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Posted: 7:24 PM, Mar 11, 2016
Updated: 2018-11-21 22:46:49Z
Wouldn't it be great to go to work, without ever leaving the comfort of your own home? It's possible!
 
More and more major corporations are offering work-from-home positions.
 
13 Action News Anchor Beth Fisher, looks at some of the best offers for 2016, so you Don't Waste Your Money.
 
"Are you going to smile?  Are you gonna smile?" says Leila Wendel, who works from home.
 
She was a preschool teacher. But when her little boy Austin arrived, she realized she couldn't bear to leave him.
 
"Buddy, Mommy's gonna do some work, OK?" says Leila.
       
Now she doesn't have to leave.
 
"It was an easy way to jump in and share what I was doing, and make some income for our family," says Leila.
 
She's working-from-home, spending 3 hours a day as a coach and sales rep, for the 21 Day Fix weight loss program. She's earning almost a $1,000 a month, while Austin plays or naps.
 
"I never imagined I would be able to make the income I do working from home: There are so many amazing opportunities," says Leila.
 
Thanks to smartphones, Skype, and high speed internet, more and more companies are hiring work-from-home employees.
 
"We're able to use things like instant messaging, and WebX technology, and conference calls where you can see people if you need to," says Angie Grilliot with United Health Care.
 
The company just made Forbes Magazine's Top 10 List of the Best Work-From-Home Employers. The insurance company has moved 25% of its customer service positions to home based workers, because they do a better job.
 
"They love it. We do see higher engagement scores from our employees who work from home, typically if you compare that with the office based workers," says Grilliot.
 
And they're still hiring.
 
"Right now we have over a thousand positions posted that have telecommuting opportunities," says Grilliot.
 
Forbes Top 10 list includes: Live Ops, a cloud based call center. Teletech and Sutherland Global, which both do back office work for businesses. Amazon, Dell, IBM, and Working Solutions, for customer service jobs. And insurers; United Health Care, Humana, and Aetna, where millions of patient calls are handled by people working-from-home. 
 
As for Leila, she says the chance to stay home with her son is priceless.
 
"If he is having a rough day I can snuggle him as he has his naps and give him that time. It's been a blessing," says Leila.
 
We do have a warning, so you Don't Waste Your Money. Beware of the many work-at-home scams that are out there.
 
If it's a company you've never heard of, that wants to charge you or collect some sort of upfront fee, it may not be legit.
 
For 13 Action News, I'm Beth Fisher.