Forward thinking companies that let you work from anywhere

Work from home is cool but work from anywhere is cooler.

Work from home policies are now common place for most companies employing knowledge workers. It's becoming harder to find strict 100% office-only teams. Amazon are the latest to give in.

How we work is evolving. Alarm clocks, stress-inducing commutes and sitting in a cubicle between 9-5 now seem ridiculous.


In the middle of the work from home excitement we forgot to ask what freedom actually means though. For many, working from home has only replicated office stress in a different location:

  • Still stuck to a strict 9-5 schedule
  • Jumping on and off Zoom calls all day long
  • Slack pinging constantly on your desktop with questions that need answering

That's nobody's idea of freedom. To get to the next level of remote work freedom is to be able to work from anywhere.

Work From Anywhere vs. Work From Home

Work from anywhere policies mean not only location independence but time independence.

Timezones don't matter for work from anywhere teams. Most communication will be async. You are judged on outcomes rather than hours worked. Trust is granted instead of micromanaging.

Companies that have adopted work from anywhere policies miles ahead of the competition for attracting talent. Smart people are flocking to companies that are promoting freedom in how they work rather than where they work.

Some of the best teams we know with work from anywhere policies are:

  • Doist
  • Zapier
  • Github
  • Remote
  • Discourse
  • Gitbook
  • Hubstaff
  • Sketch
  • Muckrack
  • Podia

Doist

Doist lets its people work from anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions on locations. In 2021 their 109 employees are spread across 31 countries. Employees are encouraged to work no more than 40 h weeks during the time of day that fits them best.

Other benefits:

  • Doisters get 8 weeks of PTO per year.
  • New parents receive 5 weeks of paid parental leave in addition to 13 weeks of paid pregnancy-related medical leave.
  • Find the co-working space that’s right for you and Doist will cover the expense.

Find open positions here.

Zapier

Zapier are spread across 17 time zones in 28 countries. Employees work on a schedule that fits their lives best. They communicate asynchronously via Slack and other working tools. Even though Zapier is 100 % distributed it doesn't hold them back from building bonds and having fun.

Other benefits:

  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • 14 weeks paid leave for new parents
  • Profit sharing and retirement plan with 4% company match

Find open positions here.

Github

Github is a remote first company with offices located throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Whether you live near an office or not, GitHub believes you can do your best work wherever you are. At Github you set your own working schedule built on a balance of autonomy and collaborative teamwork.

Other benefits:

  • Flexible PTO plan when you need to recharge
  • Five months of paid family leave to all new parents
  • 401k planning with a 50% company match

Find open positions here.


Remote

Remote's entire team are working remotely from their chosen location. They don’t have any offices and believe that people can do their best work anywhere in the world. Remote is built on a culture of trust, and the employees are trusted to manage their own working hours to create a work-life balance.

Other benefits:

  • Unlimited personal time off
  • Asynchronous communication
  • Access to mental health support through Modern Health

Find open positions here.

Discourse

Discourse is a completely remote company, working from 19 different countries and 12 different time zones. Discourse coordinates their work via their own tool “discourse”. Discourse loves asynchronous communication, keeping interruptions like instant messaging, calls and meetings to a minimum. This enables them to work flexible hours.

Other benefits:

  • Five weeks of vacation, plus all major holidays
  • Yearly world meetup, an all-expenses-paid week once every year
  • Asynchronous communication

Find open positions here.

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Gitbook

Gitbook works from anywhere. Their team members are based around the world including France, UK, US, Greece, Netherlands and Earth.

Other benefits:

  • 5 weeks PTO, plus local public holidays
  • Budget for co-working space
  • Team off-sites every quarter

See open positions here.

Hubstaff

Hubbstaff is a fully remote company that believes a global talent pool is a competitive advantage. They have no corporate campus, no cubicles and non geographic limits. they work smarter not harder.

Other benefits:

  • ​​Team members are not expected to work more than 40 hrs/wk
  • Annual retreats
  • 25 days of Annual paid time off

Find open positions here.

Sketch

Sketch has been a fully distributed company since day one. They never had an office and they don't plan to open one. Being remote-first means they place a lot of value on freedom and trust. Everyone makes decisions and gets things done in a way that makes sense to them.


Other benefits

  • Unlimited vacation, plus extra time for honeymoons, moving and starting a family
  • Annual meetups
  • Company equity

Find open positions here.

Muckrack

Muckrack values flexibility to work from where they are most productive. They stay connected no matter the location.

Other benefits:

  • 401(k) plan
  • Off the grid, PTO
  • Paid parental leave

Find open positions here.

Podia

Podia values unlimited flexibility, work wherever and wherever you want. Podia has extreme autonomy. No micromanaging. If you need to go to a doctor's appointment, take your dog for a walk or see the kids school play, it's no problem; as long as you get your work done with some overlap every day.


Other benefits:

  • Competitive compensation. Podia uses a standardized salary scale set at the 90th percentile of US salaries for each role—regardless of where you are in the world
  • Annual retreats
Find open positions here.

Final thought

Remote work introduced us to the idea that we aren't bound by offices to get work done. Work from home policies were the first step in this evolution. The next big trend is the number of companies that allow working from anywhere. This provides a whole other level of freedom for employees.