FlexJobs is dedicated to finding jobs for people interested in telecommuting, freelance work, or part-time positions. The company was created in 2007 by founder Sara Sutton Fell, who was looking for work-from-home opportunities after the birth of her first child. In keeping with the company’s philosophy that there are good flexible jobs to be had, all of FlexJobs’ staff telecommute.

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Fees
Registered Freelancers
Our Score
#1
20%
9 million
8.3
#2
8.75%
978,700
7.5
#3
3%
15.5 million
7.4
#9
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$14.95/month
1.3 million+
5.2

FlexJobs provides available jobs in many categories, including:

  • Software Development
  • Writing/Editing
  • Education/Training
  • Medical/Health
  • Customer Service

FlexJobs charges a subscription fee of between $14.95/month to $49.95/year to join its site and apply for positions. FlexJobs claims the fee is necessary because its team of researchers searches the web every day for flexible jobs and weeds out scam jobs and jobs that don’t pay. The site also publishes a guide of the best companies for freelance work. You can search jobs at FlexJobs for free, but you must join and pay the subscription fee if you want to apply for a job.

The Good

FlexJobs’ researchers search the web for telecommuting, freelance and part-time jobs so you don’t have to. The company claims its staff members “hand-screen” each job and researches each company to make sure the jobs in its listing are legitimate. The site also publishes information about how to avoid scam jobs and lists new job scams to watch out for.

Here are other good things we found at the FlexJobs site:

Large Volume of Flexible Jobs: FlexJobs’ focus is only on jobs that provide some flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance or part-time jobs. The site provides freelancers with thousands of job listings in over 150 job categories that can be searched by category, location, schedule (i.e., full-time, part-time, temporary), and kind of flexibility (i.e., telecommuting, freelancing, flexible schedule). In addition to conducting your own job search, companies that are hiring can view your summary of qualifications and your resume.

Moneyback Guarantee: FlexJobs offers members their money back if they are not satisfied with the service and they apply for the refund within 30 days of cancelling their account

Skill Tests: FlexJobs states it makes a variety of expert skill tests available free to its members to help them determine their skill level and to provide employers with an un-biased measure of their abilities.

Educational Resources: FlexJobs has blogs and articles about job trends in flexible work, finding work, avoiding problems with employers, and the skills required to be a flexible worker. FlexJobs’ staff also provides research on companies who hire flexible employees, including press and accolades, and lists of job openings at specific companies.

Global Outreach: FlexJobs provides a global list of job opportunities and members can search for jobs in specific countries as well as for jobs that can be done anywhere.

Good Press: FlexJobs was featured in Forbes 2013 Top 100 Best Career Websites and Working Mother’s best career websites.

Discounts: FlexJobs’ partners offer discounts and savings to members on products and services they may use in their job searches.

 

The Bad

Although FlexJobs screens the jobs it places on its site, its terms of service clearly states the company is not responsible for “confirming or controlling the quality, accuracy, or legality of information provided by users on the website.” FlexJobs seeks out the work, but it does not act as an agent or recruiter.

Here are our areas of concern with FlexJobs:

Subscriptions: Your subscription to FlexJobs automatically renews if you do not cancel it. The company also offers no pro-rated credit if you cancel your subscription before its expiration date.

Lack of Salary Information: FlexJobs does not list salary information on all of its available jobs. The company explains that it cannot always offer that information because not all employers want to reveal what they pay as it can affect their ability to negotiate terms, create friction between current and new employees, and decrease their competitive advantage with other companies. Although all of these reasons are plausible, knowing what the company pays can help freelancers choose the positions that meet their financial needs.

No Oversight or Tracking of Jobs: FlexJobs is not set up exclusively for freelance workers or the employers who hire them. The company does not keep track of job progress, provide a way to securely pay freelance employees or provide dispute resolution. FlexJobs’ terms of service states you access other members’ websites and content at your own risk. Unlike some other freelance sites, you will not be able to track your earnings or view your history of in progress, or completed projects. Having the ability to track the number of jobs they have done and their earnings is very helpful for freelancers who have to pay taxes on their earnings.

No Negotiation Assistance: Members are on their own when negotiating with employers whose jobs are posted on the site. FlexJobs does not assist in negotiating employment terms or provide any support in matters of how workers are paid.

No Mobile App: Apple and Google Play do not offer a mobile alternative for FlexJobs, which limits where and how members can search for and apply to jobs openings.

 

The Bottom Line

FlexJobs provides access to thousands of jobs, many of which may suit freelancers’ needs, but applying for those jobs comes with a price. Freelancers may want to search FlexJobs’ listing of available jobs first before they become a member to determine if they think they will get enough freelance work to justify the monthly subscription fee for the site. A plus to using FlexJobs is its staff verifies the postings are from legitimate companies to reduce the instances of scam or illegal jobs.

Although FlexJobs has the membership and the job listings that make it an attractive resource for freelancers, you are on your own when negotiating with potential employers, or if there are issues with payment or disputes over your work product. Getting hired for freelance jobs on FlexJobs might be easiest for experienced freelancers who know how to set up contracts with customers, arrange for secure payment options, and negotiate favorable payment terms. If you are new to freelancing, you may want to start with a site that provides more support and will assist with dispute resolution rather than using FlexJobs to find work.

Fees

Job applicants are charged a subscription fee to join the site that ranges from $14.95/month to $49.95/year.

Jobs Posted

29,184 – in various industries

Registered Freelancers

There are 1,344,626 members. FlexJobs does not differentiate between members who are looking solely for freelance work and members looking for other types of positions.

Guarantees

FlexJobs guarantees a refund if you are not satisfied with your membership. They do not hold funds in escrow.

Payroll Option                                                        

FlexJobs does not accept payment for freelance jobs through its site.

Involvement

FlexJobs’ terms of service states: FlexJobs is not to be considered an employer, a headhunter, a staffing agency, or similar with respect to the use of our site. Accordingly, FlexJobs shall not be responsible for any employment decisions, for whatever reason made by any entity posting jobs on our site. While we take extensive efforts to screen and censor the listings offered in the interest of preventing scams, abuse, and/or illegal activity, we are not responsible for the actual interactions or negotiations between potential employers and candidates, nor for confirming or controlling the quality, accuracy, or legality of information provided by users on the website.
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