50 Great Remote Working Resources

23. January 2015

We spent weeks reading hundreds of guides on remote working to compile 50 of the best resources that will help startups understand it’s never been easier to manage a distributed team.

The following resources and guides will show you how, and why, you should seriously be considering remote working at your startup.

Working Remotely

It’s Clearly Undefined, but Telecommuting is Fast on the Rise – This New York Times article discusses the rise of the remote workforce and who is a ‘typical’ telecommuter.

10 Good Reasons Why Working Remotely Makes Sense – Ten reasons and examples why telecommuting is here to stay.

Is Your Company a Good Fit for Remote Working? – This CEO lists seven important factors to consider when deciding to create a remote working team.

Why Working Remotely is Better for Business – An argument for working remotely as well as tips for how to do it efficiently and effectively.

The Way to Close Tech’s Gender Gap? – An interesting suggestion that hiring more remote workers could help close the gender gap in the tech industry.

How SaaS is Driving Remote Working – This post looks at how software is changing what we think of as ‘doing work’.

Why Isn’t Remote Work More Popular? – A post showing why remote work may actually be more common and popular than many think.

One Day Offices Will Be A Thing Of The Past – From Richard Branson himself.

At Automattic Employees All Work From Home And Travel To Exotic Locations – The majority of Automattic’s employees work remotely…and then meet up in awesome places.

Working Remotely Saves Money – Though there a lot of employee benefits with working remotely, companies can also benefit with increased productivity and lower costs.

7 Great Reasons To Encourage Working Remotely – A couple years ago Yahoo! made the move to reel in remote workers to increase productivity. This post shows why working remotely can actually help benefit your team, your business and your bottom line.

How Github Makes Working Remotely Not Suck – Approximately 75% of Github’s 245 employees work remotely. This video explains how they do it.

Remote Work Can Work – While working remotely is an ideal situation for some people, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies.

The Science Behind Why Remote Working Works – Quickly being able to get into work mode and increase employee happiness are just a couple ways remote working works.

Give People The Freedom Of Where To Work – Working remotely has never been easier…if you hire the right team.

Flexible Workspaces: Employee Perk or Business Tool to Recruit Top Talent? – Yes, many employees appreciate the flexibility to work where they want and having that option is a major perk, but it’s also a tool companies can use for their own benefit.

Rethinking Agile In An Office-less World – A call for applying the agile practices of an office-centric world to an office-less world from a partner at 37 Signals.

Why Coworking Is a Hit for Telecommuters and Entrepreneurs – Though people enjoy not being tied to an office, they still like an office space. This post takes a quick glimpse into the world of coworking spaces.

Why Small Businesses Are Building Remote Workforces – Business Insider highlights why working remotely really works – better talent, happier employees and an emphasis on productivity.

Death Of The Office And Rise Of The Telecommuter – A collection of stats and figures proving remote work is on the rise.

For Employers

How To Build a Telework Team That Gets Things Done – A great guide for how to handle hiring remote employees.

5 Reasons Why Your Company Should Be Distributed – Automattic’s CEO shares his top five reasons why you should consider a distributed team model for your company.

21 Months in: How to Manage a Remote Team – This detailed post clearly explains how one company has made the distributed team model work for them and how they continue to manage the business.

Going Virtual: Hiring the Right Team for Remote Work – Another post with tips and examples of how to hire the right people for your distributed team.

Are We There Yet? – A CEO who recently transferred his business to a remote working model shares how his, and his team’s, communication has changed for the better.

How to Build and Manage a Team of Remote Writers – Many companies start out with remote employees that work as virtual assistants or content creators. This post from Hubspot details how you should, and should not, go about building a reliable team of remote writers.

10 Essential Tips to Manage Remote Employees – These ten tips for managers are not only effective, but also fun and thoughtful.

Managing Remote Teams: Key Lessons on Hiring, Culture, and Productivity from 4 Top Startups– There’s a ton of information, tips and examples in this post highlighting how four companies have utilized the distributed team model.

From 3 to 16: How to Hire and Build a Remote Team– Insightful tips for building a remote team including defining characteristics of a top-notch remote worker and how to find remote candidates.

Bosses Without Borders: Essential Tools For Managing Remote Workers – A great list of tools including services for time tracking, payroll and invoicing.

How to Run a Company Retreat for a Remote Team – Though you don’t necessarily need to have your team in the same place to work together, it’s still important to put in face time, interacting and getting to know each other on another level.

For Employees

How to Ace a Remote Interview – A great infographic from Hubstaff on how to land the remote job you want.

10 Lessons from 4 Years Working Remotely at Automattic – This first-person account of adjusting to working as part of a remote team is a great read for those just starting to figure out their personal schedule and the way the work best.

Why Cruise Ships are My Favorite Remote Work Location – Ever spent your workday on a cruise ship?

The Rise of the Remote Worker, or How to Work from Home Without Getting Fired – This article from Time is especially helpful for employees who are trying to convince their managers to let them work remotely.

14 Ways Our Remote Team Stays Sane While Working from Home – Whether you’re the founder or last employee hired, working remotely and often from home can make you go a little stir crazy. See if one of these 14 activities will help you battle cabin fever.

5 Tricks to Get More Done While Working Remotely – This post is part personal account, part clever tips for helping you focus while working remotely and get stuff done!

Working Remotely: Does The Research Prove It Won’t Work For You? – While “commuting” from your bed to your kitchen table may sound appealing, not everyone is cut out for working remotely. Here are some things you should consider before making the switch to working out of the office.

Work from Home: The Top 100 Companies Offering Telecommuting Jobs in 2015 – Looking for a job where you can work from home? Many startups and smaller companies offer flexible working schedules, but this list also highlights some of the world’s biggest companies that hire remote workers.

Handy Tools

10 Awesome Remote ToolsWith more than 13,000 cloud-based tools in its marketplace, Serchen is more familiar than most companies with what services are out there. These are the ten tools they use to mange their distributed team and business everyday. 

What Remote Working Means and the Tools We Use at Buffer – Watch Buffer’s founders share what tools they use to keep a physically spread out team on the same page.

17 Tools for Remote Workers – A great list of seventeen useful tools from A to Z: Air BnB to Every Time Zone.

80 Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Productivity Tools – We gathered personal tips from 80 entrepreneurs to see what tools keep them organized, productive and moving their business forward.

11 Tools That Allow us to Work from Anywhere on Earth as a Distributed Company – You’ll start to see some of the same tools mentioned over and over – and for good reason – they help get the job done!

Build Trust with Remote Teams by Tracking Time – The two scenarios in the post show how time tracking and regular updates can help a remote team make their deliverables on time.

The Complete Remote Work Toolset For Distributed Teams – Twenty-three tools to make working remotely easier and more efficient.

First-hand Experiences

What We Learned By Abandoning The Shackles Of An Office To Become A Remote Company – Customer.io tested out remote working in 2013 and then decided to become a distributed team. This post shares what their experiences have been like thus far and explains how working with a distributed team makes it easier to hire excellent talent.

The Benefits and Challenges of Remote Working – Companies that have remote workers have a special set of benefits and challenges. This post pinpoints some of the challenges and how they can be handled.

Remote Working – Three Year Retrospective – Wondering what An Etsy employee shares his experience after three years working remotely for the company – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Lessons From 2 Months Of Remote Working – This post about transitioning from a location-based team to a distributed team also lists helpful tools and tips to keep in mind.

The Pros & Cons of Being a Remote Team (& How We Do It) – An honest look at the advantages and challenges of running a business with a remote team.

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