We’re kind of crazy for work-from-home jobs around here.
In fact, if The Penny Hoarder HQ wasn’t so awesome, a lot of my co-workers might still be working their old jobs from the comfort of their couches. (They were lured into an office with the promise of an unending supply of coffee and, oh yeah, an incredible team of people to work with.)
Still, we value a healthy work-life balance, and we love the flexibility and freedom that a good work-from-home job can offer.
And apparently, so do a lot of people in South Carolina. Weird, I know — but according to recent data pulled from Google Trends and published by Hustle & Co., South Carolina had the highest volume of internet searches for “work from home jobs” in all of the U.S.
Actually, the rest of the South seemed pretty interested, too.
Work From Home, Y’all!
After South Carolina, the next states with the most interest in working from home were West Virginia and Kentucky, followed by Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. Florida came in at No. 7 — which is no wonder, because we melt if we leave our houses between the months of June and September.
And while no one really knows why these states are so adamant about staying in their pajamas all day, I would hazard a guess that it has something to do with the lack of bustling metropolises in these areas. Fewer large cities means fewer job options, and fewer job options means people flock to remote jobs that can be done online — from wherever they are.
Or maybe it really is just the heat making people hide out at home — the world may never know.
Not surprisingly, California is in the bottom two (followed only by Oregon), probably thanks to some tricky statewide work-from-home regulations.
Is a Work-From-Home Job Right for You?
However you interpret the data, one thing is clear: Working from home is no longer just a trend — it’s a way of life.
With the ever-advancing technology and the evolution of the traditional business model, working from home is becoming more and more common, so it’s really no surprise people are seeking out these opportunities.
If you’re considering making the switch to a work-from-home job, make sure you know what a full-time job from your living room actually entails, including the hidden costs of working from homeand what you should know about taxes when you go remote.
If you already have a job you love but you’re interested in doing it from home, check out these tips for convincing your boss that working from home is a good idea — and here’s the study to back it up!
As for me? Well, I’m going to go get another cup of coffee — on the house.
Your Turn: Are you looking for a work-from-home job?
Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s grateful that her job lets her work from the comfort of her bed once a week!