Original article posted January 2014 | Updated August 2017
Work is changing. No longer content to sit out the 9-5, more people than ever before are turning to flexible work opportunities. For some that means freelancing, while others grab the opportunity to combine work with travel. Entrepreneurs working remotely no longer have to choose between work and life — they can wander freely and keep their business virtual with the help of virtual phone solutions, live receptionist call answering support and a recognized business address.
For those who don’t follow the path of self-employment, there is an amazing and ever-growing pool of flexible companies offering remote work.
Every year FlexJobs, an employment service that helps connect job-seekers with legitimate flexible and work-from-home job opportunities, puts together a list of companies offering remote opportunities for virtual office workers.
The 2017 list features the top 100 companies that posted the most work-from-home jobs throughout the previous 12 months according to the FlexJobs database, which currently lists over 47,000 companies. FlexJobs’ research found that remote job listings increased by 11 percent from 2015 to 2016, and 52 percent in the last two years, suggesting sustained and solid growth in flexible job opportunities.
As of the beginning of 2017, the top 100 list of remote jobs features an impressive range of companies including Amazon, LiveOps, Hilton Worldwide, Dell, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Salesforce, Adobe, and many more.
“The results of this year’s list are in line with the overall growth trends we’re observing in the flexible job marketplace, with increasingly diverse companies turning to the ‘TRaD’ (or telecommuting, remote, and distributed) model of work as an integrated business practice,” said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, in a statement.
Sutton Fell is much more than the founder of FlexJobs — she’s an advocate for flexible work and its ability to help more people achieve greater work/life balance. Her company adopts a flexible approach, too. Find out more about how FlexJobs operates a remote work strategy in our recent interview with Sara Sutton Fell.