Is FlexJobs Worth the Money?

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Full review of FlexJobs - is this job search site worth your money?FlexJobs is a major career site geared toward people looking for flexibility in a job. When I say “major,” I mean featured on the news and everything. They focus on work from home, flexible, part-time, and freelance work. FlexJobs promises that the jobs you find there will be very flexible and completely scam-free. So far, I have found this to be very true.

However, the catch here is that FlexJobs is not free.

But is FlexJobs worth the money? That is what we will be talking about today. The site is $14.95 per month (there are also options for yearly or 3-month memberships). They do have a money-back guarantee on this, and it is possible to pay for just one month to check it out and not get billed again. You just have to edit your subscription to expire after one month.

Also, when you visit the site and begin the sign-up process, you may be greeted by a chat agent who offers you a coupon code. This is what happened when I signed up, so I was able to get in for just $9.95. I cannot guarantee this will happen if you sign up seeing as how FlexJobs runs different promos at different times.

I purchased a one-month membership to FlexJobs so I could dig around in there and see what it’s all about, then write an honest review here for you.

Why Should You Pay For a Work From Home Resource?

Let’s cut to the chase and address what you’re probably thinking. Why in the world should you pay for a work from home resource when it’s possible to get job leads here and at other sites? This is what I used to believe, too — that I wouldn’t pay. However, there is something to be said for having access to all the resources you can get your hands on when you’re actively looking for a work from home job. The more resources you have access to for searching, the better your chances of landing a job. And FlexJobs is one of the best, most respected resources on the internet for aspiring home job seekers.

FlexJobs justifies their cost because they carefully screen for scams and don’t display any advertisements on their site. Plus, they offer a few other little perks to job seekers which we will go into more detail about below.

My First Impressions

Getting signed up was very easy. After my account was active, I was prompted to let them know what sort of flexible jobs I was interested in. You don’t have to take the time to answer any of that if you don’t want to, but I chose to. You can just dig right in and start browsing their work from home jobs.

I immediately found a few things that interested me and was pleased to see that these were all very recent job postings. Each job was clearly marked with the job title, company, what type of job (telecommuting, freelance, etc.) and a little custom description that tells just enough to decide if you want to click through and read about the job. If you like a certain job, you can also save it to your profile.

FlexJobs has more than 60 categories and sub-categories you can browse through. There are hundreds and hundreds (possibly thousands for some categories) of jobs listed, with the newest ones posted at the top. They have home-based jobs in every industry, from transcription to data entry.

If you click on any of the jobs, you’re taken to a more detailed description that also has a link to apply. You can also sort jobs by company name, location, newest jobs, or you can browse the “Best Lists of Companies” put together by FlexJobs.

Other FlexJobs Perks

In addition to having access to thousands of new (mostly work from home) job postings, FlexJobs has other features. You can create your resume within FlexJobs and use it when you apply to jobs through their site. You can also take up to 50 different skills tests for free on their site to gauge your strengths and weaknesses in different areas. Employers will be able to see your scores on these tests if you apply through FlexJobs and you score higher than 70 percent on any one test. This can help you get a job!

FlexJobs also has a very regularly updated blog with good, helpful articles on finding jobs, hot jobs, information about working from home, etc. Although I’m pretty sure you can access their blog and read these posts whether you have a membership or not.

FlexJob Pros For Home-Based Job Seekers

Here are the advantages to having a FlexJobs membership as I see them if you are someone who needs to work from home (we will get to the cons in just a moment).

  • They have a very, very large database of work from home jobs. Literally thousands of listings.
  • They have great sorting options. You can really narrow things down to the exact type of job you’re looking for. This keeps things from being overwhelming.
  • Saves you time. As I mention in the “cons” section, you could find these jobs on your own if you felt like it, but FlexJobs pays people to do it for you, therefore saving you time.
  • All of the jobs are very carefully screened so that possible scams are completely weeded out. I have never seen anything in there that looked “iffy.”
  • It’s updated daily. While I’m sure they have some older postings that are no longer active, all the new jobs are at the very top of each category you visit, and they list many, many jobs each day.
  • FlexJobs guarantees no ads on the site, and I definitely didn’t see any while I was browsing.
  • You can go into your account and set your membership to expire after one month. This is great because no one likes being billed monthly, and this way you won’t have to worry about forgetting to cancel if you decide you want to before the 30 days is up. For what it’s worth, I have decided to keep my membership for now.
  • There is a money-back guarantee. They promise to refund you if you are not impressed with their resource.
  • You can apply through FlexJobs and show off your skills to potential employers thanks to their many free skills tests. These skills tests can help you get a job or an interview because your high scores will be visible to some employers.

