It’s that time of year again when retail companies start thinking about the Christmas season. Amazon work from home call center jobs are especially popular and are in high demand. So today I’m going to explore working for Amazon even as a temporary employee.
Many people who need extra cash coming up to Christmas will take on additional work as a seasonal employee. They may already have part-time or full-time work and the extra money can really come in handy not only for Christmas but for the winter season. There are many additional expenses throughout winter like heating oil, higher electric bills, winter clothes, etc. Throw Christmas in there and your current job may not be enough.
Amazon is Hiring
Amazon is set to hire an additional 5,000 work from home employees this year. There’s also going to be an additional 25,000 jobs at their fulfillment centers around the country. You can check out the Amazon Jobs link here.
- Reliable Internet connection
- Directly connected to your modem via Ethernet–not WIFI
- Minimum 5 Mbps upload speed; 10 Mbps download speed
- Verifiable mailing address in order to receive equipment; no P.O. boxes
What About Training?
All training is provided and is mandatory.
Here’s Where Amazon Jobs Are Located
Different jobs have different residency requirements. These state residential requirements vary depending on the type of customer service job you are applying for. Here’s a broad list of states that you may have to be a resident of in order to qualify for an Amazon work from home job: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
What Does It Take To Work For Amazon?
Aside from residence requirements, Amazon is looking for the following skills and qualifications:
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Fluent English
- 1+ years dealing with the public in a service environment
- Basic computer skills such as using the Internet, working with multiple browsers, Instant Messenger tools, email, basic typing and phone skills
- Must be able to complete the I-9 form in person
- Must be able to participate and complete training
- Customer focus
- Ability to prioritize customer needs
- Conflict resolution skills
How Much Does It Pay?
So before you start getting excited, let’s talk about the pay. The Federal Minimum Wage in the U.S. is $7.25 per hour. The Federal minimum wage hasn’t been increased since 2009. Amazon’s hourly pay rate for work from home employees is $10.00 per hour. So, yeah. It’s over the minimum wage but not by much. Personally, the last time I worked for $10 per hour was probably back in the early 80’s. The good news is that you can also qualify for a higher hourly rate if it is mandated by your state.
It’s easy to justify working for $10 per hour when you factor in no commute, no lunch expense, no gas expense. Heck, you don’t even have to buy new clothes for a work from home job! Take it from me. As someone who works from home, I LOVE the fact that I can walk into my office each morning with my street clothes on. No need for suits, fancy shoes and the like. But if you work in any of the fulfillment centers, you may be paid more as indicated by my research below.
What’s The Down Side?
Seasonal Jobs Don’t Last: If you are hired at Amazon for a seasonal job, chances are your job is gone after the new year. There’s always the chance that you will be kept on, but with a seasonal job, don’t expect that.
No Time Off: Don’t take a seasonal job with Amazon if you have any plans to take time off. That is one of the pitfalls. No time off is granted during the holiday season.
Not Available Everywhere: These jobs are not available in all states.
Amazon work from home call center jobs are reputable may be just what you need to get through the holidays. In many cases, it’s worth the trouble. But now is also the perfect time to start your own online business where you can promote Amazon products and earn commissions all year round. There are very few states that do not allow you to be an affiliate. Have you worked for Amazon? Leave a comment below. I’d love to know what you think.