket expenses related to work is no longer something to worry about. Most roles, not all, allow for remote working options. A big perk is that they support relocation to Denmark, including visa support. They have office locations in Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Stockholm, Berlin and Montreal with 200+ people working from Eastern Time to European time zones. Positions range from software engineers, data scientists, and people’s growth lead.
Power to Fly is a diversity recruiting and retention platform dedicated to fast-tracking economic equity by upskilling and connecting underrepresented talent to roles in highly visible sectors. With employees spanning the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, PowerToFly is truly a global and 100% remote company—a Global Team First is even one of their core values. We love that they are women-led, intersectional and encourage employees to show up as their most authentic selves. Open roles in all departments, especially tech and marketing.
Are you interested in a more democratized internet? Then check out Protocol Labs. In thier own words, they are a collection of open source R&D labs working together to build the next generation of the internet. Protocol Labs is a fully-remote, global company that doesn’t have a central office, instead its 100+ employees are located across 20 countries.
While the majority of open roles are in engineering they also hire for marketing, operations, partnerships, HR, and product from entry level to leadership roles. A plus is that no matter where you’re located their benefits and compensation are determined by San Francisco Bay Area standards. Benefits include parental leave, retirement contributions and unlimited time off. Health benefits are limited to U.S. based employees.
A relatively new company, Remote was founded in 2019 and helps global organizations employ anyone, anywhere, compliantly. They are a fully remote, asynchronous team with employees all around the world. They adhere to a total rewards policy that ensures a worldwide minimum salary of $40,000 USD even if the local minimum wage is much lower. Perks include unlimited time paid time off and company stock options. Roles include sales, finance, and HR.
Your favorite music app, Spotify, has a new Work From Anywhere program that “gives their people the freedom to work where they work best, wherever that may be”—but there are a few caveats with this initial rollout of the program. Currently, remote employees can only work within the region their role is based to ensure overlap of working hours between team members. For example, if your role is based in Stockholm, you may be eligible to work remotely within Europe. Spotify needs to have a legal entity in the country you wish to work to even consider the remote possibility but that shouldn’t be a problem with 5 locations in the Americas, 11 in EMEA, and 6 APAC.
They have a wide range of open roles from engineering to sales, to content, design, global affairs, and more!
TestGorilla is an HR software designed to help employers with pre-employment tests that facilitate faster and more bias-free hiring decisions. This office-free start-up provides the opportunity to work in numerous countries around the world with benefits like flexible vacation time and a remote working budget. Open roles include SEO specialist, customer success advisor, front-end engineer, and data analyst.
Toggl creates products that aim to eliminate stress from the workplace. Their time tracking, project planning, and hiring tools allow companies to boost productivity and enhance reports for work and project planning. They’ve been fully remote since 2014 and have employees in 40+ different countries. Toggl benefits include 24 days of PTO, reimbursements for co-working and gym memberships and multiple team-building meetups a year!
Toptal is a freelancing platform that connects top organizations with business, design, and tech talent from around the world. Fully remote since its founding in 2010, Toptal is the largest fully-distributed company in the world with over 1000+ employees in 90+ countries. Benefits include working from anywhere as long as you have wifi and a laptop, flexible time off, and company sponsored events. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to strategy, publication, business operations, and product.
Zapier is an online product that helps automate workflows by connecting apps and services. With employees in 17 time zones across 28 countries they are a company that understands asynchronous communication and working autonomously. So much so that they’ve been recognized as one of the best remote-first companies out there!
Perks include unlimited vacation, stock options, learning stipend, and paid parental leave. Healthcare and retirement plans are currently available in the UK, Canada, U.S., New Zealand, and Australia. Open roles include accounting, engineering, support, insights & design, and people & product.
Work from anywhere
Remote work is here to stay! As companies find solutions to adapt to work from anywhere workplaces, more and more opportunities will become available. Digital nomad visas are popping up all over the world, driving the demand for employees who want the ability to be truly untethered while they work.
We hope you found this list helpful. If we’ve missed any companies that empower employees to work from anywhere, please let us know in the comments section below! We’ll update this list accordingly.
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