If you’ve ever wanted to work from the comfort of your own home or from anywhere in the world where you have internet service, this article will not only answer your questions but also provide resources to get you started.
Unfortunately, remote positions are often confused with the scammy work from home jobs people used to talk about. Those jobs consisted of stuffing envelopes, data entry, assembling products and the like. To be fair, there are legitimate data entry jobs out there and perhaps at one point the envelope stuffing and product assembly were real as well.
Jump to the present day of superior technology and an evolving economy.
Many companies now offer employees the option of working from home. Why? Because it makes sense (no pun intended). Having a remote work force cuts costs for employers. There are companies now that only hire remote employees. This reduces their overhead because they don’t have to spend thousands of dollars each month on office space and equipment. Customer service and IT positions tend to have the most jobs that allow you to work remotely.
For employees, it’s a great way to have a better work/ life balance. Working remotely also eliminates the morning and evening commute along with the wear and tear on your car if you drive each day. Though you’re still sitting in front of a computer, you tend to be more relaxed than when you are in an office – especially if it’s a toxic environment. This improves your health as it reduces stress and tension. Let’s not forget all the money will save on purchasing expensive work clothes.
We’ve discussed working from home before but this time let’s focus on the resources to actually make it a reality for you. Here is a list of 100 companies that let you work remotely from home. A brief bio is provided for each organization. Keep in mind these are some of the best places to work remotely.
A Place for Mom – homecare employment service business
About.com – online website that provides information on a variety of topics
Achieve Test Prep – education company that helps prepare students for exams
Adobe Systems – top ranked international software company
ADP – home and office security monitoring company
Aetna – a top health insurance provider
Allergan Inc – develops, manufactures and commercializes branded pharmaceuticals
Altegra Health – healthcare software company that caters to the medical industry
Amazon – the original online “find everything” merchandise supplier
American Express – a long standing credit card company known for affluence
American Heart Association – health organization focused on hearth health
AmerisourceBergen Corporation – drives innovative partnerships with global manufacturers, providers and pharmacies to improve product access and efficiency throughout the healthcare supply chain
Anthem, Inc. – A major health insurance provider
Aon – one of the world’s top three insurance brokers
Appen – global leader in speech and search technology services
Apple – one of the top popular software and hardware companies
Aquent – creative, digital, marketing, and technical solutions staffing agency
BCD Travel – Online business travel agency
BMC Software – global leader in innovative software solutions that enable businesses to transform into digital enterprises
BroadSpire – a leading third-party administrator to employers and insurance companies
CACI International – provides information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation
Cactus Communications – a leading global provider of scientific and medical communication services
CDK Global – provides integrated technology solutions to over 27,000 Auto, Truck, Motorcycle, Marine, Recreational Vehicle and Heavy Equipment dealers throughout the world
Cigna – a global health service company, dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security
Citizens Bank – the 13th largest retail bank in the United States
Clevertech – provides technology solutions (like apps) for start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs
Connections Education – Connections Academy schools are tuition-free, fully accredited online public schools for students in grades K–12
Covance – a global contract research organization (CRO), is the world’s most comprehensive drug development company
CSI Companies – one of the 500 top-performing private staffing firms in the US
CSRA – provides IT solutions and professional services to government agencies
CVS Health – a major pharmacy retailer and convenience store
CyberCoders – online job board for technical staffing opportunities
DataStax – one of the leading provider of database software for cloud applications
Dell – an American, privately owned, multinational computer technology company
Dell SecureWorks -an American, privately owned, multinational computer technology company
Deloitte -is a multinational, professional accounting services firm
Deluxe – one of the largest check printers in the United States
Ellucian – higher education technology company
Erie Insurance Group – top 500 multi-line insurance company
First Data – global payment technology solutions company
GE – General Electric –American, multinational, conglomerate corporation that operates through the following segments: Power & Water, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation and Capital which cater to the needs of Financial services, Medical devices, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Software Development and Engineering industries.
