75 Jobs With Flexible Hours

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If you’re tired of the 9-to-5 grind, you’re not alone. Fortunately, jobs with flexible hours are on the rise, in part due to the increasing awareness of the importance of work-life balance, the growth of the gig economy, and the improvement of telecommuting and remote collaboration tools.

What You Should Know About Working Flexible Hours

Before you start looking for a job with flexible hours, there are a couple of things you need to know:

How do flexible hours work? Before you start looking for a job with flexible hours, determine what you’re looking for, specifically. “Flexible hours” is an umbrella term that is used to describe multiple different schedules.

It could mean that you are required to work a number of hours, but it is up to you when you complete these hours. For example, a company might allow its full-time employees to work whenever they want (rather than from 9 am to 6 pm) to fulfill their 40 hours.

Or, in the case of freelance or contract work, you might be assigned a project and work as many hours as needed to complete it, thereby setting your own schedule. Lastly, in the case of ‘gig’ jobs (think driving for a rideshare company, tutoring on the side, pet sitting, etc.) you might be able to work as little or as often as you choose, although keep in mind there will often be maximum or minimum hour requirements depending on company policies or expectations.

What’s the best way to find a job with flexible hours? You can start by familiarizing yourself with the job titles below. It’s important to note that not all of the jobs listed below will always have the benefit of flexible hours; there are many other factors at play that will determine this. In general, though, jobs that don’t require real-time collaboration with other people will be more likely to have flexible hours than those that do.

In addition, jobs that can be done remotely (and don’t require you to come into an office) are often more likely to have flexible hours.

75 Jobs With Flexible Hours

Here’s a list of jobs that are likely to have flexible hours, organized by category. You can also search your favorite job search site (or even Craigslist) for terms like “flexible hours,” “flexible schedule,” or “set your own hours” to find opportunities available in your area.

Technical Jobs

Jobs in the technology industry are among some of the most common types of jobs with flexible hours, due in part to the fact that they can often be done remotely, and because there is a lot of freelance and contract work available in this industry. 

  1. Quality Assurance Engineer
  2. Web Designer
  3. Web Developer
  4. Software Engineer
  5. Graphic Designer
  6. User Experience Designer
  7. Software Consultant
  8. Product Marketer
  9. Project Manager
  10. IT/Server Administrator

Trade Jobs

Although many of these types of jobs require specialized training, it is common to see them listed with flexible hours. With jobs that operate on a 24-hour schedule—security guards, locksmiths, drivers, and dispatch managers, for example—you might not be able to work only when you want. Rather, you’d have flexibility beyond the typical 9-to-5 schedule.

  1. Plumber
  2. Electrician
  3. Delivery Driver
  4. Mechanic
  5. Handyman
  6. Carpenter
  7. Field / Dispatch Manager
  8. Locksmith
  9. Security Guard
  10. Tow Truck Operator

Online Education Jobs

The rise in education jobs with flexible hours can be attributed to an increase in educational technology and the prevalence of remote learning. In other cases, such as with tutoring or exam prep jobs, it’s often up to you to take clients as you wish.

  1. SAT/ACT Instructor
  2. Tutor
  3. Online English Instructor
  4. Telecommuting/Online College Professor
  5. Remote Elementary School Teacher
  6. Curriculum Writer
  7. Curriculum Designer
  8. Education Software Technical Trainer
  9. Speech-Language Pathologist/Therapist
  10. Substitute Teacher

Science/Medical Jobs

With more medical tasks happening remotely (e.g., a nurse diagnosing a patient over the phone, or a teleradiologist reviewing x-rays via her computer) there is greater opportunity for a flexible schedule.

On the other hand, in some types of roles you are able to schedule clients as you wish (as a masseuse, for example, or as a personal trainer) or select the times you’re available to work (as a homecare provider, for example).

  1. Home Care Provider
  2. Telecommuting Physician
  3. Telecommuting Nurse
  4. Medical Transcriptionist
  5. Research Associate
  6. Massage Therapist
  7. Dietitian
  8. Teleradiologist
  9. Personal Trainer
  10. Telepharmacist

Business Jobs

It is common to see consultant and sales jobs available with flexible hours, as well as jobs that can be done remotely (such as a virtual assistant, or customer service representative) or that don’t require significant collaboration with others (such as an analyst or researcher). 

  1. Management Consultant
  2. Marketing Consultant
  3. Actuary
  4. Administrative Assistant
  5. Business Analyst
  6. Business Researcher
  7. Sales Representative
  8. Customer Service Representative
  9. Account Manager/Executive
  10. Virtual Assistant​

Media/Communications Jobs

Writing, editing, and communications jobs are some of the most common jobs where you can schedule when you want to work, especially when they are freelance-based.

  1. PR Representative
  2. Marketing Consultant
  3. Copywriter
  4. Copyeditor
  5. Brand Strategist
  6. Blogger
  7. Content Writer
  8. Content Marketer
  9. Email Marketing Manager
  10. Translator​

More Flexible Jobs

Here are an additional 15 jobs that you will frequently find with flexible schedules:

  1. Housekeeper
  2. Online Survey Taker
  3. Dog Walker or Pet Sitter
  4. Babysitter/Nanny
  5. Film/TV Production Assistant
  6. Courier
  7. Rideshare Driver
  8. Bike Delivery Person
  9. Food Delivery Person
  10. Interior Designer
  11. Direct Seller
  12. Merchandiser
  13. Photographer
  14. Phone Operator
  15. Film Editor

Where to Find Job Listings

There are several ways to find a job with a flexible schedule. You can search the traditional job sites using keywords like "flexible" or "flexible schedule" along with keywords that match the type of position you're seeking. If you're looking for a job in a specific location, search Google, and Google for Jobs will generate a list of positions that match your interests.

If you would jump at the opportunity to work as a freelancer, have a look at the flexible jobs on the sites that focus on gig jobs and freelance positions. The more sites you use, the better your chances of finding a position that's a good fit for your schedule.

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