Is this the year you’re determined to find a job that lets you work from home? These 100 companies offer remote positions — so you can find the flexibility you crave.
Do your career goals for this year involve landing a job that lets you work from home?
While finding a new job is never easy, we’ve got a list that will help you figure out which companies to target in your search for remote work.
FlexJobs, an online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time and freelance jobs, has put together a list of the top 100 telecommute-friendly employers. Which means that if your New Year’s resolutions included finding a job you can do in your pajamas, you’ve now got more places than ever to look.
You’re not the only one who covets these types of positions. Remote work in the U.S. has increased 80 percent since 2005, with 34 million workers performing some kind of telecommuting work across the nation, Global Workplace Analytics reports. The number of remote jobs posted over the last year alone has risen 27 percent, according to FlexJobs.
Here’s a peek at who made the list, and what it means for you as a job-seeker. (Click here to tweet this list.)
Who made the list of top 100 employees for flexible work?
FlexJobs compiled their second annual list of 100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs in 2015 by analyzing job posting histories on their site in the year 2014. Of the more than 30,000 companies posting jobs, the chosen 100 are those companies whose postings offered the largest amount of remote work options, which includes telecommuting, working from home, and virtual jobs.
The purpose of their list? To “guide job seekers in their quest to find legitimate work with trusted companies that have a successful track record recruiting and hiring telecommuters,” says FlexJobs’ CEO, Sara Sutton Fell.
The compilation includes companies of all sizes across all industries. The most-represented fields were:
- Medical and health (i.e. UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Humana, etc.)
- Customer service (i.e. Amazon, Teletech, Convergys, Language Line Solutions, etc.)
- Sales (i.e. Appen, VMWare, Overland Solutions, etc.)
- Computer and IT (i.e. Xerox, Apple, Intuit, IBM, etc.)
- Administrative (i.e. FlexProfessionals, Healthfirst, McKesson, etc.)
- Education and training (i.e. K12, Kaplan, etc.)
- Marketing (i.e. ADP, HD Supply, Teradata, etc.)
Other big names you may recognize include American Express, the American Heart Association, 3M and the U.S. Department of Transportation. While freelancers and IT workers still tend to lead the pack for remote work, the playing field is widening; whatever your career field or specialty, there’s a good chance you can find an employer who’s open to the idea of a flexible working arrangement.
How to tell if you’re right for the (remote) job
There’s plenty to love about working from home. Alicia Courtney, who left a corporate job and now works remotely as an account manager for a digital marketing company, says she has “no intentions of going back” to a corporate world because of the freedom remote work allows her:
I can work really hard and deliver results for my clients, but if I need to run to the grocery store at lunch time, I don’t have a boss watching the clock for my return. I am in control of my career being successful. It has helped me also be the kind of wife and mom I have always wanted to be. I am close by if my family needs me but also able to work a job I love.
But bear in mind that, just like any position, remote jobs come with their own unique challenges. Courtney warns that:
In corporate, your days are pretty much laid out in terms of expectations. Working remotely, you are in control of how, when and where you complete your job. It may sound wonderful, but it can be a challenge finding your own personal groove that works with the client/employer expectations.
Another challenge is that when you are working on a project, just because 5 p.m. rolls around, that doesn’t mean you can walk out on the task. I’ve found myself working late into the night some nights. You have to be flexible and willing to do whatever it takes to meet your employer’s or client’s expectations. The good and the bad.
It takes the right type of personality to make a remote job work for you. Courtney’s advice:
To thrive in a remote job, you have to be self-disciplined, extremely flexible and pretty tech savvy. There are a million tools to help make you work efficiently with others across the country and even the world. But you need to be able to troubleshoot on your own, have backup plans for any electrical outages and come up with working solutions to any challenge. I think creative and motivated individuals are the most successful at remote positions. It’s a common misconception that “work at home” jobs aren’t real careers. But the people who hold these positions increase revenue and provide high quality work and are invaluable to any company or organization.
Think you’ve got what it takes? Then head on over to FlexJobs’ blog to view the full list of 100 companies.
Who knows, your next dream job might be with one of them. (You’ll have to check the company policy when it comes to pajamas, though. If you’ve got a Skype call with a client, you may need to compromise and put a button-down on over those PJ pants.)
Do you have a job that allows you to work remotely? What do you like or dislike about it? Would you ever consider going back to a more traditional arrangement?
Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.