Working from home was once considered a luxury, something only a chosen few could do! But with the rise of technology and easier access to high-speed internet (and a subsequent boom in remote jobs), you too can make a living from the comfort of your own home.
Not sure where to start looking for opportunities? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!
Here are the best 15 companies that let you work from home!
Australia-based technology services company Appen offers remote work opportunities in over 130 countries and across a variety of departments – whether you want to work in translation, financing or sales, there’s something for everyone. Positions are flexible, part-time and home-based, so you get to set your own schedule, while communication is mostly carried out via email (in other words, you don’t have to invest in a headset!). Some projects can last up to five months, but if you’re strapped for time, Appen also offers ‘micro tasks’, which are smaller jobs that can be completed in under an hour.
Another company that offers global online work is Lionbridge. Like Appen, Lionbridge offers flexible positions through its global crowdsourcing community in a range of areas, including translation, content creation and AI. To bag a job, you’ll need to pass an initial screening process which includes an exam and then specific training before you’ll be given full access to work from home.
Regardless of whether you’ve studied English or not, you can become an online English tutor by working remotely for VIPKID. You simply need to show that you have a bachelor's degree (irrespective of the subject) and some previous teaching experience which can include mentoring, tutoring, coaching or alternative education. To secure a job, you need to pass the video interview where the hiring manager will be looking for high energy, a great personality and a nurturing spirit.
While many remote call centres have geographical restrictions, Liveops pride themselves on their open applications. So, no matter where you are in the world, and instead of commuting to an office every day, you can help take food orders, make travel arrangements, provide payroll support or offer roadside assistance from the comfort of your own home. You can even select work that’s suitable for your schedule and interests, and you can also earn more based on experience and performance.
5. Working Solutions
If you’re looking for a long-term work-from-home job, Working Solutions is perfect for you. Active since 1996, and enjoying a great reputation, Working Solutions offers positions in a variety of roles, including editing, data entry, technical support and sales. In terms of pay, it’s usually dependent on the project you choose and the hours required to complete it. Like other top remote work companies, you’ll need to pass an entry test before you can start applying to take on projects from the Working Solutions platform.
As an industry leader, Amazon has also opened its employment opportunities to remote workers by hiring virtual call centre agents. However, these positions are only open to specific locations within the US, the UK, Italy, Costa Rica and Denmark for the time being. To be successful during the application process, you’ll need to be a high school graduate with previous customer service experience and should be able to attend on-site training before starting your remote position. Pay is usually at $10 per hour, depending on the job requirements and hours of work.
TTEC offers remote opportunities to call centre agents within the US and Canada who have access to the internet and a remote landline. If your application is accepted, you’ll work in technology support assisting clients on a variety of services via chat, social media or on the phone. Although flexible, workers will be required to work between four and six hours a day, so you’ll need to have the time to commit to your hours and find a good work-life balance.
8. Kelly Services
Staffing agency Kelly Services is continuously looking for US-based tech support and asset recovery agents to work independently from home. And with a large remote workforce, you won’t feel the loneliness of working from home, as you’ll always be in contact with customers and colleagues. The company pays on a weekly basis and offers bonus plans and performance-based advancement opportunities.
Another company offering remote call centre work across the US, Canada and Europe is Concentrix. Once you’ve successfully passed the application process (you’ll typically hear back from them within 7–10 days), you can select your working hours and immediately start taking calls from home. And if you’re good at your job, you can progress to a remote team leader role, guiding and training your virtual team.
10. UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group is one the largest healthcare companies in the world and offers a wide range of remote work opportunities in areas like case management, consulting, patent engineering, writing and analysing. The best part is that remote workers are eligible for the same benefits and bonuses as the company’s on-site employees, making it a great choice for those who don’t want to work in an office setting (and endure the long commute that goes with it).
If you’re looking for seasonal remote work, look no further than Williams-Sonoma. With a constant demand for customer service advisors, the retail giant is always seeking employees who are comfortable with working in a fast-paced role from home. Professional duties include taking orders, handling customer complaints and arranging returns with the utmost professionalism.
Pay is usually around $12 an hour plus benefits, including employee discounts and paid days off, but you must be willing to work between 30 and 50 hours a week (including one day on the weekend). You’ll also need to have a fast internet connection, a webcam and a headset, as well as be comfortable with handling technology.
12. LanguageLine Solutions
LanguageLine Solutions, the largest interpretation services provider in the world, is always on the lookout for bilingual applicants across the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and Europe. To work as an interpreter for the company, you’ll need to possess great interpersonal skills, have the confidence to appear on camera and speak a second language fluently.
Discretion is also a necessary skill. Indeed, as calls are taken across a variety of fields, including healthcare, insurance, government and emergency services, courts of law, accountancy and tourism, you may come across sensitive information that must be dealt with delicately.
Software solutions company Intuit is renowned for offering seasonal remote jobs and freelance opportunities in an array of fields, including customer support, marketing, UX design, accountancy and IT. Most jobs are usually posted during busy periods, so you’ll need to constantly check their job portal to see if there’s any suitable remote work for you. The plus side is that if you do manage to secure a job, you’ll be paid well for it and you’ll receive additional benefits like discounted cell phone plans.
TranscribeMe is a company that offers round-the-clock transcription services and is a favourite among the likes of Oracle, Deloitte, Facebook and other large organisations.
As a fully remote employer, the information technology and services company hires professionals from across the globe to join their team. And the best part is that you don’t need any prior transcription experience to take on duties. All you need to get started is a reliable internet connection, and you’ll quickly be on your way to making money by listening to audio recordings and converting them into written documents!
The pay isn’t anything to write home about at $15 an hour, but once you get some experience in the bag, you can move on to higher paying remote transcription jobs.
Offering contact management solutions to clients around the world, SYKES is advertising for customer service advisors, support workers and team leaders. With experience in remote employment, SYKES provides regular training and allows employees to advance through the ranks and develop new skills while working from home.
SYKES also makes the cut as one of the best work-from-home companies for their virtual team ethics and community, with remote workers claiming that they feel connected to the rest of their team, which is unusual in many remote jobs.
Working from home isn’t for everyone; you need discipline, organisational skills and great time management skills. However, if you’re determined, you can lead a successful and fulfilling career from the comfort of your home office!
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