Generally, this blog is oriented toward the home entrepreneur and we try to provide business suggestions as we find them. On occasion, we find opportunities for working at home as employees of a company. This article explores some options.
“In the last few years, working from home has gone from being a rarity to a reality. With advances in technology, more people are able to link to work from their home computers or laptops. And as employees continue to crave flexibility and yearn for a better work/life balance, more people are working from home for at least part of their workweek.
While many companies are allowing existing employees to transition to various telecommuting options, some companies are also building work forces that are made up solely of employees working from home.
Here are 10 companies that hire only at-home workers:
Alpine Access is a call center company that uses customer service representatives who work from home. Employees use their own telephones and computers. The company provides representatives for clients like Office Depot and J. Crew.
Convergys hires home-based call center agents who provide support in customer service, and also supplies sales agents or help-desk staff for companies.
Extended Presence provides its clients with outbound sales agents and marketing support staff who work from home.
Internet Girl Friday provides information technology support as well as administrative services for clients nationwide.
LiveOps provides customer service support for a variety of major corporations.
Spheris provides support to medical professionals. Its services include medical transcription and clinical documentation.
Staffcentrix supplies virtual assistants for business clients, including CEOs and upper management of major corporations.
VIPDesk provides call center support and also offers a home-based concierge service to clients.
Voicelog provides representatives to perform verifications for transactions done online or by telephone. Many states require changes to telephone service and other remote transactions to be verified by a third party, which VoiceLog provides.
West At Home also hires home-based customer service agents. They cater to a specific range of industries, specializing in health care and pharmaceutical support, as well as the hospitality industry.
Employees need to meet some basic requirements, including having a telephone and access to a PC. Although the work is conducted from home, interviews for the job aren’t always done remotely.
Working at home is a growing and legitimate opportunity, but workers should still beware of any job that asks you to invest money, provide access to a bank account or give up a great deal of personal information up front. These are indicators of a possible scam.”1
As with any possible opportunity, due diligence is required. Research the company and the position, talk to existing employees, and check with your states’ Better Business Bureau and/or labor departments.
In 1991, Dion Shaw was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Over the years, his health has declined, including ongoing vision problems associated with optic neuritis, and doctors now say a stem cell transplant is essential to his well-being and perhaps, survival.