The 10 Best States to Live in if You Want to Work From Home

May 4, 2016
by Jamie Cattanach
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Remote workers can answer the question “Where do you work?” with just one word: “Home.”

OK, maybe from a coffee shop on some days. Everyone needs a change of scenery!

But surprisingly, employers may start demanding a more detailed answer from work-from-home hopefuls: In which state is that home of yours?

States With the Most Work-From-Home Jobs

FlexJobs analyzed the job-posting activities of more than 40,000 companies in their database to identify the top 10 states where companies recruited the most in-state telecommuters in 2015.

Before we get to the list, let’s address the burning question: Why does it matter where you work if you work from home?

Well, for a variety of reasons.

If your position benefits from putting in some occasional face time (think sales or staff meetings), your employer might want everyone nearby for when the moment strikes.

Plus, having employees based in specific states can help business owners simplify their taxes, since laws vary by state.

No matter why your employer chooses to hire remote workers residing in specific states, if you’re longing to work from home, you might want to consider moving to one of these:

1. California

2. Texas

3. New York

4. Florida

5. Illinois

6. Pennsylvania

7. Georgia

8. North Carolina

9. Virginia

10. Massachusetts

Luckily, it’s a pretty good spread. Whether you’ve got a West Coast vibe or are more of a northeasterner, there’s a state for you on the list.

Check out the full details at FlexJobs, where they also list some employers who’ve recently been hiring in each location — or are hiring now.

And if a move’s not on the table for you, don’t worry. There are definitely tons of ways to make money from home… no matter where you live!

Your Turn: Do you live in one of the top 10 states with the most telecommuting jobs?

Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her creative writing has been featured in DMQ Review, Sweet: A Literary Confection and elsewhere.

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