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Travel The World: Top 30 Companies Hiring Freelancers – Forbes

With freelancing and remote work, it’s possible to travel the world and live anywhere. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

Tovah Burstein and her husband had been living and working in Chicago, but they were tired of being tied down by the 9-5 and wanted to travel. So they took a chance, moved into a trailer home and began exploring the country. “He’s a nurse, so we decided to try travel nursing,” says Burstein, 32. “I left my great job and started looking for remote work.”

Burstein turned to the company FlexJobs, which offers a database of companies offering flexible opportunities in over 50 career categories. She found a position freelancing for a rare disease foundation, which allowed her to work while moving from one state to another and visiting lots of national parks. 

She soon got her dream job: She was hired as the foundation’s full-time (but remote!) program manager. “I answer patient emails, manage their patient registry and create most of their communications,” says Burstein. “This is year two for us. Digital work has allowed us to see the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Channel Islands, the Tetons and the Oregon coast.”

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Tovah Burstein (right) and her husband are traveling, thanks to freelance work.

Burstein is not alone. According to a recent survey by FlexJobs, a fifth of freelancers are digital nomads. And the survey results show that freelancers are more likely to report enjoying work than non-freelancers. Freelance work can be empowering and provide more work flexibility — and better work-life balance — than many traditional arrangements,” says Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs

According to FlexJobs, the freelance economy has grown to represent 35% of the total U.S. workforce or 55 million Americans, and the range of opportunities has grown in the past 10 years, too.

The site recently compiled a list of the top 30 companies hiring freelancers, which was based on an analysis of over 40,000 companies and looked specifically at their freelance job posting history in FlexJobs’ database between the end of April and end of July 2017. 

According to the database, the most common categories for freelance jobs include computer, IT, project management, accounting, finance and administrative. But there are opportunities in other industries, and some of the more surprising freelance job listings include pharmacist, veterinarian and (get this) weather anchor. Whatever career you choose, freelancing can be a great way to see the world.

Below are the top 30 companies with the most freelance job postings.

freelance digital nomad

According to a recent survey by FlexJobs, a fifth of freelancers are digital nomads. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

  1. Kelly Services
  2. Real Staffing
  3. netPolarity
  4. Creative Group
  5. Kforce
  6. Ajilon
  7. ManpowerGroup
  8. Day & Zimmerman
  9. TEKsystems
  10. Eagle
  11. BBC Worldwide
  12. Paladin
  13. IFG – International Financial Group
  14. Accenture
  15. CyraCom
  16. Modis
  17. VocoVision
  18. Dahl Consulting
  19. Computer Futures
  20. Hired by Matrix
  21. Lannick Group
  22. Accounting Principals
  23. Vaco
  24. Horizontal Integration
  25. Clarity Consultants
  26. AFIRM
  27. Georgia Military College – GMC
  28. On-Board Companies
  29. Sunbelt Staffing
  30. CBC Radio-Canada

Travel The World: Top 30 Companies Hiring Freelancers – Forbes

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