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It’s not even Halloween yet, but you’ve probably seen the winter holiday decorations hit the shelves of your local stores. Companies always get a jumpstart on their holiday planning, including hiring extra staff to meet demand. If you’re looking for a work-from-home seasonal job this year, now is the perfect time to apply.

We’ve gathered a list of retailers looking for a helping hand this holiday season that aren’t Amazon, though they are hiring as well. The companies below are looking for customer service representatives to aid holiday shoppers as they search for the perfect gift. Some have very specific rules about where you can live and others require an initial onsite job training before you’re able to work from home.

Prepare to enter the holiday fray by working for companies doling out unique gifts, wine, home goods, puppy treats, ski resort stays and more with this list of 10 companies hiring seasonal remote employees.

1. Liftopia

What’s Liftopia, you ask? It’s a platform designed to bring avid winter sports fans to destinations they’ll love. The company partners with resorts and recreational centers so skiers can pre-purchase lift tickets, lessons and rentals. To staff its busy season, Liftopia needs remote customer service support. Seasonal employees will work 40 hours a week, responding to customers via phone, email and chat. Schedules are set to be flexible but also cover the busiest times, which may include holidays.

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2. UncommonGoods

Need a unique gift for a loved one? UncommonGoods hopes it has just what you’re looking for with an expansive collection that covers games to home goods and everything in between. This holiday season, the company is in need of extra customer support. Reps must answer phones, emails and chat messages from customers between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. ET — yes, that’s overnight for you night owls — and work 24–40 hours each week. In between shifts, you can also do your own holiday shopping with a 40 percent employee discount.

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If you know your Chardonnay from your pinot noir, is looking for you. Its business is pretty self-explanatory — they deliver a wide variety of wine right to customers’ front doors — but not everyone knows what they like. That’s where a seasonal recommendation specialist comes in. needs a wine expert to assist customers in choosing the perfect blend on its website via live chat. It’s a part-time gig looking almost exclusively for weekend help.

The Details:

  • Position open right now: Recommendation Specialist
  • Location/s: California and New York residents only
  • Average pay: Unlisted
  • Training: Unlisted
  • Expected end date: Temporary; unlisted

Bonus position: Customer Service Rep (year-round, part-time position with expanded holiday hours)

4. Williams-Sonoma  

The stylish home maven in your friend group might appreciate a gift from Williams-Sonoma, whether it’s brand new cookware, the perfect french press or Harry Potter-themed kitchen tools! Since the retailer can’t deliver customer service by owl, they’re looking for a Dumbledore’s Army-strength remote customer support force this holiday season to deliver assistance to all its brand’s shoppers, which also includes Pottery Barn. Remote positions are available in select U.S. cities, and you must live within 1.5 hours of the onsite location.

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5. Bark

Dog lovers, this one’s for you, but let’s start with the bad news: Bark — the subscription service that delivers fun toys and treats for your favorite puppy — is only looking for remote employees who live in the Greater Columbus, Ohio area. If that’s you, this customer service gig requires at least 15 hours of work per week (and up to 35 hours when it gets busy). Plus, you must love dogs and the people holding the leash.

The Details:

  • Position open right now: Remote Seasonal Customer Experience
  • Location/s: Greater Columbus, Ohio area only
  • Average pay: Unlisted
  • Training: Unlisted
  • Expected end date: Temporary; unlisted

6. HSN

Before the internet, HSN (Home Shopping Network) reigned supreme as the OG of shopping from your couch. They sell everything from fitness accessories and vitamins to make-up, laptops, mattresses and scrapbooking kits. HSN needs sales representatives to deliver on the “as seen on TV” promise and field customer calls. HSN doesn’t give much away about hours, pay or the duration of its seasonal positions, and you must live in either Florida or Tennessee.

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7. Neiman Marcus

The self-proclaimed “retailer of luxury and fashion merchandise,” Neiman Marcus can’t do it alone. It’s hiring a fleet of full-time work-from-home customer care agents poised to keep their elite clientele in the gift-giving food. Seasonal workers are expected to attend a mandatory on-site training prior to starting at home. Depending on demand, the position requires 16–40 hours of work per week, including weekends.

The Details:

  • Position open right now: Seasonal – Work From Home Customer Care
  • Location/s: Job posted for Irving, TX; contact HR department for other locations
  • Average pay: Unlisted
  • Training: Mandatory four-week onsite training
  • Expected end date: Temporary; unlisted

8. LaCrosse/Danner Footwear

Heavy-duty, functional footwear and apparel makes a great holiday gift for the outdoor worker or explorer. Enter LaCrosse and Danner footwear, which are seeking a consumer sales specialist for the season. The position is listed for Portland, Ore., with the potential to work from home, though the initial training is onsite. Associates will work between 24 to 40 hours each week, plus those who are hired can score some great discounts on the company’s products.

The Details:

  • Position open right now: Seasonal Consumer Sales Specialist
  • Location/s: Portland, OR, with potential to work from home; contact HR for details
  • Average pay: Unlisted
  • Training: Onsite training
  • Expected end date: Temporary; unlisted

9. VIPDesk Connect For Chanel

Every holiday season, some brands turn to outsourced customer support companies like VIPDesk Connect to fulfill their extra staffing needs. For you fashionistas out there, VIPDesk Connect needs a customer support employee ready to answer Chanel’s clients’ questions via phone, email, chat and social media. Seasonal reps will be talking all things elegance, beauty, fragrance and jewelry from your at-home office, even on the weekends.

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10. Vail Resorts

It’s not just retailers that need extra support when the temperature starts to drop (depending on where you live). Vail Resorts, which runs several ski resorts in select U.S. states like Colorado and Utah, is looking for remote travel agents to book their resorts while the snow is still powdery. Travel agents will field incoming calls and have the potential to earn bonuses and even health insurance even though it’s a temporary position. You must live within two hours of the cities in each listing, and onsite training is required.

The Details:

  • Position open right now: Work From Home Travel Agent – Winter Seasonal
  • Location/s: Colorado and Utah only; check job listings for specific location requirements
  • Average pay: $13/hour with bonuses
  • Training: Mandatory four-week onsite training (including an overnight stay at a resort)
  • Expected end date: Early 2019; hiring began in August

Looking for a more permanent position? We’ve got you covered! Check out our most recent monthly remote jobs roundup for October here.

Header image via cyano66/Getty Images.

Originally published: October 17, 2018
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