Is it time to relocate?

March 24, 2017

It’s no surprise that for a lot people, the chance to work from home sounds like the ideal scenario. While there have been recent reports on telecommuting jobs leading to more stress, like with any job, this can depend on the company culture. Overall, it seems that for most workers, there are plenty of benefits, including better work-life balance, flexible schedules, and cost and time savings.

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But before you quit your current job to find one where you can work from your home office or dining room table, it’s important to note that for many telecommuting jobs, you can’t just work from anywhere. In fact, a lot of job listings require employees to be based in a specific city, state, or region. According to FlexJobs, a job search site that specializes in remote positions, an employer might have a location requirement due to legal, taxation, and professional licensing matters. Additionally, the job might require an employee to come in for training or in-person meetings from time to time.

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There’s still hope if you’re looking for a telecommuting job though. There are plenty of states that have a high number of open positions for remote workers. FlexJobs compiled a list of the top 15 states with the most work-from-home jobs in 2016. 

Take a look at the list below from FlexJobs, plus some companies that have recently hired:

  1. California: Anthem, Dell, and Volkswagen
  2. Texas: Humana, Toyota, and Wells Fargo
  3. New York: Adobe, Salesforce, and Xerox
  4. Florida: American Heart Association, Colgate-Palmolive, and Hilton Worldwide
  5. Illinois: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ernst & Young, and Nestle
  6. Pennsylvania: Oracle, Philips, and Voya Financial
  7. Virginia: Biogen, CenturyLink, and Nielsen
  8. North Carolina: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lenovo, and SAP
  9. Georgia: Chobani, Office Depot, and Worldpay
  10. Arizona: Progressive, Verizon, and Walgreens
  11. Minnesota: Boston Scientific, Citizens Bank, and UnitedHealth Group
  12. Massachusetts: Liberty Mutual, Mitsubishi Electric, and The Hartford
  13. Colorado: JPMorgan Chase, OpenTable, and Unilever
  14. New Jersey: DeVry Education Group, General Electric, and Robert Half International
  15. Ohio: Capella University, Cars.com, and 3M

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