FlexJobs is one of the oldest, most established and well-respected work-at-home job sites, with an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, each job and company is individually vetted by a recruiter, and offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
This is what I hear from moms almost every single day:
I want to work from home earning a good living, doing work that is interesting and challenging — not MLM bullshit. A real career, but where I can spend most of my time at home, in control of my hours, and therefore my life and family.
Mama, I have had that kind of career and life for 15 years, and I know it can be done.
In fact, today, thanks to technology as well as increasingly family-friendly businesses that understand the value of flexible, remote workers, there are countless professional positions that allow you to work remotely, and from home.
Cue FlexJobs, an online membership site that helps you find work-from-home jobs that fit into your schedule.
- Is FlexJobs legit?
- How does FlexJobs work?
- Does FlexJobs work?
- FlexJobs tips and tricks
- How to sign up for FlexJobs
- FlexJob's top companies offering work-from-home jobs
- Pros and cons of FlexJobs
FlexJobs share job information from 40,000 companies and organizations that hire for remote, freelance, part-time, and flexible schedule jobs.
Aside: FlexJobs was founded by a mom, Sara Sutton Fell, and all of the company's workers are remote!
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Is FlexJobs legit?
Yes, FlexJobs is not a scam, and is 100% legit:
- A+ Better Business Bureau rating
- Featured in top media including TIME magazine, CNN, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday
- Founded in 2007 by Sara Sutton Fell — a mom who wanted to help other parents find flexible, work-at-home careers and jobs that paid well
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- FlexJobs recruiters vet, interview and make sure 100% of the positions they post are legit and high-quality.
How does FlexJobs work?
I wanted to see for myself how FlexJobs works after knowing Sara from Facebook the past few years, and hearing moms I know rave about it.
After all, this is a service that promises to help moms find remote, flexible work — exactly what Wealthysinglemommy.com readers want most.
FlexJobs is a premium job board: You pay for access, all the while the service actively works to help land you a position that fits. FlexJobs even helps you better understand what kind of work you’ll excel at.
These at-home jobs aren’t only limited to creative work like blogging, freelance writing, and graphic design; the career opportunities run the gamut.
I found positions like a physics expert and product descriptions writer, to niche positions like law enforcement/criminal transcriber (sounds juicy!) and paramedics adjunct professor.
The site features positions in engineering, education, medicine and technology, among others.
Employers post opportunities to FlexJobs, but the staff stays busy actively seeking out even more options.
FlexJobs goes through and researches online listings to make sure they are legit, and NOT scams.
If you’ve ever wasted time pursuing an opportunity that was really a ploy (like that “marketing assistant” job on Indeed that turned out to mean door-to-door salesperson), you know that’s an awesome feature.
You can search for jobs based on hours you’d like to work, your location (including part-time and full-time remote work) and your skill levels.
FlexJobs uses your preferences to help make a match, and then you apply!
Be prepared to do work upfront. Think of this as an online dating profile. You can’t just jump onto the platform and snag a gig – you’ll need to take the time to play up all the things that make you great when making your profile.
Something else that stood out to me is that FlexJobs is honest about what it takes to find work: it’s never going to be as easy as snapping your fingers, and you’ll have to keep checking in. But it also gives you plenty of pointers, access to resources and even a way to test out your skills.
Bonus: The company will give you a refund if you’re not satisfied!
Does FlexJobs work?
FlexJobs is devoted to thoroughly screening their postings for high-quality positions from and vetting companies for those that are qualified and legitimate. There is no guarantee you will find a position or get hired, but FlexJobs provides a 100%, 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with their postings.
FlexJobs tips and tricks
- Test the waters. While every penny counts, a one-month subscription to FlexJobs costs less than 35 cents per day when you break it down. If you can find $9.95 in your budget, you can get a lot out of one month. And if you don’t get what you want in that time (or you find you’re just not using FlexJobs as much as you thought you would), then you know it’s not for you.
- If you decide to stick with FlexJobs after one month, switch your plan so you can save a little money — you ultimately pay less per month if you go with a three-month or full-year plan. It’s important that you remember to do that, because unless you specify that you want to change (or cancel) your plan, your initial subscription will renew automatically.
- Rock those skill tests you may even realize you’re good at something you normally wouldn’t consider putting on a resume. There are so many tests that you can take, including email writing and etiquette, accounting principles and vocabulary. If you do better than 70 percent, your score gets added to your profile so employers can check out your skills, And if you fall a little short on the first try, you can take the test again after 24 hours.
