25 Companies That Let You Work Abroad and How to Plan

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Are you looking to immerse yourself in a new culture or explore the world’s natural diversity?

You may be looking to challenge yourself in ways you can’t if you stay in familiar surroundings. Or, perhaps you’re a military spouse eager to continue your career momentum through an upcoming move.

Whatever the reason for your adventure, becoming a digital nomad and working in another country can open up exciting opportunities for growth and development. And thanks to advances in technology and the globalization of industries, you don’t have to choose between your career and traveling.

If you’re curious about living life as a digital nomad, we’ve gathered some tips and a list of the top 25 companies that allow their staff to work abroad.

How to Work Abroad and Grow Your Career

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If you’re looking to stand out in a competitive job market and have the flexibility to travel, working abroad could be the ticket to phenomenal career growth. You’ll gain international experience, learn new skills, and network with professionals from different cultures.

Along with substantial career growth, you’ll also have an exciting adventure that will broaden your perspective of the world. All of those experiences help you to become a more well-rounded professional and develop characteristics that savvy companies are eagerly pursuing in their employees.

Use the following tips to start your planning.

Get the Proper Visa

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Depending on where you’re going, you may need to apply for a work or travel visa. Research the regulations in the countries you’re traveling in. Many countries are now offering visas specifically for digital nomads.

Requirements vary by country, but generally, you’ll need to be employed before applying and can hold the visa for over 90 days. In contrast, most tourist visas offer a substantially shorter authorized stay.

Prepare Financially

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Even though you’ll be working abroad, make sure you you budget funds for international travel and unexpected expenses.

For example, if a natural disaster prevents you from working, you’ll need enough money to relocate to a new location. And you should also consider how you’ll maintain connectivity and productivity while living in a somewhat temporary housing arrangement.

You don’t need to be wealthy to work abroad, but you should do research to ensure that you have enough funds to support your digital nomad adventure comfortably and safely.

Consider any cost-of-living differences to create a reasonable budget based on the work you’ll be doing.

Have a Housing Plan

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Having a job that supports your travels doesn’t mean you won’t have responsibilities in your role. You’ll need to have a plan for getting settled and connected in order to meet your commitments.

You’ll have to decide what type of housing you’d like while working abroad.

Will you live in hotels, rent an apartment, or look for roommates? Each option has advantages and disadvantages, so evaluate costs, connectivity, convenience to local amenities, and security when deciding on housing.

Make Connections in Your New Country

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Having a network of professionals, friends, and colleagues in the country you’re traveling in is helpful. If any issues arise, you’ll have people who can help.

LinkedIn and Facebook groups dedicated to digital nomads are invaluable resources for finding events where you’ll meet people with similar interests.

Additionally, many countries popular with expats have organizations where you can find advice, housing options, and fellow nomads.

Stay Connected to Your Home Country

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Working abroad is an exciting adventure, but keep in touch with your friends, family, and colleagues back home.

Staying connected will help prevent loneliness while away from home and provide comforting stability to your career. Even if you don’t plan on returning to your home for a bit, you’ll eventually want to pursue career growth.

Plus, maintaining connections and a career development plan can help ensure that your time working abroad enables you to maintain momentum regardless of your location.

25 Companies That Allow Staff to Work Abroad

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Now that you’ve got a few basic tips on working abroad, here are 25 companies offering opportunities to work abroad.

1. 8Bit Recruitment

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8Bit is a recruitment agency specializing in sourcing talent for video and mobile game development, virtual reality, and tech startups.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Technical Recruiter
  • 3D Animator

2. 10up

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10up is focused on content management with a passionate team of full-time strategists, designers, and engineers working around the globe.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Senior Audience Growth Strategist, SEO, Analytics
  • Lead UX Designer

3. AirDev

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AirDev is an information technology (IT) and services company that is on a mission to help clients launch their software products faster than other competitors.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Customer Success Specialist
  • Director of People Operations

4. Canonical

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Canonical offers a variety of services to help organizations become more efficient in their operations while reducing overall costs.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • OpenStack Technical Support Manager
  • Community Engineer

