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7 companies hiring work from home employees this month: july 2017

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It’s July! It feels a bit like summer is halfway over, doesn’t it? It hardly seems fair. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean it’s time to lay off the job search, or that companies aren’t hiring. Here are seven jobs you can apply to right now – many of them with no previous experience working remotely, and applying your already great skills!

Finance Customer & Employee Support Representative at Remote Year: Remote Year is a company that I’ve showcased here before, and they’re growing rapidly. If you feel comfortable managing financial questions from customers and employees, this job’s for you – you don’t even need a finance degree or experience!

Fan Happiness Associate at Gametime: If you live in a few specific states, Gametime is looking for you! Providing support for their customer service team and keeping customers happy, they’re hiring for a few different shifts. Positions start at $15/hour, full time with benefits available.

Customer Support Specialist at Boords: If you’re looking to break into the tech industry, working for an SaaS is a great introduction. Boords is a storyboarding product that’s two years old, and looks to be expanding! They note that having excellent communication skills is desired, as is customer-facing job experience in the past.

Account Migrations Specialist at Convertkit: ConvertKit is a mailing list service built for bloggers, by bloggers. If you subscribe to any mailing lists (including mine!) there’s a good chance that you’ve at least received mail sent by them, if you aren’t a blogger yourself using their service. They’re hiring an account specialist to help new users migrate their existing mailing lists over, so check out a free trial, add it to your resume, and apply.

Customer Champion at Zapier: Zapier is a great company with a great reputation, continuing to grow exponentially. They’re hiring a support specialist with working hours that are outside “normal” North American business hours, which is great for a digital nomad (or American night owl.)

Technical Writing Lead at GitLab: GitLab has one of the best company cultures in tech, and they’re looking for a new lead for their technical writing staff. In this role, you’ll take charge of help articles, tutorials, and the knowledge base, while managing other writers and collaborating with the marketing and sales teams to ensure all information is accurate.

Game Day Monitor at MLB Media: If I knew anything at all about baseball, I would be on this job so fast. Get paid to watch games, make sure streams work, and keep up with what’s happening where? If only it was hockey… Apply now – they’re hiring more than one monitor, but it’s certainly competitive!

If you’re looking for freelance writing jobs, check out this post with tons of websites that pay for your submissions – or check out Contena, where you can search hundreds of new, legitimate writing and editing jobs every day.

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July 7, 2017
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7 companies hiring right now for june 2017

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It’s June, which means it’s finally summer! There’s no better time than this season to be a digital nomad. Anytime I want, I can take my laptop out onto the porch and soak up some vitamin D, or head out on a weekend beach trip and work from Starbucks. There are a wide variety of jobs that can be done remotely, and lots of companies are hiring work from home employees right now! It’s not for web developers and designers anymore. There are positions in every industry, including marketing and content writing, customer service and tech support, and even human resources. Here are seven positions you can apply to right now – some of them even without any remote or advanced experience on your resume!

Director, Brand & Content Strategies at Remote Year: Remote Year is an organization that helps digital nomads travel the world, working in twelve cities around the world for one month each. They’re looking for a marketing pro to define the brand, manage content and editorial direction, engage the community, and other marketing strategies. This job sounds challenging and fun. They’re a company dedicated to the idea of location independence, so it could be a great way to see the world!

Customer Service Pro (Full-Time) at MeetEdgar: MeetEdgar is a social media automation service, having launched in 2014 and continuing to grow >exponentially.If you have customer service experience in any area (retail, hospitality or food, or even working in a gym for a few examples) you can definitely apply that knowledge here!It’s best suited for a social media lover with some technical knowledge, and they’re looking for someone based in the States.

Content Marketer & Writer, Hubstaff: Hubstaff is an HR software service used by many remote companies, and they’re also renowned for their blog. They’re looking for someone with content writing experience as an hourly contractor to write posts, setup SEO, editing other writers, and more. (This would be a great position for any blogger who is looking to transition to a remote job. These are things we do in our own businesses every day!)

