Canadian businesses have been hiring remote workers for quite some time. Up until recently, the majority were afraid to go there until they were forced to make it part of their business continuity plan. Now that they have proof-of-concept and see the benefits of a remote workforce, you can bet they’ll be sold on the practice. The number of remote jobs for Canadians are bound to increase in the coming years.
It’s the dream of many Canadians to work at home, be it for practical reasons or in a quest for work/life balance.
Some of the benefits of having a job that allows you to work at home are:
- You may be eligible for income tax deductions for a portion of household expenses, such as electricity, internet connection or rent.
- Some employers may cover a portion (or all) of your relevant expenses.
- Your employer may provide health benefits.
- You’ll pay less in work-related expenses, such as transportation and wardrobe.
- Reduce your environmental footprint.
- Be available for your dependents.
- Work around your physical or mental health challenges.
You may be hired as an employee or a contractor, but you’re more likely to receive health benefits if you’re an employee. Read the terms & conditions thoroughly before accepting a job.
What Kind of Jobs Can I do From Home?
There are so many types of jobs that are perfect for home-based workers. Practically any task that can be done remotely with a computer and internet connection, is a possible remote position that someone is hiring for.
A few tasks done by remote workers are:
- Customer Service (phone or email)
- Data Entry
- Data Analysis
- Word Processing / Typing
- Online Marketing
- Ad copy
- Website Content
- Website Management
- Graphic Design
- English-French translation
What You’ll Need to Work at Home
Virtually all remote jobs require a relatively new computer, current operating system, anti-virus software, and a speedy internet connection (check your connection speed). Most remote employers frown upon using a public computer or public WiFi, such as libraries or coffee shops. Training and setup on your home office computer is typically provided.
Some companies may have very specific requirements or restrictions, such as a minimum monitor size, a noise-cancelling headset, or they might prohibit the use of wireless peripherals. You might also need a dedicated phone line.
You could be required to have additional software specific to the position, such as transcription or word-processing software. It’s often provided free, either by the employer or the software company.
How to Find Legitimate Remote Jobs in Canada
A lot of companies have positions that could easily be done remotely. You’ll have to do some legwork and research to find legit work-from-home jobs, but it’s not too difficult if you use a few parameters to narrow your choices. Then, you can compile a list of search engine keywords related to your ideal job. Set up Google Alerts for those keywords so you can automatically receive a report by email.
There are businesses that are more likely to hire remotely than others. Many tech companies hire remote workers, for example. In fact, some are entirely virtual.
The easiest way to find Canadian remote positions is through one of the larger job search portals. You can have job alerts automatically emailed to you. Use keywords like ‘remote’ or ‘work from home’. Most job sites try to keep scams off their network, but be alert and do your homework anyway.
Following are some Canadian companies that hire remote workers, along with a few that hire globally.
Shopify Customer Service Rep, Operations Manager, Product Designer, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Software Developer, Retail Support Specialist, Product Content Strategist, Team Manager/Lead, Theme Support Specialist and more.
Westjet Customer Service & sales work at home jobs with travel benefits.
VidCruiter operates a recruiter software company out of Moncton, New Brunswick. They offer a range of work-at-home jobs, including Chat Agent, Developer, Customer Success Manager, and DevOps Engineer.
TELUS has an At Home Agent (AHA) Program for their contact centre. They may require you to work in their contact centre first, then move to working from home once you’ve proven yourself.
Tucows and its brands insource all of its engineering, marketing, sales and customer support functions, with its primary operations located in Canada. The company is looking to bring on a broad spectrum of talent to help maintain its industry-leading customer satisfaction.
Martin Estate and Injury Law in Vernon, BC has remote jobs for Paralegals & other positions.
Ashton Education provides education services and associated tools through a number of channels. They hire remote workers for jobs like project management.
ASIS Research Group hires Canadians for email customer service and customer service via chat.
ContactPoint 360 provides contact centre solutions out of Ontario. They offer Contact and Collections Agent positions to Canadians who want to work from home.
ADVANIS is a market and policy research company that has been conducting surveys since 1997. Available work-from-home positions include Telephone Research Interviewer.
AccuTran Global hires remote Transcribers, Voice Writers and Stenographers, which may expand into other departments.
BRAINMASS offers a couple of ways to earn. You can answer direct questions from students, earn extra from featured content, or write an academic ebook and be paid for every download.
Art+Logic is an entirely virtual company that hires Developers from Canada & the United States.
SYKES is a business process outsourcing company, providing inbound customer engagement services, primarily in communications, finance, healthcare, tech, transportation and retail.
SpeakWrite offers transcription jobs to qualified Canadians. Projects can be in specific industries and multiple languages. It isn’t as easy as it looks, but it does offer control of your schedule and work load.
Be Your Own Boss
Most work-at-home jobs can also be turned into a home-based business! Virtual assistants offer the very same services under contract. Small businesses that don’t need (and can’t afford) pricey customer management, administration, sales, tech or writing services, are a perfect target market for VA’s. Learn more about becoming a VA in Canada.
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