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Femgineer’s Resources for Remote Jobs for Employees and Employers


This month on Build, we’ve been exploring the themes of hiring, onboarding, and managing remote teams with the Founder of Pixc, Holly Cardew.

We started out by talking about how to recruit remote workers across job functions, gauging if they are a culture fit, and how to test for their capabilities, all the while recruiting site unseen! Then we talked about how to onboard and train them, and finally dove into discussing how they can manage a critical project.

Still feels like we’ve barely scratched the surface! And after running a remote team for almost a decade now, we thought we’d share a list of resources that have worked for us, and could help you out depending on where you are in your lifecycle of remote work and remote team building.

Remote jobs benefit a number of workers—from digital nomads to those with accessibility concerns and the aging workforce

Looking for your first remote job, and want to know what you need to do differently?

If you’re transitioning, you might be on the fence about taking a new remote job. Here are a couple examples of people who have transitioned from being onsite to remote:

  • Meghan Burgain, a mother of twins living in Bordeaux, and Femgineer’s community manager, does a great job of explaining how she got over the hurdle in this Build episode.
  • Sarah Doody, a UX Designer and digital nomad, shares how remote working as a freelance UX designer is different from being onsite in this brief video.

And if you’re wondering where to go about finding these sorts of jobs, consider the following sites:

  • Flexjobs: hand-screened remote, part-time, freelance, and flexible jobs
  • PowerToFly: for employers and employees dedicated to jobs in tech
  • Upwork: for employers and employees dedicated to contract and freelance work

Remote jobs benefit a number of workers—from digital nomads to those with accessibility concerns and the aging workforce.

Job sites like Indeed.com are also including filters to help people who have accessibility concerns. And the more remote jobs there are present in our market, the more likely elderly folks are to continue working.

Learn about how remote work benefits a number of different demographics in this post.

And if you’re looking for a place to live to cut down on costs, some towns and states in the US will give you a break, like Vermont.

Transitioning your team to remote? Here’s how to manage the transition, evaluate performance, and more!

If you’re a leader, manager, or founder, building a self-sufficient team is an important skill to help you scale yourself and your company’s efforts. Read about how I made the transition with my team at my previous startup BizeeBee, and how my former co-founder/CTO transitioned our engineering team.

Two books that helped us out were Rework and Remote by the team at Basecamp (formerly 37 signals).

Zapier also has a great post on how to evaluate remote employees performance. They also have a full guide that I highly recommend.

Are there other companies out there that have fully embraced remote work?

We’ve talked about the difference between remote-friendly (just a few folks working remote) and remote-first (everyone on the team working remote) companies. If you’re curious about what companies are fully remote and how they operate, here are 25 that Zapier shares in their post.

And if you’re curious about their processes, check out the pilot episode of Build with Ben Congleton CEO and Co-Founder of Olark, as he discusses how Olark has built a happy and productive remote team over the years by thinking through values, communication methods, and so on.

They even have a full section of their blog devoted to employees sharing stories of how remote working has benefited them and busting a number of myths, such as, “If I am working from home, I am slacking.” Plus ways to help you decide if remote working is right for you, and if you love water cooler conversations, how you can still make those happen on a remote team.

Are you on a remote team?

If so, what are some other resources you’d recommend to those who are currently considering becoming a remote worker or leading a remote team? Let us know in the comments below!

And please share what has worked for you so others can learn from your experience!

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