5. Chainlink Labs

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Chainlink Labs and its associates strive to build a world that is economically fair for everyone by building smart contracts.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • QA Software Engineer
  • Global Rewards Analyst

6. Clipboard Health

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Clipboard Health uses technology to match qualified nurses with the right job opportunities, helping to resolve crippling staffing shortages throughout the industry.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Salesforce Administrator
  • Junior Attorney

7. Coalition Technologies

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Coalition Technologies offers clients a variety of services to meet their online business needs, including website design and development.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Motion Graphics Designer – Video Editor
  • BigCommerce Developer

8. ConsenSys

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ConsenSys builds and scales consumer-centric enterprise software products and tools powered by a distributed computing platform featuring smart contract functionality.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Director of Developer Relations
  • Director of Engineering

9. Finixio

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Finixio has become a marketing leader in markets like cryptocurrency, personal finance, health, gaming, business software, and trading.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Spanish Speaking Search Engine Optimization Manager
  • Social Media Community Manager

10. FluentU

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FluentU is a company working to inspire a global language-learning community.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Video Editor
  • Email Marketer

11. Hypixel Studios

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Hypixel Studios is devoted to creating some of the world’s most empowered online communities with community-oriented games.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Senior Game Designer – Creative Play
  • Lead Producer – Adventure

12. Introverted Visionary

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Introverted Visionary helps holistic health practitioners grow their clientele without the need for exhaustive marketing.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Virtual Assistant – Admin – IT and Client Care for Holistic Business
  • Salesperson – Business Development for Business Consulting Firm- Holistic Field

13. Jagex

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Jagex is a video game developer and publisher providing engaging online entertainment for people around the world.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Animator
  • Senior Business Analyst

14. Language Bear

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Founded in 2015, Language Bear provides professional, SEO-optimized content, writing, editing, and translation services in over 40 languages.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Native Dutch Translator
  • Swedish Content Writer

15. Magic Media & Entertainment Group

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Magic Media & Entertainment Group is a computer games company on a mission to be “at the forefront of artistic game development and technology services.”

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Recruitment Lead
  • Senior Animator

16. Outliant

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Outliant is a product development company passionate about helping clients “create their future” through superior talent, empathetic design, and creative perspective.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Senior Python Data – Machine Learning Engineer
  • Senior React Native Engineer

17. Protocol Labs

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Protocol Labs is a network protocol research, development, and deployment lab with a distributed workforce unlimited by geography.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Project Lead

18. Study.com

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Study.com features courses available for GED credit, certificates of completion, or transfer to thousands of universities around the country.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Curriculum Alignment Contractor
  • Physics Tutoring Video Creator

19. Superside

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Superside is a design company on a mission to deliver beautiful design at scale to enterprise teams.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Director of Content Marketing

20. Toptal

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Toptal is a leading Silicon Valley startup self-described as the fastest-growing labor marketplace on the web.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Senior Manager, People and Organization Consulting
  • Manager, Management Consulting Generalist

21. Ulatus

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Ulatus is an award-winning, ISO-certified company that provides translation services in Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Indian, Korean, and Portuguese.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Japanese ↔ English : Business and Economics Translator
  • Chinese ↔ English : Humanities and Social Sciences Translator

22. Upstack

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A freelance software development company, Upstack helps startups recruit distributed teams and open the door to a global talent pool.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • NodeJS Engineer
  • Angular Engineer

23. Verra

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A nonprofit organization that specializes in environmental services, Verra has become a global leader in finding effective solutions for environmental and social challenges.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Director, Carbon Market Development
  • Senior Manager, Climate Community and Sustainable Development Programs

24. Wikimedia Foundation

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The Wikimedia Foundation operates and supports some of the world’s largest reference projects that are edited collaboratively, including Wikipedia.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • Staff Site Reliability Engineer – Traffic
  • Senior Software Engineer – Enterprise

25. Yodo1

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Yodo1 was founded in 2011 to help game developers and studios around the world better market, manage, and monetize their games.

Recent jobs supporting work abroad:

  • IP and Licensing Operations Manager – Games
  • Lead Game Producer

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