Grand Canyon University – for-profit Christian research university
Hartford Financial Services Group – investment and insurance company that is part of the Fortune 500 list
Haynes & Company – provides research and trade analysis for the retail sector
HD Supply – the professional services division of Home Depot, providing a broad range of products and value-added services to approximately 500,000 professional customers in maintenance, repair and operations, infrastructure and power and specialty construction sectors
Healthfirst -not-for-profit, provider-sponsored health insurance company
Hibu – a multinational directory and internet services company
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – an educational and trade publisher
Humana – a for-profit American health insurance company
IBM – multinational technology company that manufactures and markets computer hardware, middleware and software, and offers hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology
Infor – builds beautiful business applications with last mile functionality and scientific insights for select industries delivered; as a cloud service
Intuit – a business and financial software company that develops and sells financial, accounting and tax preparation software and related services for small businesses, accountants and individuals
inVentiv Health – provides services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, including consulting, clinical studies and market launch
IT Pros Philadelphia – helps hundreds of startups to large enterprise employers find their next best hands-on technology professional
K12 -provides individually tailored, one-to-one learning solutions to students from kindergarten through high school
Kaplan -one of the world’s largest and most diverse education providers offering high school preparation for exams and connecting universities with international students
Kelly Services – an office staffing and workforce solutions company that operates globally
LiveOps – a cloud call center company
McKesson Corporation – distributes pharmaceuticals at a retail sale level and provides health information technology, medical supplies, and care management tools
Nielsen – a global information, data and measurement company
Oracle – multinational computer technology corporation, that primarily specializes in developing and marketing database software and technology, cloud engineered systems and enterprise software products—particularly its own brands of database management systems
Overland Solutions, Inc. – provides Insurance Underwriting Support Services
Parallon – provides consulting and staffing services to medical facilities
PAREXEL – a multinational life sciences consulting firm that conducts clinical trials on behalf of its pharmaceutical clients to expedite the drug approval process
Perficient Inc. – a “digital transformation” consulting firm, serving Global 2000 and enterprise customers
Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc. – a “digital transformation” consulting firm, serving Global 2000 and enterprise customers
Precyse – provides industry-leading expertise and technologies to healthcare organizations
Real Staffing – a global leader in the provision of pharma, biotech and medical devices recruitment services, and a specialist provider within Banking & Financial Services, Information & Technology, Public Sector and Healthcare across the UK
Red Hat – links a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities that share a common goal: solving today’s business problems with innovative technology
RetailData – provides consulting services such as in-store audits, AdScan, eCommerce audits, price scan verifications, compliance and web analytics to retail food stores
Robert Half – the world’s first and largest accounting and finance staffing firm
Rosetta Stone – proprietary computer-assisted language learning (CALL) software that uses images, text, and sound to teach words and grammar by spaced repetition, without translation
Salesforce – cloud computing company whose revenue comes from a customer relationship management (CRM) product. Salesforce also capitalizes on commercial applications of social networking through acquisition
SAP – technology company that provides enhanced data management, analytical intelligence, app development
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) – provides government services and information technology support
Sodexo – a French food services and facilities management company that serves many sectors, including private corporations, government agencies, schools from elementary through university, hospitals and clinics, assisted-living facilities, military bases, and correctional facilities
Sungard Availability Services – is a provider of IT production and recovery services
Sutherland Global Services – a global BPO and technology-enabled services company offering an integrated set of back-office and customer facing front-office services that support the entire customer lifecycle
SYKES – providing comprehensive inbound customer engagement services to Global 2000 companies, primarily in the communications, financial services, healthcare, technology, transportation, and retail industries
Symantec Corporation – a technology company that produces software for security, storage, backup and availability – and offers professional services to support its software
Teleflex – a provider of specialty medical devices for a range of procedures in critical care and surgery
TeleTech – a global business process outsourcing company that provides customer strategy, analytics-driven and technology-enabled customer engagement management solutions
Teradata – a Fortune 1000 provider of data warehouse platforms, software and services
Thermo Fisher Scientific – a multinational, biotechnology product development company
U.S. Department of Agriculture – the U.S. federal executive department responsible for developing and executing federal laws related to farming, agriculture, forestry, and food
U.S. Department of the Interior – the United States federal executive department of the U.S. government responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, territorial affairs, and insular areas of the United States
U.S. Department of Transportation – a federal Cabinet department of the U.S. government concerned with transportation
UnitedHealth Group – a diversified, managed health care company that offers a spectrum of insurance products and services through various operating businesses & brands, Optum, UnitedHealth Care Inc
University of Maryland University College – an American public university located in Adelphi in Prince George’s County, Maryland
US-Reports – a nationwide provider of Premium Audits, Inspections, and Risk Control Services within the commercial insurance industry
Vivint – a private, smart home services provider
VMware – a subsidiary of Dell Technologies, that provides cloud and virtualization software and services
Walden University – a for-profit Public Benefit Corporation that offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Education Specialist, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Business Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in a number of academic fields
Wells Fargo – an American international banking and financial services holding company
Westat – an employee-owned statistical survey research corporation, providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments
Western Governors University – a private, nonprofit, online American university
Working Solutions – provides home-based call center solutions
World Travel Holdings – the world’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company
Worldpay – a payment processing company
Xerox – a global corporation that sells business services and document technology products
What do I need to work remotely from home?
