The advantages of hiring remote workers aren't hard to see. You can draw from a much larger talent pool, save on real estate costs, enable your team to concentrate without the usual office distractions and, as an added bonus, save your team the misery (and the environmental impact) of commuting.

Unfortunately, the potential drawbacks are just as obvious. What if you hire a slacker? Will your team bond even though they're on other ends of the company or the world? How will they share ideas and collaborate?

If you're tempted by the pluses of going virtual but given pause by the possible downsides, a massive new list from flexible and remote jobs site FlexJobs might be just the inspiration you're looking for to help you get over your jitters, do some sensible planning, and jump into remote work. The company recently rounded up a whopping 125 companies that are thriving as virtual businesses where a majority or all of the team works remotely.

Who needs bricks and mortar?

The businesses on the list span a wide range of industries, proving that a remote setup isn't just possible in a few, specific niches. "Computer/IT, HR/recruiting, and education have the most virtual companies. A myriad of other industries are included, such as accounting, health, law, marketing, nonprofit, news/media, sports, travel, and others," notes FlexJobs' blog post announcing the list, which includes everything from a product roadmapping software company to a top name in sports team management.

"The bottom line is that a virtual company can be just as viable, professional, and successful as a traditional on-site company, and even more so," commented FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell. Below you'll find the huge range of businesses that prove this is true. If you'd like more info on the companies and how they make their virtual teams work, FlexJobs recommends Remote.co.

"The site features interviews with over 80 mostly or completely remote companies, so you'll get an insider's perspective on how these types of companies operate," notes the post.