If you have been looking for work from home for any significant period of time, you have likely come across a few companies that don't hire people in your state. If you are in a few states, like California, you may think your job prospects are all but nonexistent. Not so fast!
While it is true there are a lot of location-specific jobs out there, there are remote opportunities available in every state. Our mission is to provide a list of legitimate leads for every state. These lists won't be all-inclusive, but they can be a place to start your search.
Why do some companies have location restrictions anyway?
That's a good question!
At the end of the day, it almost always comes down to two things; laws and taxes. Everyone's nemeses. Am I right? Most commonly, we are talking about:
- Employment Tax Laws - If a company wants to hire employees in a state other than where it operates, it needs to go through the process of being able to collect and remit taxes in that state.
- Employment Classification - Some companies prefer to hire employees as opposed to independent contractors. Employees come with a lot more restrictions and guidelines. They may need to pay unemployment, overtime and more.
- Work Space Regulations - That doesn't mean your workspace, it means the working environment as a whole. Some states require that a break must be taken after working a certain number of hours. And that break may need to be paid by law. And every state is different. That is a lot of rules to abide by if you are hiring employees in every state.
As you can see, this can be a lot of rules to keep up on. Especially considering they are always changing. Therefore, some companies like to keep things simple.
But all isn't lost. Regardless of your location, you have options. And if you target your search to freelance or independent contractor gigs, even more doors will open.
You can search for job leads by state or employment identification on FlexJobs. (See the image below.) Use code WAHWIFE for a discount.