- If you’ve always worked in an office and are considering the switch to remote employment, here are a few things you will need to be successful. Some are tangible resources, while others are of a more personal nature.
- A reliable laptop or computer with a wireless mouse – some companies require that you have a desktop and not a laptop. I don’t know of any company that will allow you work from a tablet. If you will be traveling occasionally, a laptop will be best.
- An ergonomic desk and chair. You want to be comfortable but at the same time sitting in a position that supports you physically while contributing to your productivity.
- A landline phone with wireless access i.e., a headset (Plantronics Savi W740), an earpiece or even earbuds. There are companies that are okay with cell phones if you won’t be using the phone as much but a landline provides better quality communication.
- A reliable, high speed internet connection is a must for working remotely. If you don’t have a stable connection, you won’t be able to work effectively and consistently.
- A good printer. Preferably a multi-purpose printer that will allow you to print, copy, scan and fax should you need to do any of the above.
- Great lighting so you can see what you’re doing without straining your eyes.
- A quiet space to work. It would be nice to work from your bed but it wouldn’t be productive. Also, if you have children at home during the work day, it’s important that you have somewhere to work that will be distraction free.
- You will need to be organized and able to manage your time well. If you are not good with time management, working remotely may not be a good fit for you.
- Dedication and focus. Without these two traits/disciplines, you will find it harder to accomplish your daily workload.
- Communication skills will be a major asset when working from home. For those who communicate better in person, this is not a good fit. You will have to improve your writing/email skills. You may also spend more time on the phone so be sure your telephone etiquette is at its best.
- A positive and self motivated attitude.
What are some work remotely from home software?
Of course technology is available to assist you in working remotely from home successfully. Here are nine great tools to make sure you are working efficiently.
- TeamViewer comes in handy in two ways. First, if your company has a physical location and you’re only working from home temporarily or a few times a week. If you’re primary computer is in the office, you can login remotely with Teamviewer. This software is most often used for IT support. If you’re having technical issues, your IT contact can login to see your screen and better help you resolve any problems.
- Hivedesk is more for teams that only work remotely. It allows everyone to check in and select their projects from the central hub. This also works as a tracking device in regards to productivity.
- Asana is another project management tool that works well for small teams.
- Ooma VoIP phone system
- Skype or another Video Conferencing Software – a webcam will be your best friend.
- Online File backup system
- Work+ App – which helps you find free sources of Wifi in case you need to connect at your local coffee shop.
- Cloud-based document share tools like DropBox or Google Docs. Speaking of Google, they also offer Google Hangouts for calls and Google Calendar for scheduling purposes.
- If you will be working with documents that require signatures, DocuSign is a great way to do so remotely.
How to remotely access work computer from home?
As mentioned above you may just want to work remotely from home on a part time or temporary basis. If this is the case, you can login to your work computer from home using the following options.
- Remote Utilities
- Office 365 (for email)
- Ammyy Admin
- WebEx Free
- Remote PC
- Windows Remote Desktop
As you can see, we’ve covered a lot of ground with working remotely from home. If you’re ready to take the next step in your career and life, we have even more resources that will help to get you there. Of course the first step, if your current employer doesn’t offer this option, is to start looking.
Here are remote job search techniques, resume and cover letter templates as well as other tips for tailoring and ensuring your success in working remotely.