Telecommuting has changed the way that so many of us work. Instead of meeting face-to-face, there’s Skype, Google Hangouts, and other online communication platforms. We have learned to work more independently, while also building and developing strong teams with unique skill sets.
Telecommuting is a trend that will likely only continue. According to Office of the Future 2020, a research study by OfficeTeam:
Improved wireless connectivity will allow for an increasingly flexible workforce. Eighty-seven percent of executives surveyed believe telecommuting will increase in the next 10 to 15 years. Telecommuting enables employees to work where it’s most convenient, but it also challenges their interpersonal skills. They must build relationships with coworkers while having fewer in-person interactions.
In the meantime, telecommuters (or aspiring telecommuters) of today have job search databases like FlexJobs to go in search of a telecommuting position. Some of these positions allow employees and freelancers to work from anywhere geographically, while others require a specific geographic state or region.
According to a FlexJobs press release, “while telecommuting is widely perceived to be geographically neutral, 96.5% of telecommuting jobs require the worker to live in a specific location, and the remaining 3.5% allow their applicants to work from anywhere in the world.”
When searching for a job, location is a major factor, as it plays a huge role in a job seeker’s application choices. Generally, the job’s location information is conspicuously indicated on a job posting. For telecommuting positions, the location will say something like “worldwide,” “USA,” or “anywhere, USA” if there’s no specific location requirements.
For telecommuting jobs that have location requirements, they sometimes have such caveats so a worker can come into the office periodically to check in or attend certain functions. Other times, workers work remotely part-time, and spend some of their work week in a brick-and-mortar setting. This requires the worker to be near the business’s facilities as well. There may even be licensing or tax reasons for the location constraints.
Recently, FlexJobs analyzed data from over 30,000 companies on its database that offer work-from-home opportunities. It found that some states offer more location-based telecommuting opportunities than others. Based on this data, we’ve created a list of states that had the most work-from-home positions available last year.
The 10 states with the most work-from-home opportunities
These are the states that offered the most location-based telecommuting jobs in 2014.
Overall, 5.2% of the California state population works from home. Companies like Apple, VMware, and Amazon recruited telecommuters in California last year. Apple is currently hiring a studio assistant to freelance out of California, and in the past, it has posted other California-based opportunities, like an at-home advisor.
In Texas, 4.2% of the population works from home. Companies, such as Anthem, Inc., Kelly Services, and First Data hired telecommuters in Texas in 2014. First data recently posted a job for a business consultant to work from home out of Texas, and Kelly Services posted an opportunity for a home-based administrative assistant.
3. New York
Overall, 4% of New York’s population works from home. Teradata, US-Reports, and Healthfirst are some of the companies that hired New York-based telecommuters last year. US-Reports recently posted an opportunity for an Insurance Loss Control Surveyor.
“At Kaplan, we believe that people do their best work if they are allowed to work flexibly — and continuously improving technology options such as better online delivery platforms, improved communications tools, and more sophisticated databases allow for more roles to be performed on a remote basis than ever before,” said Lorin Thomas-Tavel, Chief Operating Officer for Kaplan Test Prep in a FlexJobs press Release. “Flexible work options are a win-win for us and our employees, as it allows for greater productivity, supports employee work/life integration, and eliminates geography as a barrier to talent.”
Overall, 4.2% of Illinois’s population works from home. ADP, Dell, and UnitedHealth Group are some of the companies that have recruited remote workers out of Illinois. ADP recently posted an opportunity for an Illinois-based Virtual Implementation Consultant.
In Pennsylvania, 3.9% of the population works from home. Companies including AKA Enterprise Solutions, US Bank, and Unisys have hired telecommuters out of Pennsylvania. This past December, US Bank posted a telecommuting opportunity for a Sales Representative for Auto Dealer Services in Pennsylvania.
Overall, 4.9% of Georgia’s population works from home. Westat, Dell SecureWorks, and Convergys are some of the companies that have hired telecommuters in Georgia for customer service positions, as well as other opportunities.
9. New Jersey
Overall, 4% of New Jersey’s population works from home. Real Staffing, Teleflex, and IBM have recruited remote workers in New Jersey. This past fall, Real Staffing was looking for a Jersey-based Senior Database Programmer to telecommute.