Customer Service Representative at Museum Hack: Museum Hack started a few years ago to offer “renegade” tours at museums throughout the country. Their business model lends itself to a partially distributed team. Their job openings never last long because company reviews are great – get your application in today.
Content Marketer at Qwilr: Qwilr is a company that lets you replace static graphics and documents with responsive web pages that plug in to presentations to make them more interesting. Based in Australia, they’re recruiting someone with excellent marketing and writing skills. Their job description page is thorough – that’s a good thing, because you can tailor your application materials directly to what they’re looking for! (And who doesn’t want to work for a company that invites them down to Sydney?)

Full-Time Technical Customer Success Contractor at MixMax: I personally use MixMax, so I can testify that it’s a great product and company! This tech company is based in San Fransisco, but they’re hiring a remote customer service employee to become an expert on their email tracking software.

Exectutive Assistant at SkyVerge: An eCommerce company based in Boston but with a fully remote staff, they’re looking for an Executive Assistant. This person will assist with a little bit of everything: HR, travel arrangements, and finance are a few of the areas noted. If you’ve been an Office Manager or Virtual Assistant, you can transfer over a lot of your skills!

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June 2, 2017
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non-traditional jobs that let you travel

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“Digital nomad” is more than a buzzword – it’s a way of life for a lot of travel lovers. Not all of these workers are self-employed, either! There are many careers based around travel, or ways you can work while traveling the country or the world. If you’re looking for a more creative job that puts you on the road more often (or even a side hustle that helps pad your travel account), I have a few ideas for you!

Flight attendant: Full disclosure: I’ve secretly always dreamed of being a flight attendant. One of my favorite blogs, The Flight Attendant Life, does nothing to dissuade this desire. It’s definitely hard work, though. Not only do you get to travel as part of your job, you’ll also have the perk of layovers, flight benefits on your days off, and a lot of flight attendants are based out of crash pads in tropical locations. (Kara from The Flight Attendant Life was even based in Hawaii.) The major airlines aren’t the only ones hiring: smaller airlines like Allegiant and Frontier also have lucrative options, and smaller, boutique airliners are catering to travelers who prefer a bit more comfort. It’s not a pretty website, but Flight Attendant Careers gets updated regularly by tons of airlines adding to their workforce.

Amazon: The online retailer hires hundreds of seasonal “pickers” every year, and they often provide camping facilities for their employees as well so you’re never too far from home. Here’s one review of their work camping experience, and they also offer work from home positions in their customer service department.

Yachting: It turns out that yachting is a dream job I didn’t even know I had until I happened to see Below Deck on Bravo one day (the source of all dream jobs, right?) These positions can be super lucrative, but they are hard work. You’re stuck on a small boat for weeks or months with the same few people, serving to assist the owners or charter guests, and depending on your position, doing laundry all day and night. (Which, honestly, doesn’t seem like the worst job on a yacht.) Read Lucky Charming by Kate Chastain (yachtie on Below Deck,) check out jobs on CrewfindersYacrew, and Bluewater Yachting – or just move down to one of the yacht capitals to get head hunted. (Another tip courtesy of Amy on Below Deckchecking out Craigslist in Fort Lauderdale! is )

VA: Being a virtual assistant is one of the most popular careers for digital nomads, and with good reason. Because there are so many tools out there that let you automate things like social posting, easily edit photos, and communicate with clients no matter what time zone you’re in (not to mention hotspots that allow you to hop on the internet from anywhere,) it’s one of the most flexible jobs available. Like I mentioned in my post on jobs you can do from home, larger VAs or agencies hire subcontractors if you don’t want to start your own business.

Music tour jobs: Growing up, my dream was to be a tour manager. I would still love to go on the road someday, but I’m at an age where it doesn’t really seem like it’s going to happen for me anymore. The music industry does tend to be all about who you know, with jobs often coming through by word of mouth. Bobnet was started at as listserv a few years ago, and it has an online board and Facebook group now where jobs are shared. roadiejobs.com is a resource that does post some tour jobs, and it’s worth checking out (but don’t expect to see a lot of every city as you tour – drives are long, days are longer, and sleep usually takes priority over sightseeing.) Another option to get on the road is to work with a sponsor for a big tour, like Warped Tour. Anti-smoking organization The Truth hires “riders” to travel to schools, concerts, and other events for promotions and marketing. If you’re vegan, PETA also hires touring interns and employees, as do other non-profits on the tour. A lot of them are internships or volunteer positions, but if this is a career you’re interested in and you’re in college, it’s an invaluable experience to have under your belt.

