Today's modern workforce is placing ever-increasing demands on companies to offer them employment packages that suit their desired lifestyle - and work from home jobs are a huge part of that. After all, no-one dreams of one day joining the rat race and sitting in traffic for a few hours every day.
A lot of tech oriented startups have completely embraced the virtual office and it is quite natural to have employees all over the world, working office hours from home in whatever time-zone they're in.
But it's only the last few years that bigger corporations have started recognizing the benefits of offering home based jobs - one of the biggest being that it can help attract the right talent (who might otherwise go with a competitor who is offering home based opportunities).
But, just because telecommuting jobs are more commonplace doesn't mean that it's easy to find a good job at decent pay in this market. The competition is fierce, and convincing people to take you on in a remote environment is tricky.
Top 20 work from home employers
Flexjobs, an online leader in telecommute jobs, put together a list of the top companies that are actively offering good pay, work from home jobs. If you know of any others, let us know and we'll add it to the list.
You can click on any company name to open and explore a list of the currently available jobs (including work from home jobs) available in that company in your area:
- Teletech: A business process outsourcing (BPO) company offering jobs primarily in IT, from programming to customer support, writing, and sales.
- Convergys: A customer support company offering jobs in customer service, data collection, and sales.
- Sutherland Global Services: A technology and business process management company offering jobs customer care and technical support.
- Amazon: One of the world's most successful eCommerce companies offering jobs in marketing, finance, IT and sales.
- Kelly Services: Provides a range of workforce solutions to most of the world's largest companies and offers jobs in accounting, payroll, claims, IT, and science.
- Kaplan: An education based company that offers teaching, study, and instructions based jobs.
- First Data: A payment processing company that offers jobs in sales and consulting.
- IBM: A world renowned technology company offering jobs in management, graphic design, IT, programming, and engineering.
- SAP: A global enterprise software and solutions company head-quartered in Germany offering jobs in programming, IT, customer service and sales.
- Westat: A research company offering services to governments and large organizations, offering research related jobs such as interviewers.
- UnitedHealth Group: A diversified U.S. based healthcare company offering jobs in nursing, customer care and a range of medical/healthcare disciplines.
- Dell: A computer hardware company offering jobs in pre-sales, sales, consulting and IT.
- Working Solutions: A virtual contact center solution provider offering jobs for home based customer service and sales agents.
- Intuit: A computer software company specializing in accounting and finance, offering jobs in tax, accounting, IT and sales.
- US-Reports: A commercial insurance service provider offering jobs in insurance loss control and other insurance based roles.
- Xerox: A document technology company offering jobs in customer care, project management, data entry and IT.
- PAREXEL: A global bio-pharmaceutical company offering jobs in research and business development.
- Aetna: A healthcare benefits company offering jobs in social work, nursing, and project management.
- Humana: A healthcare company offering jobs in customer care, social work, nursing, and other medical related professions.
- VMware: A business productivity software company offering jobs in consulting, system engineering, and other IT based roles.
Remember, that this list is not exhaustive. There are plenty of companies, both large and small, that are more interested in finding the right employee than making them come into the office each day.
What about smaller companies?
Don't be afraid to look at smaller companies either. I work in an office with 4 people in South Africa. Another three work in London. Two work in India. One in Taiwan, and one in Singapore. There are also a few part-timers who work in Europe, the States and the middle east.
This virtual office/telecommute company structure works really well because everyone on the team understands that they need to pull their weight. All the work gets done on time and to a high standard, and the business operates perfectly well without direct oversight and micro-management.
If you're interested in browsing over a big list of work from home jobs, check out our work from home jobs resource page.