More and more, companies are popping up that are completely virtual, meaning their entire team telecommutes 100 percent of the time. According to Flexjobs.com, the number of virtual companies in the United States has grown from 26 in 2014 to 125 in 2016. The reason: huge benefits, such as real estate savings, broader access to talent pools, better retention and a more engaged, loyal and productive workforce.
But it's not only the companies that are benefiting. When it comes to job satisfaction, people who work remotely, even just one day a week, are 48 percent more likely to rate their job satisfaction 10 out of 10 on the happiness scale, according to a recent survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The top reasons: fewer interruptions from colleagues, fewer distractions, reduced stress from commuting, less meetings and minimal office politics — which results in higher productivity overall.
According to Flexjobs, the top industries for virtual companies are computer/IT, HR/recruiting and education. Other industries include accounting, health, law, marketing, nonprofit, news/media, sports and travel. And many of the jobs command a six-figure salary.
Childhood friends Joe Golden and Kevin Borders launched this custom photo products company in 2012, and it quickly grew from $900,000 in revenue to more than $25 million in 2016 — without any outside investment. This explosive growth landed the company on 2016's "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch" list.
Collage.com develops easy-to-use software tools that make creating custom products easy for everyone. Since its launch, the company claims that more than a million customers have used its software to create their own unique products.
According to the company, Collage.com pays its employees anywhere from $80,000 to $140,000-plus and are currently looking to hire front-end software engineers, full-stack software engineers and a software engineering manager.
Perks include 401(k) plan, home internet reimbursement and $3,000 per year in free Collage.com products; 100 percent of the premium for full health, vision and dental insurance coverage for you and your family; flexible work schedule and unlimited vacation policy.
(Pictured here: Collage.com co-founders Joe Golden and Kevin Borders)
Spread out all over the world in more than 50 countries, Automattic claims to make the web a better place formore than a billion people every month. Launched in 2005, the web development company created WordPress, which powers about 27 percent of the web. They are also the brains behind WooCommerce, Jetpack,Simplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Akismet, Gravatar, Polldaddy, Cloudup and more. Their goal: to democratize publishing so that anyone with a story can tell it, regardless of income, gender, politics, language or where they live in the world.
There are currently 235 Automatticians working in 29 countries, 174 cities and 36 U.S. states. Automattic is currently looking to hire several engineers, wranglers, designers and a technical writer.
Benefits include fully paid parental leave, company-sponsored insurance plan, unlimited vacation and a two- to three-month sabbatical encouraged every five years.
(Pictured here: Automattic founder and CEO, Matt Mullenweg)
Articulate claims its online training software is changing the way the world learns. Its e-learning tools, developed to create engaging online courses, quizzes, presentations and surveys, are used by more than 60,000 organizations worldwide, including 93 Fortune 100 companies and 19 top U.S. universities.
Articulate founder and CEO Adam Schwartz started the company in 2002 out of his one-bedroom New York apartment with the help of an SWF file format expert and an Office Object Model expert. Their home base: India and Missouri. Despite the vast distance, Schwartz refused to believe geography should trump talent. To date, the company employs 153 people on its virtual team.
Articulate is currently looking to hire a site reliability engineer, web developer and campaign manager.
(Pictured here: Adam Schwartz, founder and CEO of Articulate)
Launched in 2011, this web development agency emphasizes great user experiences and simple content management. 10up has more than 120 experts in digital strategy and management, software engineering, user experience and interactive design, cloud infrastructure and audience and revenue optimization. "10uppers" are located all over the United States, from New York City to the wilds of Idaho.
Annual revenue is between $15 million and $25 million, said a company spokesperson, adding that salary varies greatly depending on role, geography, seniority, responsibility and tenure, but the very upper end is more than $100K for U.S. employees.
10up believes an international clientele requires a global perspective. They are currently looking for team leads, project managers and engineers. Benefits include paid parental leave; a professional development stipend; health, dental and life insurance; 401(k) with company matching and a professional development stipend.
