Is FlexJobs Worth the Money?

by Anna T · 9 comments

in Tips & More, Tools and Resources



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

Sign up was very easy. I was able to dive right in and start browsing jobs.

I was also impressed by their great organization. FlexJobs has more than 60 categories and sub-categories you can browse through with all the most recent postings right there at the top.

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

Other FlexJobs Perks

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

  • One of the largest databases of home jobs I’ve seen ever.
  • They have great sorting options.
  • Saves you time researching and seeking out home jobs on your own.
  • No scams guaranteed. All of the jobs are very carefully screened. I have never seen anything in there that looked “iffy.”
  • It’s updated five days per week like clockwork.
  • FlexJobs guarantees no ads on the site, and I definitely didn’t see any while I was browsing.
  • No monthly billing if you don’t want it. You can set your account to expire after one month.
  • There is a money-back guarantee.
  • Being able to take skills tests via their site to showcase to potential employers.

FlexJobs Cons For Home-Based Job Seekers

  • Not all the jobs are work at home, although the vast majority definitely are. Just pick “100% telecommuting” when you’re searching and you’ll weed out the ones that aren’t work from home.
  • The fee. While $14.95 per month is not a lot of money, it’s still a cost when there are other free work from home resources out there.
  • Some of the jobs are publicly listed elsewhere on the web and are not exclusive to FlexJobs, so it’s possible you could find them on your own if you felt like searching.

Feedback

It’s not hard to find lots 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.

Overall, this is an excellent resource that I’m glad I tried out. 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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9 Leslie August 30, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Flexjobs is great. However, corporations seem to view only very senior workers as telecommute candidates. Over 50 percent of the jobs are IT related. Companies take out ads for the hard to place positions. There is so much over scrutiny for hiring I predict a backlash of scammers pretending to be employees.

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