Working from home is much more commonplace nowadays than it was ten years ago. When I first started researching work at home job opportunities (probably about ten years ago), I had a lot of trouble finding anything through a basic Google search that didn't lead me straight toward a scammy-looking website. Thank goodness that's no longer true!
Even so, many people still feel uneasy about the idea of working from home and worry that they may be taken in by a scam every time they apply for an online position — especially if it's a company they've never heard of before.
I decided to create a list of popular companies that actually do hire people to work from home. These are companies that you and probably everyone else have heard of, but you may not have realized they offer work from home positions! These are major companies and corporations — household names. If you are paranoid about scams and feel “safer” applying to work from home for a company that you know about rather than one that's new to you, this list may be a good starting point:
Amazon – Read Review – I think we all know about Amazon! And yes, they regularly hire home-based workers to handle their customer support. Most of the time these jobs are limited to people in specific states. You can do a search for “work from home” on their Careers page to see if they need home-based workers.
American Airlines – This major airline occasionally hires work from home reservation reps. These are location-specific because the company requires that you train onsite prior to working from home. They are not always hiring. You will have to do a search on their Careers page for work from home jobs to see if they are.
Best Buy – They have occasional openings for work at home chat agents to provide tech support. Requires some experience in providing support for mobile apps, Apple, and Microsoft products.
Capital One – Read Review – They hire work from home customer support agents. You usually have to live in a certain state so you can come in for training first (I often see them recruiting in Virginia and Florida).
Carnival – Read Review – This major vacation/cruise company usually has virtual job openings. You can work as a virtual vacation planner or a remote sales agent. Use the keywords “virtual” or “work from home” in their job search box to find the remote openings.
Discover – Has work from home customer service jobs available as part of their military outreach program. You must be near the Dover, DE Air Force Base to qualify.
Enterprise Rent-a-Car – Read Review – Always hiring work from home reservation agents. Like many of these jobs, you may have to live in or near a specific city, but they have openings in lots of cities nationwide.
Hilton – Read Review – This major hotel company has frequent openings for work at home reservation agents, customer care coordinators, and also guest experience specialists. You may need to be local to Dallas, TX or Tampa, FL to qualify for these positions as they require onsite training prior to you working from home.
Intuit – Read Review – The creators of the popular Quick Books and Turbo Tax software occasionally has home-based seasonal tax advisor positions available. Under the “Select Location” tab, be sure to pick “USA Remote” as your option to see just the home-based jobs.
Neiman-Marcus – Read Review – They hire work from home customer support agents. This is another one that is usually location-based. The most recent home-based job openings for Neiman-Marcus have been for people in Texas. Search here and select the option for “Work From Home” within the Job Field drop down box to see only the remote openings. Noe they are not always hiring.
Nordstrom – Has occasional openings for work from home customer service reps. Search “work from home” on their jobs page to see if they have it listed.
Stitch Fix – Read Review – This is a well-known subscription box company that uses work at home stylists to help curate the boxes they send out to their clients. Hiring in many, but not all, major cities nationwide.
Xerox – Read Review – Xerox frequently has several work from home positions available. I've seen jobs in the medical/insurance field posted as well as data entry positions. You have to visit their jobs page and search “work from home” in quotations to see what is available at any given time since it changes.
You'll notice that many of these positions are phone jobs and are also location-based. If you're specifically looking for non-phone work, you can check out my non-phone resource page here to get pointed in the right direction.
Looking For More Reputable Companies Hiring Home-Based Workers?
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It's $15 a month, but you can set your account up so it doesn't bill you for the next month if you just want to try it out and see if you think it's worth it. You can go here to check out FlexJobs.