- There is a straight-up treasure trove of blog posts, articles and other helpful content aimed at helping you find what works. Even right after you sign up, there are helpful suggestions about what to test out — motivational TED Talks or quick job-search tactics, for example. Dig in and see what you find!
How to sign up for FlexJobs
You have to choose a paid plan when you make your account. There are three options, depending on how you long you want to commit. (Use FlexJobs promo code FLEXLIFE to get a deep discount of up to 88%.)
FlexJobs has a 100%, 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied.
Using the discount code, the price for FlexJobs is:
- $4.95 for 1 week
- $9.95 for 1 month
- $23.95 for 3 months
- $44.95 for 1 year
FlexJobs has a 100%, 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied.
The next part is super easy: Once you pick a plan, FlexJobs greets you with a welcome video that walks you through the ins and outs of the service, and then you upload and/or create your resume and profile.
FlexJobs lets you pick out five categories to strut your stuff, and the options are actually pretty expansive.
Here are a few examples (and some of these even have sub-categories) of things you can easily do in your PJs: Accounting, bookkeeping, virtual admin, appointment setting, data entry, proofreading, online teaching, graphic design, insurance underwriting, transcription and web design.
There are so many more — just go with what you know!
Some people think you need an advanced degree to be able to work from home. That’s absolutely not true! An enormous variety of home-based jobs exist, and quite a few don’t require a college or university degree. Here are some examples:
- Virtual assistant
- Customer support specialist
- Medical jobs (case management, telehealth/call center services, clinical research coordinator, telephone triage)
- Child care provider (which might take place in your client’s home rather than yours)
- Copy editor (for a website, virtual publication, grad student, professor or would-be author)
- Grant writer
- Graphic designer
- Freelance writer
Note: Some of those jobs do require specialized knowledge. But you don’t have to spend four years in college to get that knowledge, thanks to online courses (some free, some not).
Online part-time jobs
Taking a part-time online job can be a great way to earn extra cash – and who use more of that? Ideally, this could be work you do once the kids are in bed, for a few hours on the weekends or while your children are with their dad. You won’t even need to leave the house, let alone hire a babysitter, and you can work in your PJs.
Here are some other examples of online part-time jobs:
- Data entry
- Social media manager
- Virtual assistant
- Website tester
- Event planner
- Grant writing
- Website design
- Corporate travel consultant
Note: Some of those home-based jobs mentioned earlier could also be done entirely online.
Another great advantage of an online part-time job: It gives you a chance to try out different kinds of work. After all, you won’t know for sure whether being a grant writer/event planner/copywriter/whatever really is a good fit unless you try it first.
And if it’s absolutely a great fit? Going the part-time route lets you get experience, build connections and save up some dough before you give notice at your day job.
Full-time jobs online
FlexJobs does feature listings for full-time jobs online. If you’re looking for one of those, choose “100% Remote” in the Remote Work Level section.
Certain jobs, such as customer support specialist or interpreter, will of necessity take place during specific hours. But some full-time gigs can be flexible! Depending on the kind of work you seek, you might find an employer willing to roll with your single-mom hours.
For example, it might not matter what time you do certain virtual assistant tasks as long as you turn them in on time. Proofreading and editing can be done while your kids are at school. Graphic designs can be dreamed up before your kids are awake and once they’re in bed for the night.
FlexJobs has a lot of options. Look for those that are willing to work with your strengths – and yes, being a single mom is a strength. Separated and divorced women are some of the best time managers in the world because they have to be. In addition, their need to support their kids makes them dedicated workers who will go the extra mile for an employer who understands that life isn’t always strictly 9-to-5.
Real examples of FlexJobs positions and salaries:
Sales Executive: $100K base annual salary + company car
Office Coordinator: $40-$45K annual salary
Production Assistant: $50K base annual salary
Senior iOS Developer: $130-$160K annual salary
Bookkeeper: $52K annual salary
Survey Statistician: $94K-$123K annual salary
FlexJob's top companies offering work-from-home jobs
Positions at these companies run the range from entry-level gigs to full-time staff positions with high salaries; all that you can do mostly from home.
Pros and cons of FlexJobs
Pros of using FlexJobs
- There are so many resources available through FlexJobs. We’re talking articles, job-hunting tips, inspiration and even checklists to make sure you’re on the right track in your online job search.
