10 Great Alternatives to Arise Work-At-Home Call Centre Jobs

Why Work At Home?

With the recession and economic downturn seen around the world, many companies are looking for workers who can work from home for their virtual call centers. There are many benefits for both the employer and employee (or contractor) to consider:

Benefits for the Employer

  • Reduces overhead by allowing the employee to use their own home office and equipment
  • Increases the amount of time employees are willing to work, with more productivity
  • Training can be done day or night, remotely
  • Employees are in most cases considered contracted, so no overtime or benefits need to be paid

Benefits for the Employee (or Contractor)

  • Flexibility with the ability to work when you want
  • No need to commute or incur other expenses like lunches or professional wardrobe
  • You determine how much money you make, with most companies providing incentives and commission bonuses
  • Choose the company you would like to service, bases on your experience

Many of the big companies are now looking for homeshore workers versus offshore workers. They want to help improve the economy while still saving money.

What's the difference between an employee and a contractor?

Many companies outsource independent contractors as it cuts down on their hiring costs and benefit packages. If you're a contractor, the company will not make any deductions for taxes, pension contributions, or any other government deductions. Come tax time, you will owe the government this money. Please check with your tax centre or an accountant for further details.

Some companies also require you to register a company name and incorporate it before they can "hire" your "company". The cost to register and incorporate can be quite high, so do your research before you commit.

What you'll need to start work

  • A computer that passes the company's technical requirements
  • A dedicated phone line
  • A headset
  • A USB headset for training
  • A quiet working space
  • Office stationary (i.e. paper, pens, etc.)
  • General knowledge about computers

Arise Comparison

Region: Canada, UK & USA

Startup Cost: Cost of criminal background check, Arise basic certification program $99 (for US agents only)

Additional details: Earnings vary depending on the client you are servicing. You may have to pay Arise a monthly fee, which covers their technical support and administrative costs. You will be required to work for a Virtual Service Corporation (VSC), which is an incorporated company. You can either create a company for yourself or join an existing company.

10 Great Alternatives

Accolade Support

USA- Accolade Support hires independent contractors as PC support agents. The pay range is from $10-12/hour. You must also undergo a background check, which you will have to pay for.

ACD Direct

USA (some states are excluded) - Agents with ACD are paid by the minute and they boast incentives. They say "the most you work, the more you earn". You must have a Windows based PC to service.


Canada - Paid training and set wages are available for this Canadian based company. Agents assist in completing surveys. Bilingualism in French or Spanish is an asset.

Alpine Access

Canada and USA - The only cost to you is your criminal background check and any equipment you don't already have. You are paid by the hour, starting at approximately $9/hour. Ongoing training is offered to keep you informed and able to do your job. Clients vary.

Apple At Home

USA (restrictions on location) & Ontario - Work for Apple's customer care department, assisting customers with their technical issues. The hours are mostly part-time, but full-time hours are available.

Contract Xchange

Canada, Dominica, UK & USA - One of the most popular choices around the world for work-at-home agents. The list of clients is diverse, enabling you to choose a job that is best suited for your skills and interests.

Cloud 10

USA - Cloud 10 provides paid training and ongoing support to their agents. Set schedules are set for the agents. Pay is between $8-12/hour.

West At Home

USA - West at home provides paid training and ongoing support to their agents who service a variety of clients. CSR's are paid by the minute, opposed to the hour, and the amount ranges.

Working Solutions

USA - Working solutions is one of the companies that is preferred by WAHM's because of the ongoing support from the company. Training by professional staff makes it easy to navigate your way through client's systems. Technical support is also available when needed. Agents are paid approximately $9/hour.


Global - This work at home company is available to agents around the world including Canada, USA, UK, China, Italy, Romania and many more countries. The service a range of clients, depending on your location.

Things to Watch Out For

As like any Work-At-Home jobs, there are warning bells that you should be aware of:

  • Large pay-in fees for training or equipment
  • Ongoing fees
  • Pyramid recruiting
  • Unhelpful staff or technical assistance

Some companies will require you to pay a training cost, but this is not only to pay their administration fees, but also to ensure you are serious about the opportunity. They're essentially weeding out anyone who isn't serious and may waste their resources.


  • Read reviews by agents, past and present, to gain understanding of the company and their procedures
  • Commit to the position and treat it like your own business - the better you do, the more money you'll make
  • If you are in doubt, don't quit your day job (if possible) and commit to completing hours for the work-at-home position during the evenings until you're absolutely sure

What work at home company have you worked for?

