Remote UX Jobs and What You Need to Know to Win UX Jobs & Contracts

By Rob Williams

Because remote UX jobs are a relatively new thing, the process of finding and winning these opportunities can be a challenge.

Each company that’s hiring a UX designer might have a different definition of the word UX.

That presents a problem for you if you’re looking to get hired.

Worse, each company posts to a completely different job board. Some use Dribbble for their UX needs, others use Behance, and others still may go through a more traditional job site like Indeed.

This presents another challenge. If you’re running a UX business, you don’t have time to keep track of all of these opportunities.

That’s we started Folyo. We wanted to help designers find UX design easily that helped them do the work they were meant to. You can register for a free account here and keep track of every job site in one place.

Here are a few remote UX jobs we’ve featured on the site recently:

Here Are 2 Questions You’ve Probably Asked Yourself About Remote UX Jobs:

  1. How many remote UX jobs are there, even?
  2. What does a remote UX job mean, exactly?

Today we’re going to answer both of these and more.

The goal is to help you create an effective framework for winning these jobs.

Let’s start with some stats. Here’s a look at how many remote UX contracts were posted on major job boards in the last 4 years:

Number of Remote UX jobs posted since 2015
Number of Remote UX jobs posted since 2015

These numbers are only for the contract work, and do not include full-time opportunities.

Therefore, to get a rough estimate of F/T remote UX job volume, 10x these numbers.

Now that you know exactly how many opportunities are out there, we can jump to the best part: winning them!

So put on your AirPods baby, because we’re about to start cooking…

Listen to This UX Designer Who Recently Landed a Remote UX Job Describe His Process:

This interview is a great primer for anyone looking to find and land a remote UX contract job, because it talks about the most important thing in the entire process:

Mindset.

My guest on the call is Kevin Chang a designer who’s been wanting to start a remote freelance UX business for years.

But he wasn’t confident in the market.

That changed earlier this year when Kevin landed a $100/hr+ remote UX contract with the remote UX agency, Guidea – a project he found on Folyo.

Kevin’s unique approach resulted in a dream remote UX job – but it wasn’t anything special.

When I presented Kevin’s interview to the hiring agency, he immediately caught their eye.

Here’s the actual video that I sent:

The person in charge of hiring for this remote UX job was Theresa Neil who is the founder at Guidea and author of multiple O’Reilly books.

She instantly spotted several aspects of Kevin’s work that made him a great candidate. (More on that in the next few weeks.)

Not too much later he was hired and working for Guidea.

As a result he’s finally able to start the freelance UX business he’s always wanted, and is now able to spend more time at home with his family.

Here’s how Kevin describes the change in his life:

My Folyo subscription has been a god-send. When I first started, I had been working as a designer for some time, but only had a few off-hand freelance contracts.

Because of the opportunities I found on Folyo, I found the means and confidence to try freelancing full-time. Since then, I’ve been able to land two other contracts – one with a consumer-facing startup called BenchSentry trying to launch their first mobile app and another with Harvard Medical School.

For the first time in my career, I feel like I’m doing the right type of work. I cannot thank you enough! I’ve been hesitant on subscribing to Folyo because it made freelancing all-too real and meant that I had to commit to freelancing for the long term. But I’m finally ready to dive deeper!

So let’s break down the approach that allowed him to achieve this.

There were a few key differences to how he approached interviewing and presenting his work that a majority of UX designers would benefit from adopting…

How to apply this approach to landing a Remote UX Contract:

  1. Focus on matching job requirements with your past experience.
    Design is changing rapidly, so figuring out what the client requirements mean and how their company defines UX design, first is key. Once you do, then tailor your application to match those definitions.
  2. Make sure your case studies present a clear user and problem statement.
    Instead of giving 15 different case studies and hoping that one might stick, give one or two stories that are clear about what you have to offer. Distill the value that you bring to the team into a small digestible package.
  3. Approach getting hired as a mini-design problem.
    Think about things like you would if you were designing for users. Ask yourself: what does the owner of the project or company need? What are their hesitations to hiring me? Then pull “features” of your experience to address and solve these problems.
  4. Let the hiring company’s goals guide your application.
    Instead of trying to come up with reasons from scratch, use a client’s own words in your interview and cold emails to drive the narrative forward.
  5. Think of presenting work as the first step, not the last.
    Any presentation you give the client should be a small percentage of your sales process. Instead, focus on spending most of your time on having a conversation about the role and how you’re a match. Do this by asking questions and learning the most you can about the role.
  6. Build confidence by asking questions.
    The biggest thing you can do early on in the hiring process is clarify what they’re looking for before making assumptions. What needs do they have? Why are they looking for a UX designer? Keep coming back to these answers and hammering them home.
  7. Call attention to the boundaries of your work to make your strengths even stronger.
    It’s important that you’re realistic about what you bring to the table. Ask yourself what ISN’T in your strong-suit and don’t be afraid to share this with the client. That will make your strengths even more believable.

Remote UX jobs are actually very common and getting even more prevalent.

A Folyo subscription will keep you on top of every remote UX job and contract opportunity out there.

Winning one all comes down to having a client-first approach to the process.

Often times, design and UX skills are just a small part of the reason a company will hire you.

Bonus Video – See What theEmail Applications Looked Like For This UX Job…

If you want to see how you can stand out the next time there’s a remote UX job you want to apply for, here’s a video I recorded which shows every email we received.

It breaks down things like what to write in your application, how to choose what to highlight, and more.

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About Rob Williams...

I run Folyo which can help your remote company find the right designer in the next 7 days. I also host Freelance, a podcast about how you can be more effective at independent work featuring remote companies like Basecamp, Converkit, Highrise and more. If you're a designer looking for clients, you can also get a free 14-day trial of my referral newsletter today.

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