Telecommuting has changed the landscape of corporate America. Talented and experienced individuals from across the country are going to work for top companies without ever leaving their hometown. Companies such as software developers, with a mostly computer-based workload, started the trend. But technology has grown to the point where teleconferences and email enable an employee to effectively do her job from anywhere. Many companies are leaders in this trend, taking advantage of talent nationwide.
Apple is known worldwide as a leader in computer engineering. The innovators behind Mac, the iPad and the iPhone will hire home-based employees to work in several areas. If a potential employee isn't interested or able to work at Apple's campuses in Austin, Silicone Valley, Ireland or Singapore, then Apple may hire him to work "off-campus." Working in tech support or as a field rep are two home-based employment options. The Apple corporation stresses a relaxed environment that places the focus on ideas, not rules, and it encourages suggestions for innovation from its employees.
Deloitte is a New York-based company that provides services such as risk management, financial advice and tax assistance to its clients. Workers with a background in tax or audit assurance, financial strategists or technology consultants may find a home-based opportunity with this company. Deloitte is ranked number 70 on Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies To Work For" list for 2010, included partly because of its innovative employment practices. Deloitte, as of 2010, added nearly 300 jobs in the past year. The company offers paid sabbaticals, job sharing and compressed work weeks, in addition to telecommuting opportunities.
SC Johnson is a family-owned American company that has made household items for over 100 years. The company came in at number 83 on Fortune Magazine's 2010 list of the "100 Best Companies To Work For." This was due partly to how the company was handled during economic down times. For the first time in 92 years, SC Johnson could give out no-profit sharing checks for 2009. The company chose that option to maintain a 123-year run of no company layoffs. SC Johnson offers work-from-home opportunities in fields like marketing, accounting, sales and engineering.
Art & Logic
Art & Logic is a software-for-hire business. When a client needs software developed to accomplish nearly any computer-based task, Art & Logic will be responsible for the design, implementation, testing and support for the software. The company has an online "virtual office" to keep project teams and clients in constant contact. If designing software and computer programs are of interest to a job seeker, Art & Logic may be an ideal fit.