Finding Remote Jobs: A Review of Indeed

Updated on September 6, 2017
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Paola Bassanese is a freelance author and writer specialising in food, lifestyle and entertainment.

Indeed Company Profile

Founded in 2004 by Paul Forster and Rony Kahan, Indeed receives 200 million unique visits per month and is available in 28 languages.

Online Reviews of Indeed

At the time of writing, online reviews for Indeed are not stellar; however, it is worth digging a bit deeper into the reviews. For example, on Trustpilot the average rating is 3.1 out of 10 (poor). This is because most of the users who had a negative experience mentioned a list of technical issues with the website. The most mentioned complaint was from employers not being happy with the charging model or the quality of candidates, and from job seekers with the quality of the search results.

At times, sponsored opportunities clutter the search results; they also appear on each results page.

Another website, Consumer Affairs, rates Indeed 2 stars out of 5. While most of the complaints are similar to the ones on Trustpilot, there are a few positive comments from contractors who found jobs on the site and had a good experience.

The site will check advertisers before publishing their job ads, but with most automated processes some fake jobs may still slip through the net.

How To Use Indeed To Find Remote Jobs

The first step is to type in “remote” in the “where” field. This will render a list of available remote, freelance and work from home jobs available.

The results may vary and include roles that are not suitable (sometimes a job description will quote “this is not a remote position” and it will display in the search results).

You can refine the search in the “what” field according to your expertise. Try different keywords to make sure you are exploring all types of opportunities.

Unfortunately, old search results will appear (at times, job adverts that are 30 days old), so there are some technical issues, which need ironing out. However, in the advanced search you can select to display results by date and, under the category “age” you can select to display only the latest job adverts (for example, within the last 3, 7 or 15 days.

The advanced search also allows you to filter results by salary estimate.

Finding Work

Typical Remote Roles You’ll Find on Indeed

Most of the remote roles advertised on the site include:

  • Customer service agent
  • Content writer
  • Software testing
  • IT consultant
  • Web/mobile designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Video editor
  • SEO specialist
  • Medical and technical writer
  • Social media and PR consultant
  • Translator

You can also choose to receive regular email alerts for the latest remote jobs. However, if you prefer not to have too many messages in your inbox, you can set a reminder in your calendar to check the website on a weekly basis (or whichever frequency you prefer). Also, considering the level of online complaints from users about technical glitches with the website, as mentioned earlier, my suggestion would be not to receive automated emails.

Do not underestimate sponsored job posts – they tend to be from reputable companies that want to fill positions quickly. There are some downsides in sponsored posts, the most obvious one being that a few of them can be out-dated. However, these posts may also be recurring (for example, agencies continually looking for candidates).

Types of Employers

On Indeed you will find both client advertising location-independent positions and agencies. Agencies will tend to offer a lower going rate because they need to charge a commission to their clients, however they might be able to give you more projects.

Compared to other websites that specialise entirely on freelance positions, Indeed has a lower number of remote jobs, however they are likely to pay better than other websites that specialise only in freelance work.

Check the Payment Terms

Each client you will be working with will probably have different payment terms. If you are comfortable with waiting 30 days or up to 60 days for payment, then this is not an issue. However, it’s advisable to check upfront. It’s always a good idea to look at online reviews of the client to see if they pay on time and if they tend to offer regular work or only sporadic work.

Finding Freelance Writing Work

I used Indeed to find remote content creation work. The first thing I noticed is that, once you submit your CV, you also need to pass a writing test. In my opinion, this is a good thing, because it helps the employer to filter out unsuitable candidates and provides a level of assurance to candidates that only high quality work will be accepted. Quality work attracts better rates of pay. You may need to wait 2-3 weeks for the results, and a bit longer to start a new writing project. In other words, expect a waiting time of about a month from the day you sent your CV.

Companies will ask you about your minimum rate per article or per 500-1000 words or per word. Of course, it is up to you to pitch your minimum rate at an acceptable level, and it is your priority to reject a project if it doesn’t pay a good rate.

In my experience, I found that on average my success rate in getting projects was approximately 1 in 5, i.e., for every 5 CVs (and sometimes writing test) sent, a client would contact me expressing an interest in working with me. From then, the negotiation started and sometimes I had to reject projects as the minimum rate offered wasn’t enough.

Pros and Cons of Using Indeed for Remote Jobs

Pros
Cons
High quality positions
Low number of opportunities
Good pay
Admission tests (for some jobs)
Reputable companies
Many sponsored job ads
No fees for candidates and no commissions on completed projects
Waiting time (clients may take a while to reply to your application)

The Verdict

Finding the “perfect” jobs website for freelance/remote work is probably impossible, because most websites will have their pros and cons.

If you are looking to start work immediately, Indeed may not be the right platform, because clients may take weeks to respond. Also, some clients may have 30 to 60 days payment terms, so this can affect your cash flow.

It is likely that you find reputable companies on the site, from established businesses to education institutions.

Indeed may have some issues, but as a popular jobs site, it is a useful source for remote jobs, alongside other websites.

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