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 (last updated 6/27/14):
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.”
- 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.
- Support Space – This is work at home tech support. There is no schedule to sign up for and they operate 24/7, so you literally can work at any time.
- 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.
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.