At WSL, we encourage everybody to find jobs that they love and many people would love nothing better than a good, solid work-at-home arrangement – especially those of you that are stay at home moms. The problem is, not all companies offer such a situation, and not all job types are available for work-at-home. Then there’s a scam factor. When a lot of people are out looking for work, scams seem to be everywhere. And since work-at-home is such a desirable situation, scams seem to be even more prevalent here.
But there are well-known companies that do hire on a work-at-home basis as a regular part of their business, and they’re worth checking out. In each of the 10 companies listed below a link to the company’s job website is provided (links are highlighted by words in ORANGE). On some of them, the work-at-home situations will be obvious. On the ones where they’re not, just enter the words “work-at-home”, “work from home”, “virtual”, or “telecommute” in the search box and the work-at-home jobs should come up.
The Home Shopping Network works using virtual call center agents for both sales and customer service positions. That means lots of work-at-home opportunities.
The negative here is that the company requires that you’re able to work on-site once each month. That will limit the opportunities here to people who live in the general vicinities of Nashville, TN, Roanoke, VA and St. Petersburg, FL. But if you do live in those areas, the Home Shopping Network is definitely worth checking out.
Work-at-home positions at Amazon include call center agents, call center managers and human resources personnel. The company hires for positions in Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia.
Positions can be either full-time or part-time, and benefits are available for employees who work 30 or more hours per week. Due to the holiday crush, part-time employees are required to work 40 hours per week during November and December. Call center agents are required to have a minimum of one year experience in customer service.
Most work-at-home jobs at U-Haul are part-time, working from 25 to 32 hours per week. The company makes it a point of being “military friendly”, giving preference to applicants with a military background. Work-at-home employees typically work in customer service, reservations, or roadside assistance.
Hours typically run from 7 AM to 8 PM, seven days per week. They typically start out at the company contact center before becoming work-at-home. In addition, some jobs may remain split between working in the contact center and working from home.
Part-time positions come with benefits, including dental, a “limited” medical plan, 401(k), stock purchase plan, company discounts and credit union.
The travel and hospitality industries are major sources of potential work-at-home positions. One of the biggest players in the industry is American Express who hires home-based employees for customer care and travel counselors.
In addition to American Express, you can check out many of the major hotel chains or any other travel related employer. All are heavily customer service based, and that requires a lot of people manning phones at various times of the day.
1-800 Flowers hires what it calls call-center agents for its work at home jobs, which is essentially customer service and sales. The jobs normally start out as temporary assignments covering holidays such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day.
Top performers (from that we can assume to be those who are most productive on the sales side) can be hired on a permanent basis, which will include employee benefits. The company also pays a premium for employees who are bilingual in Spanish.
Work at home jobs are available to residents of Arizona, Florida, Delaware, Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, in Texas.
Health insurance companies
The insurance industry is a rich source of work-at-home jobs, and the list of companies in the industry that hire include some of the biggest names. Aetna, E-surance, CIGNA, Humana, and United Healthcare are all companies known to hire for work-at-home positions.
Jobs could include a wide variety of positions, including nursing specialists, IT workers, customer service, claims, underwriting and many, many other jobs. Jobs can also be either full- or part-time.
As you can see the types of positions available in work-at-home vary from company to company, and from industry to industry. Many are geographically based, and many more hire only for certain positions. It’s also important to be aware that work-at-home jobs typically don’t pay the types of salaries that you would see in an on-site position. Since work-at-home is so popular, employers realize the value that the arrangement adds to the compensation package, and adjust salaries accordingly. But you also have to remember that you won’t have commuting expenses, lunches or dry cleaning bills, so it should all even out.
With any work-at-home situation, be prepared to be open to the opportunities available, and to be completely flexible in the process.
Have you ever held a work-at-home job? How did it work for you?
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