People tell you never to pay for a job when you’re looking for work online. So, you’re probably wondering if you can trust the Flexjobs.com reviews you’ve been reading around the internet, and if you should really be paying for their service. I wasn’t sure either! So I actually joined as a paying member to dig inside and find out what it was all about, and if it was even worth the money to pay for job listings.
So, what exactly is Flexjobs.com?
This website is actually a comprehensive database that provides job seekers access to prescreened work at home and part time, flexible schedule job openings. You are not paying for them to land you a job. There are also additional benefits provided like job tips, skill testing and discounts at partner websites. It requires a monthly fee, which is why some people question the service.
It’s important to understand that Flexjobs.com is NOT related to myflexjob.com… the two are completely different websites and services. Myflexjob is a borderline scam company, Flexjobs is NOT! I know many people out there are getting them confused (including myself) so I thought I’d clear that up!
Who is using it this service – is it really popular?
According to the company, over 1 million people have used Flexjobs to look for employment (they’ve been around since 2007). However, they don’t publicly disclose the number of current members.
They have been featured on many news outlets, including NBC, WSJ, CNN and USA Today.
What type of work will you be able to find?
There is a pretty broad spectrum of jobs listed within the Flexjobs database. They have jobs that are 100% at home, some that are just partly at home, and others that require a lot of travel.
What I found searching through these job listing is that there is a pretty big emphasis on higher paying career type positions – many require advanced degrees and several years of experience. However, they do still have a few entry level positions so it isn’t exclusively for those with degrees.
It has a lot of benefits of a regular job board, but is entirely dedicated to those looking for a more flexible work schedule than the 9-5.
But are there actually 100% telecommuting jobs listed?
The biggest benefit of using a service like Flexjobs for most people is most likely the ease of access to true telecommuting job openings. And while they do have them, unfortunately, they aren’t in the majority.
At the time of my search, there were about 11,300 jobs listed overall, with no restricting factors.
After selecting the option to narrow down to 100% telecommuting positions, the job listings fell to about 3,000. (Out of those, less than 300 were entry level positions)
So, this means less than 30% of the jobs listed in their database are true work at home positions. If you’re looking for entry level, it’s going to be around 3%.
The good thing is, you can filter the results to show only the telecommuting jobs so you don’t have to try and sort through them yourself.
There still are a decent amount of job listings, and they update it extremely often.
Some at home positions listed on Flexjobs… (but they are constantly changing!)
How much does it cost?
There are 3 options when you choose to sign up with Flexjobs.com:
1 year – $49.95 (just over $4 per month)
3 months – $29.95 (about $10 per month)
1 month – $14.95 (can also usually grab the first month for a 50% discount and pay only $7.50)
Why bother paying for it?
- Keep updated listings of current work at home job openings
- Screen for scams/business opportunities
- Saves a lot of time because you don’t have to do all the work of finding these jobs
- Lists jobs that may not otherwise be listed as “telecommuting” positions
- Won’t sell your information (you won’t get spammed through your inbox or phone)
Keep in mind a lot of these jobs are hard to find or aren’t listed in a highly public space, so if you don’t know where to look or just want to save time, it may be worth it.
“Exclusive” member discounts???
They also advertise additional perks like member discounts for services like Grammarly, Lynda.com, and Quickbooks Self-Employed + Turbo Tax (plus a lot more).
The only thing is, these discounts are not exclusive to being a Flexjobs member. For example, they offer an “exclusive” discount for 50% off per month for Quickbooks Self Employed, but a Google search showed the discount was openly available for anyone to use with a coupon code.
For Lynda.com, they offered a 10 day free trial, but even going directly to Lynda’s website will show that they offer the 10 day free trial to everyone.
Now, you wouldn’t sign up for their service for these bonus offers anyway, but it should be pointed out these are not that great
The Good vs Bad of Flexjobs.com
- You get easy access to up to date, legit job listings for flexible/at home work
- You don’t have to weed through scams or dead job postings
- Easy options to narrow down your search – can screen by level of flexibility to only view the home positions
- Saves time
- Can take skills test in relevant areas for employers to see
- You can grab a month for only $7.50
- Canceling is easy and can be done directly from your online profile – you don’t have to deal with calling a customer service line (that’s the WORST!!!)
- They offer a 30 day money back guarantee
- Most people don’t want to pay for a service to find a job
- It is only worth it to use the service for a month or two if you’re actively looking for flexible work, but it’s tempting to buy the year subscription since it’s such a discounted rate!
- Only 30%* of their listings are for fully at home jobs
- Only 3%* of their listings are 100% at home, ENTRY LEVEL positions
*stats apply to the time of my search – they may vary slightly throughout the year
Conclusion – Would I recommend Flexjobs?
Many think it’s silly to pay to find a job, but in the case of Flexjobs I would say it may be worth it for certain people. For those seriously trying to find an at home or flexible position, who don’t have a lot of extra time to try and weed through everything themselves, and who are experienced in a particular field may find it extremely helpful with their job search.
Even those looking for basic entry level customer service positions may find some good leads.
But at the end of the day, it’s important to understand what you are paying for with your Flexjobs membership and decide if it’d be worth it for you. You are not paying for them to find you a job, you are paying for them to provide you with up to date job postings that are guaranteed to be legitimate.
Finding work is hard, and there’s no guarantee you’ll land a position by signing up. If you don’t have a degree or tons of experience, you are going to be hard pressed to find anything that isn’t customer service.