How To Make Working From Home Work – Top Remote Jobs and Tools to Succeed

As someone who has worked from home part-time for the past six years, and full-time for almost two years, I have a few lessons learned and tips to share. How To Make Working From Home Work for you can be easy with the right job, and the right tools to help you succeed at that job. 

How To Make Working From Home Work

how to make working from home work

Top Work From Home Jobs Available

Large Companies

According to Forbes, these companies are the top places to work remotely in 2017. 

See the full list of the top 100 companies offering remote jobs here.

Direct Sales Opportunities

Not interested in set hours or in having a boss?

With a little social media savvy and a dash of marketing know-how, you can run a direct sales business from the comfort of your couch! Find one that’s right for you and rock it out!

Tools To Help You Succeed

Did you know there are 3.7 million employees who work from home at least half the time, according to

Now that you know where to find relevant jobs for you, make sure you work as efficiently as if you were going to the office each day once you do land that dream remote job. 

Tools To Streamline The Work Day

There is a multitude of apps on how to make working from home work that can make life easier for those who work from home, the office, or the road.

While many of us already check our email on a daily basis, we can also utilize our smartphones to enhance and simplify our day with these useful apps.

  • CamCardFree (Pro Version HereiPhone Version Here) reads 17 different languages to scan and store business cards and exchanges e-cards when you run out of the paper version. If you are constantly meeting new people, marketing your business, or attending conferences, etc., this is an amazing tool!
    • CamCard also adds notes and reminders to contacts in an effort to assist salespeople, entrepreneurs, business developers, or marketing experts. 
  • CamScanner (iPhone Version Here) provides the ability to access, edit, and manage documents anytime and anywhere. 

    • Using the device’s camera, you can scan in text and graphic documents in seconds, then edit, enhance, or save them in multiple formats. You can add notes to these documents and easily share via email. Talk about a time saver – especially if you don’t own your own scanner! 
  • Transform an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Android device into a wireless trackpad, remote, or keyboard with Mobile Mouse Remote
    • Mobile Mouse even allows business professionals to control a computer with the motion of their hands.
  • TeamViewer is a free app that provides easy, fast, and secure remote access to Windows, Macintosh, and Linux systems so you can support, assist, interact, and collaborate with people. 
    • Used on more than 200 million computers worldwide, users gain access to an office desktop with all the documents and remote computers, such as servers. 

Tips for Finding A Work From Home Job

  • Do your research. You wouldn’t head into an interview for a ‘regular’ job without being prepared, be just as prepared as you begin looking for companies to work for remotely, and especially once you land an interview.
    • Be sure to also check out the business with the Better Business Bureau and conduct a web search to ensure you are signing on with a reputable company. 
  • Think long and hard before shelling out any money. I’d stay away from any places that ask you to pay money to see available job listings. Any legitimate businesses will offer up open job listings at no charge. 
    • Also be careful about any equipment you are being asked to purchase. Is there a reimbursement policy? Is there a return policy if the gig doesn’t work out? Who are you buying from? All questions you should ask before shelling out any money for new equipment.
    • Direct sales companies do require a starter kit so you can sample and/or show the product to others, you should still do due diligence and research the company before purchasing.
  • Avoid listings that guarantee you wealth, financial success, or a way to help you get rich quick. There is really no way to ‘get rich quick’, and anything that promises high income for part-time hours should be sending up red flags. 


What are your tips for how to make working from home work? Let us know!


Thanks to U.S. Cellular for providing these great tips and a reliable network for my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, allowing me to use great apps while working at home!

Jesica H

When she isn’t drowning in a pile of never-ending laundry or picking up Legos, Jesica is busy helping other parents make their lives a little less stressful with homemaking hacks, easy recipes, fun DIY projects, and more. On her successful blog, The Mommy Bunch, her Cricut crafting tutorials are the most popular articles and are what sparked her passion for helping others build a business of their own. Jesica started where you can find loads more craft tutorials and business advice. In her FREE Facebook group, Rock Your Craft Business, Jesica teaches other entrepreneurs how to take their craft business to the next level by building their brand, targeting the right customers, and utilizing smart social media strategies. Join us!

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21 thoughts on “How To Make Working From Home Work – Top Remote Jobs and Tools to Succeed

  • March 25, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    There is no way I could do direct sales. Just isn't in my nature of how I work. Working from home can and does work for many people. Just doesn't work for our situation. Reply
    • March 25, 2017 at 5:06 pm
      Yes, direct sales are not for everyone. But there are so many "regular" jobs that you can now do from home... most of those listed here capture that mentality of working for a corporation, just at home. :) Reply
  • March 25, 2017 at 8:45 pm
    This is a great article! I love working at home and would not change it for anything. You did get me thinking on branching out on other ventures. Reply
  • March 26, 2017 at 11:17 am
    I don't currently work from home, but I did a lot of mystery shopping for a while which has a large at home component. I think that having a separate space with no distractions was huge for me! Reply
  • March 26, 2017 at 11:54 am
    Thank you for this list! I am in the process of getting my freelance VA business off the ground while working full-time at a day job. My end goal is to buy and RV when my son graduates high school and settled into college. Then travel the country and work from the road :). Reply
  • March 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    Thank you for your post. It covered a lot of resources and information. Reply
  • March 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    I used to work from home, and it got tough for a little while because I missed the office environment and being able to interact with my coworkers. It got lonely! But it did come with its perks, too! This is a great resource for people looking to work from home. Reply
  • March 26, 2017 at 5:12 pm
    These are great tips for working from home. Working from home can be very difficult. It's hard to find the balance sometimes, but the perks are amazing! Reply
  • March 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    I wish I could work from home. Sadly, I am far from a sales person! That is my husbands job! lol Reply
    • March 26, 2017 at 7:13 pm
      I am not either, but most (if not all) of these work from home jobs don't require any sales! The direct sales ones, are of course, different, but the 'regular' jobs are just like working at an office -- just at home! Reply
  • March 26, 2017 at 6:59 pm
    So many great places. I am busy busy with my blog but I do know a few people who are looking to work from home! Reply
  • March 26, 2017 at 7:26 pm
    I love that working at home is becoming more and more open for different professions. It's really nice to have that option especially when you have a family to take care of. Reply
  • March 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm
    I have several stay at home mom friends who work for VIPKID and I have heard fabulous things! The time difference is awesome because they love being able to work while their children sleep. Reply
  • March 26, 2017 at 9:41 pm
    Nowadays, many people needs to do multitasking. So this will be a beneficial for everyone who experiencing multitask job. Reply
  • March 26, 2017 at 10:16 pm
    This is a great article. I love working from home at my own convenience. Thank you for sharing this. Reply
  • March 27, 2017 at 4:12 am
    This is an awesome post for those seeking work from home and those already working from home. It is important to have the right tools when working from home and to be dedicated to your work. Thanks for sharing the tips and tools. Reply
  • March 27, 2017 at 7:11 am
    Working from home seems dreamy though I know it can make you work harder. Great apps to contribute to your progress. I live this post a lot. Reply
  • March 27, 2017 at 10:58 am
    These are some really great leads! Working from home can be challenging so it's important to go with a good company! Reply
  • March 27, 2017 at 12:09 pm
    Awesome! It is too loud in my house right now to do anything that requires being on a phone, but I bookmarked it for later. I have a friend that works for Groupon from home. I am thinking of trying that when my kids start school. Reply
  • March 27, 2017 at 9:38 pm
    I need to share this with my niece. She is at stay at home mom and wishes to contribute to her family. Reply

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