The holidays are crazy enough as it is, but if you can work at home for the holidays, that could simplify life. But to make that a reality, you've got to start looking for work in the fall.
Many home-based call centers hire for holiday seasonal jobs. However, don't wait too long. Most companies that do hire for the Christmas holiday season start taking applications in August or September. Because of the need for a large workforce for the holidays, seasonal workers are often afforded less... flexibility in scheduling, which may mean evening, weekend and/or holiday work. They are usually temporary workers without benefits. However, some companies may hire more permanent employees at this time as well.
The companies listed below often hire for holiday seasonal jobs, but there is not a guarantee they are hiring this year or at this time. Click on the company profiles for details about how to apply, salaries and hours.
01 of 08
Obviously, the holiday season is a big time for this online retail giant, which hires some of its customer service reps as home-based agents. Amazon only hires work-from-home agents in certain states (WV, KY, WA, ND, NY, and OR are among them) and the holiday seasonal jobs may not be available in all those states. Search "work from home" in Amazon's job database. Jobs pay $10-12/hour. Bonus for working peak hours may be available.
See profile of Amazon.com
02 of 08
Apple at Home is a work-at-home call center program from Apple that hires both college students and non-students. Prior to the holiday season, Apple ramps up hiring for these part-time jobs in anticipation of the holiday rush. Students must be enrolled in the college from which Apple recruits (see profile for colleges). Use the keyword "home" in the company’s job database.
See profile of Apple at Home
03 of 08
Virtual call center agents receive incoming calls and provide services that may include customer service, sales or technical support. Convergys offers employees paid training and benefits. Schedules with 16 to 40 hours per week available. Hires in most U.S. states, Canada and United Kingdom.
See profile of Convergys
04 of 08
Intuit's seasonal jobs are a somewhat different season than most of the jobs on this list, since tax season really gets into swing after New Year's. However, it begins the hiring and training process for its certified public accountants (CPA), enrolled agents (EA) and tax attorneys, who support TurboTax products via phone, chat and email and provide written summaries of tax solutions to customers, in the fall.
See profile of IntuitContinue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Home-based agents take in-bound customer service and sales calls for various clients. Reps are paid an hourly rate of around $9, and training is paid. Only after a position is offered, applicants pay $45 for a background check. Hiring process for these jobs is online and by phone. It includes a pre-interview screening with a technical skills test, voice audition and phone interview. Bilingual skills a plus; languages include Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.
See profile of SYKES Home
06 of 08
Although this one is a bit different from the others on this list in that a lot of the work would be done outside the home, short tasks like those offered on this site are in more demand during the holidays. However, like everything on this list you can't wait until the holidays are upon us to get started at TaskRabbit.
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07 of 08
Experience in the floral industry is a plus at this home-based call center job. Hiring takes place in the summer and fall for the holiday season. Training is paid at your state's minimum wage; after that pay is $8-11 per hour with commissions. Under location on Teleflora website, choose "Home-based/Telecommute."
See profile of Teleflora
08 of 08
Global business process outsourcing company hires associates in some U.S. states to work from home as call agents and other fields. Bilingual call center agents needed. Pay is $9-10/hour.
See profile of Teletech@Home