Work From Home Guide: Legitimate Work-at-Home Job Opportunities

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Work from home Clark Howard
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Looking for real work-from-home jobs that won’t rip you off?

Team Clark has reviewed many of the options out there and come up with a list of what we believe to be the most promising legitimate work-from-home opportunities.

Check Out These Legitimate Work-From-Home Opportunities

With the dramatic changes in the employment landscape in recent years, more people are looking for real work-from-home jobs and freelance positions.

The problem, according to money expert Clark Howard, is that the ripoff work-at-home outfits claiming they’ll find you a job — for an upfront fee — are too numerous to list.

“Many people want to do part-time work at home. But most work-at-home offers are scams. One stat that I’ve seen says that for every legitimate offer you may see, you’re going to come across 42 scams.”

One ally in the fight to find real work-from-home jobs is a website called FlexJobs. It’s different from most job search websites because it charges a membership fee starting at $6.95 for one week and $14.95 for a month.

For those prices, FlexJobs hand-screens every job in order to weed out all the junk, ads and scams. You only get truly legitimate remote, part-time, freelance and flexible jobs listings with this service.

Below are some sites and companies we’ve determined to be legitimate. Of course, you should check them out thoroughly yourself before getting involved.

It’s important to keep in mind that most work-from-home jobs are not a way to get rich; the majority of opportunities just pay enough to allow you to supplement an existing income.

Alorica at Home

Alorica At Home

What it pays: Between minimum wage and $10/hour

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What you need to know: As with all work-from-home jobs that center around answering incoming calls, Alorica requires you to have some basic equipment:

  • Computer: PC (no Macs)
  • Latest version of Windows Operating System
  • Minimum RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Headset
  • Internet Speed: High Speed internet access, 2MBPS upload/download minimum
  • Internet Connection: DSL, cable, or fiber optic (no dial-up, satellite, or 4G wireless connections)

You’ll receive paid training before starting, however, you’ll also be responsible for a background check that costs $31.95.

Amazon

What it pays: $15/hour

What you need to know: The e-commerce giant is often looking to fill hundreds of remote customer positions at a time. Popular job categories include customer service, sales, marketing, operations, HR, product management and software development.

A note of caution: You must be extremely careful when looking for work-at-home jobs from Amazon. That’s because tons of fake Amazon work-from-home job sites have been set up by scammers capitalizing on the company’s popularity.

Make sure you look for remote Amazon jobs and apply directly at the one and only legitimate site — Amazon.jobs.

Axon

Axon is hiring remote positions

What it pays: “Competitive” salary with 401(k) match

What you need to know: Axon provides hardware and software solutions to public safety and law enforcement agencies. The company is hiring senior customer success managers for full-time remote positions. The position does require:

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  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years working in a customer-facing role and 2+ years working with enterprise-level customers
  • 30% to 40% travel

You must be a resident of one of these states to be hired, however you can work from anywhere:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania,
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Chegg Tutors

Chegg tutors

What it pays: Starting at $20+/hour

What you need to know: This site allows you to virtually connect with students in need of lessons and do the teaching right from your home computer.

  • Subjects include the usual standbys of Calculus, Biology and Computer Science. But you’ll also find opportunities in things like Antitrust Law, Voice Lessons, Astrophysics and Zoology, among thousands of other subjects.
  • Top tutors can earn $1,000+/month and even fix figures.

If you don’t have luck with Chegg Tutors, Tutor.com is a similar service that lets you tutor as few as five hours a week and as many as 29, and you can change your scheduled as you like.

Concentrix

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What it pays: Starting at $10/hour

What you need to know: Be a home agent providing customer care, human resources and billing services. While requirements vary by job, you’ll need some basics like broadband internet access (no satellite).

Github

Github is hiring remote workers

What it pays: $100K+/year

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What you need to know: Github is hiring program managers to help facilitate its international expansion. You’ll create work plans and partner with different associates across the world.

To be successful in this full-time position, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 5+ years of program management
  • Experience in corporate structuring
  • Proven experience working in an independent manner with minimal oversight

LiveOps

LiveOps homepage

What it pays: Starting at $10/hour

What you need to know: This virtual call center offers home-based agents contract opportunities in sales, insurance sales, insurance claims, customer service, health care and roadside service.

Most client companies require applicants to undergo a comprehensive background and credit check that typically costs applicants $45.

Depending on the position, you might need a dedicated landline with telephone service and a corded headset, while others allow the use of a soft phone (VoIP or a computer and a USB headset).

You must be a resident of one of these states to be hired, however you can work from anywhere:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • Washington D.C.

Philips

Philips is hiring remote workers

What it pays: $17-$19, according to Glassdoor

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What you need to know: Consumer hardware and software company Philips is currently hiring for customer advocate/customer complaint roles.

Here’s what they need for the job in terms and skills and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in sciences, engineering, finance, business administration or related experience
  • Preference is December 2019 graduates. Also considering May/June 2020 graduates
  • Proficiency using office tools such as Microsoft Office Suite and  other computer software

Sutherland CloudSource

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What it pays: Pay rate is “competitive in the work at home industry,” according to the company website.

