In addition to large tech companies like Apple and Dell, at-home jobs for technical support representatives are available from any number of large companies who sell products with any type of technological component to them. Keep in mind that technology isn’t just limited to electronics. Companies selling any type of product with working parts may need technical support representatives to help customers with problems operating the product.
If you have as little as four hours to spare in a week, you can become a virtual assistant for Time Etc. Assignments vary from social media management to writing for clients — you can choose the option that makes the best use of your skills. Don’t worry, if you’re a jack or jill-of-all-trades you can become a general assistant and help people get more done.
How to get the job: While certification isn't required, it helps to have relevant licenses in CISS, CEH/OSCP, CISA, CIA, QSA, CISM, IRCA and ISMS. Highlight your past experience in IT security (e.g., penetration testing, audit, assessment and compliance). A strong candidate will have experience working with compliance guidelines for information security provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Holly fell into freelance writing on a whim. She submitted several pitches for guest posts and ended up landing a few clients. After roughly 6 months of freelancing on the side, she was making enough money to replace her income and work at home full-time. Now, she makes over $200,000 a year from writing alone. Not bad for a home-based business, eh?
Moms with a creative flair (and experience) should check out the many image and photo editing positions available for part-time workers. Many companies seek part-time graphic designers and editors for ongoing and one-time jobs. If you are familiar with software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and have a trained eye, check out these great opportunities:
FlexJobs, the Boulder-based remote-friendly career postings site, is cutting through the complexity of this question. Each year, they compile a list of the top 100 companies hiring remote workers. This year, though, they’ve created a special list of all the companies who have made their top 100 lists for each of the past five years. While many companies require you to clock in and out each day, the employers on this list don’t care whether you do your work from Santorini or Shanghai.
Transcription Outsourcing, LLC – Freelance and full-time employment positions available. Transcribe conference calls between two and three people discussing various topics from pharmaceuticals, financial planning, to farming in East Asia. This is a full-time remote General Transcription position Monday through Friday. You must be able to perform a broad range of general transcription types. Must have a strong transcription background, a willingness to learn, and a good work ethic. We are a full-service transcription company based in Denver, CO that has legal, law enforcement, medical, financial, and general transcription clients all over the US. We also have legal, law enforcement, and other general transcription openings. Must have experience as we do not train or teach transcription at this time.
Also keep in mind that communication with a telecommuting team requires an extra layer of crystal clear clarity. Since almost everything is done via email (and there are no facial or body clues to read), you’ll need to make sure that you mean what you, um, type. I’ve found that shorter, more succinct sentences go a lot farther than long-winded soliloquies.
What Employees Say: “Communication is a must due to fully remote workforce so everyone makes an extra effort to communicate. We treat our employees great and in the US we have recently upgraded our benefits plans to be more family friendly. I find it is easier for me (not everyone) to stay focused while working from home. My quick breaks of throwing in a load of laundry or running the dishwasher between meetings also helps me in my work/life balance!” —Current Employee
How to Get It: GoFluent.com is an English training company working with 12 of the world's largest corporations. There are also jobs out there for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, which are more structured. Visit ISUS (iSpeakUSpeak.com), a placement and training company. While a degree in education or ESL is ideal, you are encouraged to apply if you are enthusiastic and articulate.
But once you’re in your home office—alone, every day—you might start to miss that collegial camaraderie. Since the UPS incident, I’ve reached out more to colleagues via IM and will post cute pics of my new puppy for my colleagues to see on Yammer. And when we’re on deadline, we even (gasp!) talk on the phone. It’s helped tremendously to make the disconnect not feel so severe. It’s a good balance between having peace and quiet when you need it and much-needed interaction with others, too.
Customer Support Representative – 10% Happier: “10% Happier touches millions of lives already – through our meditation app, best-selling books, and top-ranked podcast. As a full-time, remote customer support representative, you will have the chance to deliver exceptional support to 10% Happier customers, creating another positive touchpoint with the 10% Happier brand. You’ll work closely with the Support Manager to ensure the support team is providing effective and timely responses to customer requests and enabling our users to successfully navigate through their 10% Happier experience.”
For years, Apple has been recognized as offering the best customer support in the industry, and there are thousands of reasons why: our customer service advisors. They’re curious investigators, technical problem solvers, and good listeners. Are you? Do you like the way it feels when you help others? Do you have the discipline to manage yourself? Can you focus in a home environment? Are you a multitasker? Are you our next At Home Advisor?
