My short bio: Years ago I worked for a company in-house. Due to my family situation, I had to move. Fortunately my company allowed me to work remotely. I did that for a few years and wanted a change, but didn't want to go back to work in an office. Thus, SkipTheDrive was born.

My Proof: https://www.skipthedrive.com/reddit-proof/

EDIT: To clarify, SkipTheDrive resembles an aggregator in that jobs are displayed from across the web, but doesn't actually crawl/scrape the web for jobs. I get most of my jobs from a third-party and am a publishing partner. I wasn't clear enough earlier with this.

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jetiro_now1355 karma

Most remote jobs ads are scams, intended to harvest contact details of job-seekers. Would you assure your website visitors about the security of their info? Do you verify the job ads and how?

skipthedrive84 karma

You do have to be careful with many of the so-called work-from-home jobs out there for sure. Some companies have been brought to my attention as being questionable, so I end up filtering them from my results. I do not verify the jobs, as it's impossible for me to do so since many are not posted directly to my site and are imported from a third-party provider. As far as security/privacy is concerned, I cannot guarantee anything once users leave my site. Remember, SkipTheDrive acts as an aggregator. Results for remote jobs show up on my site, and when users click on they, will most likely get redirected to another site.

As for my site (SkipTheDrive), I do take privacy seriously and abide by the GDPR that was rolled out last year.

EDIT: To clarify, SkipTheDrive resembles an aggregator in that jobs are displayed from across the web, but doesn't crawl/scrape the web for jobs. I get the jobs from a third-party and am a publishing partner. I wasn't clear enough earlier with this.

beebish50 karma

Do remote jobs have comparable pay to office jobs or do they tend to pay less?

skipthedrive39 karma

I'd say somewhat comparable, but some people might argue that in order to move up the ladder it's better to be onsite.

Obviously if you live on the other side of the world and work for a U.S. company, there's a great chance that you'll make more than if you were to work onsite.

kangareagle16 karma

Obviously if you live on the other side of the world and work for a U.S. company, there's a great chance that you'll make more than if you were to work onsite.

Why?

skipthedrive20 karma

Let me clarify a bit - if you live in a location where the average salary is very low (say, $10K/year) and are a software developer, there's a good chance that you can make much more for a U.S. company where salaries are higher.

ldaisy101714 karma

I agree with you on the moving up the ladder point. I am full remote for my employer, and they give preference to onsite workers in hiring for better positions. Of course, they don’t openly say that, but it’s clear when applying and seeing onsite people get to move on to something else.

At my employer, onsite and remote for my position are paid the same, but onsite receive more perks, like free desk massages and food all the time and giveaways.

skipthedrive10 karma

I hear you. And TBH, working remotely isn't for everybody. Some people really need more human interaction and go stir-crazy if working from home.

purpleglitteralpaca47 karma

Do you use a bot or a human to find these remote jobs? I looked through the jobs relevant to me and many are not remote, but since you go to the client’s home, and the word “home” is listed it got pulled and added to your site.

skipthedrive3 karma

Good question – I pulled these in through a third-party using an API. Every now and then a job like you mentioned might slip to the cracks, but I try to filter them out. Would you mind sending me the link of the job in question?

purpleglitteralpaca27 karma

Check out your medical and insurance positions.

skipthedrive11 karma

will do, thanks

baesicallysteve21 karma

How long do you think it takes for the average job seeker to find a remote job?

skipthedrive-1 karma

Wow, good question. I'm not involved in the hiring process, so that is a hard metric for me to gauge. In fact, I don't usually communicate with people using my site unless they email me directly. My site acts like an aggregator, in that people jobs from all over the web are posted to my site. When people are interested in a particular job, they contact the hiring manager (or apply) directly there. So yeah, I'm pretty much hands-off when it comes to that.

EDIT: To clarify, SkipTheDrive resembles an aggregator in that jobs are displayed from across the web, but doesn't crawl/scrape the web for jobs. I get the jobs from a third-party and am a publishing partner. I wasn't clear enough earlier with this.

diemunkiesdie13 karma

So how do you make money then?

skipthedrive15 karma

Revenue share and paid job postings.

ohmoimarie7 karma

Would you describe yourself as the indeed for remote jobs?

skipthedrive1 karma

hehe, I would love to be the one-stop-shop for people seeking remote jobs!

