75 Jobs With Flexible Hours

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If you’re tired of the nine-to-five grind, you’re not alone. Fortunately, jobs with flexible hours are on the rise, due in part to an 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, 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 to fulfill their 40 hours per week.

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—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 often will be maximum or minimum hour requirements depending on company policies or expectations.

Where to Find Such Jobs

There are several ways to find a job with a flexible schedule. You can search the traditional job sites using keywords like "flexible," "flexible schedule," or "set your own hours" 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, look at the flexible jobs on 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. Craigslist also can be a good resource for gig jobs or other jobs with flexible hours.

It's also a good idea to familiarize with some job titles appropriate for you that might offer flexible schedules. Not all such jobs will always have the benefit of flexible hours; there are many other factors 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 often are more likely to have flexible hours.

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. There also is a lot of freelance and contract work available in this industry, which deals with everything from software design to web design to solving clients technical issues.

  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 nine-to-five 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

More medical tasks are happening remotely. For example, nurses are available to offer diagnoses over the phone, and teleradiologists can review x-rays via computer. This provides greater opportunities for a flexible schedule. In some types of roles—as a masseuse, a personal trainer, or a home-care provider, for example—you are able to schedule clients as you wish or select the times you’re available to work.

  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. Jobs that don’t require significant collaboration with others, such as an analyst or researcher, also are common options. 

  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. Keep in mind that some promotional jobs may involve events scheduled for weekends or evenings that will require your presence. Hours rarely are fixed, though.

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

Miscellaneous​

Some employment opportunities don't easily fit into any category, but they still are opportunities to pick up work outside of regular business hours. Many of these options are part-time positions, but they can be full-time, as well.

  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