Many people dream about finding the perfect job to fit their lifestyle. As such, who wouldn’t be intrigued by a site that promises to make this “easier, faster and safer?” This is what FlexJobs claims, and in this FlexJobs review, we look at just how true the claim is.
To make life easier for those of you who don’t like to read a lot, there’s a really quick summary below. There’s also a video review for those who prefer to watch than read.
I’ve tried to make this the most honest and through review of Flexjobs out there, so the detail is there for those who want to delve into it. I regularly update this review, and spend time searching to see exactly what kind of jobs the platform has to offer. The most recent update was in November 2019, after FlexJobs had a small visual overhaul and updated a few features.
Flexjobs Review Summary
Flexjobs is a worthwhile site with a positive reputation. If you have skills, drive and experience, there’s a good chance you will find some suitable remote roles to apply for on the platform. However, keep in mind that subscribing to a job search service won’t result in miracles! You still need to apply for appropriate jobs and impress potential employers.
While there IS a subscription fee for Flexjobs, it is small – somewhere between the cost of a Starbucks coffee or a takeaway pizza, depending on the subscription option.
***UPDATE DECEMBER 2019****: FlexJobs is currently running an extended Black Friday / Cyber Monday promotion until Friday, 6th December 2019. Sign up here and use the voucher code “FRIDAY” to make the following savings:
- $25 for a year — 50% off!
- $15 for 3 months — 50% off!
- $5 for a month — 67% off!
What IS FlexJobs?
FlexJobs is an online job board that lists job opportunities where you can work on a flexible basis, including remote, freelance and part-time roles. The jobs come from sources including company websites and employment agencies, and are “hand-screened” before being listed on the site.
Flexjobs’ definition of “flexible” is rather broad. Many jobs are “100% remote,” while some are attached to a fixed location, with only some level of home working permitted. There are also plenty of freelance opportunities. When I recently revisited my review of Flexjobs, I’m sure I saw more of these than before, so that’s certainly a plus for independent workers.
Like most chargeable job search services, FlexJobs bolts on several supplementary features to justify the small cost. These include online “resumé profiles,” skills tests, and access to a huge amount of written content around remote working and freelancing. Members also get access to exclusive events and discounts on career coaching and other services (more on those below).
Is Flexjobs Legit?
FlexJobs is a legitimate job search website with a solid reputation, and a leading destination for people who want to work from home. However, there’s a small subscription fee, which is something that can attract criticism. Some people have a fundamental objection to paying for any kind of job search service.
The fact that FlexJobs charges for membership is something that’s immediately addressed in the welcome video when you sign up. FlexJobs curates and vets flexible / telecommuting job opportunities from various sources. This is what you pay for if you choose to. There are also various other “members only” features. These have varying levels of usefulness, as we discuss in more detail later on in this review.
Is Flexjobs a Scam?
Flexjobs is NOT a scam. However, some people are uncomfortable with the concept of paying out any money at all to assist in the process of finding work.
Companies themselves usually pay job boards to advertise their vacancies. This is how many online services work, from traditional job sites such as Monster, to freelance listing sites like ProBlogger Jobs.
However, services like Flexjobs, and its competitor Virtual Vocations, work in a different way. They also have a different purpose. If you’ve decided you want to work remotely, you can try to uncover jobs that allow it on the traditional job boards, or do lots of time-consuming research into individual companies. Or, you can pay for a service that does that for you, putting all the flexible jobs in one place.
Whether or not you object to the basic principle of a job board charging for access to work opportunities, the reality is that these services exist. What they are charging for is convenience. Nobody has to sign up for anything like this, and there’s no reason to think that such services are scams.
It doesn’t take long to find many Flexjobs reviews online. The vast majority of customer reviews on sites like Sitejabber and Trustpilot are very positive, and Flexjobs staff frequently take the time to respond to them. The Flexjobs reviews on Glassdoor are good too, indicating that the company takes care of its own employees.
