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.
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.
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.”
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. Good luck if you try it!