If you’re a corporate professional, you may wonder how you could continue to make an income while living in remote places or traveling the country. Many company cultures are that you must be on site, which is typically near a major city and not close to where you may want to travel. For some of you, your company may offer a hybrid where some days are on site while others are from your home office. The good news is an increasing number of well-known companies are offering full time (salary and hourly) home based positions. If you have the drive to travel the country while maintaining a job or live in a remote location, you should first check with your company to see if this is an option. From my experience, just asking may open doors for you. Should it not, here’s what I’d suggest:
- Update your resume to state something like “seeking flexible/home based professional role” in your summary description. This will allow for the key works to be searched for in the HR systems.
- Make sure your network is aware you are seeking a new role and would like a home-based position. Many jobs are found through networking whether friends/family, or LinkedIn contacts.
- Check out www.flexjobs.com to search their database of verified and legitimate positions. There is a fee for this site but it served me well.
- Search for articles such as “top telecommute companies 2017” to see if those interest you. If they do, I found a best practice to regularly visit their career site and search “telecommute” or “remote” in the description field. From there you search based on title to find what matches your experience and goals.
To give you an idea of where to start looking, here is a list of top 10 telecommute companies as of January 2018:
- LanguageLine Solutions*
- Working Solutions*
- Kelly Services*
- UnitedHealth Group*
In my searching, I found many well-known companies offering roles from part time customer service to Senior Director level positions. Be sure to have a great resume and be ready to sell yourself for the new role! It takes more time to find a telecommute job since there are fewer to be had, but when you do it could change your life.