(Pictured here: The team of 10uppers)
InVision is a free web and mobile prototyping platform that allows UX designers to develop and collaborate with ease. Since its launch in 2011, the company has attracted 2 million users around the globe and 70 percent of Fortune 100 companies, including Disney, IBM, Apple and Verizon. InVision currently employs 300 team members in 19 countries and offers a stipend for employees looking for office space in their hometown.
InVision offers highly competitive salaries plus options packages, along with a generous equipment allowance and travel budget, medical insurance and a free gym membership. The company is looking to boost their sales team, as well as recruit engineers, copywriters, project managers, marketing managers and more.
(Pictured here: InVision co-founders Ben Nadel and Clark Valberg)
Seeq's new approach to software for the process manufacturing industries is enabling companies to quickly and easily derive business insight from their industrial process data. Founded in 2013, Seeq's employees are located all over the United States and Canada. Although headquartered in Seattle, the company sponsors a number of team-building events, such as brewery tours, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and zip-line tours, as well as quarterly company retreats in destination locations, like Arizona and Oregon. Seeq also offers its employees unlimited paid time off.
Seeq offers a highly competitive salary, plus stock options and a strong medical benefits package. The company is currently looking to hire engineers and salespeople.
(Pictured here: The Seeq team at one of their team-building events)
This online media company features stories in business, technology, personal finance, politics, autos, sports, entertainment and life, attracting more than 15,000,000 unique visitors and 100,000,000 page views each month. Named a Quantcast Top 125 website, The Cheat Sheet offers busy mobile readers concise news analyses that can be read quickly. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, The Cheat Sheet was recently ranked as Forbes' No. 1 social media influencer on Wall Street.
The company is currently looking to hire a vice president of business development and an SEO editor. Besides offering competitive pay, health insurance and a generous 401(k) package, The Cheat Sheet encourages its team members to take advantage of their Cheat & Greet program, which pays for employees to go out to dinner, drinks or enjoy an activity with colleagues throughout the country.
(Pictured here: The Cheat Sheet co-founders, Derek and Damien Hoffman)
Worldwide 101 is an international virtual assistant company that provides multilingual support for businesses that want to expand into new international markets. With offices in both the United States and UK, Worldwide 101's virtual assistants serve clients on five continents.
Business-class VAs support entrepreneurs and small-business owners with a wide range of tasks, helping them to succeed and freeing them up to focus on growing their business. Each VA must have more than seven years' experience in their area of expertise, from bookkeeping, executive administration and project management to email marketing, social media, content marketing, WordPress assistance and customer service.
Pay ranges between $15 and $20 per hour, depending on experience.
(Pictured here: Sandra Lewis, founder and CEO of Worldwide 101)
Founded in 2010, Toptal (short for "top talent") is a network of freelance software developers, designers and finance experts. The company, backed by Andreessen Horowitz, among others, provides industry experts to hundreds of companies across the globe, including JPMorgan, Hewlett-Packard, Airbnb, Pfizer and Gucci. Although the company is always looking to add to its network, the Toptal screening process is very rigorous. Many Toptalers hail from Wharton, MIT, CERN and Google.
There are a number of positions currently open at Toptal, in engineering, web design and development, project management, marketing and more.
[Pictured here: Toptal co-founders Taso Du Val (CEO) and Breanden Beneschott (COO)]
Launched in 2013, Aha! creates visual roadmaps for product managers, allowing them to share ideas with ease and lead collaborative teams to build great products. Aha! currently serves more than 100,000 users. Employees can work from anywhere in the United States and select international locations as well.
Twice a year the team gets together in person at a travel destination location to review their progress, plan for the future, keep improving and, most of all, have some fun.
Positions are currently open in engineering, marketing, graphic design and more.
(Pictured here: Brian de Haaff, co-founder and CEO of Aha!)