4 Companies Hiring Telecommuters

Want to telecommute for a living?

You're not alone. A recent survey by Forrester Research (Stock Quote: FORR) found that more than 34 million workers telecommute at least occasionally.

But finding legitimate telecommuting opportunities while avoiding work-at-home scams can be a challenge. MainStreet found four companies who are currently hiring for real telecommuting positions.

Alpine Access

What They Do: The company employs people working from their homes across the country to field in-bound customer service, technical support and collections calls for companies of all types and sizes.

Types of positions available: Customer service, technical support and collections call center representatives. Alpine Access is actively recruiting bilingual (English and Spanish-speaking) employees.

Hours/Pay: 25-30 hours minimum per week. Average hourly rate is $9 per hour. Top performers are often promoted to higher-paying at-home positions such as recruiter, manager, trainer or coach. Employees also have access to group health insurance rates, matching 401(k), flexible scheduling and career advancement opportunities.

Requirements: Must be a dedicated self-starter who can remain motivated while working from home. Previous customer service experience is a plus. Employees must have an analog landline telephone, a corded headset, a PC running Windows XP or Vista and Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, and high-speed internet access.

Other info: All employees must pass a background check and credit check before being hired. There is never a need to visit the office. The entire process, from applying to working is done online.

Apply here.

Next: Hilton Reservations & Customer Care


Hilton Reservations & Customer Care

What they do: HRCC handles inbound reservation request calls for all Hilton Brands, including: Hilton, Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Conrad, Hampton Inn and Suites and DoubleTree Hotels.

Types of positions available: Customer Care team members and reservations agents.

Hours/pay: This is a 24-hour operation. Hours will mainly consist of evenings, weekends and some holidays. Starting pay is $9.25/hour. Full-time workers are eligible for medical coverage; benefits available to all employees include paid time off, retirement plan and Hilton discounts.

Locations: Workers must attend initial training on-site, but all subsequent work will be done from home. Opportunities currently available in Dallas and Tampa, Fla. The company also has facilities in Hazleton, Pa., and Hemet, Calif., so there may be opportunities at one or both of those locations in the future.

Requirements: High school diploma or GED, plus one year of customer service or inbound telephone call center experience. Must have home office in quiet environment, high-speed internet, dedicated landline phone and a PC (not Mac) less than five years old.

Other info: Must have good references and be able to pass a background and criminal check and drug test.

Apply here.

Next: CareOne Credit Counseling


CareOne Credit Counseling

What they do: CareOne, part of the AscendOne family of businesses, provides products and services designed to help customers get and stay out of debt.

Types of positions available: Sales and customer care associates.

Hours/pay: Full-time, exact hours vary but will include at least some evenings or one weekend shift; pay varies depending on experience and qualifications.

Requirements: Some college preferred. Must have at least two years of sales and/or customer service experience, good computer and data entry skills and proven ability to meet or exceed sales quotas. Must have quiet home office setting including computer, high-speed internet and landline phone to use during work hours.

Other info: Must be able to attend training in Ontario, Canada or Baltimore, Md. (may also offer training in Atlanta later this year). After initial training, all work will be done from home.

Apply here.

Next: Outsourcing Solutions, Inc.


OSi (Outsourcing Solutions, Inc.)

What they do: Medical transcription and editing.

Types of positions available: Transcriptionists and speech editors (full-time and part-time opportunities available).

Hours/pay: Full-time positions require 40 hours per week; "competitive" pay; benefits include medical coverage, paid time off, holiday differential pay, retirement plan, referral bonuses; some benefits available to part-timers.

Requirements: Minimum of two years medical transcription experience, with specialized experience in acute care, emergency room, multispecialty clinic or radiology.

Other info: Minimum production standards are 125 lines/hour for traditional transcriptionists and 200 lines/hour for speech editors. Offers performance bonuses program.

Apply here.

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