- FlexJobs researches the companies that have jobs available through the site. In fact, FlexJobs claims to have info on over 40,000 organizations who hire for remote, freelance, part-time, and flexible schedule jobs. Knowledge is power, mama!
- You are completely in control of your schedule from the start. You get to choose which kinds of hours you’re available — remember, “flexible” is a key theme here. Some opportunities might not have hours that work for you, but at least you’re able to set your availability before going through a back-and-forth with a potential employer – that way, no one is wasting their time.
- There are deals and promos available to members. There’s a whole section of partner offers, including deals like a 30-day trial of Audible (which includes a free audiobook and online access to The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal), a membership deal for Costco that gives you more than $50 in coupons, and even discounts on many Dell products.
- 100% 30-day money-back guarantee
- FlexJobs has an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, which is really important to me.
Cons of using FlexJobs
- It costs money. That’s the trade-off for having FlexJobs staff comb through jobs online and not being pestered by ads. Worth it? I think so.
- It still takes time, and you have to stay actively involved. While FlexJobs may cut a few steps out of the job-hunting process, you still have to keep an eye on things and log in fairly often to get the work you want.
- You can’t always just apply directly through the site. But that’s to be expected: Many employers have their own processes in place for screening applicants. FlexJobs offers tips and does its best to tell you the most direct way to apply, but you often still have to go through the employer directly, so keep a copy of your resume and some talking points in a convenient spot, like your computer’s desktop.
Find legitimate work-from-home jobs with FlexJobs
FlexJobs was started by Sara Sutton-Fell, a real-life mom who wanted to work from home, earn a good living, and spend time with her family.
Why I like FlexJobs:
It is started by a mom who gets it. No scams, only legit high-quality, online and work-at-home jobs that work great for moms. CEO Sara Sutton-Fell shares my passion for helping moms earn, and women be financially independent.
Quick facts about FlexJobs:
- Huge database of screened and vetted (no scams!) temp, part-time, full-time, remote, online and other work-at-home jobs. At time of writing, FlexJobs posted:
- 32,686 positions
- 5,594 hiring companies
- Extremely reputable:
- Better Business Bureau A+ rating
- Appearances in the Oprah magazine, Inc., Good Morning America, USAToday, Washington Post, New York Times, and Wealthysinglemommy.com ;)
- Every company in FlexJob's database has been screened by hand, and found to be legitimate.
- Affordable pricing:
- $4.95 / week
- $9.95 / month
- $23.95 / 3 months
- $44.95 / year
- 100% satisfaction guarantee — cancel anytime, and get a refund if you are not happy with the job selection within 30 days.
- Easy-to-use site
- Go to FlexJobs.com
- Browse for free
- Remember to use FlexJobs promo code FLEXLIFE to get a discount.
- When you become a member, you can create a profile, upload a resume, and interact directly with hiring managers
- FlexJobs suggests postings for you based on your preferences and resume
- Search by newest postings
Searching part-time jobs near me?
Maybe you prefer work that’s an IRL gig at least part of the time, because you want face time now and then with the folks you’re working for. Or maybe you still want to work remote, but would love to connect with the professional community in your city.
The two job-search options I recommend the highest are FlexJobs (obviously!) and the Steady app. Although I like them both, they’re definitely different animals.
When you work with FlexJobs, you can be sure all jobs have been vetted for legitimacy. The service has a line on more than 40,000 companies looking to hire – in other words, you’re going where the jobs are, and some of these employers hire remotely.
The Steady app is designed for jobs in your area, which can limit the number of results that pop up when you type in your zip code. In addition, users report getting links to other job sites, or to “microtask” gigs that wind up paying less than $2 a piece.
FlexJobs is a membership site, so it costs you money. If having them curate all the jobs and weeding out the BS is important, then you probably don’t care about the cost.
Steady is free, whether you use the web-based version or the app (available for both iOs and Android.
FlexJobs$4.95 per week
- Great job board for work-at-home, remote and telecommute career-level positions
- Listings are highly vetted by FlexJobs
- A+ Better Business Bureau rating
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Founded by a mom
- You can’t always just apply directly through the site
- Paid service, and listings are dependent on the job market
Wealthysinglemommy.com founder Emma Johnson is an award-winning business journalist, activist and author. A former Associated Press reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has appeared on CNBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, TIME, The Doctors, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine. Winner of Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web” and a New York Observer “Most Eligible New Yorker,” her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was a New York Post Must Read. A popular speaker, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality. Emma's Top Single Mom Resources.