Last updated: July 6, 2020
Working from home has rapidly become more popular and acceptable. Legitimate work at home jobs have not always been easy to find. However, many companies are turning to hiring at-home workers to fill positions as a way to deal with a changing economy, allowing employees to work from home has become much easier with the advancement of technology. Currently, there are thousands of remote positions available to job seekers. They just need to know where to look to find them.
Take a look at the resources I have provided below to get started on your work at home job hunt!
Use Job Search Sites
The best places to begin looking for work at home jobs are job search sites. While job sites are generally known for listing in-person types of positions, you can now find many work from home jobs listed as well. Some job sites are even dedicated exclusively to posting only remote jobs. While many of the jobs will be customer service related, there are a variety of other home-based careers also available.
To search on a job site, just enter the type of job you are looking for and/or enter remote, work at home, or work from home in the search box to see those specific listings. Some job sites will allow you to set up email alerts for certain types of jobs. Make sure to check job websites on a regular basis and pay close attention to location restrictions.
Here is a list of some great job sites to check out:
Though it is best known for its database of company reviews and ratings, Glassdoor also posts millions of current job listings regularly. These listings include many remote opportunities as well. You can sign up for email alerts for new job openings in which you are interested.
It is primarily known as an in-person job search site, but Indeed has a huge listing of work at home jobs. To find them, type “remote” in the “where” box. The results will include many location-based remote jobs but will provide a lot of “work anywhere” jobs too.
From their website, “Jobspresso is the easiest way to find high-quality remote jobs in tech, marketing, customer support and more. 100% of our jobs are hand-picked, manually reviewed and expertly curated.” Some of the jobs listed are available worldwide.
Another site primarily known as an in-person job search site, Monster has been around longer every site listed here. To find remote job listings, use the terms “work at home” or “work from home” and/or use “remote” as the location. Make note of any location restriction for each listing.
This platform was launched to connect women job seekers to Fortune 500 companies like Google and Microsoft as well as startups. The website lists jobs for conventional brick-and-mortar companies as wells as remote jobs.
From the website: “Our mission is to build the easiest way for digital nomads and the location independents to find meaningful and rewarding careers. We hope to be part of the remote workforce revolution by connecting skilled workers with reputable companies.”
The Remote OK platform lists a variety of remote jobs from around the world and refers to workers as digital nomads.
A lot like Jobspresso and We Work Remotely, Remotive lists jobs with tech companies and startups that are looking for engineers, designers, marketers, customer support, and other talented people to fill their ranks.
Lists a wide variety of work at home jobs from the fields of customer support, healthcare, technology, clerical, and business management. From the website: “SkipTheDrive simplifies the process of finding remote and work-from-home jobs. This is done by using filters to display highly relevant job results. We are happy to offer a free service for job seekers, requiring no registration. Whether you’re searching for remote, telecommuting, online or work-from-home opportunities, we’ve got you covered.”
From the website: “As a 100% telecommute company, we understand the unique challenges job-seekers face when looking for virtual work because we’ve been there. Our mission to help you find legitimate telecommuting jobs quickly, easily and safely is the driving force behind what we do.” There is a paid subscription for applying to jobs.
Lists remote job openings from innovative and leading-edge companies. Available jobs can be found in customer support, design, programming, management, marketing, copywriting, and a number of other categories.
From the website: “WorkingNomads.co curates lists of the most interesting remote job offers in many professional career areas. We connect professionals who want to work remotely with innovative companies offering independent positions.”
As one of the top job search sites, Zip Recruiter lists thousands of work at home jobs. Many are location specific, but many can be worked from anywhere.
Use Search Engines
If you don’t have much luck with job search sites, you can always take the direct approach to looking for a work at home job by going directly to your favorite search engine, such as Google or Bing, to find the perfect job. Just type in certain search terms and you can find any number of remote jobs.
There are commonly used terms in Work at Home job listings:
- Work at Home
- Work from Home
However, if you enter just these terms into the search box, you will get a lot of results for things other than actual job postings. For real work at home job posts you will see these terms used in combinations like the following:
- Work at Home Customer Service Representative
- Work at Home Agent
- At home worker
- Remote worker
- Remote Customer Service Representative
- Remote Independent Contractor
- Remote Contractor
- Work from home job
- Virtual agent
So in your search, you can combine the common terms with job type or title that you are looking for. For example, if you are looking for a position as a teacher, you can use the following search terms:
– Work at home+teacher
– Work from home+teacher
Combining search terms with a plus sign searches for web pages that include both terms even if they aren’t written as one phrase. However, you can also search for specific job titles by using the following format:
“Work at home teacher”
“Work from home teacher”
Enclosing your search terms in quotation marks tells the search engine to find only web pages with those exact words written in that exact phrase.
I have looked at numerous work at home job listings and find that many recruiters use similar terminology within their job postings to describe the type of work to be performed and the requirements for the job. You can use these in your search as well. They can be used alone or in combination with a specific type of job.
“This is a telecommuting position”
“This is a Work from home position”
“This is a Work at home position”
“This is a Home-based position”
“This is a Remote position”
“This is an Independent contractor position”
“This is a Contract position”
“From the comfort of your home office”
“Working from home”
“Work from anywhere”
“Work from anywhere in the US”
Work from anywhere in the world”
“Work from the comfort of your own home”
“Skip the commute”
“At home position”
“Remote work at home setting”
“work remotely from home”
“Set your own schedule”
“Work at Home Team Member”
“Remote Work From Home “
“at home team member”
Common Terms Used for Home Office Requirements
“Must be able to provide a quiet distraction free environment”
“Must have high-speed internet”
“Must have a quiet place to work”
“Must have a dedicated place to work”
“Must have a home office”
“Must have a headset”
“Must have your own PC”
“Must have your own computer”
Remember: Enclosing your search terms in quotation marks tells the search engine to find only web pages with those exact words written in that exact phrase.
Reasons to Suspect that a Work at Home Job Is a Scam
There are many legitimate work at home jobs and employers who hire remote workers. However, there are also many scam artists who prey on job seekers who want to work from home. I speak from experience. Here are a few signs that a work at home job may not be what it seems.
1. The company contacted you even though you never applied
2. You are being asked to pay something before being hired or you are required to purchase supplies that you will be reimbursed for.
3. You are being contacted from a non-company email address. The recruiter is using a Gmail or Yahoo email instead.
4. The recruiter wants to interview you using Google Hangouts.
5. The given pay rate is too high for the job being described.
6. Multiple typos in the job offer.
I have personally experienced or observed each of these scenarios more than once. Thankfully I recognized the signs and either blocked or reported the contact. If you are ever unsure about a potential job offer, Google the company for more information. If you aren’t able to find much information about them online, it is unlikely they are legitimate. You can also do a search of the company’s name followed by “scam” or “review” to see if anyone has reported them.
So to wrap things up, check out the list of job sites to find a work at home job. If that doesn’t work do a Google search for remote job listings. And look out for job scams. I hope that these resources and suggestions are a help to you. Have a happy job search!
Let me know in the comments below how your job search is going. Have you found any interesting job listings? Have you encountered any scams? I would love to hear about it!