FlexJobs Review 2020: Is it Worth Paying for FlexJobs?

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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 made in March 2020.

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: In recognition of these unprecedented times, FlexJobs has launched a new voucher code. You can sign up here using coupon code JOBS, and save up to 50% off membership. (Exact savings are 50% off one month (just $7.50), 40% off three months ($17.95), and 30% off one year ($34.95).****

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.

FlexJobs review updated

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.

FlexJobs reviews

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!

Flexjobs Pricing 2019The 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

FlexJobs is currently offering a discount code in recognition of the current global situation. If you sign up with this link and use the voucher code of “JOBS” you can get 50% off a monthly subscription ($7.50), 40% off a quarterly subscription ($17.95), or 30% off annual ($34.95).

This Flexjobs promo brings the minimum monthly cost to just $2.91 for people who pay annually. It’s a tiny sum of money, and FlexJobs also has a “no quibble” refund policy. We’ve not heard of any issues for people choosing to request a refund either.

Of course 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 recently 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.

Flexjobs dashboard

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:

Flexjobs Job Search – 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).

Writing jobs on FlexJobs

TIP! I had more of a play with this recently, and found a good workflow for uncovering the most accurate results:

  1. Use the widget to search,
  2. Go to the bottom of the results and click “show all results.”
  3. 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.

Other Observations

– 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.

Job Example

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.

Some example jobs are shown below:FlexJobs example jobs

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

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.

FlexJobs profile searches

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.

There are even some free courses, delivered via LinkedIn Learning. We’ve reviewed LinkedIn Learning here, and find it a good platform for training.

New learning center

Skills Tests

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.

Skills tests

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 blog

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.

National Flex Day

Video Review

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.

FlexJobs blog

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.

Don’t forget the coupon code. If you sign up with this link and use the code of “JOBS” on the payment page you can have save up to 50%.

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

The Good

  • 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

The Bad

  • 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 “JOBS” as a voucher code to save up to 50% off.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE: Check out our epic review of Upwork, if you’re looking for freelance opportunities.

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    I signed up with Flexjobs last May. In August or September (maybe later), I saw my bank account had been credited the cost of my subscription. Intrigued, I chatted with the rep who said because one of the companies I had applied to didn’t meet their criteria, they reimbursed my fee and gave me a free year! I was extremely impressed. I haven’t been hired on for any of the jobs yet, but I am pleased with the integrity of this company. Once I land a job, I’ll let you know how it goes.

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    My problem with having to pay is that I am the one out of work. 2 years. With no income, no unemployment, no support. And yet I have to pay?

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        That is a very rude comment from your side! You seem not to understand if a person does not have income that is the last thing he wants to do – get into a subscription!!

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          I understand perfectly. That’s why I provide dozens of completely free articles on this site including this one (link) that offers strategies for using time and effort rather than money to uncover these jobs.

          I do a tremendous amount on this site to help people without asking for anything in return. If people ask me blunt questions they get blunt answers.

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    I agree on your findings. I love what Sarah Sutton Fell does and they are legit. I’ve tried them over the last three years, and if you can afford the one time price, the $4.95 monthly it turns out to be is nice for one stop shopping. I wasn’t a fan of their search feature either so it’s good to hear that they have improved it some. I didn’t like the time I ended up spending filtering through jobs that didn’t align with my search criteria and I felt the value added of one stop job searching was lost. Also not a fan of the tests, I find them irrelevant. I’m also always keeping an eye out for remote work, and Sarah Sutton Fell has remote.co which lets visitors drill down to remote jobs for free. (https://remote.co/). I’m not sure how that works but if you look at the About at the bottom of the homepage, you’ll see Flexjobs and Sarah Sutton Fell mentioned.

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      Hi Diana, Thanks for your comment. Yes, while the advanced search still throws up some odd stuff, the new widget (which is rather “hidden in plan sight”) seems to be dramatically better!

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    I decided to give a try even though I was in doubt. I signed up for the 1 year subscription with a promocode. Within 3 weeks, I have applied to 54 jobs and have been interviewed through Skype on 41 jobs. Finally, I landed on my dream job even though the many companies didn’t meet my salary expectation. I am from Accra, Ghana and have a full time job with a US company as a techie. I am also still waiting for a partime job I just got interviewed about. I think flexjob worth the money for their subscription. Jobseekers must put in effort to write proper cover letter and resume to impress companies and must be honest. Make good use of jobscan.co to highlights relevant skills needed for each job. I am a web designer/development, game developer, proficient customer support and sales engineer.

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    Elka Birnbaum on

    Hi. I live in Canada. Is this and other sites only available in the States or can we utilize the sites as well and receive jobs?

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      Hi Elka, As per the review I did see some jobs outside the US, but obviously it depends what’s available at the time.

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    Really appreciate the throughness of your article, many good points to assist in helping make a decision. Thought you may want to make an edit as well to:
    “FlexJobs has some negative points. The interface is too cluttered, the searches aren’t quite perfect (yet), and some of the features seem bolted on the the sake of it.” Seems to be an extra “the” in place of “for”. Again, great read and thank you!

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    Thanks for this awesome review! I am ready to sign up. Just one question…you may not have the answer. Is it at least a little easier to get someone’s attention from FlexJobs? Because I’m getting otherwise ignored when I apply for jobs locally (I’m in Toronto) and it’s quite frustrating. I mean, if I’m paying $5-$10 a month to be automatically trashed by an ATS system, I can get that for free already. 🙁

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      Hi Nicole, Sorry for the slow response – been on holiday 🙂

      To be honest, finding a job via Flexjobs won’t give you any kind of head start over a manual application. If you think you might be getting kicked off by ATS systems, you may well find this article (link) very interesting 🙂

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    I just wanted to share my experience with Flexjobs. My field is graphic design / video editing / web design (as a creative you’re expected to know all of those to a varying degree, these days). I accidentally bought a year long subscription but it was cheaper ultimately. The results were not very ideal for me. I had one interview which resulted in a second interview and then the canned “We decided to go with another candidate” email. That was it. After that I either heard nothing or sometimes got the canned “We decided on another candidate” email.

    There are a variety of factors to take into account. I might have been overqualified for some. Under qualified for others. Some jobs might have had hundreds of applicants and it’s honestly a roll of the dice at that point. It seems the remote job market is fiercely competitive or at least saturated so much so that your odds are just against you. Also, my field is probably also saturated.

    I do recommend at least trying it but if you’re in the creative field, I wish you luck. Another complaint I have is that some jobs were dead end links. The good news is that they respond quickly to the feedback. Quite irritating to see a great opportunity and it take you to a page that doesn’t exist. So yes, give it a go. Try a month or two and if you land a gig, great news! If you don’t, well, you’re not alone.

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      Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

      The remote job market is really no different to the “real world” ultimately – complete with jobs that have gone where the ads are still up, and lots of competition for the best roles. I’m glad that, on balance, you agree it’s worth giving it a go.

      All the best

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