Feeling strapped for cash especially around the holidays? Don’t fret. There are many well-known companies out there looking for seasonal help- and no, that seasonal help does not necessitate you dressing like an elf (unless you want to). In fact, the companies listed below all offer their workers the opportunity to work from home.

In most cases, all you need is a phone connection and/or computer in order to take phone calls and fill out paperwork. If you have basic customer service or technical skills, these seasonal work-at-home jobs can be a great way to make extra money. Furthermore, many of these companies retain a good percentage of their temporary workers as full-time employees.

1. 1-800-FLOWERS

This online florist hires temporary virtual agents that work from home during the holidays, especially Christmas, Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. Agents may work up to 40 hours/week and are expected to take customer orders, use company software programs and up-sell products. Virtual agent jobs with 1-800-FLOWERS are only available in a dozen states including Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York and Texas. The pay is about $9/hour but can be more if you are also fluent in Spanish.

2. Alpine Access

This work-from-home U.S. and Canada-based company collaborates with many companies (e.g., Sprint) in a wide variety of industries like travel, health care, media, entertainment, hospitality, financial services, etc. Naturally, many of the client companies require additional customer/technical service and virtual assistant staff during the holidays. The pay is $8/hour during training and $9/hour once you are out of training and taking calls.

The nice things about Alpine Access are that it offers 401(k) plans and pays its workers the same rate regardless of whether they are on the phone or not. The downside to this company is that it does not hirethroughout the ntire U.S.; currently, 40 states and 8 Canadian provinces are available. Other company customer/technical service aggregators that are similar to Alpine Access include Arise, Convergys, Focus Forward, LiveOps, TeleTech@Home, VIPDesk, West at Home and WorkingSolutions.

3. Amazon

Most of Amazon’s seasonal work is offered at its area-specific “fulfillment centers” and thus is not considered work from home. However, if you go on Amazon’s career page and type in “work from home”, you will find several virtual call center job listings. The only hitch to these work-at-home jobs is that they are state-specific and currently include the states of Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia. Amazon requires familiarity with online shopping, chat, email and programs like Microsoft Office. High-speed Internet and a dedicated phone line are also required. Work hours are typically 20/week but, with the holidays fast approaching, can expand to 40/week. The pay is $10-$12/hour.

4. AppleCare

Apple hires college students, as well as some non-students, to be “At-Home Advisors” and take computer/mobile device technical support and troubleshooting calls during the holidays. These jobs can be located by going to Apple’s job search site and using the keyword “home”. The majority of At-Home Advisor jobs are centered around a major city or university since most technical support calls are expected to come from students. The pay for being part of AppleCare is better than average, with agents earning $10-$15/hour.

5. Fetch!

People who are traveling during the holidays often need pet care. At Fetch!, you can submit an application to be a pet sitter and have your clients bring their pets to your home. The established pay for a day of pet care runs $30-$50 and an overnight stay costs roughly $40, with Fetch! taking 8% of your pay for its franchise fees.

Holiday pet care at Fetch! is in demand and you will typically be paid an extra $10 on top of your standard pet care rate. You can also offer additional pet care services such as in-home visits, dog walks, midday potty breaks, etc., although doing so will technically have you working out of the home. Fetch! is based in most U.S. states and, because it is a franchise, you will need to work with a Fetch! service provider in your state of residence.

6. Teleflora

Teleflora is another online florist that hires “consumer sales professionals”, paying them $8-$11/hour once they are trained and ready to accept calls. Even better, Teleflora agents can earn a commission on top of their regular salary. The only hitch is that Teleflora does not accept applications from the following states:  Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.  You can find out what seasonal work is currently available by clicking on Teleflora’s career tab and using keywords like telecommute” and “home-based” to narrow your search.

Temporary Jobs

The above list is by no means exhaustive. In fact, almost any company that is online and deals with increased seasonal demand is very likely to require additional help around the holidays. Consider what consumer goods are ordered more frequently around Christmas: flowers, plane tickets, food, candies, clothing and calendars all make the list.

Consider also that, with more people going online and mobile shopping during the holidays, there are more problems to be anticipated with slow Internet connection, nonfunctional smartphones, damaged goods, etc. Thus, both corporate customer service and technical support departments are likely to be stretched- and looking for temporary assistance.

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