Work at Home Anywhere in the World

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If you work at home, what difference does it make what country you live in? A lot! Most global companies will only hire in particular countries. The ones on this list of work-at-home companies are mostly U.S. companies, though many do hire outside the U.S. as well. However, we’ve narrowed the list down to those that hire more globally.

 Global Companies That Will Hire You to Work at Home

These work-at-home positions are filled by people living both inside or outside the United States. Often these companies hire worldwide, but some are noted to hire in only Canada, Europe, or other specific countries like India. The pay scale on these global jobs varies widely.

AccuTran Global

Job Type: Transcription
Independent contractor typists transcribe conference calls, meetings, and interviews for financial businesses on a part-time basis. Pay ranges from $0.005 to $0.0066 per word. Hires in U.S., U.K., and Canada. More Work-at-Home Transcription Jobs

Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

Job Type: Sales, IT, Management, Corporate
A global provider of business processing (payroll, talent management, human resource management, benefits administration, and time and attendance to employers and automotive dealerships, ADP offers a significant number of home-based opportunities in many different fields. Look for jobs in its company database with "home office" in the location.

Amazon's Mechanical Turk

Job Type: Micro job, online task site, crowdsourcing
One of the original micro job sites, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk lists HITs (human intelligence tasks), which workers choose and complete for a set fee. Typically these online tasks pay only a few cents or dollars. Pays in US dollars, Indian rupees, or Amazon gift certificates, depending on your location.

Aim-for-A Tutoring

Job Type: Education, tutoring
The company is seeking online tutors to teach math, science, and English to students worldwide. Teaching experience and a university degree required.

Appen Butler Hill

Job Type: Translation, Internet research, search evaluation
This company recruits home-based translators and interpreters, as well as search evaluators.


Job Type: Online teaching assistant
Online teaching assistants need a master's degree or Ph.D. in a subject to answer questions from pupils and earn a percentage of the fee paid by the student. Payment is in Canadian dollars.

CCI Call Center International 500

Job Type: Call center
This work-at-home, global call center outsourcer hires independent contractors fluent in a variety of languages.

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Job Type: Online tutoring
This global company based in India offers online tutoring, homework assistance, test prep, content development, and e-learning courses for college and K-12 students in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.


Job Type: Data entry, writing, translation
This worldwide crowdsourcing company hires independent contractors for data entry, as well as writing, translating, and researching. Pays on a per piece basis. Registration and an assessment are necessary before "click workers" can begin accepting tasks for payments.

Covance Labcorp

Job Type: Clinic reserach
This biopharmaceutical contract research organization with research operations in more than 25 countries and more than 10,000 employees worldwide hire clinical research associates to work from home (with at least 65% travel expected) in specific locations in the U.S. Canada and Europe. Search for "home-based" in its jobs database.


Job Type: IT, Corporate
This computer manufacturer offers many work-at-home jobs. Use "remote" in the keyword search.


Job Type: Online teaching/tutoring
Freelance tutors pay a fee to be listed among its tutors in the company's online platform and set their own online tutoring rates.


Job Type: Internet research, search evaluation
Google hires ads quality raters worldwide in home-based jobs through a temp agency. College degree required. But look out for Google work at home scams.

Laureate Education

Job Type: Online faculty, instructional designers
The developer of online education at Walden University, Kendall College, NewSchool of Architecture & Design, College of Santa Fe, and Laureate Higher Education Group hires worldwide. Most jobs require at least a master's. Choose "Virtual" as job location. 

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Job Type: Translation, Internet research
The company recruits home-based workers and university students from around the world as translators and interpreters. Also has English-only and bilingual jobs for Internet assessors, which are similar to Google's ads quality rater jobs.

Quicktate or iDictate

Job Type: Transcription, data entry
The company offers transcription of short audio files, such as voicemails and dictated notes, by hiring work-at-home transcribers. Quicktate pays $.0025USD per word, and iDictate and Quicktakes medical transcription work pay $.0050USD per word via PayPal. Successful Quicktate transcriptionists may receive work from iDictate, which transcribes a wider range of longer documents. Bilingual, particularly Spanish and English, transcribers needed, but other languages such as French, Italian, German, Chinese, Farsi, Portuguese, and Japanese are desired as well.

Responsive Translation

Job Type: Translation
Freelance positions for translators and on-site interpreters require a college degree.

Job Type: Sales, IT, marketing
This customer relationship management (CRM) software firm specializing in social, mobile, and cloud technologies hires for work-at-home positions across several divisions. Remote opportunities are available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe.

Job Type: Online teaching
Part-time, work-at-home tutors, work with students of varying abilities and ages. Tutors (with a U.S. bank account) may work from anywhere in the world. Hiring is May through August and November and December. Hires graduate and undergraduate students, high school teachers, and other experienced tutors.

The Smart Crowd

Job Type: Data Entry
Applicants sign up to take an evaluation for this data entry jobs company. Those who score high enough are put on a waiting list and contacted when work is available. Rates vary, usually around 40-55 cents per 1000 keystrokes. A minimum of $50 must be earned before payment is issued. Keyers input data that is encoded, so it appears nonsensical. Accepts applicants from the U.S. and outside the U.S.

Sun Microsystems

Job Type: IT, Support
This company hires skilled, home-based support engineers from the U.S. and across the world.


Job Type: Call center, tech support
Global business process outsourcing (BPO) company hires part-time employees for legitimate work-from-home jobs as call agents in the U.S. and U.K. Bilingual agents hired.

Job Type: Online tutoring
Most of the online tutors at this company are experienced teachers with graduate degrees usually residing outside the U.S.


Job Type: Adult education course writing, online instructors
The company creates online continuing education courses for schools, libraries, and other entities. Its instructional writers write these courses for a rate of $.04-$.07 per word. Online instructors need a college degree and, at a minimum, four years of experience and certification.

Working Solutions

Job Type: Call center
Home-based independent contractors do data entry and call center work online for this BPO. Pay ranges from $7.50 to $30 an hour. The company hires in all U.S. states and from across the world. However, the number of jobs, particularly at a call center, for those outside the U.S. is more limited. Hires agents bilingual in more than 30 different languages.


Job Type: Translation, editing
This company hires freelance translators, proofreaders, editors, journalists, desktop publishers, interpreters, and voice-over artists to work from around the world.