FlexJobs Releases 3rd Annual List of Virtual Companies: Highlights 125 That Embrace Remote Work

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Computer/IT, HR/Recruiting & Education the top three industries for fully virtual companies

"The bottom line is that a virtual company can be just as viable, professional, and successful as a traditional on-site company, and even more so," said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs.

For the third year in a row, FlexJobs, a virtual company itself, has analyzed hundreds of companies to find those that operate with fully or heavily distributed workforces. These 125 virtual companies allow all, or mostly all, of their team members to telecommute 100 percent of the time, with computer/IT, HR/recruiting and education the most represented industries on the list. Virtual companies operate across many industries, though, such as accounting, health, law, marketing, non-profit, news/media, sports, travel and others.

When, where, and how people are working has changed dramatically over the last ten years. Telecommuting has grown 103 percent over the last decade in the United States and estimates project that 50 percent of people will work remotely by 2020. While many companies have begun to integrate remote work options into their traditional on-site work environment, there is a growing trend of companies that fully embrace remote work as an integral part of their business models.

“Being able to choose where and when we work empowers us to be more productive, more engaged, and more balanced in every aspect of our lives,” said Adam Schwartz, Articulate Founder and CEO. “After fourteen years as a fully remote company, we’re convinced a distributed environment isn’t just good for our employees. It’s also one of the key reasons we’ve been so successful as a company,” Schwartz concluded.

This is the third list of virtual companies FlexJobs has published, and each year has represented the growth of and interest in these remote-friendly work environments. FlexJobs listed 26 virtual companies in 2014 and then 76 virtual companies in 2015 and now up to 125 virtual companies in this year’s list, indicating that more businesses are turning to remote work as a sustainable and legitimate workplace model. The diversity of companies represented also demonstrates that the remote work model can be applied regardless of company size and/or industry.

For example, Greenback Expat Tax Services provides virtual tax services, Aha! is a product roadmapping software, LoveToKnow is an online media company, Collage.com provides software tools to make custom art pieces, Tropical Travelers provides travel concierge services, TeamSnap is the number one resource for sports team management and GitHub is the world’s largest code host. All are on this year’s list.

“The bottom line is that a virtual company can be just as viable, professional, and successful as a traditional on-site company, and even more so,” said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “Working outside the confines of the traditional brick and mortar environment can open doors to re-evaluate the fundamental ways work is viewed and done. In FlexJobs’ own virtual environment, we have built new and useful processes, learned how to collaborate creatively with each other, and grown a healthy, vibrant company culture, not in spite of our lack of headquarters, but largely because of it.”

A wide variety of professional roles can be performed remotely. A sample of positions these virtual companies are currently hiring include Email Marketing Channel & Campaign Manager, VP of Finance, iOS Developer, Public Relations Professional, Campaign Director, Director of Business Development, Community Support Specialist and more.

Additional facts supporting the growing popularity of telecommuting:

Telecommuting grew 6.5 percent in 2014 alone, the largest year-over-year increase since before the recession.
Half of American employees hold a job that is compatible with telework
More than 2/3 of employers report increased productivity among their telecommuters.
In 2015, FlexJobs experienced a 36 percent increase in remote jobs posted.

To see the full list of the 125 companies, please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/virtual-companies-that-embrace-remote-working/

To request additional information, please contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner(at)flexjobs(dot)com.

About FlexJobs
FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With flexible job listings in over 50 career categories, and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time, FlexJobs offers job seekers a safe, easy, and efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible job listings. Having helped over one million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared on CNN and Marketplace Money and in TIME, Forbes, Fortune, and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. FlexJobs' Founder & CEO Sara Sutton Fell has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility. Sutton Fell is also the creator of The TRaD* Works Conference (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams.

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