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Amazon work from home jobs

The retail giant Amazon announced they are filling 5,000 work from home jobs.  Here’s the lowdown on what that means for potential employees.


Maybe you have seen or heard the news that Amazon is hiring 5,000 new employees who will be given the opportunity to work from home.


Maybe you have been thinking about exploring their open positions.  And wondering whether it makes sense for you to apply.


You can find glowing accounts of people with Amazon work from home jobs.  But it’s also not hard to find negative coverage of the way Amazon treats its many employees.


Granted, Amazon’s work from home jobs are different from working in an Amazon warehouse.


It’s also vital to keep in mind that Amazon is far from the only resource for finding viable work from home employment.


Working from home is steadily becoming more lucrative.  But the Amazon work from home jobs that are being filled are on the lower-paying end of the spectrum ($10/hr).


Amazon’s work from home jobs do offer flexibility for working parents.  They also offer the possibility of health coverage.


So if you’re a mom or dad looking for a flexible working environment, a work from home job at Amazon seems like a natural fit.


“The demand for work-at-home jobs is huge, but finding legitimate opportunities is difficult,” said Adam Jusko recently in Inc. magazine.  Jusko is the founder and CEO of Proud Money, work-from-home job listing website.


“With Amazon, you know you are getting a company that is hugely successful,” Jusko said.


And with that, you’re getting a company that can pick from a large and willing labor pool.  They can also pay employees what they want without having to worry about attrition.


There are a couple of other key factors to consider when assessing whether one of these WFH opportunities is right for you.


1. Location restrictions


These are work-from-home positions, but Amazon still keeps restrictions on where they will hire WFH employees.


Most of the Amazon work from home jobs are restricted to people who live in one of these 26 U.S. states:


Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Virginia.


Amazon has not commented on why only the above states’ residents are eligible.


The bottom line is that if you’re not in one of the above states, you’re out of luck for an Amazon work from home job.


But even if you’re living in a state that’s not on the list, there are plenty of other large companies who hire remote workers.


2. Slow rollout


Currently, there are under 300 work from home jobs on Amazon’s site.


Amazon’s rollout of the additional thousands of work from home jobs is planned throughout the next twelve months.


The opportunities are not all necessarily full-time, 9 to 5 opportunities.  In fact, a majority of the jobs listed are part-time, and many are off-hours and seasonal.


If you’re bi-lingual, you could be in luck.  There are Amazon work from home jobs for people who speak German or Italian.


Maybe Amazon is not for you.  But if you’re a working parent interested in creating a culture that supports working from home at your company, check out our guide for how your company should support you with workplace flexibility.