Everything you need to know about making money with FlexJobs

Written by Emma Kansiz

Published 2022-07-05 / 4 min read

Flexible work has been the buzzword on everyone’s lips these days. The pandemic has kickstarted a trend in flexible and remote work around the world and businesses in nearly every sector have had to adapt their policies in light of Covid-related restrictions and rules. There has been a strong community of advocates promoting flexible work since the dawn of the Internet Age but it is only recently that this style of work has entered the mainstream. FlexJobs can be a great place to snag a remote side gig but it can also be a resource for you to find your next full-time job! Intrigued? Read on.

What is FlexJobs?

FlexJobs has been operating since 2007 and it is touted as the most reliable, well-reputed site for flexible and remote work on the Internet. They have jobs available in 50 different sectors, ranging from entry-level gigs to executive positions. FlexJobs curates the job listings and applies a stringent set of criteria for prospective posts. This ensures that there are no sketchy, scam posts or shady companies recruiting using their services. This makes it a reliable option for job hunters who trust the site. A positive feedback loop is created and more high quality companies are attracted to its service. They have a dedicated team constantly screening job postings so you can ensure the quality of the service.

FlexJobs is a solid resource for those who want to find flexible work on the side to supplement their existing income or for those who want to dip their toes into remote, work-from-home roles. It is also ideal for freelancers on the lookout for new clients, particularly those which they can forge a long term relationship with.

How does FlexJobs's earning structure work?

Before you jump to conclusions that this is some kind of Internet oasis, FlexJobs is a paid service. Because they are offering curated services to their clients, and because they dedicate so much time to vetting jobs, they understandably want compensation for the value they offer job hunters. The prices are completely reasonable, however, and you can buy memberships for as short as one week or as long as one year. Below are the current membership package prices:

One week: $9.95
One month: $24.95
Three months: $39.95
One year: $59.95

They also have a satisfaction guaranteed clause and you can request a refund within 30 days if you are unhappy. 

Pretty reasonable right? Considering that FlexJobs won’t take a commission or service fee from your income from jobs found using the service, this is actually a pretty stellar deal. Membership allows you to apply for jobs, receive email updates on new postings, access to free skills testing, and the ability to set up a portfolio to attract potential employers. Employers also have the ability to dig through profiles and select candidates to interview. FlexJobs have had over 29,000 jobs posted in the last year, so you don’t have to worry about the supply drying up.

What is the time commitment for FlexJobs?

First things first,  FlexJobs is a wonderful tool but it is not a magic wand. While they do a lot of the upfront work by screening jobs for integrity, flexibility, and legitimacy the onus is still on you, the job hunter, to browse positions and apply for those that are relevant to you. We have all been job hunters before, and it is a time consuming process. FlexJobs reduces the time spent pulling your hair out in frustration, but prepare to dedicate focused time to finding positions. We recommend time-blocking your job hunting and scheduling it in so it doesn’t fall by the wayside.

When it comes to securing a role the time commitment varies wildly. There are part time, freelance positions that only require 10-20 hours a week, for instance, but typical job posts require the standard 40 hour work week. Just because they are flexible jobs does not mean they are lax or low-effort. Figure out your criteria beforehand. If you want a freelance side hustle be sure to use the filter so you aren’t wasting time applying to jobs that need you Monday-Friday during regular office hours.

FlexJobs is not a job agency or a recruiting service. They bring the jobs to the table but they won’t coordinate applications. They will not send you tailored individual listings nor will they reach out to employers on your behalf. Think of Flexjobs as an upmarket, reliable, niche job board site with extra customer support and advice on offer.

How to get started with FlexJobs?

FlexJobs allows you to browse a reduced list of the current job listings for free so you can get a sense of the jobs on offer. This is a great idea before committing to a membership plan. If you’ve decided to take the next step you can fill out your basic information and contact details. You will then be prompted to choose a payment plan.

Once you have become a paying member, you are directed to a Dashboard. This will be your portal for all things FlexJobs! We recommend heading over to the ‘Resume Profiles’ section and uploading your professional, relevant resume. This will allow you to apply to roles more seamlessly and will allow employers to find you. You can also import your LinkedIn profile and portfolio or work samples. You can make the system better work for you by selecting five job categories that interest you. You will then receive emails and notifications anytime a job in one of these categories is posted. It is also in your best interest to select your education level and experience level so potential recruiters know exactly what you’re all about.

You can choose whether to set your profile as Inactive or Active. An Inactive profile means it is not searchable online or through FlexJobs. This might be appropriate for people searching for a job before they’ve told their current management or if they want to have FlexJobs as a backup when they need to find work. An Active profile lets recruiters find you on the site, and reach out to set up interviews. Once signed up you can apply for jobs! The jobs you will find fall under two categories: featured and external. Featured roles are those that are posted directly to FlexJobs through companies that are trusted and verified by the site. External roles are those that the FlexJobs staff have found (typically through corporate job sites) and verified independently as being legitimate.

