I have been working from home since 2007. I was looking for a work-at-home job long before that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “you should never pay for a work at home job” or “getting a work from home job shouldn’t cost you anything.” While that’s true in many cases, there is no one-size-fits-all in anything. That goes for those t-shirts as well.
As someone who has been around the biz for over 10 years, I have found a lot of the myths and “rules” come from people who have either had a really easy job search or those who have had a horribly miserable one and have been taken by every scam around. The majority of us fall somewhere in the middle. What rules apply to us?
As an affiliate marketer and blogger, I also know there are a lot of people out there who will promote anything that comes along in hopes of earning a quick buck. They have never tried the service or even done any extensive research, someone just told them they could get a check for sending referrals and that was enough for them. It’s not enough for me.
I didn’t promote FlexJobs for a very long time because I had never tried the service myself. If someone were to ask me why they should sign up or how to best utilize the site, I certainly couldn’t tell them. This past year that changed. I opened my wallet and purchased a subscription even though I wasn’t looking for a job myself. I wanted to see if FlexJobs truly was worth the investment or if you could just DIY your job search without its help. Now I’m back with my full FlexJobs review.
A Little Background on FlexJobs
FlexJobs was started in 2007 when founder Sara Sutton Fell was frustrated with her own flexible job search. As the founder of an entry level employment service already, Sara knew what employers and potential employees were looking for and set out to fill the gap. FlexJobs is now the top-rated job board for telecommuters.
But, it’s not all telecommute positions either. You can find jobs offering flexible schedules, seasonal work and other types of alternative scheduling.
Is FlexJobs a Scam?
Here is one thing I want to make clear upfront: FlexJobs is not a scam. This isn’t some BS system that we see so often in the work-at-home world where you sign up for something only so they can send your information to some spam list somewhere or start recommending that you sign up to a bunch of other services if you really want to work remotely. None of that here. It’s a totally legit job board just like Monster or Careerbuilder. The main difference is FlexJobs concentrates their efforts on flexible positions as opposed to traditional 9-to-5s.
Are These Exclusive Job Listings?
I highly doubt it. When companies are looking to hire, they are likely going to list their openings on several sites. There are also sites that watch FlexJobs and then post their listings elsewhere. It happens.
That being said, FlexJobs does partner with a lot of high-quality companies that offer telecommute positions on a regular basis. You can see a list of some of those here.
Then Why Should I Sign Up for FlexJobs?
There are two main reasons I fell in love FlexJobs after months of subscribing:
- They research every listing. That means NO SCAMS! Every week I hear from people in my community that they found a good-looking job listing and applied – or sometimes never fully applied – only to be sent information on signing up for a business opportunity or something really sketchy phishing for personal information. FlexJobs does the legwork so you can apply with confidence.
- I am really in love with their Advanced Job Search. Frequently on job boards like Indeed, you search for work-at-home jobs and are returned a huge list but once you start digging in you find that it’s only partially work at home or on-site training is required, or maybe Indeed’s robot thinks it’s work from home but it really isn’t at all. FlexJobs’ Advanced Job Search lets you search by keywords, work schedule, telecommute level, career level and more. That means if you are only looking for full-time 100% telecommute entry level positions that’s what you are going to get. You get to decide what kind of job you want and then spend your time applying to those jobs instead of digging through job listings.
How Much does FlexJobs Cost?
This is the best part. It’s pretty inexpensive.
- Month-to-month subscription: $14.95/month
- Three months: $29.95 (about $10 per month)
- One year: $49.95 (that breaks down to about $4/month)
What Other Benefits are Available?
If you are looking for higher-paying work at home positions and have a degree, FlexJobs is going to be a great alternative to a DIY search. That Advanced Search tool that I mentioned before is going to let you pull out those jobs that require a degree or experience in your preferred industry.
FlexJobs also has skills testing available free to members (it’s $14.99 per test for non-members). This will allow you to gauge your strengths and market them accordingly. If you score well, the skill will be shown on your profile to potential employers. If you don’t do well, it won’t be displayed. Don’t worry.
FlexJobs has a fill-in-the-blanks resume that you can display on your profile for potential employers.
FlexJobs offers a 100% money-back guarantee. If you aren’t satisfied, they will give you your money back. You can also cancel at any time, no questions asked. You can cancel online. You don’t even have to call them. I always love that. That means you only need to pay for your subscription until you find your dream job.
Is FlexJobs Worth the Investment?
If you are serious about finding a work-at-home job and aren’t just kicking the idea around, yes. If you are looking for more professional telecommute positions, yes. It’s probably only going to be a waste of money if you are really just tire-kicking and not applying. The fact of the matter is you have t be aggressive when looking for work from home. There are thousands of applicants for every opening. Focus your time. Focus your efforts. Apply! Start your FlexJobs subscription here.