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How to Find Home-Based Work With Flexible Hours

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If you’re interested in a work-from-home role with a flexible schedule, but you’re afraid every job advertised is a scam, you aren’t alone. The truth is, it might be difficult to find a good remote job that offers flexible hours and days. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

Great remote jobs are out there, and this blog post is here to help you find them.

So, You Want a Flexible Schedule?

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If you asked why people want to work from home, many would say it’s because they want the flexiblity in their schedules. Simply put, the 9-to-5 routine does not work for a lot of people anymore.

Working from home offers this flexibility, so if your child gets sick one day or you have an errand to run, you can work around those events and still get the job done. This makes remote jobs true life-savers for many people, which is yet another reason why working at home is so appealing to many.

 

Facts About Working Flexible Hours

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Workers already know that having a flexible work schedule benefits them. What many people don’t know is that this type of arrangement also benefits companies. If you’re trying to score a more flexible schedule, you might already know:

  • Workers are more motivated and more productive.
  • The retention rate is higher because workers are happier.
  • Remote work is more eco-friendly.

That being said, if you want a remote job because you want a flexible schedule, it’s good to keep in mind that almost half — 44% to be exact — of companies across the globe don’t allow any type of remote work. Does that mean it’s impossible to find these types of jobs? Not really, but you have to know where to look.

People are much happier working from home at least part of the time, mainly due to flexibility.

Before we get to that, let’s look at other statistics related to companies that allow workers to work at least part of the time from home.

  • In the United States, 4.3 million people now work from home at least half the time.
  • 67% of small businesses now allow some type of flexible work schedules for their workers.
  • Roughly 90% of these companies state their retention rates have greatly improved due to offering a flexible work schedule.
  • The number of remote workers has gone up 140% since 2005.
  • Many experts estimate that nearly one-fourth of the workforce could be working remotely by the year 2025.
  • Globally, 16% of all companies have a team of workers that is 100% remote.

As you would expect, people are much happier working from home at least part of the time, mainly due to flexibility. In a recent survey, workers who telecommuted were 22% happier than those who worked in an onsite office.

 

What Type of Work Can You Do From Home?

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So, you want to work from home, but you don’t know where to start? While there are certainly scams out there, there are also many more legitimate remote opportunities than you might think. Below are some of the best positions if you want to work remotely:

  • Android or iOS developer
  • Computer programming
  • Data entry or transcription
  • Customer service
  • Entry-level computer jobs
  • Sales
  • Translation jobs
  • Medical billing and coding
  • Graphic design
  • Teaching English as a second language (ESL)
  • Tutoring
  • Web development
  • Freelance writer

While this is not a comprehensive list, these are some of the most common, available remote jobs.

 

Which Companies Offer the Best Remote Jobs?

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There are, in fact, tons of companies that offer legitimate and honest work-from-home opportunities, and you can click here to discover who the top 100 companies are. For now, let’s take a look at the top five companies on this list:

  1. Lionbridge (now TELUS International)
  2. TTEC
  3. LiveOps
  4. Working Solutions
  5. Kelly/Kelly Connect

If you want to work with a particular company, it’s best if you contact them directly or through a legitimate job board. Unfortunately, there are some organizations claiming to be big-name companies hiring remote workers but are really trying to scam people.

Research the company, ask questions, and always remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

However, there are ways you can protect yourself. Research the company, ask questions, and always remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Find more tips to avoid scams here.

 

How Much Can You Earn Working From Home?

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Like a regular job, compensation for at-home employment vary depending on what is required and your experience level. Below are the average earnings of some popular remote jobs.

  • Editing/proofreading: $20/hour
  • Virtual assistant: $10 to $15/hour
  • Voice overs: $55 to $77/hour
  • Data entry: $10/hour
  • Customer service representative: $8 to $15/hour

If you’d like to learn the compensation of some other occupations, click here.


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