Work From Home Phone Jobs With Flexible Schedules

Work at home phone jobs offering flexible hours.

One reason many people are not so interested in doing phone work from home is scheduling. A large majority of companies hiring for phone work don’t bend very much when it comes to the hours you work each week. If you’re like me, more flexibility is one of the main reasons you want to work from home, so you might tend to overlook the phone jobs when you come across them.

There is actually a handful of companies hiring people for home-based phone jobs that are a lot more flexible than others. I decided to do some research today and make a list of those companies along with some details on how scheduling works.

Here is what I have so far. Some are primarily outbound while others are inbound. Most of the outbound you’ll find is more flexible, and it doesn’t all involve telemarketing/sales. The following companies may or may not be currently hiring.

Flexible Phone Jobs From Home

LiveOps – From their website, “As an Independent Contractor, you can provide services as many or as few hours as your schedule permits. You can schedule your time on the platform in blocks as small as 30 minutes, and choose times 24/7 that work best for your business. You are always able to log in to provide services uncommitted.”

Arise – You can create your own schedule, but there is a per week minimum of hours you’ll have to meet. Also, unless you work underneath someone else already incorporated through Arise, you will have to incorporate yourself which does cost money. More on how Arise works here.

Westat – This company hires people to do telephone data collection from home, collecting information from questionnaires. You are supposed to let Westat know what hours you are available each week and they will schedule you based on that. However, there is a per week minimum of 15 hours you have to meet. Westat is not always hiring for these positions.

West at Home – From their website, “Agents are able to set their own hours to work around their individual schedules. We offer you flexibility with your time, and, in turn, expect the highest degree of professionalism on the job.”

Pleio-Goodstart – As an independent contractor for Goodstart, you do have the freedom to make your own schedule provided you are making the calls within their calling hours (somewhere between 7 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. your time zone).

Direct Interactions – This company requires a lot of hours per week, but there is some freedom regarding when you work. From their website, “Program hours are currently 4am-12am Pacific Time 7 days per week, with further expansion likely. Agents must be able to show 30+ hours of availability each week within those hours and with at least 6 of those hours on the weekend.More availability is welcome and additional hours may be scheduled at the discretion of the director of operations. Actual hours scheduled will depend on client needs, agent performance and adherence to schedule.”

USA Contact Point – You can schedule yourself to work any time of day, 24/7. There is also no min or max of hours you must work.

Expert Planet – No set number of hours per week is normally required, although this might vary depending on the client.You can schedule your hours yourself every week as the schedule is released in as little as one hour increments.

NextWave Advocacy – From their website, “NextWave offers flexible hours to match your schedule.  In general, we prefer for GO Team Members to be available 20 or more hours per week during active campaigns.  Since you’ll choose which projects to work, as well as when you’d like to be off, you can fit NextWave around your other commitments.”

teleNetwork – This is home-based tech support where you can list your available hours, either day or evening, as long as do commit to at least 20 hours a week as well as some weekend work.

OnPoint Advocacy – From the website, “Every Independent Contractor has the flexibility to set his or her own schedule between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday. A minimum of 25 hours per week is requested.”

Do you need a phone job from home where you can enjoy a flexible schedule? The work from home jobs in the post are all allow you to decide when you want to work rather than adhering to a strict schedule.
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VoiceLog – From the website, “You get to choose what hours you would like to work and if VoiceLog has the customer need, you’ll get scheduled. Being a Live Operator for VoiceLog allows you to work around your schedule. The flexibility in a position that you’ve been looking for!”

Phone Mystery Shopping – The link lists four reputable companies that hire for this, one that only hires seasonally. This is very flexible because you pretty much set your own hours.

Oasis Marketing Solutions – This is work from home political and other calling. Available shifts (four to six hours long) are emailed out and are first come, first serve. So you can grab whatever you want.

ACD Direct – This company has long been known for their flexible scheduling. You are free to set your own schedule for whenever you are available. They offer evening, night, and weekend hours, and with this company there is no max on the amount of hours you can work. Similar to Arise, this is a company that requires you become an IBO (independent business operator) prior to working, so there are some fees you will incur due to that.

I know a lot of people don’t want to to do outbound calling. Of the inbound positions I have listed, LiveOps is the one that gets recommended most often as being very flexible. Please feel free to comment with suggestions to add!

Do you need flexibility but still don’t want to do phone work? Here’s a list of other options for work from home jobs that are flexible.

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Comments

  1. Jennifer says

    Just found this post and it was excellent, thanks!! I worked for LiveOps, and what you get for incoming calls is not a simple thing to explain. You do get a lot of back to back calls in the training period (2nd week), but after that, it varies widely based on a lot of different stats (sales ,response time, etc).

    Also, while you do get to pick your own schedule, and it is indeed flexible, the “picking your schedule” part can be tricky. Available schedule spots disappear fast but you can keep the schedule open and check to see if more spots open up.

    Overall, it’s good work and good pay and is probably best for those who are great with sales and upsells. Some people love that and are great at it. LiveOps is probably best for those who are OK with a variation in available scheduling hours as well vs needing to work a set number of hours each week.

