While working from home sounds appealing to many people–especially those who have never done it–it is important to realize that many remote job opportunities include startup fees or require you to already have reliable equipment, such as a printer, webcam, etc. These jobs are plentiful, but not all remote jobs are the same. At the least, remote work almost always involves a high speed internet connection. Beyond that, remote work necessitates a computer or laptop, but there are some companies who provide those once an employee has been hired. It’s important to do your research and understand how to make a remote job work for you in your current situation.
To save you some time, we have compiled a list of work from home jobs that do not require a printer; in fact, for many of these jobs, employees deal with sensitive customer data and printing any of it is prohibited. We have chosen to focus on call center (but remote!) jobs because they frequently care more about employees having good internet and a phone than their ability to print, but if you do more research, there are many non-call center jobs available. One example would be working remotely as a social media manager. Everything is online, so you must have a fast internet connection, but otherwise the equipment required is minimal.
Below are some great, remote call center companies that frequently hire new employees:
If working in a cell center (even a remote one) would never interest you but you still wish to work from home, we have great news! OWL Labs recently published a report of their research on remote work called, “Global State of Remote Work.” They found that 56% of companies allow employees to work remotely at least part of the time, if not full time. That’s over half of all companies surveyed globally. If you are located in the United States, that figure rises to 85% of companies allowing at least partial remote work; this means that remote work opportunities abound across many industries.
To aid in your search for non call center, work from home jobs, we have curated a second list full of great websites with remote job listings.The sites we’ve found are fantastic, however please note that we cannot promise you will find a job that does not require a printer if you choose to move away from the jobs listed above. All of the websites on this resource list are great for different types of jobs, so, in no particular order, here are our recommendations:
- WeWorkRemotely.com: The job listings on WeWorkRemotely are plentiful as new listings are added daily, and there are a number of fields of your choosing to search in. The site offers remote job listings for the following industries: Programming, DevOps & Sysadmin, Design, Customer Support, Marketing, Copywriting, Business/Exec & Management, and “Other” for the jobs falling outside of the listed categories. See, we told you it doesn’t have to be a call center.
- Jobspresso.co: Jobspresso adds new jobs frequently, but not daily like WeWorkRemotely. However, they always have a sturdy list of available remote work opportunities. They post jobs for designers, developers, DevOps, marketing, project management, sales, support and writing. Like WeWorkRemotely, Jobspresso has a “various” category for all the other jobs that do not fit neatly into one specified category.
- Remotive.io/jobs: A bit less tech-focused than the previous two, Remotive has job listings in education, engineering, human resources, marketing, product, sales, and support. It has one helpful feature the others do not: their jobs can be sorted by optimal timezone, meaning you can avoid applying for jobs that would cause you to work odd hours because you live far away from the company’s headquarters.
- RemoteOK.io: RemoteOK is pretty tech heavy, but also has jobs outside of tech; they’re conveniently listed in the “non-tech” category job postings (ex. teaching English). Like WeWorkRemotely, they update job listings each day. As an added bonus, they give users tips on things like becoming a digital nomad.
We have given you plenty of resources to get started in your search for remote work, but we recognize that not everyone reading this has already decided they definitely want to work from home. Remote work truly allows a different way of living than a traditional office job, and it can be intimidating to people who have never done it before. Moving forward, we would like to discuss some common questions and fears about switching to remote work to make things easier for you.
Working in close proximity to other people can build a lot of character. It has challenges, but also forces people to grow (and grow together with others). Some people make lifelong relationships with their coworkers. In the same vein, companies maintain a sense of unity with everyone in the same place; it is much easier to perpetuate a clear company culture in a traditional work environment. These are legitimate arguments against working from home, but we are happy to say that working remotely does not necessarily mean a social loss. It’s true that if you’re working for a call center, you will most likely not be close with your coworkers beyond training and large meetings. However, if you find a remote job doing something fewer people are doing, today’s technology allows people across the world to feel like they’re right beside you.
Collaboration tools and chat services are now extremely advanced, and they’re incredibly useful for all types of teams, but especially remote teams. If you instant message, email, call, and/or video chat with your company’s other employees on a regular basis, it is possible to maintain a solid relationship, a strong sense of communication, and even a refined company culture. Our advice would be to over communicate, at least at the beginning of your remote work journey. Communicate what you need. Communicate your plans. Use all the communication technology available and stay connected regardless of distance.
Beyond the social realm of work, the main fear or insecurity for new remote workers concerns productivity. Without a boss standing over your shoulder during all work hours, can you really trust yourself to be productive? A study from the Harvard Business Review suggests you can. Nicholas Bloom and James Liang conducted a 9 month long study of call center workers for the Chinese company Ctrip. Half of the employees were kept on site, and the other half were sent to work from home for the duration of the study. All employees were regularly surveyed and had data collected on their performance, and the results were clear: compared to the employees who stayed in the office, the work from home employees were on average happier, 50% less likely to quit their jobs, and more productive. In support of these findings, the OWL Labs study mentioned above revealed that the interviewed remote workers most often listed improved productivity and focus as their primary reason for working outside of a traditional office.
The data from the study should be promising and encouraging. However, it is true that remote work is not for everyone. You know yourself, your habits, your attention span, and your self control the best, so moving to remote work is a deeply personal choice. If you are still doubting your ability to do well with a remote job, we suggest looking at these 7 habits of exceptionally successful remote employees. If their habits seem like things you could incorporate into your life, you might be on the right track to finding your ideal job after all.