Training for the upcoming holiday season should start mid-August through September. This is a great opportunity for those new to remote work to get their foot in the door with a holiday work-from-home job.
These temporary positions will often have you work at home taking orders or assisting with customer service questions. Even if a phone job isn’t your idea of a dream job, it’s only a few months! The pay is often good, hours are plentiful, and it’s a steady paycheck through the end of the year. It can help out with the bills or holiday shopping while providing some much-needed remote experience for your resume. Give it a shot!
Who Hires for Holiday Work-from-Home Jobs?
There is no shortage of legit companies looking to ensure their phones, chat boxes and emails are covered during the peak season.
This is where I got my work-at-home start back in 2007. Then, it was known as West@Home. I worked at home taking orders for a popular online shopping channel. I started working in the fall and was asked to stay on after the holiday shopping season was over. I enjoyed that gig and continued working the minimum hour commitment for over a year just to keep it as a backup plan in case I needed it.
Alorica offers customer service and sales positions working with a number of clients. You will have the opportunity to apply to individual projects once hired.
They offer a flexible schedule and say most agents are making between minimum wage and $10 per hour. These are employee positions. Medical and dental insurance may be available.
Alorica does not hire in every location. You will be informed about eligibility in your location early in the application process.
Amazon work-at-home customer service positions are some of the most coveted at-home roles leading up to the holiday season. When they come open, you need to apply fast!
These are employee positions and generally require a commitment of 20-29 hours per week. If you perform well and meet the commitments for these seasonal work-at-home jobs, you may be asked to stay on year-round.
The pay for this one is also around $10 per hour. Amazon currently hires remote workers in 30 states.
3. Amazon Flex
If you have a reliable car, you may be able to make money for Christmas delivering packages for Amazon.
At the time of writing this post, the Amazon Flex website says drivers can earn $18 to $25 per hour. You can select your schedule and availability through the Flex app. This opportunity is currently available in 50 US cities. You can get on the waitlist if your city isn’t yet covered.
I had two holiday work-from-home jobs when I quit my day job to work remotely full-time; Alorica and Arise. Arise offers the same type of customer service and order-taking positions like many other companies, with the primary difference being your requirements to work for the company.
While many companies hire at-home employees or independent contractors, Arise only contracts business entities. That means you will need to file for an LLC within your state. That can run a few hundred dollars. You will also need to pay for your training both to become an Arise agent in general and for all clients you hope to work for. That could also cost you a few hundred dollars.
After you go through the unpaid training and start work, you will find the work is pretty much the same as working as an IC or employee for any other work-at-home customer service company. You will likely be required to work a certain number of peak hours each week. Those are usually night and weekend hours.
The ads Arise is currently running give an income estimate of $9 to $14 per hour. Not much different from other companies. Arise estimates total costs to get started at $250 to $770. You will also have to keep in mind there are monthly platform usage fees of $39.50 as well that are ongoing.
When working for Arise, you are truly going to the expense of starting your own business without a lot of the perks many of us love – like true freedom over your schedule. If you want to start a business of your own that you control, you may want to look into some of these work-from-home courses that may be a better investment of your money.
Arise is a legit company! It’s just a lot more expensive than many of the jobs on this list.
Concentrix has been offering work-at-home jobs since 2004. These are employee positions, so there are none of those business-related expenses mentioned with Arise. As an employee, they also take taxes out of your check. That’s another thing to keep in mind when considering an employee versus an independent contractor position. You must pay your own taxes as an independent contractor.
Concentrix works with many clients. Pay starts at $10 per hour. Payment is every two weeks by direct deposit or pay card.
According to their website, they currently hire in 46 states and the District of Columbia. They don’t hire in California, Vermont, Alaska, or New York. Note: In the state of Washington, they cannot hire in Seattle.
Convergys currently hires in 35 states. Some client projects may be state-specific. They also require 7-day/week availability. Shifts are 8-8.5 hours for full-time employees and 4-6 hours for part-time agents.
Note: Convergys was recently purchased by Concentrix.
7. The Gap
The Gap doesn’t hire work-at-home agents often, but when they do applications flood in fast. These are employee positions that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, 401(k), stock purchasing and employee discount. Wow!
These positions are location-specific. You will need to watch their job board for openings. The most recent openings were in Ohio and included email chat positions as well!
8. GC Services
GC Services frequently has home-based positions available. Their current opening has a minimum pay listed of $9 per hour. They currently hire in the following states: AL, AR, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, ND, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI, WY.