(Or think really outside the box – NASCAR races and teams also travel every weekend, and they have sponsors and merch trucks that need sellers too!)

Dance companies: I love Dance Moms, what can I say. The idea of spending weekends working at dance competitions actually just seems humorous to me! Aside from the parental drama, I do love dance and some of them are really beautiful and moving. Groove, Starquest, and NextLevelDance are just a few of the companies that produce these events.

Bus driving: If you like responsibility and prefer to travel with your wheels on the ground, bus driving is something to explore. Whether working for a travel company like Greyhound or as a private charter, you’ll have the option for long haul tours or jaunts that keep you closer to home.

For a similar side hustle on a smaller scale, look into limousine services or car rental businesses. Even a few hours of driving a week can result in lots of extra tips!

Cruise ships: “But you already talked about boats,” you might be saying. Cruise ships are an entirely different animal than the luxury world of yachting. They seem to have lower pay as there aren’t large tips (traditionally) on cruises, but they do offer many different niches like live entertainment or food service. Apply directly to a cruise line, check the job board at All Cruise Jobs, or hit indeed.com – some cruise lines even hire reservation agents and customer service staff to work remotely.

Event companies: Like the music tour sponsor and marketing companies, there are businesses that are dedicated to setting up large-scale events. These jobs have always seemed super fun, and I have quite a few friends that have worked for companies like Red Frog Events and Compass Rose. Traveling to different cities every week to set up conferences or fitness events, there is often some downtime to head out and check out the locale.

Tour guide: If you’re comfortable leading groups, this could be the best job for you. There are lots of organized travel agencies out there looking for trip leaders! G Adventures has a long history, as does Contiki, who hires local drivers as well as guides. Newer organizations like Remote Year are also looking for operations and experience managers in the cities they visit. If you have a lot of travel experience in a particular region, you can even make more!

Theater crew: If you’re artistically inclined but haven’t ever wanted to chase the rock ‘n roll lifestyle, a touring theater group could be your ticket to fame. (See what I did there?) Since plays and musicals tend to have longer stays in specific towns than music tours, they might be more desirable for someone not interested in the rushed pace of a different city every day. Even if you’re not a performer, there’s a place for you. Check out opportunities with specific troupes (like Cirque du Soleil or Blue Man Group!) or check out job boards at Playbill. brokeGIRLrich also has a super comprehensive resource of theatre job boards as well!

Housesitting: Yes, there are some people who make a career of housesitting! Many wealthy people who have multiple residences hire house sitters to stay at their different homes while they’re away. These positions usually involve a small bit of housekeeping or maintenance, but who cares? For free board in a lot of beautiful locations, I would probably have the tile floors scrubbed cleaned. Most of the job search sites for these positions are paid, and there’s a lot of background checks that can go into the application (with good reason.) Depending on what you’re looking for, House Sitters America, Luxury House Sitters and The Caretaker Gazette are good places to start. Even care.com has opportunities for house sitters!

National Parks: Any tourism industry will have boom and bust times where they need to hire more employees. National Parks are no different, and they’re a popular job option for many retirees who still want to work, but want to travel. It’s not just for retirees, though – many younger people are choosing this option to head out and explore. Check out this post on finding a job in a National Park!

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May 19, 2017
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types of remote jobs that let you work from home

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Working from home has been growing in popularity – whether it’s owning your own business, freelancing, or contracting for a larger company, there are many ways you can start working from home. No more commute, no freezing office, and no annoying cubicle neighbors – sounds awesome, right? While it is really great, it’s not always as easy as it sounds, and these kinds of jobs are competitive. Today I’m sharing some ideas of jobs you can get to work from home.

Even a lot of traditional companies are hiring remote employees now. Businesses are going virtual for a lot of reasons: a smaller team means lower overhead cost for space, and eliminating the commute can also lead to higher employee happiness. Workers are using it as negotiating tools as well when landing a new job: sometimes they’re willing to accept lower pay for a full- or part-time telecommute schedule.

