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.
FlexJobs says it has information on 40,000 companies and organizations who 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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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 gig that fits. It 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 everything from 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 a little work up front. 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!
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.
If you just want to test FlexJobs out, you can get one month for $14.95 (that’s what I did). It’s $29.95 for three months, or you can go all in for $49.95 for a full year — that’s more than $100 cheaper than going month to month with FlexJobs if you like the service.
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!
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
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.
- 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.
FlexJob tips and tricks
- Test the waters. While every penny counts, a one-month subscription to FlexJobs costs less than 50 cents a day when you break it down. If you can find $14.95 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!
FlexJob's TOP 100 COMPANIES OFFERING WORK AT HOME JOBS (WHICH ARE MOMMY-APPROVED)
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.
- Working Solutions
- LanguageLine Solutions
- Kelly Services
- UnitedHealth Group
- Cactus Communications
- BroadPath Healthcare Solutions
- Commonwealth of Virginia
- Robert Half International
- Anthem, Inc.
- BCD Travel
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
- Connections Education
- PRA Health Sciences
- Vivint Smart Home
- Wells Fargo*
- Grand Canyon University – GCU*
- World Travel Holdings*
- Magellan Health*
- First Data*
- Carlson Wagonlit Travel
- Haynes & Company*
- Cornerstone OnDemand
- Enterprise Holdings*
- A Place for Mom*
- ACTIVE Network
- The Hartford
- Real Staffing*
- Western Governors University*
- Alight Solutions
- McKesson Corporation*
- American Express*
- Direct Interactions*
- Crawford & Company
- Walden University
- JPMorgan Chase
- PPD – Pharmaceutical Product Development*
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt*
- JLL – Jones Lang LaSalle*
- State of Washington
- Chamberlain University
- University System of Maryland – USM*
- CVS Health*
- IT Pros*
- HD Supply*
- State of Florida
- NCH Corporation*
Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Oprah.com, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post's ‘Must Read” list.
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