Are There Jobs That Let You Set Your Own Hours?

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This post comes from Brie Weiler Reynolds of partner site FlexJobs.

Welcome to our “Work From Home Q&A” series. You ask a question about remote work, and a guest expert answers it.

You can learn how to ask a question of your own below.

This week’s question comes from Jessica:

“With the kids being home, it would be awesome to have something that lets me choose my own hours. Is that a possibility?”

‘Set your own hours’

Yes, there are definitely jobs that let you choose your own hours. The key is knowing how to find them.

Many employers will advertise their open jobs as having flexible schedules, so doing a keyword search can help you find job descriptions with similar language.

Try searching for keywords like:

  • Set your own hours
  • Make your own schedule
  • No set hours
  • Work any hours
  • Work as much or as little

Use these keywords in conjunction with other search options, like job titles and career fields, to pinpoint the right job listings for you.

If a job description doesn’t mention the schedule, this is something you can ask the employer about during the interview process. Start with general questions like, “What sort of schedule do you envision for this role?” And, “How do people on this team organize their schedules? Does everyone work the same hours?”

About me

I am a career development manager and coach at FlexJobs, where I help people find flexible work, including remote, part-time and freelance jobs. Before joining FlexJobs in 2010, I was a career adviser for college students and alumni. I have a master of science in human resources management and am a certified advanced resume writer.

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