Are you a resident of “The Garden State” who wants to transform your Turnpike commute into a telecommute? Good news, New Jerseyans! Working from home doesn’t have to mean shacking up at the Shore with Snooki and The Situation. Whether you live in Newark or Corbin City, VirtualVocations can help you find New Jersey Telecommute Jobs that suit your needs, experience, and professional goals.

New Jersey-based Companies that Hire Telecommuters
You may frequent Atlantic City, but you shouldn’t gamble with your career. If you seek virtual employment with an unknown or disreputable company you could receive payment worth as much as Monopoly money. Consider these New Jersey-based, Fortune 500 companies known for hiring telecommuters and remote workers:

Automatic Data Processing
(Roseland) – Business solutions and outsourcing services
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies Hertz (Park Ridge) – Global transportation leasing and rentals
Honeywell (Morristown) – Heating and air conditioning
Medco Health Solutions (Franklin Lakes) – Pharmacy benefit manager
Quest Diagnostics (Madison) – Drug, medical diagnostic and laboratory testing

Telecommute Opportunities with National Companies
In addition to working remotely for state companies, New Jerseyans can apply to work for renowned, national companies that hire telecommuters. As of May 31, 2012, companies famous for hiring home workers including 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, VIPdesk and U-haul did not have any openings for New Jersey residents. However, residents can apply for telecommute work with these companies:

Blue Zebra Appointment Setting – B2B appointment setting and lead generation
Demand Studios – Online content and media
Google – Internet-related services and products
Quicktate – Voicemail and recording transcription
Tutor.com – Online tutoring

Minimum Wage Requirements
Employers who pay their New Jersey telecommute workers on a part-time or full-time hourly rate are required to adhere to state minimum wage laws. As of January 2012, the New Jersey minimum wage is $7.25; however, on May 24, 2012 the New Jersey Assembly voted to up the state’s minimum wage to $8.50. If the bill to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage is approved by the Senate and signed into law by Governor Christie, the wage increase would go into effect on July 1, 2012. Until then, if a potential employer tries to rope you in for a penny less than $7.25, run like a Rangers fan after a win at Prudential Center.

New Jersey Telecommute Laws
Specific restrictions and requirements exist for New Jersey employers who hire telecommuters for industrial work. The Industrial Home Work Laws and Regulations Manual —a document from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development—details the rules and laws associated with home work that involves creating, altering, finishing, preparing and packing materials for sale and distribution, including necessary permits and certificates for both employers and employees.

Telecommuting and Taxes in New Jersey
A March 2, 2012 opinion by the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court could make securing telecommute employment more difficult for New Jersey residents who work for out-of-state companies. The Court held that a company based outside of New Jersey, but who employs even one New Jersey resident as a full-time telecommuter, must file a New Jersey Corporate Business Tax return.

Co-working Centers
Telecommuting in New Jersey doesn’t necessarily mean you have to work from home all the time, or at all. A change in atmosphere and/or working entirely out-of-residence are possible for Jersey’s virtual employees, thanks to co-working centers like Cowerks in Asbury Park. These collaborative spaces allow remote, telecommute and freelance workers to rent adequate office-style, table or desk space on a daily, weekly, part-time or full-time basis. Some of the member benefits of a co-working or telework facility include:

  • Wi-fi access
  • Use of office equipment (scanner, printer, copier, fax)
  • Business mailing address
  • Conference areas

Work from Home Scams
Wherever there is a need or extreme desire for something, like working from home, there will be individuals, institutions and entities circling like vultures and ripe with exploitation; New Jersey is no different. Since 2010, several work-from-home scams have been uncovered in New Jersey as part of the Federal Trade Commission’s “Operation Empty Promises”— a crackdown force on false employment opportunities related to telecommuting. Morris County saw the end of David S. Brookman’s envelope stuffing and letter mailing sham, Capital Enterprises, Inc. and Preferred Platinum Services Network, LLC — a postcard processing service based in Tom’s River.

For information on additional work-from-home scams to avoid, review this Forbes list.

Additional Resource(s)
Becoming a New Jersey telecommuter will give you greater flexibility and comfort, control over how and when you work, and the chance to complete projects from one of your favorite famous New Jersey diners or beaches.

If you are a worker who is ready to begin a career in telecommuting or an employer who is considering remote and virtual work opportunities for your employees, utilize this additional resource about telecommuting in New Jersey:

Smart Moves – Educational program for New Jersey employers, from the state Department of Transportation, which explains the basics of telecommuting, the benefits of telecommuting for both employers and employees and how to establish telecommuting opportunities in the workplace.

Find New Jersey Telecommute Jobs
Search Virtual Vocations Telecommute jobs database to find New Jersey Telecommute Jobs.