In many cases, the jobs and freelance gigs found on these services are freely advertised elsewhere – on traditional (free) job boards, company websites or both. However, it’s undoubtedly harder to find opportunities scattered all over the web than it is to view them all in one place.
How Much Does is Cost to Join FlexJobs?
FlexJobs has a range of subscription options. FlexJobs’ subscription fees vary depending on how long you sign up for, and can range from $4.17 to $14.95 per month. Frequent promotions often bring the fees down even lower than this.
As such, FlexJobs doesn’t cost a lot of money. If you commit to a year, your FlexJobs registration fee works out to less that five bucks per month. As previously discussed, the fact there’s a fee at all seems to offend some people, but we’re really not talking about very much. As mentioned in the summary, many people think nothing of spending the monthly fee on a Starbucks every single day!
The cheapest way to “test the water” and try FlexJobs is to buy a one-month subscription for $14.95. At the other end of the scale, there’s a significant discount on an annual subscription at $49.95 (the equivalent of $4.17 per month). There are also often offers there for the taking.
Flexjobs Coupon Code
A discount code for Flexjobs is usually quite easy to find. Right now, a special extended Black Friday promotion is in place. You can sign up with this link and use the voucher code of “Friday” to get 67% off a monthly subscription ($5), 50% off a quarterly subscription ($15), or 10% off annual ($25). Please note that this offer ends on Friday 6th December 2019.
This Flexjobs promo brings the minimum monthly cost to just $2.08 for people who pay annually. It’s hardly a huge sum of money (less than a coffee in Starbucks!) FlexJobs also has a “no quibble” refund policy. We’ve not heard of any issues for people choosing to request a refund.
What matters most of all is whether Flexjobs is worth the money – and that’s what we discuss in a moment.
Is there a FlexJobs Free Trial?
While there isn’t a fully-fledged free trial on offer for FlexJobs, you can still browse a lot of the site and get an idea of what’s on offer.
Is FlexJobs Worth the Subscription?
FlexJobs is definitely worth the small subscription fee if signing up results in you finding the perfect job to suit your lifestyle. However, it’s not a magic service that will deliver that job without any effort on your part.
You still need to search the listings regularly, make full use of the features, and send good quality applications to jobs you are a perfect fit for. Something I see a huge amount of in the home working world is people getting affronted when a tiny investment doesn’t change their life. Simply signing up won’t win you a job, and some people will undoubtedly get more out of FlexJobs than others. We discuss that in a lot more detail below.
FlexJobs Review: User Experience and Job Search
FlexJobs certainly gives you plenty of information when you hit the user dashboard. The dashboard has been evolving this year and has been visually overhauled. It’s still a little on the cluttered side, but it’s definitely an improvement, and I like the new job suggestions based on your previous searches.
As well as giving access to all the various areas of FlexJobs, I also noted a prominent online chat option, in case you need any assistance.
What Kind of Jobs are on FlexJobs?
FlexJobs lists flexible jobs in all sectors, from sales and marketing to IT and new media. Flexible can mean anything from full-time teleworking to operating as an independent freelancer.
I did loads of different searches when I last updated my FlexJobs review. Here are some the key things I found out:
– The search facilities are steadily improving. By making use of the considerable range of advanced search parameters, you can drill down to the exact kind of job you’re looking for.
As a random example, I’m often contacted by sales professionals looking for home-based account management jobs. So, I selected “account management,” “employee,” “100% remote work,” and “anywhere.” I immediately saw some relevant roles:
– There are still some glitches to be found, either in the search itself or in how the jobs have been categorised. In my example search above, the next job in line was full time and fully remote, but it was for a personal finance coach!
A scattering of inaccurate results in these searches remains common, and it’s often simply because a particular word features in the job advert text.
A New Job Search Method
There is now a new job search method accessible from the FlexJobs home page. This “widget” search method is a huge improvement, and less intimidating than working through all the advanced search filters.
It also seems more accurate. As you can see from the screenshot below, I did a search for writing work on a full time, remote work basis, using London as my location, and received plenty of relevant results (over 1500 in total).