What you need to know: Sutherland offers work-from-home customer service opportunities. Just to to their career page and search “United States” to see the jobws.

Here are some of the great perks they offer:

  • Paid training
  • Paid time off
  • Vision, dental and health benefits
  • Basic 401(k) package for part-time workers

Sykes

Sykes work-at-home agent

What it pays: $10/hour according to Glassdoor

What you need to know: Sykes is a virtual call center provider using home-based customer service agents.

  • Named #8 on the 2020 list of Top 100 Companies with Remote Jobs by FlexJobs
  • Click here for a recruitment advisory warning about scammers pretending to be Sykes job recruiters

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is hiring remote workers

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What it pays: Various salaries depending on the positions

What you need to know: Thomas Reuters is a media company that serves customers by providing answers for client companies in many fields.

Thomson Reuters is filling various roles in project management, sales and business operations, customer service and more.

Touchpoint Contact Centers

Touchpoint is hiring remote workers

What it pays: $10/hour (plus performance bonuses)

What you need to know: Touchpoint Contact Centers is a virtual call center with various clients in the business world. Here’s what they offer call center agents:

  • No weekend work: Work shift is Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Paid training
  • Chance to make up to $17+/hour based on merit

This position is hiring in the following states:

  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Tennessee
  • North Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • Idaho

UHaul

u haul sales and reservations

What it pays: $10/hour, though bilingual sales agents can earn up to $15/hour

What you need to know: U-Haul offers opportunities for work-from-home agents in several fields — including customer service, sales and reservations and roadside assistance.

  • The company will hire employees under the age of 18
  • If you’re at least 16 years old, you must currently be enrolled in school or have your GED/diploma

UnitedHealth Group

What it pays:

What you need to know: UnitedHealth Group is hiring inpatient care management RNs to work remotely as full-time employees. Here are the requirements of the job:

  • Unrestricted RN license required in state of residence
  • 3+ years of managed care and/or clinical experience
  • Must have compact state license with multi state privileges
  • Must reside in compact state
  • Must work Arizona hours (part of the year MST and part of the year PST)

This position is only for those who reside in the following states:

  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • Arizona
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Nevada

West Coast University Instructor

West Coast University hiring online instructors

What it pays:

What you need to know: This full-time General Education Instructor position involves making sure the university meets compliance standards for programmatic accreditation and/or licensure in educating students in health care and related fields.

This position is only for those who reside in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • New Jersey
  • New Brunswick (Canada)
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Work at Home Vintage Experts

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What it pays: Pay rate is “competitive for independent contractors working from home,” according to the company website

What you need to know: Work at Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE) is unique in the remote working community because it specifically focuses on hiring “pretirees” — folks who are 50 or older and don’t want to stop working just yet, but who want a change from the daily office grind.

  • The application process is extensive, involving initial intake phone interviews and subsequent phone interviews with whichever company you’ll be working for to ensure the right fit
  • Job opportunities are clustered in three industries: Accounting, human resources and insurance
  • No hidden costs

WorkingSolutions

home office

What it pays: $9/hour to $30/hour depending on assignment

What you need to know: Working Solutions was created in 1996 to provide legitimate work-at-home opportunities. The company serves industries such as consumer services, health care, retail, travel and more.

  • Named to the Top 100 Companies with Remote Jobs list by FlexJobs for four years in a row
  • Working Solutions educates agents — at no cost to them — in a client’s business through a program called Working Solutions University
  • Not hiring in California, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington

Beware of These Common Work-at-Home Scams

Work-at-home scams are always in season. Here are a few common warning signs to look for:

  • Social networks are a hot spot for work-at-home danger. One company called Easy Tweet Profits claims you can make up to $873/day online. They even claim one person earned $400,000/year using their method of tweeting your way to success. The catch? By signing up for their program you agree to be charged just under $50 per month! There are a whole host of other companies with similar names (usually involving “make money” or “make profits”) that suggest social networking can be a cash cow. But their game is all the same: Whether you’re talking about something you see on Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, Twitter or whatever’s the next hot thing, you’ve got to be wary.
  • Phony job listings on legit job-hunting websites. One fraudulent group was listing fake jobs on CareerBuilder, which is an otherwise respectable site. The group was charging a big fee for a background check before consideration of any applicants. Federal, state and local authorities received more than 17,000 complaints filed by people who were ripped off by this particular group. And that’s just the number of people who found their way to complain. Who knows how many others were taken?
  • Pitches to be your own boss. Our Consumer Action Center is hearing from a lot of callers who go to help-wanted sites, find an opportunity that looks good and then contact the supposed employer. It turns out to be a pitch for owning your own business, with promises of huge money. Unfortunately, the only ones making money are the people pushing startup kits for a fee.

Final Thought

We hope this list helps you sort through the clutter when looking for work-from-home jobs. But, as always, keep Clark’s warnings in mind.

“You’ve got to be careful if you’re looking to work at home. Be sure to avoid the ads in the back of magazines about envelope stuffing, doing medical office paperwork and the like. The one area that has proven legitimate over time is becoming a call center worker from your home.”

Meanwhile, if you decide you need to make some fast cash instead of applying to be a remote worker, be sure to check out our list of easy ways to make extra money right now.

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