Hello Penny Hoarders!
A fair amount of my job at The Penny Hoarder is staying on top of work-from-home (WFH) trends and finding legitimate employers. So I've decided to make a quick guide to working from home. Below, I'll break up the info into tips for finding WFH jobs and specific industries and companies.
(Remember, The Penny Hoarder has a WFH Jobs Portal if you want to apply to individual jobs!)
TIPS ON SEARCHING FOR WFH JOBS
WFH jobs can sometimes be too good to be true. If it feels like that, trust your gut. Overall, vet them before you give sensitive information, money or your work.
Don't apply through third party sites (including Indeed). Find the job posting on their website to see if 1. it's legit and 2. if it's still available.
Then check Glassdoor's review section. Filter it by date, as well. A lot of companies might have 3+ star rating but just went through big management changes or layoffs recently.
Once you're sure it's legit, go ahead and apply.
Never ever pay money to apply or be screened. The caveat is some companies require certain home office requirements. You may have to shell out some money for that.
Also, be very wary of too much work during the interview/application phase. Sometimes people use your work for free. Certain companies are hesitant to hire WFH people but will do it reluctantly. Be aware of trial phases, and if a company requires too much work up front (without pay), apply elsewhere.
INDUSTRIES AND COMPANIES THAT HIRE WFH WORKERS
Below is a list of industries that most commonly offer WFH jobs. They're in no particular order, but it is worth noting that by and large, customer service jobs are the most frequent.
Customer service/IT/Sales (Twilio, ABC Financial, Sykes, Sutherland, Apple, American Express, Amazon, WayFair, TTEC, Concentrix, Conduent, LiveOps, Aspen, most big telecom companies, startups, InVision, Close.io, UHAUL, Starry, AAA, Gametime)
Marketing/advertising/social media/online publications (Aha!, Automattic, WebPageFX, Scribe Media, Wikimedia, Healthline, Vox, LionBridge, Kaplan, InVision, NerdWallet, Yesler)
Virtual assistants (Aira, 7Cups, noom, Writing Assistance, Starry, Dotdash, Trafilea lots of startups)
Designers/coders/QA (Auth0, Twilio, Phillips, GitHub, Automattic, Elastic, Wikimedia, Close.io, TEKsystems, TopTal)
Travel/hospitality (RemoteYear, World Travel Holdings, Wyndham Destinations, Cranky Concierge, American Express, AARP, AAA)
Teaching/tutoring (Sylvan, Rosetta Stone, Pearson, College Vine, Degreed, DuoLingo, VIPKid, Boxfish, QKids, italki, gogokids, Kaplan, PowerSchool, coding bootcamps like FullStack, Revolution Math, StudyPoint)
Health care (Privia Health, CVS, Walgreens, UnitedHealth Group, Doximity, Healthline, Broadpath, Franciscan Health, Brightree, Aspen Dental, 7Cups)
Transcription/Data entry (NetTranscripts, TransPerfect, Allegis Transcription, Westat, Rev.com)