In a sense, yes, in that Indeed is an aggregator and my site behaves like an aggregator. Indeed, as well as SkipTheDrive, allow for employer job postings.

ohmoimarie2 karma

Who would you recommend a remote job for?

skipthedrive18 karma

  • People who are environmentally conscious and don't want to drive a lot
  • People who don't have transportation
  • People who are introverted
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People who just plain prefer working alone
  • People who need a bit more flexibility in their schedule for whatever reasons (assuming they can agree with the employer to have a bit more flexibility)
  • People living in rural areas with not much local opportunity

Keep in mind that working remotely is not always an all-or-nothing setup. Sometimes people are able to work remotely part of the time.

Into_the_groove7 karma

I work mostly remote. I'm a solution architect that's in the virutalization world.

Remote is great for people who work in place where there are no desks. My current contract has east/west coast US based datacenters, a europe and asia datacenters as well. I log into all of them during different parts of the day. It makes no sense be anything but remote. I'm always remote no matter what datacenter I'm using.

skipthedrive3 karma

True, sometimes working remotely makes the most sense (especially from an employer's perspective).

jimbojonesboner6 karma

Do you work from home?

skipthedrive1 karma

Yes, running my site and periodic freelance web-dev/SEO

Angoth4 karma

Why does your site have a field to narrow a search by location?

skipthedrive5 karma

Good question - believe it or not, some people actually want this. Another reason is that some jobs are partially remote and want you to be within a certain proximity of their location for periodic meetups.

Zimpotchi4 karma

Q: I would like to ask you the most important question of all, can you save my burning soul from my dead end job? I want to leave Florida but I'm scared of not being financially stable after I up and leave my prior life behind.. it's scary

skipthedrive2 karma

What type of job are you looking to do? I don't personally assist in the recruiting process, but I can take a quick look to see if there are listings you might be interested in.

ColdCrimson3 karma

My dad has a list of medical issues, which causes his body to react to pain massively and a big portion of his days are spent laying in bed/in the bathroom. He wants to have a job, but due to his issues if he were to have a job outside of home he'd probably spend a good majority of it in the nearest bathroom/sitting down somewhere because he bent his arm the wrong way. He does a lot of graphic design and music when he can though. Is there any remote jobs that my dad would qualify for?

skipthedrive3 karma

Sorry to hear about your Dad's situation. There are remote graphic design jobs listed on my site, but I didn't notice any music positions.

https://www.skipthedrive.com/jobs/?search=graphic+design&findjobs=Search

saaaaad_panda3 karma

Hey man, I currently have a few positions I’d be looking to pay $500 a month for basically reading a few newspaper articles a day on casino news in various countries and letting me know if something happens (looking specifically for bilingual speakers). Would that fit your site?

skipthedrive3 karma

Do you have a link to the job description?

lordsaladito2 karma

Is it just for the US?

skipthedrive2 karma

Currently the jobs listed are all in the U.S., but I hope to expand in the future.

Fickle_Penguin2 karma

Do you have any graphic design, illustration, or elearning jobs?

skipthedrive3 karma

I do see graphic design job listings.

BagelJawn2 karma

Are these permanent or contract type roles?

skipthedrive5 karma

Mostly permanent.

separation_of_powers2 karma

Do you plan expanding the recruitment opportunities beyond the US?

skipthedrive2 karma

Not now, but possibly down the road.

valueyoghurt1 karma

I want to work remotely but don’t know where to start. I look into it so often and just end up getting overwhelmed. I’d like to work full time and build a life for myself. I’m at rock bottom. What’s the best place to start? I’m in the UK and I can’t find any remote jobs here.

skipthedrive2 karma

Have you tried reaching out to U.S. companies to see if they'll allow you to work remotely, even though you might not be a U.S. citizen?

PENNST8alum1 karma

How did you go about marketing your website to employers? Do you offer free job postings to get them to use your platform vs. say, indeed, linkedin, etc.?

skipthedrive2 karma

When I first rolled my site out I was heavily marketing to employers, whereas now I heavily market to job seekers and barely to employers :) I did offer free (and cheap) job postings for a while, but at a certain point realized I was heavily focused on employers when I really needed to build up my job seeker traffic.

vulenti1 karma

are these jobs something a full-time college student can do to get money in their pocket? If so, what should they apply for

skipthedrive2 karma

My guess is that you're probably in search of part-time, remote work since you're a full-time student. You might be interested in customer service/support jobs.

AlexP2221 karma

Are most of the jobs available on a full time basis or is it mostly contract work?

skipthedrive2 karma

Most are full time

Theskinilivein1 karma

Are the job offers limited to the US or someone from another country (i.e. México) could apply?

skipthedrive3 karma

I get these types of questions a lot. Because companies have different requirements, it would really all depend on whether or not they have restrictions on non-U.S. residents.

Theskinilivein1 karma

Thank you.

skipthedrive2 karma

You bet :)