Job security is currently a challenge for young people worldwide. Job insecurity is nothing new, however. Other generations also suffered from unemployment or job scarcity. The difference between the depression era and now is that the world is more connected than ever. This hyper-connectivity is actually advantageous to those looking for work and freedom of movement.
Internet accessibility means that people no longer have to be tied to their local communities to find gainful employment. You can certainly start your own online business if local employment is hard to find. But many people prefer the stability of working for an employer, while still having freedom to work from home. In the latter case, there are several companies leading the way in remote work. Here are two of them.
Automattic, whose CEO brought you WordPress, has led the way in remote work form its very inception. Whereas the company once had a headquarters in San Francisco, it has now completely done away with a physical office, and 100% of its workers are remote, and spread across the globe.
Automattic offers remote, full-time employment opportunities which include health benefits, a home office stipend, opportunities for networking throughout the year, and more.
With 30% of the world’s websites being created via the WordPress Content Management System, and a company valued at over $1 billion, Automattic proves that hiring remote workers pays off.
You Need a Budget (YNAB)
This personal budgeting software started from humble beginnings: just a guy and his excel spreadsheets to keep his budget organized. But after noticing many people didn’t properly manage their money, Jesse Mecham turned his spreadsheets into a software. And then he turned that software into a successful business—because everyone needs a budget.
YNAB’s personnel work 100% remotely. The company offers perks, excellent benefits, and treats both US Employees and International Contractors the same way. Whether contractors or employees, workers enjoy full benefits, company perks, mandatory 3-week vacation (plus a 2-week Christmas break), and more.
YNAB has now been in business for 14 years—proof that a company with remote workers can be just as successful as brick-and-mortar businesses.