  • Arise
  • Accolade Support
  • ACD Direct
  • Advanis
  • Alpine Access
  • Apple at Home
  • Contract Xchange
  • Cloud 10
  • West at Home
  • Working Solutions
  • Sykes
  • Other
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What do you think of Work-At-Home opportunities? 10 comments

Maria 2 weeks ago

I am very happy to use arise as my outsourcing company. They always pay me on time and the longer you service a client the more money you make. This type of work is not for everyone.You must be dependable, trainable, courteous all the time and treat your customers the same way you wish to be treated. I opened my corp back in 2009 and I I serviced part/time . I lasted 3 years working full time for a call center and 15 hours a week with arise as a mini- self call center . Now I am back servicing via Arise and happy to tell you I quit my full/time job and I am doing quite well so I decided to teach others to do the same . Recruiting is hard work too . Out of 50 interviews 20 joined 4 complete classes 3 had excuses to drop out .Others did not pass voice tests or they don't want to commit to the 4 week courses but I keep on going. I have searched other work at home companies and arise is the one legitimate outsourcing company that you can earn the most me at and I will be more than happy to assist you . Have a wonderful evening !!!!

Kashin 5 months ago

I worked for Arise for about 2 years. I really liked it. But I just got fired from my perspective out of no where from my client...I was finally able to find out what I did. I was told that I had been rude to a customer. While I can see out of context what I said may have been rude in context I don't think it was. And I certainly hadn't meant it that way.

Since you have no way to talk to the client though there is no way to defend your self.

And it is hard to get another client if one fires you for a reason like this....

Samantha 6 months ago

I started to work for Arise but looks like they are not organized at all. They tell you that you are good to go and you invest in registering your company, buy a special phone and new phone line. And also spend 6 weeks of training to come out with nothing..very disappointed in Arise. You guys need to have a better one on one training. and also give open criticism so the client can learn from the mistakes. I came to make some money instead I lost a lot of time and money.

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Flor Pena 13 months ago

I was working for Arise for a month. I picked a company to work for within Arise which is called Monica’s A+ Customer Service, Inc. (MACS Inc) and they never paid me. I reached out to Arise to help me out and they washed their hands of it saying that they couldn't get involved in CSP and IBO conflict. I am really disappointed in them. I couldn't get my IBO to remove me from her company so that I could pick someone else or become my own IBO but she wouldn't do it. I couldn't work for anyone else and Arise kicked me off their system. I give Arise two thumbs down.

PurpleladyV 14 months ago

I understand a lot of what she is saying I have been interested in Arise for quite some time and I must say that all of the fees; well they are quite a bit much if you ask me. When people are looking for a job in the normal sense of a job, one doesn't pay to be trained, pay for a background check and go through training with all these fees that is so unrealistic to believe that In todays economic times that people are willing to do so. ... sorry for the errors I hope you understanding what I was trying to say.

David Donathan 21 months ago

I have worked for arise going on 2 years now. We have become a IBO For arise.

If you are not ready to incorporate. Yourself yet let us handle the paperwork for you. Work as much or as little as you want ( it's your business ) we will treat you right. Check us out

You can also email us support @ dsbusinesssolutions . Com ( please remove spaces)* done for spam protection...

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Steve Troxell 3 years ago

Totally disagree with Tammy. I am the owner of Live A Life, LLC which is a Premier Partner of Arise. I have been in partnered with Arise for a couple years now and I know for a fact that she has valid points yet very wrong points. Some classes yes, the class size does increase. Why? The reason is there are a large amount of people out there that want something for nothing. They see the opportunity to work from home as a freebie. That is not the case with Arise. It is a real paying job and you must work for it. If anyone here is looking for a real job, that pays well, that actually involves working, please feel free to contact me or visit our website at This article talks about Arise, so does ours and you can base your opinion from there.

Tammi 3 years ago

Arise is not a great company to work for. They recriut thousands of people each month for available 100 positions. In that process of free training that consist of 80 hours, plus 20 hours of homework, they constantly weed out people. For example, a typical class may have fourty students,midway through the class,the enrollment drops to half and by the end ,the class enrollment is thirty percent. The question one should ask is"When do you pay for training and if you don't pass a specific part of training makes one ineligible to work for the company". Also, no corporation is hiring for thousands of slots each month. Just like any multi-level company, there will be some people who pass .

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StephSev108 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thank you so much...this info really helps me out. I'm looking for a job to make extra money. This looks like the way to go. Thanks.

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charmike4 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

Another of companies in Asutralia are starting to experiment with work from home, mainly the banks & outsourced contact centres. The advantage is that it opens up new demographics to the workforce such as stay at home mums.

Another factor to consider is workplace health and safety and how to ensure that the environment is set up correctly to reduce the risk of injury.

Great hub craftybird. Cheers Michael

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