Who wouldn’t like to work from home? You won’t have to deal with annoying, gossiping colleagues ever again; you won’t have to spend another morning stuck in traffic on your way to the office; and you can say goodbye to those biweekly meetings dedicated to office supplies. Even better, you’ll be able to stay in your pajamas all day with your pet curled at your feet, on your lap, or even on your laptop – fellow cat owners, you know what I mean.
As more and more companies recognize the benefits of allowing their employees to telecommute (which include improved morale, higher employee retention, and reduced absenteeism), telework opportunities have spiked over the last two decades. In fact, Gallup found that 37% of US workers telecommute for work, four times higher than the 9% found in 1995.
And while Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer may have changed company policy in 2013 to require all employees work in a corporate office, your dreams of working for a large organization from the comfort of your home (or local Starbucks, where we assume nightwear will be frowned upon) are far from being crushed.
Here are five companies you can work for in your pajamas!
Founded in 2010, Toptal is a talent network that has developed a rigorous screening process to identify the best software engineers and designers, and of the thousands applications the tech startup receives each month, only the top 3% are accepted and then connected with remote work around the world. The company’s clients include Airbnb, Gucci, J.P. Morgan, The Onion, Pfizer, and Zendesk.
Meanwhile, it’s not just the freelance developers and designers that get to work from home. Toptal’s entire team works remotely, too – from the CEO, Taso Du Val, right down to all the latest hires. There simply aren’t any offices, set hours, or useless meetings – and yes, they’re hiring.
Hipsters, rejoice! You can now work for your favorite company from the comfort of your home. Apple, the tech giant behind your favorite iPhone and MacBook products, lets employees work remotely as At Home Advisors. These Advisors are customer support agents who are responsible for answering customers’ questions about the company’s products and services, and they get paid as they learn Apple’s technologies with the help of an instructor through an online program. Meanwhile, all employees in this position are entitled to generous product discounts and paid time away (even those who work part-time), and receive a free iMac to work from home. Apple also offers At Home Team Manager and At Home Area Manager positions.
In 2015, Forbes featured jetBlue as one of the top 25 places to work in the US, and with good reason. Not only does the airline offer its employees great perks and benefits like medical insurance and discounted air travel, it also provides stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, veterans, and other individuals with the opportunity to work from home.
Of the 2,100 customer support crewmembers (no one is called an employee at jetBlue; they’re all crewmembers) working in the Salt Lake City, Utah area, some 1,800 work from home taking calls from customers looking to book flights, get answers to their questions, and more. Crewmembers undergo intensive training in Salt Lake City before they’re allowed to work from their home office, delivering the excellent customer service the company is known for – jetBlue was named the Top Low-Cost Airline for Customer Satisfaction by JD Power and Associates nine years in a row.
Best known for its photocopier machines, Xerox has become one of the leading corporations in the world and is consistently placed in the list of Fortune 500 companies. It was founded way back in 1906, and began recognizing the benefits of working from home some 30 years ago. Today, Xerox employs over 8,000 home-based workers in a number of areas including tech support, data entry, customer service, image tagging, software programming, systems development, and quality control.
Current openings in the company’s extensive Virtual Office Program include an analytics solutions architect, a technical program manager, a Spanish call center representative, and a technical writer.
Amazon started as an online bookstore in 1994, later diversifying to sell everything from CDs to jewelry and books to electronics and furniture to toys. In 2015, the online retail giant surpassed Walmart as the most valuable retailer in the US with a market valuation of $250 billion.
The company offers many virtual positions for potential employees including Amazon Books store manager and AWS solutions architect, but perhaps their coolest position is that of a work-from-home customer service associate offered through Amazon’s Virtual Contact Center. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection, a landline, and a PC, and you could join the company and start making $10 an hour. They offer paid training, referral bonus opportunities, and part or full-time work. Unfortunately, however, positions are only offered in select states including Arizona, Florida, and Virginia.
Are you one of the lucky few to work from home for one of these companies? Perhaps you have a few companies to add to this list? Tell us in the comments section below, and don’t forget to share this article with family and friends who just might be interested in telecommuting work at one of these five cool companies!