Companies That Hire Home-Based Workers

work from homWhat's the worst part of your workday? Is it your job or all the work you do just getting to and from the office? Consider how much time you spend on packing your lunch, sitting in rush hour twice a day, deciding which grocery store is easiest to get to on the way home, not to mention the money you spend on dry cleaning your clothes.

Thanks to e-mail, remote desktops, PDAs and other technology, you can bypass these inconveniences and just work from home.

Many employers now include optional work-from-home days as an employee perk, and others are even making certain positions permanently home-based. In the last few years, the job market has seen an influx of companies that only hire at-home workers.

Plenty of people who are choosing to work for these companies. A recent survey finds that over 27 percent of employees telecommute at some point during the year. The chance to put in a full day's work while wearing pajamas is too appealing to pass up.

Who's Hiring?

A variety of companies hire home-based workers, and many entrepreneurs are starting their own businesses based out of their homes. The following companies offer work-from-home opportunities to job seekers:

1. Alpine Access

A call center company that uses home-based customer service representatives to handle calls for a variety of companies, including J. Crew and 1-800-Flowers.

2. Arise

Matches work-from-home agents with open positions in sales, technical support and customer service.

3. Convergys

Hires home-based agents to serve as customer service, technical assistance or sales agents for clients.

4. Liveops

Customer service calls for a variety of major corporations are routed through this center and answered by people who work from home.

5. Staffcentrix:

Finds virtual assistants who perform a variety of administrative and other business tasks from their home for CEOs and other clients.

6. VirtuServe

A call center that hires home agents for various services, such as telemarketing, help desk support and survey research.

7. VIPdesk

Home-based concierge and customer service agents are hired to work with various companies.

8. West Corporation

Finds customer service agents based out of their homes for a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, retail and hospitality.

Tips for Your Search

When looking for companies that hire work-from-home employees, here are some things to consider:

1. Beware of work-from-home job postings that sound ideal but require you to pay a fee, transfer money, set up a bank account or give too much personal information up front. Research the company before you apply for a position to ensure it's legitimate. A little homework can help you avoid the many scams out there.

2. Make sure you understand the expenses involved with working from home. A high-speed Internet connection, mobile phone, printer and other items might be necessary to perform your job, so know what you'll need and what you can afford. Check with a financial adviser to see if you can write off any of this equipment when you file your taxes.

3. Don't apply for positions that will be high-stress and have long hours if you want to work at home so you can spend more time with your children or aren't looking for a full-time job, . Working from home can be just as demanding as working in an office, so search wisely.

4. Use search terms on job boards like "home office," "telecommute" and "work from home."

Tips for Working From Home

When you do land that home-based job, here are some tips to make your transition from the cubicle to the home office easier:

1. Stick to a schedule. Although you're not at the office and nobody's monitoring you, a schedule helps you stay on task and avoid procrastination.

2. Eat lunch. When you're at the office, the lunch hour is when you get to step away from your desk and run errands, meet up with a friend or enjoy your lunch outside. Make sure you give yourself this time to do what you want so that you're not as tempted to mix work and personal time throughout the day.

3. Location is everything. If you're in front of the TV and an arms-length from the pantry you'll never get anything done. Dedicate a room or area in your home for work so that you won't be tempted to do spend your day watching talk shows and eating chips.

4. Don't forget to take a break. A common telecommuting habit is to work too much. Don't forget that, while you need self-discipline when working at home, you also don't need to ignore your children or your pets. A few minutes here and there won't ruin your productivity and they might even put you in a better mood.

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Great article! I have been working from home for 12 years and love it! Contrary to popular believe, there really are thousands of free, no scam, no mlm work from home, telecommuting jobs out there. The key is knowing where to find them and following two important rules.

First, never pay for a job, they should pay you plain and simple. Second, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Now, where do you find the jobs? There is a wonderful no scam, no fee online job database called the "Legitimate Online JobDirectory" at I do freelance work for many of the companies listed there.

Another place to find good work from home jobs is as mentioned above. You can also search the major job sites like Careerbuilder, Simply Hired and Indeed. Just be sure to follow the rules above.

I hope this helps!

August 21 2012 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Donna Bradshaw

I am looking for a work at home position. I have done transcription for insurance companies for 18 years, but also have done clerical and customer service type work. Anybody out there need me? I live in Richmond, VA. I use ExpressScribe with a foot pedal for transcription, therefore I can receive wav, etc., files to transcribe.

December 05 2009 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This message is for Jill 11.7.09 @ 3:41pm - The google from home advertisement is a scam. It is not being offered by Google at all. I have had a couple of calls from a guy then a lady trying to convince me to sign up. When I asked them for a return number so that I could get back with them, I was given an 800 number that was not in service. Google does have jobs, but you have to apply on the Google website.

November 13 2009 at 12:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would like to work from home and earn extra cash. Contact me at this e-mail address

November 05 2009 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R Swethaa

I am from India and I am currently seeking a non-investment, no spam tele-commuting job. I am flexible to working in US and UK shifts.
Is there any authentic company which you could suggest? Please help!
R Swethaa

August 27 2009 at 4:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marge semons

I had 25 yrs telemarketing and sales-I do all this from home-I have extra hrs available in the pm-please e-mail me interested in a call-center serv or marketing sales.

June 01 2009 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


May 28 2009 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You should try "Shaklee", a Fortune 500 company. There is NO in home stock, NO having to buy product then try and sell it, NO inventory, NO book keeping. Product is mailed directly to your clients homes and Shaklee hasn't been late with one of our checks yet. Go to my website: and become a distributor.

May 11 2009 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Has anyone tried the Google Yet? If so what can you tell me about it. Has anyone received a check yet, and could I e-mail you with some questions. I just seen where the google treasurechest is legit.

April 30 2009 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Joyce's comment

Google is what I was asking about in my comment today, but I haven't heard of 'treasurechest' you mentioned.

November 07 2009 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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