25 Big-Name Companies That Let You Work From Home

What's your reason for wanting to work from home? Keeping up with your kid's activities, caring for elderly parents, trying to find a better work-life balance, returning to work after a break, changing careers, trying to find a retirement job--these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to seeking remote work.

The great news is that remote jobs are on the rise, and available in more career fields than ever before. FlexJobs recently released its list of the 100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs in 2015, and during its analysis, found that listings for work-from-home jobs grew 26 percent in 2014 from the previous year. The companies that made the list posted the most jobs with telecommuting options in 2014, and were found by analyzing over 30,000 companies. While the complete list showcases companies in almost every industry (and of every size), there are many well-known companies on the list as well.

If you're wondering what kind of companies hire people to work from home, this list of well-known companies will give you a sense of just how varied telecommuting jobs can be.

Here are 25 big-name companies that let you work from home:

Looking for a company that will let you work from Home? Follow these steps.

Now that you've seen some of the companies that lead the pack in offering flexible work options, it's time for you to
. Here are some steps to take:

Speak with your current boss.

If you are already employed and like your job, there's no reason why you have to start a brand-new job search. Find out your company's policy on workplace flexibility to see if it already offers work-from-home options. Then, go through your job duties to see which ones need to be done in the office and which ones can be done from your home office. Schedule a meeting with your boss to see if you can transfer your in-office job to a virtual one by pointing out how much of your job is already telecommuting friendly. And be prepared that your boss may only let you work from home a day or two each week to start until he or she gets used to the new working arrangement.

Be specific in your search.

Finding a telecommuting job is not much different from finding a traditional office job, but there are some factors you need to keep in mind when conducting your job search. You'll need to read through the job description carefully. If the job doesn't specifically state that the job allows working from home, it doesn't necessarily mean you can't. Some recruiters and companies don't explicitly state the telecommuting options in their job postings.

Try searching for a variety of keywords to narrow down the list of jobs to those that allow remote work. Keywords to use include: remote work, telework, telecommuting, distributed workforce, work-from-home, geographically-neutral, online job, virtual job, ROWE (results-only work environment), distance work, off-site work, home-based office, and any variation of these.

Reach out.

Let's say you have your heart set on working for a specific company, but it hasn't posted any work-from-home jobs. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't reach out, though. Go to the company's website to see if it offers work flexibility like remote work. If it does, there's no reason why you shouldn't contact the hiring manager to get your resume put at the top of the pile, should a job open up that you might be qualified for.

For professionals who want to eliminate their commute, find more time for friends and family, be more productive at work, and enjoy better work-life balance overall, remote jobs can be an excellent option.