Telecommuter Friendly Companies

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Telecommuter Friendly Employers

Want to work from home as a telecommuter? Companies are looking for the right people!

The companies listed here are recognized as leaders in the enployment of telecommuters and in providing legitimate business start-up or contracting opportunities. Before you start applying, let’s have a look at a few things you should do to be prepared.

What To Expect When Applying

Because of the huge swell of people applying for telecommuting positions, some may put a freeze on accepting new applicants. Even so, many companies will allow you to submit your application, resume, or letter of interest. If not, you should check back from time to time as they open their doors to new applicants.

Those companies that are accepting new hires may have long wait periods. Of course, much depends on your qualifications and the prevailing labor and market conditions.

Do these companies offer enough work to provide a living wage? Some do, some don’t. If all you need is supplemental income then many of the companies in this listing will be fine for you. If you need full time income, make sure you vet the company well and know exactly what you’re applying for.

Generally, full-time home-based work that generates a living wage is offered by companies looking for employees – who work from home. Proximity to their home office or satellite office is often a prerequisite for employment, since you may be required to physically go into the office at times.

Working as an independent contractor offers much more flexibility with regards to workload and work hours. The downside is you’re not guaranteed to have the amount of work you may desire nor any of the benefits a full-time employer can offer.

What You Should Do To Prepare

You will discover that many companies in need of home-based workers are looking for independent contractors. You perform a job or project for the company and you get paid.

What are the implications of this?

It means that companies are looking for professionals who come to the table prepared and competent. Although the company may require and provide specific training, they still expect you to possess the standards of quality and level of commitment that a business would possess.

Therefore, you are well-advised to consider yourself a business. In the eyes of the government you are a business, responsible for paying self-employment taxes and estimated income tax payments, while also enjoying the deductions and write-offs lawfully accorded to a business.

The lesson here is to not handicap yourself while looking for work. Prepare yourself to be the best business on the “block”. The competition is fierce and you’ll need an edge. Come out the gates running.

If you don’t have a home office outfitted and ready for business you need to get busy. As a home-based professional your home office should function independently from the rest of your home.

If you have a family, you’ll need to get them on board with the demands of running an office. Things such as a dedicated phone line, fax machine, printer, fast Internet connection, and well-oiled computer are basic necessities.

For you, as an independent contractor, your resume or portfolio is your secret weapon. It should be well-polished and up to date. Not only will a great resume display your professionalism, but there may be times when it is possible for you to submit a resume for a prospective job when the rest of the herd is simply filling out an online application. Be ready to show-off.

Be honest with yourself regarding your skills and accomplishments. It has been estimated that one-quarter to one-third of all resumes are embellished or down-right dishonestly fabricated. No good comes from this. It cheats you, those who would employ your services, and anyone else seeking to participate in or increase awareness of a home-based lifestyle. If you feel your resume is on the skimpy side, get the training, experience, or certification you need to make it stand out.

Lastly, remember to be patient and persistent. Home-based work is in high demand. Stick with it even if you don’t immediately land a job. Persistence can’t be understated here. Follow-up on your applications and resume submissions that aren’t getting attention. You don’t want to be pushy, but sometimes a little nudge will get the notice of a prospective employer.

Companies Known To Employ Telecommuters

Axion Data Services
Description: Data entry
Worker status: Independent Contractor

EditFast
Description: Editing, proofreading, writing
Worker status: Freelance Contractor

LionBridge
Description: Data Entry, Outsourcing
Worker status: Independent Contractor

LiveOps
Description: Inbound call service agent
Worker status: Independent Contractor

Speak Write
Description: Transcription
Worker status: Independent Contractor

Sykes
Description: Inbound call service agent
Worker status: Employee

UnitedHealth Group
Description: Executive, Administrative, Varied
Worker status: Employee
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VIPdesk
Description: Concierge call service / Virtual customer service
Worker status: Independent Contractor or Employee

VoiceLog
Description: Service call verification
Worker status: Independent Contractor

WorkingSolutions
Description: Virtual office agent
Worker status: Independent Contractor


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brett Krkosska provides how-to advice on small business and home-based work issues. He is the founder of HomeBizTools and the publisher of Straight Talk, a syndicated column that offers a unique perspective on today’s business issues.



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