  2. Alli says

    LiveOps is great because you’re on the phones and making money in the 2nd week. Not only that, the calls came in for me back to back, no wait time so lots of opportunity to make money. LiveOps was only $69 for a background check, and there no cost for the training. Of course, LiveOps requires that you have your own business set up, and dedicated phone line which I already had since I’ve been working from home for a while.

    Arise has a good reputation for sure, but the downside is that you pay for a background check, then you go through Arise’s training, then you pay for the training from the company you support (normally $100-$200), AND, the training can be 4-6 WEEKS long for most of the opportunities they have available, AND you have to work a minimum set of hours (normally 15 per week).

    I’d rather jump into LiveOps and be making money in the 2nd week. Joined last week, completed the training (2-3 days max), already made $300 this week, and counting….. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. :) It does take a few days for them to complete your background check though, and you can only start on Mondays.

    CAVEAT: In LiveOps, the system won’t send you very many calls IF you slack off on your commitment to log in at a certain time. You must be logged in and ready to take calls at the time you said you would and you must stay your full shift, or the system takes that into consideration and moves you down on the list of people taking calls. If you change your mind for a shift, gotta make sure someone replaces you. If no-one replaces you, and you don’t show up, it reflects poorly on your stats.

    While I’m happily getting back to back calls, at the very same time other agents were commenting that they are not getting calls – turns out their “commit stats” are lower than mine which is why I got lots of calls. Keep that in mind. Once you are officially in and taking calls, be sure to log in on time and take calls when you said you would and you’ll get plenty of calls.

  3. says

    Hi Anna! You are so right about phone work…more flexibility is a need. And, please feel free to add Expert Business Development, LLC to your list. I know Ted Rosen, President/Owner of the company would be glorified! I’ve been working as an independent contractor for the company for more than 8 years. Ted is a wonderful person to work for, as well as all management and other agents. Everyone is wonderful!

    Plus, I think I am safe saying…I believe Expert Business Development, LLC is probably the highest paying work at home phone job, yet offering extremely flexible work schedules. You choose how many hours you want to work and when you put them hours in, as long as it is during normal operating business hours in your calling region. Ted, Owner, pays his contractors an hourly base rate plus bonuses. Pay is bi-weekly and bonuses are paid bi-weekly, monthly and quarterly. On average, agents are making $22.00 – $30.00 per hour (depending on each individual performance).

    Like I said, wonderful company, wonderful people, excellent pay…if you are honest, if you want to work, if you are self-motivated, if you can work making outbound cold calls and engaging business owners and high level executives, please go to our website and apply. We are growing and we are hiring in the U.S., Canada and U.K.

    Please keep in mind, this is not a Telemarketing job. Although this is a phone job, making outbound cold calls, we do not have scripts to follow, nor are we expected to make 15, 25 or 40 calls per hour!

    To apply for a position as a Remote Business Development Agent, please go to http://www.expertbizdev.com/jobs.

    Don’t hesitate to mention this post when applying!

    Thanks,

    Barb

  4. LaToya says

    Nexrep is pretty flexible. We had to work 15 hours minimum, no maximum and we turned in whatever hours we wanred to work every week.

  5. Amanda White says

    Hello everyone. I currently work as a freelance phone researcher for RainKing. The company does its hiring through Elance. Right now Brandon Hodsdon, the Project Coordinator wants to hire 10 phone researchers. This is a flexible job. You can work anytime you want, but it’s best to work during regular works hours from 8am – 6pm Monday – Friday if you want to make the most money. You get paid commission only. You can also use any type of phone you want. I use my cell phone and it works out great. You should have unlimited nationwide and international calling, because you will need to call a lot of numbers and sometimes you have to call Canadian businesses. If you’re interested in applying, send your resume to Brandon Hodsdon at bhodsdon@rainkingonline.com. You don’t need any experience to apply, but you have to have a college degree. If you get hired, please tell Brandon that Elance user amanda200988 refereed you. My real name is Amanda White, if you rather refer to me by my real name. Brandon asks that you please tell him if you learned about the position from a current freelancer. I’m very grateful for this job, because it is helping me pay the bills while I look for freelance writing jobs and I want to help other people out.

  6. says

    Hi Anna,

    I work for MyTime, though it says it is flexible… it is far from flexible. You choose your shifts and that’s it you never get to change them there are 3 shifts to choose from 8-12, 12-5, 5-9 all EST. Also, I recently received an email from my team lead asking me to take my breaks at the same time every day. It is only a contractor position but it is run a whole lot like you are an employee, but no benefits. That’s the only negative thing I have to say about MyTime. Other than that I love it!

  7. says

    I am going to apply for several of these jobs. I am so happy to have found your post. I have telemarketing experience and mystery shopping so I can’t wait to get started.

  8. Sandra says

    Just a little note: When starting your application, you will be asked a few questions. one of these questions is if you have a land line home phone. If you answer no, you won’t even be allowed to apply. That really sucks because I would have been willing to get a land line.

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