TIP! I had more of a play with this recently, and found a good workflow for uncovering the most accurate results:
- Use the widget to search,
- Go to the bottom of the results and click “show all results.”
- Use the filtering options to both sort by date and further refine the results.
Freelance and International Opportunities on FlexJobs
The above search revealed a couple of other things too. Firstly that FlexJobs is stronger on international jobs nowadays. This is significant because its closest rival, Virtual Vocations, is very US-centric. To test this out further I specifically looked for jobs in other locations and found some in Canada and Australia, for example.
There are also plenty of freelance roles on FlexJobs, or at least there were while I was doing my searches. Last time I looked at this service I didn’t find as much for freelancers, especially in terms of writing roles, so this is an improvement.
– One thing people often complain about regarding job boards is out of date listings. These aren’t always the fault of the job boards, as employers rarely report back when a position has been filled. In addition, some companies recruit for certain roles on an ongoing basis. (I checked one position where the listing appeared to be months old, and found that the company WAS still recruiting!)
That said, it is fair to say that there is a chance of finding outdated listings on FlexJobs, so it’s worth making a judgement call based on the date each job was posted. There’s certainly the potential for frustration here, but this was really no different – back in the day – when the main place to look for jobs was the newspaper. There was still always a chance that a job would be gone by the time you applied.
– People with experience should find plenty to dig into on FlexJobs. For example, I found plenty for project managers, techies of all kinds, and people in sales and marketing. There are also entry level jobs such as call center and data entry roles.
– The vast majority of jobs require you to click out of FlexJobs and visit a job page on a specific company website. This can serve to demonstrate the value of the service when you find a suitable role and it’s clear how unlikely you would have been to stumble across it otherwise.
– There are plenty of jobs among the listings from household-name companies. Airbnb, Sony and Mastercard all popped up in the first few pages while I completed my review.
Last time I updated my FlexJobs review, I was quite harsh on the accuracy of the search results and the filtering options. There are still some issues here. Users will need to make sure they try various different searches to see everything on offer, and get used to ignoring the irrelevant results that sometimes creep in.
However, the new search widget seems FAR more accurate, and suggests that FlexJobs is working to improve on its shortcomings. Most importantly, as I said last time around, I genuinely think that people will find jobs here that they’d struggle to find elsewhere. It’s simply not feasible to expect to unearth the hundreds of companies that advertise for flexible workers on the jobs pages of their own websites.
FlexJobs still has work to do on improving search accuracy, and I’d love to see less clutter, but at least things are moving in the right direction.
Other Features of FlexJobs
FlexJobs includes various bolt-on features. While some people may find them useful, I’ve never seen them as particularly core to what you are paying for. My opinion on this has shifted a little lately, however, as the enhanced Learning Center really does provide a lot of content.
Resume profiles gives you the ability to set up multiple online resumés, and – in fairness – the functionality here is thorough and refined. However I remain unconvinced of how worthwhile it is to make use of the features. The vast majority of the jobs on the platform have their own application processes that don’t integrate with FlexJobs’ resumé platform. FlexJobs acknowledge this themselves in their introductory video.
One benefit of setting up resumés is that you’re teaching FlexJobs more about you, which allows them to include more relevant jobs when they send email updates.
The Learning Center
The upgraded FlexJobs Learning Center is rather good. There’s always been a lot of advice content on the site, and it seems somebody’s now really thought about how best to lay it all out and make it useful. Here you’ll find downloadable guides, webinars and links to lots of blog and video content.
One bolt-on feature I’ve never been very enthusiastic about is free access to a large collection of “FlexJobs skills tests,” covering everything from language skills to abilities in specific software packages.
I have always been sceptical about these tests, because I don’t see that much value in them. After all, “I took a test on FlexJobs” is hardly something anyone will add to a CV or boast about in an interview!
There has been some improvement here. They’re laid-out in a nicer way now than they were and it looks like there’s been a bit of a clear-out of the topics. However, I still noted a test for Mac OS X 10.5 when the operating system is now up to 10.15!
