Just as in the outside world, much of work from home hiring is cyclical. Almost every industry experiences some type of ebb and flow in workload and that movement is reflected in their calls for new remote agents.
If you are looking to start working from home this year, here is an indication as to when we see the most job listings for certain positions. Please keep in mind many of these companies also hire throughout the year as well, these are simply the big rushes and where you may be able to find quick placement.
The first two months of the year tend to be pretty busy when it comes to recruiting. A big area of need the last two years is in the healthcare industry. With the insurance enrollment deadline coming mid-February, a lot of companies hire those that can advise patients as to their options. Search for terms like “enrollment specialist” to find this type of work.
Pierce-Eislen is a real estate marketing firm that hires remote agents to conduct rent surveys by phone. The work is flexible and does not require a quiet background like some phone jobs. Their Winter Survey season starts in January. Check their website for details.
With the second semester of school starting we do tend to see an increase in tutoring job openings during January.
If a home business is more up your alley, a lot of direct sales companies offer signup specials during the month of January to gear up for their upcoming spring product launches.
Tax time is quickly approaching. That means a need for qualified tax specialists.
We also start seeing an increase in recruiting for product demonstrators. While this isn’t a full-time gig, it is great for those looking to pick up a little extra work without a big commitment.
March and April
Summer vacation time is just around the corner. There are several companies in the travel and transportation industries that hire remote workers.
- Cruise companies
- Disney vacation planners
- Carlson Wagonlit
Pierce-Eislen is likely again hiring during the month of April.
You are also going to see a lot of job fairs for local summer work during these months. While it may not be work at home, if you want to work outside and on a temporary basis check out your local zoos and event centers for hiring events.
And don’t forget local business options.
May, June and July
Summer is often a slow time for work-at-homers. Most don’t mind because their kids are also home for a couple months. If you need to keep the cash rolling in however, you have some great temporary options to consider.
- Use your car to make money off tourists.
- If you live near an event center or stadium, rent out your driveway on justpark.com
- Rent out a room to travelers if you live in a tourist destination.
- Babysit for those not working at home that need somewhere to take their kids.
Active Network hires home agents to take camping reservations.
Great American Opportunities is one of the few legitimate work at home data entry positions. Most contractors are only hired for three or four months during the fall. Only the best of the best get year-round work. The waiting list for this one can be a very long time, up to four years. And the company only tests twice per year, in January and July. Email late June, no sooner please, to receive the test. (See Real Ways to Earn Money Online for more info.)
HigherOne customer service reps provide students with financial aid assistance. Their training typically starts in late July or early August. This company hires employees as opposed to independent contractors so there are state restrictions for hiring.
School will soon be in session. That means an increased need for tutors.
There are several companies that hire people to score student tests. This work coincides with the school season, usually available August through May. A degree is typically required.
Curriculum writers are also being hired this month for work throughout the school season.
September and October
We start to see a lot of hiring in the customer service and sales industries in September. This leaves time for not only the hiring process but also online training which can last two to four weeks. Now is the time to get in those applications, if not a little earlier.
November and December
This tends to be a notoriously slow month in the work at home world for hiring. Companies already have the holiday phones covered and other industries are slowing down.
We do start seeing many of the flower companies beefing up their customer service teams for the upcoming flower holidays.
November and December are also a good time to pick up some extra cash offering seasonal services:
Some work at home jobs like freelance writing will always be in season. What would you add to the list?