FlexJobs requirements

Required Resources

The requirement is twofold. In order to sign up you don’t need much except your basic information, resume, or portfolio. But in order to be competitive in your search, you must have a good work-from-home setup or technological capabilities. This might include a desktop computer, high quality noise-canceling headphones, a reliable webcam, and a computer mouse. Obviously these requirements vary from job to job, but most reputable companies will want you to have the capacity to work reliably and efficiently from home.

Required Skills

The same holds true with the skill requirement. In order to sign up you don’t necessarily need to prove competency at any one task. But when it comes to being competitive in your job search, you must be able to niche down and have a specific skill set in order to attract employers. Because of the wide range of postings the skill set you will need varies wildly. There are openings in fields as diverse as medicine, creative consulting, and software engineering.

In addition to industry specific skills, you must also possess some key competencies in order to successfully work from home (or wherever you find yourself). Time management and an ability to be disciplined and self-motivated are non-negotiable. Without a manager looking over your shoulder or conducting check-in’s throughout the day, you must find the inner drive to complete tasks in a timely manner. Maintaining a productivity schedule will allow you to complete your work and maintain a balance. It can be easy to blur the lines between work and leisure when working from home, but it is imperative that you find a quiet place where you can snap into work mode.

Required Documents

You do not need any documents to complete the basic sign up process. Once you have paid for a membership plan, though, it is recommended that you upload a resume, LinkedIn profile, work examples, and a relevant portfolio. Once you are in the process of interviewing or accepting a job you will need to demonstrate your American work rights if applicable to the role. From there the process resembles a typical hiring process and you will be asked to provide your social security number, bank account details, and any accreditations, certificates or degrees that are pertinent to your specific job. International jobs will vary in their requirements but most of the jobs listed in FlexJobs detail which countries they are accepting applications from, taking the guesswork out of the process.

Other important details

If you find a long term or full time job through FlexJobs with a registered business or corporation chances are you will be onboarded in a similar process as you would if you were going into the office. That means that you will receive pay slips, benefits packages (if they apply), and all of your tax documentation through HR or the Accounting department. You will file your taxes normally as you are listed as an employee, rather than a freelancer or contractor. 

If you are simply completing projects or working on an ad hoc, freelance basis you need to manage your own income and expenses for tax time. This is particularly the case if you snag a U.S External job from a foreign company or employer. Be sure to keep track of your income so you aren’t left scrambling at tax time. A CPA is always a good idea, particularly someone who is used to working with freelancers and the self-employed. 

Keep in mind that although FlexJobs emphasizes work from home roles, some of the flexible ones on offer do require occasional office hours, appearances for training programs or for training and onboarding. In these situations you will notice that the job has a specific city or state listed in the posting. If this is inconvenient for you, look for the U.S National tag which denotes that an employee need only be located in America, or have American working rights. For Non-Americans, there are International postings, but also those relevant to Canadian, Australian, and U.K workers.

Our review

Browsing job boards can be an absolute nightmare, and the Internet is positively filled with low effort, low quality, or low pay posts. Scams and flakey employers abound. It can be daunting for even the most strategic, well-organized job hunter. Many simply give up because it is draining sending out hundreds of tailored applications to online job posts and hearing nothing back. Worse? Half of the employers will ask you to contact them on Telegraph and try to scam you or will ghost you after initial contact. FlexJobs has made it their mandate to reduce the hassle in online job hunting and to bring only the most vetted and legitimate jobs to their clients.  Because Flexjobs is a paid service, they make a concerted effort to retain their subscribers by offering value and curating the best of the best roles. 

We love FlexJobs’ vision because it has so many diverse individual’s needs in mind. It is a great tool for new parents, military spouses, those who live in rural or economically depressed regions, and those who want to travel or study while they work. The world is changing rapidly and 9 to 5 office jobs simply don’t work for many people, particularly when residential rents in major economic and financial job centers are becoming untenable for many workers. 

The only caveat with FlexJobs is that there is a larger proportion of executive level and associate level jobs than entry level jobs in many of the sectors. This is amazing for those who want to take their career to the next level, but could be demoralizing for those who are just starting out or are looking to improve their skills through work experience. This can also raise a challenge for freelancers who are looking to build their portfolio. As an example, many editing, writing, or web development jobs require 4+ years of working experience from their applicants. This might be untenable for newcomers who just want to acquire some flexible work on the side. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that the job board is skewed towards American based roles, and that international jobs are posted at a slightly lower volume. If you are not American we recommend trying the one week or one month membership package to see if enough International jobs are popping up in your field to make the site worth your money and time.  

That being said, for the price, FlexJobs is a reliable and trustworthy source of regularly updated job listings. They have a large archive of job search tips, inspiration, and insights which will help you in your journey. You will definitely feel a level of comfort that most free job boards cannot offer you. If issues arise you can reach out to customer service and you can always cancel your account if you find that the jobs don’t resonate with you. FlexJobs is a great option if you can commit time to a job search and if you’re in the market for a part time or full time job. For those who simply want to make some occasional side income with a low effort gig, FlexJobs might not be the best solution. Reflect on what you want first, but know that FlexJobs gets our seal of approval as a legitimate, well-run company that has job hunters interests at heart.