If you’re looking for seasonal jobs, you’re in luck. Lots of companies are currently hiring part-time, seasonal and temporary workers for the upcoming holiday rush, tax season and other cyclical year-end events. Best of all, you can do these jobs from home. So, who’s hiring right now?
Amazon hires temporary customer service associates every year around the holidays, and this year is no exception. However, seasonal workers must reside in the states of Arizona, Kentucky, Texas, West Virginia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia. Workers can work part-time or full-time and make $10-$11/hour. A land line and computer with high speed Internet are required.
Apple At-Home Advisors can work on a seasonal basis for the AppleCare support team and make $10-$16/hour by providing customer and technical support. Required online training spans a minimum of 5-6 weeks, and 2 years of experience in a technical support or troubleshooting aspect is preferred. It’s also highly desired that you have some prior experience dealing with customers, either face-to-face or through chat, email or phone.
Ebay Enterprise occasionally hires seasonal workers through Adecco, a staffing agency it partners with. These seasonal workers work in either customer service or wish fulfillment and earn about $10.55/hour, at least according to the salary figures published by Glassdoor. There is also the opportunity to earn overtime pay and be hired as a full-time worker. On-site training at a local branch location is required before you work from home.
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4. Insurance companies
The open enrollment period has begun for most health, life and disability insurance programs. Because of the sheer volume of customers renewing or changing their insurance plans, many insurers outsource their medical underwriting needs to third party providers. You do need some underwriting experience in order to get hired by these companies, as well as a basic understanding of computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
This software company produces the tax preparation software TurboTax and regularly hires out seasonal workers to answer customer calls and place orders during tax season. If you’re not a CPA or certified tax adviser, you can work in general tax support helping callers complete their online tax forms. If you do have a tax credential in hand, you can provide detailed explanations and guidance- and make more money per hour as a result. Top pay for Intuit seasonal workers is $21/hour according to Glassdoor.
6. Lands’ End
This clothing retailer has been hiring temporary customer service representatives every year around the year-end holidays to handle phone and online orders and returns. Applications can be submitted as early as August; work schedules run from November until late January. Starting pay is $11.55 to $12.40, and there are bonuses paid out for working extra shifts or weekends. If you hired on as an employee, you can choose to work either at the company’s designated call centers or from home.
Both Teleflora and 1-800-FLOWERS are gearing up for huge orders starting around Christmas and ending Mother’s Day- and both companies need help in the form of seasonal call agents and customer service representatives. You must have a land line, PC and high-speed Internet in order to be considered. Teleflora pays $8/hour or state minimum wage, plus a $250 bonus for completing a full holiday assignment. 1-800-FLOWERS pays a little over $9/hour, and some workers may also qualify for commission sharing.
This kitchen and cookware retailer, which also operates Pottery Barn and West Elm, is hiring seasonal work from home customer service representatives and associates. While some customer service experience is desired of applicants, the company will also train its workers at different locations scattered throughout the U.S. A home computer and land line are required for these jobs. Pay ranges from $10.75-$11/hour.
Where else can you find seasonal work at home jobs?
Various job agencies, such as SYKES Home Powered by Alpine Access, offer numerous virtual call center job opportunities, and often on a seasonal basis. Convergys Home Agent Program and TeleTech@Home also list numerous work-at-home seasonal jobs, which are often in the customer service, sales or technical support arenas. Payment is usually $9-$10/hour. Because some of these companies hire their workers as employees and not independent contractors, this means that you can often gain benefits like health insurance and 401(k).
How to search for seasonal work from home jobs
You can use job search sites like Indeed, Monster, GlassDoor, LinkedIn, CareerBuilder and even Craigslist, all of which list numerous work at home and seasonal jobs. You can find these jobs by inputting search terms such as “remote,” “virtual,” and “seasonal.” The term “work at home” is fraught with scams, so use due diligence if searching with it.
It’s imperative that you start looking early for year-end and seasonal/holiday work- some positions fill up quickly, especially the higher paying ones in technical support or troubleshooting. However, once you are hired or contracted with a company, there is ample opportunity to be considered early for the next holiday or rush season. Some temporary or seasonal workers eventually become full-time employees.