The Beginner’s Guide to Building a Remote Team
Chapter 3: Where to Find Remote Employees
Not every employee is willing to work remotely. Not surprisingly, the best places to find remote workers are on the web. Here’s a list to get you started.
Traditional job boards can be a great place to find remote workers. Most will have a telecommunication sections, but if they don’t, you can still indicate this in ad copy. You will probably already be familiar with most of the jobs boards in your industry and if not a quick Google search will reveal many.
Here are a few startup specific job boards that cover a range of skills and positions:
- Fresh Gigs
- Mashable Job Board
- Startup Agents
- Startup North
- Startup Zone
- Venture Loop
Remote workers are usually quite entrepreneurial. They are used to promoting themselves and curating content around their niche. Find virtual assistants and industry specific professionals by searching for the related keywords in Twitter. When you find someone interesting, check out their website and decide if you’re interested in contacting them.
There are a couple ways you can use Facebook groups to find remote workers. One way is to search for industry groups and post an ad there. This will get your ad in front of the eyes of a lot or professionals for free. Another way is to post is groups you’re already a part. There might be someone there who fits the profile you’re looking for and they’re more likely to have the same core values as you do.
LinkedIn is a great place to find employees, whether or not they’re remote. Do a search for the job title you’re looking to fill, or search the members of related groups. You’ll be able to take a look at a potential candidates job history and portfolio before you get in touch. Often, candidates who are looking for a job will indicate so on their profile.
There are a lot of niche specific networks such as Dribble that show off workers’ portfolios. They can be a great place to find potential candidates to reach out to.
While they’re typically used for single projects job auctions, many of these websites can actually be used to hire long-term employees. Plus you’ll get the chance to try them out first before making a permanent job offer.
There are are number of websites that specifically facilitate hiring remote workers. Often these workers are located other countries so they may even come at a lower cost depending on where you’re located.
Classifieds can actually be a great place to find employees. Leave job listings in any relevant category. You can use some or the more well-known online classifieds as well as your local newspaper.
Ask around. One the best ways to hire is through referrals. As you your friends, family, and colleagues if they know someone great that fits the role you’re looking to fill. This is often the best way to find a new hire—remote or otherwise.