Is FlexJobs worth it? Is it worth paying the money? What types of jobs can you find there? Does FlexJobs work?
FlexJobs — How It Works
FlexJobs is a website that has classified telecommute and part-time job listings. If you are searching for a part-time or online job, you can certainly find many on FlexJobs. However, FlexJobs works differently than other jobs sites: Instead of charging employers to post job listings, they charge job seekers to use their site.
In order to browse the job listings on their site and apply for a job, you must sign up for a subscription. Prices are as follows:
- $14.90 for one month
- $29.95 for three months
- $49.95 for a full year
You may be wondering why in the world anyone would want to pay money in order to find a job. After all, there are plenty of free job sites, such as Indeed, Career Builder, Career Monster, Simply Hired, and even Craigslist.
However, the reasoning behind FlexJobs’s business model is that they have full control over who gets to post a job on their site. On Craigslist, many of the job postings are pure scams and other rubbish. Even on other sites, there can be some jobs that aren’t so great. Remember, if the job poster is the one paying the money, then they have more control.
At FlexJobs, however, job seekers pay the money, which allows FlexJobs to have the time and ability to investigate each job and make sure that it is legit. So with FlexJobs, you can be sure that all jobs are legit and not scams. FlexJobs investigates each company before allowing them to post jobs, and the companies pay nothing, so FlexJobs is the one in charge, not the company.
You can find jobs on FlexJobs from some well-known companies. Here are some I have seen myself: CBS Radio, iHeartRadio, AccuWeather, Vox Media, State of Utah, US Bureau of Labor, and more. Yes, you can find government jobs there as well.
On the other hand, this doesn’t mean that you can’t find legitimate jobs elsewhere. Indeed.com, Career Builder, Career Monster, Simply Hired, LinkedIn and others are great sources of job listings. They are free to use and many, many, many people use them. Most of the jobs there are legitimate as well, although many will be full-time 9-5 jobs. At FlexJobs, all jobs are of the flexible type.
Flexjobs also allows you to upload a resume and take tests in over 60 categories. If you pass the tests, employers will be able to see that you have those skills.
Are All FlexJobs Jobs Work At Home Jobs?
Some people are under the impression that all of the job postings at FlexJobs are for work-at-home positions. That could not be further from the truth. FlexJobs only claims that its jobs are “flexible,” which includes, but is not limited to, work at home positions. Many jobs are regular part-time, temporary, and seasonable jobs.
So, Is FlexJobs Worth It? Can It Really Be True?
I personally don’t think it is worth it. I tried it out for a month and I will be canceling my membership. There are just so many great and FREE job sites out there. If you are looking for writing jobs, there are many other places to go to, which are also free.
I think this is especially true if you are short on money. Why pay for something you can get for free? Some FlexJobs listings may actually just be pulled off other sites on the internet, meaning you can find them yourself if you do a little research.
There is one situation where I think FlexJobs is worth it: If you are out of work and are looking for a part-time, temporary, or work at home job, and you have money saved up, then you can definitely sign up to FlexJobs. After all, what’s $30 or $50 dollars when you can find a well-paying job to support yourself? However, if you are trying to make ends meet, FlexJobs is just another unnecessary cost.