There are a lot of businesses you can start yourself to work from home, but there’s a difference between working for a company and being your own boss. Running your own business has tax implications, requires organization and responsibility that not everyone is inclined toward, not to mention benefits can be lacking vs. a traditional job. Since owning my own business is not my area of expertise, I’m instead focusing (primarily) on types of jobs for companies that hire remote workers.

Web Design/Development:  One of the most popular remote jobs, developers and designers have been working remotely for many years. It takes some training, but with dev bootcamp schools (many available virtually, so you can even learn from home) offering certifications in a few months, it’s not like going back to school for four years to walk away with a new degree. Start now and you could be looking for a remote dev job by the end of summer!

Music Industry Jobs: Many members of road crews might live in Nashville, but it’s not a requirement since there’s no office to check into every day. Crew members like guitar techs, sound engineers, tour managers, merch sellers, and accountants tend to meet up a few days before heading out on the road, meaning they can keep their home bases wherever they’d like. These jobs obviously require extensive travel, but if that’s not your speed, there are other music options – if you have an outgoing personality, a booking agent or promotions position would be great for you. Every performing rights organization hires remote employees as well for jobs ranging from research to licensing sales.

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April 7, 2017
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#9to5TotalSocial: Working for the Weekend

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This month’s #TotalSocial linkup theme is 9 to 5. A lot of people know vaguely that I work in the “sports and music industry,” but no specifics. Well, friends, pull up a chair and I’ll tell you a little bit about my current 9-5 and some of the jobs of my past! (Also this is sort of an un-fun topic for me right now since I’m basically living in a sea of resumes, portfolio links, and writing samples as I revamp my portfolio website, but that’s neither here nor there.)

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I have a history of working mis-mashed jobs: right now, I’m a box office manager/graphic designer/marketing pro. This means my days can vary widely: in the morning I might be putting together an eblast to be sent to 30,000 subscribers (no pressure there) or creating an event in Ticketmaster (which is very interesting to me and one of the best parts of my job, but would make most people’s eyes glass over faster than you can say “Ticketmaster”). If it’s a show or event day, I might be running all over the building delivering tickets to staff, working with the video services department on graphics, or managing the box office staff and assisting customers. Our busy season follows the academic calendar, and from September-mid May, it’s not uncommon for me to work over 60 hours per week. (Actually this year it was uncommon for me to work only 40 hours.) I do really love my job and enjoy all the different facets to it and love working in the entertainment industry. And my ticketing experience makes me extremely anti-scalping – Sarah, I have some issues with you and your tree 😉

Before I came here, I did mostly the same thing as a box office manager/marketing director for a small non-profit music organization in Michigan. I was much more marketing focused there, selling ad space, creating program books, and buying media to promote events. I worked every Symphony and choral concert as well as special events and recitals put on by the music school. This was technically a part-time position, and I used it to fulfill my degree requirement to have two internships before graduation.

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In college I interned in the Grand Rapids Symphony’s marketing department (the gig that led to my paid position above) and worked in retail. I actually don’t mind retail that much and would go back to Macy’s in a heartbeat. My main scratch in college was Fashion Bug, where I made two of my best girlfriends and had more fun than anyone should have working retail. Maybe the best job I’ve ever had was in college where I worked in an ESL department. During the school year I was a front desk receptionist and during the summers I managed the special program groups where universities from overseas would send larger groups of students (8-60 from one school) for varying lengths of time to study and travel in the states. I worked with students from countries like Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Japan and absolutely loved it. Summers saw us travelling locally within Michigan, to bigger places like Chicago and Cedar Point, and the one trip that literally took years off my life – Niagara Falls. If you’ve never had to worry about your students getting stuck at the border, you don’t know real stress. Anyway, this job allowed me to do things I love doing (event planning, travel logistics, etc.) and the experience of working with so many different cultures in such a short period of time is something I’ll never gain from any other position. I would have happily kept this job for much longer than the two years I was there, but I transferred schools.

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Fashion Bug, dirty boots at the Symphony outdoor series, and ELP trip to Frankenmuth

What is your dream 9-5? What’s the best job you’ve ever had?

June 18, 2014
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