The holidays are crazy enough as it is. If you could work at home for the holidays, that could simplify life. Many home-based call centers, including some of the companies listed below, hire for holiday seasonal jobs. However, you can’t wait too long. Most 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 worker are often afford 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 guarantee they are hiring this year or at this time. Be sure to check out their jobs listings carefully.
Floral company regularly hires home call center agents for holiday seasonal jobs for the Christmas rush and before Mother's Day. It hires most of its home-based workers into these temporary jobs though it does occasionally hire permanent (particularly bilingual), at-home call center agents as well. Applicants must live in certain U.S. states. More Bilingual Call Centers
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.
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.
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. Office must be within 100 miles of specific cities in AZ, CA, FL, GA, LA, MO, NM, NV, OH, OK, TX, UT, and Ontario. Students must be enrolled in the college from which Apple recruits, which are in the states listed above. Use the keyword "home" in the company’s job database.
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.
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."
Global business process outsourcing (BPO) company hires associates in some U.S. states to work from home as call agents and other fields. Bilingual call center agents needed. Benefits include paid training, 401k. Pay is $9-10/hour.