FlexJobs Cons For Home-Based Job Seekers

Nothing is completely perfect. You’ll really need to consider these disadvantages and decide if FlexJobs is worth the money:

  • Not all the jobs are work at home, although the vast majority definitely are.
  • I noticed that some of the work from home jobs are only partially work from home or are very location-based. You can adjust your search preferences to “100% telecommute” to avoid the ones that are only partial, but that option is hidden away in the “Advanced Search” section and a lot of people may not see it.
  • The fee you have to pay for access. $14.95 per month is not a lot of money, but it’s still a cost when there are other work from home resources you can use (like this one!) that don’t charge for access.
  • Some of the jobs are publicly listed elsewhere on the web and are not exclusive to FlexJobs, although they do have some employers who post jobs through them exclusively. But if you felt like searching, knew where to look, and had the time to spare, you could dig up some of these yourself.

Feedback

It’s not hard at all to find a lot of praise for FlexJobs on the web. Their testimonials are the real deal — many people have found telecommuting, flexible positions thanks to the listings FlexJobs provides, and these people are happy to have paid the money and recommend that others do the same.

There are also some complaints, people who weren’t happy that many of the home-based jobs were location-based or not 100% telecommuting. I think that FlexJobs needs to make the option for 100% telecommuting much more noticeable in their search feature because a lot of people may not bother to click on “Advanced Search.”

Bottom Line

Obviously, I think my own website is a good work from home resource and I know that there are other really good (free) work from home resources out there, too. But if you are serious about finding a work from home job, you need access to as many different resources as possible since you’ll often find different jobs on different sites.

I cannot deny that FlexJobs is a fantastic resource geared toward home-based job seekers that is very consistently updated with good leads. And not only good leads, but a large number of good leads that are scam-free. I purchased my membership with the intention of letting it expire after the first month, but after using FlexJobs daily since signing up, I have decided to keep it for now.

If You Want to Sign Up …

You can go here. During the sign-up process you may be greeted by an operator who offers you a coupon code so that your access to their site is much cheaper.

Have you ever signed up for FlexJobs? Did you feel you got value out of your paid membership? Please share below!

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1 Dana Kinzer June 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

I can say from experience that I prefer posting to FlexJobs. I didn’t know that they charged their job seekers, though! It’s free for me to post and the quality of the candidates is usually so much better than most other places. In fact, I post all of my hourly positions to FlexJobs. When I do pre-screening, the candidates that tell me they found our jobvertisement on that particular site get extra consideration.

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2 Cherie June 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

You can get your first month for $5 if you use coupon code FJALUMNI.

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3 Renee August 8, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Thanks for the code, it worked!

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4 Paul June 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

When I didn’t know a thing about working from home, I subscribed to Flex Jobs and I liked it. However, a lot of the companies that are posted only have like one or two job opportunities, and out of the 50 or so jobs I applied for, I only heard back from maybe 1 or 2. I think most people have more luck with the companies that actively recruit, and Flex Jobs only had a few of these positions. Flex Jobs worked for me as i ended up getting a job through a tutoring company. However, I prefer this site because of the well written reviews and I know exactly what I am getting in to. I am looking again because the company I work for slows way down during the summer, so if anyone knows any solid leads let me know! :-)

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5 Anna T June 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Thank you for the kind words, Paul! You can always check my job board here for the newest leads I’ve found – http://realwaystoearnmoneyonline.com/jobs and if you don’t always think about checking the job leads board, you can subscribe to get the leads emailed to you every day they are posted here – http://mad.ly/signups/111514/join

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6 Charity June 20, 2014 at 11:18 pm

I signed up for FlexJobs when I first started working from home, and I found my first at-home job there. Now that I know where I can get most of the same information for free, I wouldn’t pay for it. I find more than enough opportunities between your site, forums, and my own searching techniques (some of which I learned from you!).

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7 Leisa Good June 21, 2014 at 4:47 am

Wow! Good to hear all of this about FlexJobs! I had thought about using it, but never got around to it. I do use a variety of networking and word of mouth marketing, but it never hurts to know of other good sources! You never know when you may need them.

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8 Shanae June 25, 2014 at 12:55 am

Excellent review! I signed up for Flex Jobs a few years ago. At the time, I did find some good leads but they weren’t full telecommute opportunities. So for me, it wasn’t so much that it wasn’t worth the money… but rather it wasn’t worth my time. Since many of the jobs were not full work at home jobs, it was just easier and less time consuming to find them myself. I personally did not click the ‘advanced feature’ so you made a good point about that. I didn’t even know that search option existed.

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