Tired of the 9-to-5 grind? Maybe it’s time to look for a job with flexible hours.
There’s never been a better time to find one. Flexible jobs are on the rise, due to worker demand for 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.
- 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.
- For 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, during the week or just on weekends, based on your availability. Keep in mind that there often will be maximum or minimum hour requirements depending on company policies or expectations.
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," "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 for yourself, 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.
75 Jobs With Flexible Schedules
It's also a good idea to get familiar 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.
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 is also 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.
- Quality Assurance Engineer
- Web Designer
- Web Developer
- Software Engineer
- Graphic Designer
- User Experience Designer
- Software Consultant
- Product Marketer
- Project Manager
- IT/Server Administrator
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.
- Delivery Driver
- Field/Dispatch Manager
- Security Guard
- 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.
- SAT/ACT Instructor
- Online English Instructor
- Telecommuting/Online College Professor
- Remote Elementary School Teacher
- Curriculum Writer
- Curriculum Designer
- Education Software Technical Trainer
- Speech-Language Pathologist/Therapist
- Substitute Teacher
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.
- Home-Care Provider
- Telecommuting Physician
- Telecommuting Nurse
- Medical Transcriptionist
- Research Associate
- Massage Therapist
- Personal Trainer
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.
- Management Consultant
- Marketing Consultant
- Administrative Assistant
- Business Analyst
- Business Researcher
- Sales Representative
- Customer Service Representative
- Account Manager/Executive
- Virtual Assistant
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.
- PR Representative
- Marketing Consultant
- Copy editor
- Brand Strategist
- Content Writer
- Content Marketer
- Email Marketing Manager
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.