This is a fun gig. Unfortunately, it’s only available in three states: Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee. (And possibly Virginia, as well.)
Pay is reportedly in line with other similar positions though not openly listed on the website. Many reviews of this position state they love it. It’s pretty laid back. There are flexibility and benefits available.
Liveops is another long-standing, trusted outsourced customer service company. Agents enjoy a flexible schedule and the perks that come with showing you are a top performer.
This company offers scheduling in 30-minute blocks. That’s something many work-at-homers love. According to the current FAQs, they also don’t have any minimum hourly commitments. Nice!
Pay can vary by client. Some pay a flat hourly rate. Some pay talk-time only, generally $.25/minute. That works out to $15 per hour if you are on the phone for the full 60 minutes. Pay is twice per month.
You do have to pay for a background check which is $45. That’s not too uncommon for these positions and shouldn’t be something that raises a red flag unless it’s a company you are not familiar with.
NexRep offers a healthy variety of at-home opportunities. Positions range from taking calls for “As Seen on TV” infomercials to answering phones for salons. Current openings are always changing.
The pay is based on the project. Some clients pay only $10 per hour. Some sales positions offer the potential to earn more than $25 per hour.
They are unable to accept agents from NY, CA, RI, WA, AR, OR, IN, and IL.
At the time of writing this post, Nordstrom had two seasonal work-at-home positions available. One in Florida. One in North Carolina. The training for these is scheduled to start in September 2018 and will last three weeks Monday through Friday.
These are employee positions that come with benefits. They are full-time positions with a set schedule. The listing specifically states, “schedule flexibility is required and expected.” These two pay $15.15 per hour with incentives and employee benefits and discount.
Check for current openings here. (Search for Seasonal Customer Care Specialist)
Sitel was founded in 1985 and currently has over 75,000 associates and 400+ clients around the world. In the U.S., they are currently able to hire in the following states; Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
At any given time, there are several client projects available on the Sitel work-at-home job board. Current clients include Fortune 500 companies in insurance, retail (clothing, toy), travel & leisure, sport and telecommuting industries, just to name a few.
These are employee positions offering paid training. Most current positions require 31-40 hours per week with a set schedule.
Sutherland offers paid training, paid time off, vision, dental and health benefits, flexible scheduling and more. Pay is bi-weekly by direct deposit or pay card. The company says their rates are competitive with others in this space.
One thing to note here: Sutherland does not allow you to work for other work-at-home companies due to conflict of interest. You also cannot work for more than one client.
SYKES Home offers employee positions with benefits and the opportunity for advancement. They are open to those without a customer service background.
This company currently hires in 40 states. Most of their positions are full-time. According to the site, the average pay is around $9 per hour. Pay is every two weeks by direct deposit. Benefits are available after 30 days.
Wayfair had several remote positions available when I wrote this post, including a few manager positions. A few days ago, they had customer service roles listed on their site with a start date of September 10. Keep an eye open for more of those. Search for “virtual.”
Williams-Sonoma frequently has remote customer service positions available. We’re seeing an influx of them now in preparation for the holiday shopping season.
Current openings are full-time and temporary. Some on-site training is required and therefore these are location-specific and near their call centers. A few locations I see now include Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Columbus, Dallas, San Francisco, Braselton, The Colony and more.
Pay is $12 per hour and employee benefits – and discount – are available.
To land a seasonal work-from-home job with any of the above companies, you will likely need high-speed internet, a newer computer, a headset and possibly a landline. Check the job descriptions for a full list of requirements.
Bonus Fall Openings
These won't be the only job listings we see start popping up more frequently in the upcoming months. Another great work-at-home field to consider is teaching English online. Many of the companies in this industry do not require prior work-at-home experience, nor do they require a teaching certificate or teaching degree. Many are simply looking for a bachelor's degree in any subject. They also can pay pretty well and are extremely flexible.
- Cambly – Earn $.17/minute (or up to $10.20 per hour), teach anytime & anywhere, pay is weekly by PayPal
- Qkids – Earn $16 to $20 per hour, minimum commitment of 6 hours per week
- SayABC – Earn up to $21 per 40-minute class, set your own hours, a 3-month contract required
Even if these companies don’t have positions listed at this moment, keep an eye open in the upcoming weeks. You can also sign up for my weekly newsletter below to receive job leads by email every Tuesday. You can always check out the frequently updated job leads page as well.