- Business and Employment»
- Employment & Jobs
Legitimate Work at Home Jobs Are Available!
Is Working at Home for You?
We have all heard of the "work at home" or "work from home" schemes out there. Many of them are exactly that: schemes. But, there are more and more companies providing legitimate work at home opportunities. Companies that offer work at home positions save money on the overhead of office space, equipment, utilities, etc.... The work at home employee is usually required to provide at home office space, personal computer, software, internet access and phone access. By sharing these costs with employees, employers can create work at home positions that meet their needs, cut operational costs, and provide high employee satisfaction.
Benefits of Working at Home
There are many benefits to working at home. My entire job is worked from my home with internet access. So, the first 2 hours of my shift I work in my pajamas. No one can see me. All I need is my professional phone voice, and I am good to go. My mornings are unhurried as I can enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee with my husband before heading upstairs to my office.
I have no commute to work. That means that I save on gasoline expenses plus the invaluable time of getting to work and returning from work. I have a 1 minute walk upstairs to work and 1 minute walk home from work in the afternoons. Because I reside in a rural community, the nearest town that I would be able to work in is 20 minutes away. So, I have that time to use as I please.
The lunch room and break room are in my kitchen. So, coffee, drinks and snacks don't cost me. And my lunches are made at home as well. I save lots of money on these things that I would be buying if I worked at a traditional office building.
Because I work for a large company, I have major medical, dental and vision insurance, 401K, and paid time off. So, while I enjoy the perks of working at home, I also have the benefits that my family needs.
Working in a virtual environment I experience much less of the office politics and dynamics of the traditional workplace. This in itself is a great stress reducer. Our communications are pleasant and professional, but the typical relationship dynamics that can be so negative are avoided.
Why Would You Work at Home?
The most important reason to me to work at home is:
What Type of Jobs are Available for Work at Home?
Some of the most common work at home jobs are call center jobs. These jobs do not require experience and pay rates vary. Call center jobs usually focus on sales or collections.
Professional jobs are available for registered nurses, software developers, insurance agents, personnel recruitment agencies, and more! Do some searching online to see what opportunites are available in your field for work at home!
Companies Offering Work at Home Opportunities
You would be surprised to see some of the companies that provide work at home opportunities. Some of them include:
- American Express
- Hilton Hotels
- Quest Diagnostics
- United Health Group.
For the most comprehensive list of companies providing work at home opportunities, click here.
What Do You Need to Work at Home?
What you need to work from home may vary from one company to another. There may also be additional needs depending on the type of work you will be doing. Be sure to review all of these requirements prior to applying for a work at home position. At a minimum, you will usually need:
- a designated office space with a door that closes for privacy and quiet;
- a personal computer or laptop;
- high speed internet access; and
- landline telephone access.