To be frank, beyond giving FlexJobs something to list as an additional feature, these tests still seem rather pointless to me.
FlexJobs Career Coaching
FlexJobs also offers career coaching as a bolt-on service, and it comes at a significantly reduced price for FlexJobs members.
While I’ve not put the coaching service to the test, it’s not bad value at the discounted price of $54. This buys a 30 minute private session that can cover things like resume reviews, mock interviews and cover letter writing.
A year ago I might have debated the value of this, but the longer I run HomeWorkingClub, the more I come to realise that a lot of people like the idea of this kind of assistance, and the reduced price could alone justify the cost of a subscription for some.
Blog Articles and Other Content
FlexJobs has a busy blog. The blog content is open to non-members as well, and you’ll find it here. It’s a useful compliment to the information in the learning center.
Flexjobs puts a lot of effort into supplementary content lately. For example, there was recently a live Q and A with a career coach, with over 30 minutes of advice on tailoring your resumé for winning remote jobs. (This is well worth a watch, whether or not you plan to sign up!)
Flexjobs also gets heavily involved in the wider flexible working community, with initiatives such as National Flex Day.
If you prefer watching to reading, there’s a video review of Flexjobs here, where you can see some of the features in action.
FlexJobs Review Conclusion
FlexJobs isn’t perfect. The interface is improved, but it remains cluttered. I’d personally get rid of some of the less enticing features and trade them for something a little less intimidating to navigate – but it would be churlish to make too much of this.
There IS plenty to recommend here. Like so many services, using FlexJobs will reward the effort you personally put in. I carried out searches for a bunch of the things I’m often asked about – remote sales jobs, home-based programming roles and freelance writing gigs, for example, and quickly found options in all cases.
It’s also pleasing to see the company being proactive about adding new features, and revamping things like the dashboard and the search facilities. It’s clear FlexJobs cares about this industry and is constantly working to improve service.
As things stand, it is still a question of digging around a bit to find the perfect jobs – but there ARE good jobs, and they’re jobs that aren’t easy to find when they’re spread across the internet. Plenty of the roles you’ll find on FlexJobs are those that would remain “hidden in plain sight” without it.
There is a steady stream of jobs added to FlexJobs daily, so people willing to keep checking the site over the course of a few months probably will find some roles to apply for that suit their own definition of “flexible.”
Let’s end by returning to that issue of cost. I don’t honestly think that anyone who finds a life-changing job on FlexJobs is going to do much moaning about the small subscription fee, with a whole year costing less than a modest meal out.
If you sign up with this link and use the voucher code of “HomeWorkingClub,” you can have a dig around for a month for less than ten bucks. You can easily cancel if you don’t think you’ll find anything appropriate for you.
People will continue to moan about the business model, somewhat missing the point that nobody’s forcing them to sign up. If FlexJobs was charging hundreds of Dollars, I would find it easier to empathise with this position – but it’s not.
Nothing in this world is perfect, but here we have the kind of flexible jobs people are looking for, complied by a firm with a very strong reputation among its customers. FlexJobs also has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. FlexJobs is legit, and could be where you find a remote job or your next freelance gig.
Whether you’re willing to pay a small amount for the privilege is something you’ll have to decide for yourself.
The Pros and Cons of FlexJobs
- Access to jobs that may prove hard to find elsewhere
- Inexpensive subscriptions and a money-back guarantee
- A good “Learning Centre” complete with free courses
- Gradual, incremental improvements to the feature-set and search facilities
- Excellent blog content
- Solid reputation for customer service and integrity
- Useful new search widget
- Search and filtering features still need improvement
- User interface remains unnecessarily cluttered
- Skills tests and CV profiles feel like superfluous features
You can find FlexJobs here. If you decide to try it out, don’t forget to use “FRIDAY” as a voucher code for a substantial saving of up to 67% (ends Friday 6th December).
WHILE YOU’RE HERE: Check out our epic review of Upwork, if you’re looking for freelance opportunities.
The user experience could do with more work, but FlexJobs is a credible service that's worth a look.
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- Earning Potential