When you work at home, the idea of logging on and off — working whenever you want — is attractive! For many of us, it's hard to do the work around a set schedule depending on what else is going on in our lives.
Some of the options available for working on your time are low paying but there are many others that can pay fairly well. Writing from home is a perfect example.
I decided to make a list today of many different types of jobs you can usually do from home that are flexible. This is especially for those of you who are not able to commit to a set schedule.
No Set Schedule Work at Home Jobs
- Freelance Writing — Even though you'll likely have deadlines to meet, freelance writing from home is one of the best ways to earn a substantial amount of money while also working when you want to work.
- Data Entry –With the exception of The Smart Crowd, most of these companies rarely hire. However, you can often find data entry work available on short task and freelancer sites.
- Editing Work – Very flexible, similar to freelance writing as far as working on your own schedule.
- Freelancer Sites – For example, Upwork has a variety of work available in countless categories. Some of this work may be very flexible.
- Search Engine Evaluation – I know some of these companies, like Lionbridge, do let you work on your own schedule.
- Short Task Sites – You can find all kinds of work to do on these sites — data entry, transcription, and even search engine evaluation, and you can always just log in and grab tasks to do when you want.
- Transcription – The flexibility varies from company to company with transcription work, but many let you work at any time as long as you send transcribed files back before specific deadlines.
- Tutoring – Very flexible work depending on the company. Most allow you to set your own hours and there are a few, like Brainfuse, where you can occasionally log on and do sessions outside your scheduled hours if there are any to grab.
- ESL Tutoring– Helping people in other countries learn the English language. Can be flexible as well. Most of these companies pay over $14 hourly, like this one!
- There are also lots of things you can do offline and outside the home, like mystery shopping, product merchandising, and court research, that you can do more or less on your own time and also independently without anyone looking over your shoulder.
- Phone Mystery Shopping – I believe most of these companies don't require you stick to shifts or a specific schedule, although they are not always accepting applicants.
- Other Phone Work – The phone jobs on this list allow more freedom to set your own schedule.
Specific Flexible Companies I've Had Experience With:
I've relied on Textbroker a great deal over the past few years for some regular income. You do not have to be a professional writer and you can log on and off when you want to, doing work as it suits you.
The site is not without it's flaws. If you can write fast and you're at a level where there is plenty of work to do, you can earn a few hundred per week writing for this site.
My personal experience doing virtual assisting for Fancy Hands was mostly positive. But before applying you should read over the comments in my review of them because not everyone has had good things to say.
It is flexible, task-based work from home. You can pick and choose what you want to do and work more or less when you feel like it.
However, you do have a responsibility to go back and finish working on tasks that you claimed and could not finish to start with before too much time passes.
The amount you earn will depend on how much you work since the amount per task will vary. Some tasks are definitely not worth the pay, but when I did work for Fancy Hands I saw several that were. You just have to keep an eye on it.
Leapforce is a search evaluation company that is not longer around. But, I did search engine evaluation work from home for Leapforce many years ago. This was not my cup of tea so I didn't continue it, but I was able to work anytime I wanted to.
I still found it difficult though because you had to track your own time and with small children at home I found myself getting constantly interrupted. It's hard to track your time accurately when you are starting and stopping so much. But the pay is OK (over $13 an hour).
Upwork is a freelancer site I used to work on a temporary writing project. There is a ton of work listed across several categories and a lot of it is very flexible.
You do have to place bids for the jobs you want on Upwork and it can be difficult to win bids because there are so many people in other countries who are willing to work for much less than minimum wage in the US. But if you stay on top of it and keep trying, you can find some little gems.
I've done work off and on for Amazon MTurk in the past. Much of the work is very low pay and could only be considered extra money, but I have managed to snag a few tasks that paid at least minimum wage and in a few cases more.
Things I Haven't Tried That Others Recommend
Have you ever considered listing some gigs on Fiverr? I have many readers making decent money on Fiverr. To get an idea of different services you can sell, take a look at what you could sell on Fiverr.
LiveOps is one of the few flexible work at home phone jobs. You can make your own hours and log in when it's convenient for you. I have read though that sometimes LiveOps overhires for some of their clients. This makes it more difficult to earn much.
Apparently Arise is also very flexible, but it's more of a business opportunity. Arise charges a fee to start.
Flexible Sites For Extra Money
Humanatic is good for extra money only, make no mistake. Basically you just review recorded phone conversations and tag them accordingly. The pay at Humanatic is low (really below minimum wage). However, many people enjoy it for some extra money. I enjoyed it, too, but it just doesn't pay enough for me to spend that much time on it.
The Smart Crowd
The Smart Crowd is data entry work you can do for extra money. Pay is low, but I kind of enjoyed it when there was work to do (lots of times there wasn't).
One of the Best Resources Online For More Flexible Jobs
I have used FlexJobs in the past for finding flexible job leads. This is a site that specializes in them, and they are able to promise no scams or ads will appear on their site.
It's $14.95 a month to access their listings, but it's well worth it if you want to see hundreds of flexible work at home job leads five times per week, from only legitimate companies.
If you are curious about them, use promo code AFFILPROMO to get 30 percent off your membership.
Start Your Own Business – The Most Flexible Option Of All!
It doesn't get much more flexible than when you're completely calling the shots and setting your own hours!
For example, this blog is my business — I work whenever I want and there is no one telling me how much I'm going to earn. That's entirely up to me because I'm in control.
You don't need a degree to start a business. And almost everyone has SOME skill they can offer that other people will pay for. For example, below are some things you can do (linked to resources to help you get started) as a business of your own:
- General proofreading
- Virtual assisting
- Freelance writing
- Selling on Amazon
- Blogging (this is what I do!)
So, there are some ideas if flexibility is what you need in your job. Good luck if you pursue anything listed here.
Originally published on February 20, 2012. Updated and republished on July 19, 2020.