Working remotely is a dream that’s become a reality for an increasing number of employees.
In 2016, 43 percent of American employees worked remotely at least some of the time, according to Gallup.
When looking for remote jobs, however, you may be surprised to find many companies that allow remote work still require you live in a particular location. In fact, according to FlexJobs, about 95 percent of telecommuting jobs listed on its site are restricted to specific areas.
The restrictions may be broad, such as requiring applicants to live in the U.S., or more narrow, such as limiting applicants to a particular city, state or region.
A recent FlexJobs survey identified the top 15 states with the most work-from-home jobs. If you live in one of these locales — or can move to one — your odds of finding remote work could improve.
15 States With the Most Remote Jobs
FlexJobs reviewed tens of thousands of job listings for remote work posted in 2017 to discover which state had the highest number of telecommuting positions. The states that offered the most remote work opportunities include:
4. New York
Goodway Group, a digital media services company, offered jobs to Illinois residents looking to work from home.
9. North Carolina
Lowe’s, the home improvement giant, offered telecommuting opportunities restricted to North Carolina residents.
13. New Jersey
How to Find a Job Where You Can Work From Home
No matter where you live, looking for remote jobs can be a challenge. You want to ensure you are applying for legitimate companies that offer real opportunities, not work-from-home scams. To find your dream position, try the following:
- Review job listings carefully. Not all telecommute jobs offer the same level of flexibility or autonomy. Some jobs allow you the freedom to work any hours you want, while others require a traditional 9-to-5 schedule. Some jobs require your presence on a regular basis — such as once a week — and others involve no face time at all.
- Watch for scams. If a job sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Avoid applying for jobs that promise free money for little work, require you to pay an application fee or buy equipment, or ask for personal identifying information such as your Social Security number.
By browsing job ads carefully, you can find awesome work-from-home jobs, especially if you live in one of the geographic regions FlexJobs has identified as having ample opportunities.
This article was originally published on Student Loan Hero. It is reprinted with permission.