IRC is searching for Market Research Caller candidates who can work from their homes. Candidates are paid an hourly rate, $15.00/hour, as an independent contractor and can work full or part-time. Your pay is NOT commission-based or dependent on the number of results that are developed. Please note that this is a business-to-business telemarketing position using our cloud-based telesales system designed for virtual agents. The position will require cold-calling our targeted lists using your own WINDOWS-based computer, computer headset and high-speed internet access. After training, the days and number of hours you work are flexible although you must commit to at least of four hours per day during the 5-day working week. For more information about IRC, please visit us at: www.interactiveresearch.biz
Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Developer-Artist – Gannett: “The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, is seeking a VR/AR Developer-Artist to join our newsroom for a long-term special project focused on bioscience and technology. The work will involve collaborating with a reporter and our newsroom-wide team – in a Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom full of reporters, photographers, producers and editors devoted to great work that serves the greater good. Requirements: Bachelor’s in 3D game design, technical discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience; minimum of 3 years’ professional 3D/UX design experience; strong understanding of 3D asset creation and animation, textures, UI design and UX development.”
To help you cut through the clutter (and avoid the phonies), I’ve pulled together a list of 10 of my favorite sites for flexible work. In addition to job listings, many of these sites host valuable articles and resources to help you navigate the world of alternative-work arrangements. (To learn about other helpful resources for finding flexible work, visit my list of 100+ Great Second-Act Career Sites on my blog at MyLifestyleCareer.com.)
Some of the available jobs are technology-focused positions like web designers or software engineers, but this is not always the case. Others are non-tech roles like jobs in customer service or freelance writing and editing. The leading companies looking to hire part-time telecommuting workers are in the education, IT, sales, and health industries:
Englewood, Colorado-based TTEC has been around since 1982, and is a business process outsourcing company. It provides services around the world, and operates delivery centers in 24 countries. TTEC provides work-from-home situations for consultants, customer service professionals, students, and veterans. In fact, the company employs more than 20,000 work-at-home employees.
FlexJobs is fastidious about checking the legitimacy of its listings before posting. As a result, the site boasts an unusually high percentage of flexible professional jobs. (I experienced its rigorous screening process firsthand a few months ago while helping my congregation search for a new assistant; FlexJobs carefully evaluated us before agreeing to post our listing.)
Closed captioners add captions or subtitles to live and pre-recorded audio. They transcribe the words as spoken. To become a closed captioner you must be able to type fast and accurately. (Many captioners clock in at 200 wpm!) Those with stenography experience (such as court reporters and those who work in medical dictation) may want to explore this work-at-home role.
ArborBridge offers personalized test prep tutoring and courses for the SAT, ACT, ISEE and SSAT, and the GRE and GMAT, as well as specialized subject tutoring in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Literature, Math Levels 1 and 2, U.S. History, and World History. ArborBridge requires tutors to have a bachelors degree and one year of experience. Tutors work part-time, flexible hours and earn $45 per hour, plus pay for administrative time.
Remote jobs aren't the equivalent of freedom. "One massive misconception about remote work is that you have freedom to take care of your child or travel during the day," says Stella Garber, the head of marketing at Trello Atlassian (she also works remotely). "To be a remote worker, you ought to be available for calls and meetings during a predictable slot of hours."
This company is hiring now for work at home law enforcement transcription. They claim you can do this to fit your own schedule whether you need to do it very part-time or even full-time. It is required that you have prior verbatim, multi-speaker transcription experience, and their job listing page claims that the most successful candidates have experience doing law enforcement transcription or court reporting.
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Unum is hiring Remote Customer Service Specialists. Are you looking for a career change? Do you have great energy, love helping people and a drive to succeed? If so, Unum wants you. We are hiring now for remote employees located in Pacific and Mountain time zones. Unum is a Fortune 500 company with enormous opportunity for growth and career advancement. Plus, professional development, competitive salary, great benefits and a mission you can be proud of. Take your career to the next level. Hurry and apply today.
Their training is done online and is self-paced. You could finish the program in 4 months but 6 months is probably more realistic. They do however give you up to a year to get it all done. Their program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders. They work specifically with a company called IOD inc. that hires their grads to work from home right out of the program.
The online application process for these jobs—or perhaps “gigs” is the better word, since they're all for independent contractors—is pretty simple and straightforward with very little required of candidates. Some of these opportunities—like the micro-jobs—you could very well apply and start the same day. And these jobs require very little commitment and can typically be done on your own schedule.
This is pretty much the same position as an in-house recruiter except you get to work wherever you want. The other major difference is that you search the web to find the right employee for the right position. You’re also responsible for screening the applicant and being a part of the interviewing and negotiation process. Some recruiters are paid upward of $125 an hour for building resume templates.