Thanks to the internet and widespread connectivity, there are plenty of jobs that don’t require you to commute to the office every day or work a 9-to-5 schedule.
But how do you find openings for these positions? And how can you tell whether they’re legitimate or scams?
One way to look for legitimate part-time, remote, flexible-schedule or freelance work is to use FlexJobs. It’s a subscription-based job board that specializes in postings for these types of positions.
More than 3.8 million people have used it to search for work since 2007, says Brie Weiler Reynolds, a senior career specialist at FlexJobs.
How FlexJobs differs from other job boards
On many traditional job boards, it can be difficult to determine whether a position offers the option to work remotely, or whether you’re signing up for freelance work, Reynolds points out. You might apply for a job, only to find out that it’s not as flexible as you thought.
On FlexJobs, though, all job openings are part-time, remote or freelance — or otherwise offer some type of flexible working condition.
“We have a team of researchers who look at job sites and job boards, and we also work with employers who post openings,” says Reynolds.
Additionally, FlexJobs screens openings. So, you don’t have to worry about running into, say, a work-from-home scam.
We’ve interviewed folks who landed work through FlexJobs in the past. Check out “Seeking Sanity? 10 Surprising Work-From-Home Jobs.”
Other features of FlexJobs
FlexJobs is more than a searchable database of flexible jobs. Other perks of a FlexJobs membership include:
- The ability to apply for positions directly from the FlexJobs website
- Regular emails with job openings that match your preferences
- Access to webinars designed to help you learn skills, including resume improvement and LinkedIn networking
- Access to skills tests that can help you set yourself apart from other job applicants
- The option to call FlexJobs and speak with a person — such as for help setting up your profile or setting up personalized search parameters, for example
Subscribing to FlexJobs
FlexJobs offers multiple membership lengths:
- One month: $14.95
- Three months: $29.95
- One year: $49.95
“Many of our members just sign up for one or three months, and then hit it hard to find a good, flexible job,” says Reynolds. “However, we also have some freelancers who renew at the annual rate so they can keep a good flow of work.”
Free features of FlexJobs
Not ready to commit to a membership? You can read FlexJobs’ blog and receive its email newsletter for free. You can also see what kinds of jobs are available and read about employers.
However, without a membership, you can’t apply to jobs through the FlexJobs website or see employer contact information, says Reynolds.
“Use the free service to get a feel for what to expect and even see how often companies post jobs,” Reynolds suggests. “Then you can see how valuable it might be to sign up the next time you’re looking for more flexible work.”
Should you join FlexJobs?
For the most part, the people who will most benefit from FlexJobs are those looking for work to fit their lifestyles. The jobs posted on the site are aimed at people who aren’t looking for a traditional 9-to-5 job in the office.
While some of the jobs do follow regular business hours, many of them allow you to work remotely, or telecommute at least some days each week. Others are part-time jobs with flexible schedules. Freelancers can also benefit if they’re looking for regular income streams.
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