Ever wished you had more control over your work schedule? How about complete control? According to a 2019 FlexJobs survey of over 7,000 professionals, a flexible schedule is one of the most preferred types of flexible work arrangements, second only to full-time remote work.
To illustrate the diversity of jobs where job seekers can control their own work schedule, FlexJobs has identified 10 jobs that typically let you set your own hours.
Why would you want a job that lets you set your own hours? Maybe you’re a caregiver who needs flexibility to take your loved one to medical appointments. Or you might be smack dab in the middle of the sandwich generation, providing care for both your parents and your kiddos. You might even be a full-time student, studying to get that degree and take your career to the next level.
Whatever the reason, you’re not alone! More people are quitting inflexible jobs at a fast pace. Our survey indicates that the number of people quitting a job because of flexibility issues nearly doubled from 17% in 2014 to 30% in 2019.
So, if you’re looking for a job that lets you set your own hours, here are 10 to get started with!
10 Flexible Jobs That Let You Set Your Own Hours
Consultants allow people to share their experience and knowledge with others to better their lives and business practices. They often utilize tools like job shadowing, surveys, and interpersonal studies to determine the source of any problems so that they may suggest solutions and provide training or coaching. Consultants are often freelancers or hired on short-term project basis, allowing them to choose their own hours.
Data entry professionals play an important role in organizations by ensuring the smooth and efficient processing of large amounts of information and data. The role involves entering data into a computer system or secure file system. Due to the independent nature of the job, data entry workers can often create their own schedule and work when best suits their life.
Editors and proofreaders have a good eye for detail, grammar, and spelling. They work to improve the written word and provide feedback to writers. Many times, editor/proofreader jobs have flexible hours and can be done from any location, as long as deadlines are met.
Graphic designers create visual designs, in print or digitally. A graphic designer may work on logos, magazine layouts, advertisements, reports, brochures, books, and more. Graphic designer positions are often freelance, which lends itself to a very flexible schedule.
Medical coders help physicians and health organization get reimbursed from insurance companies for the services they provide to patients. Medical coders categorize diagnoses and procedures using a national classification system and assign a code to each. This role often works from home on a flex schedule.
Teachers and tutors work with students in classroom settings or on an individual basis. Often an expertise or certification is needed in a specific subject area. Remote positions often allow teachers or tutors to log on and provide services when it’s most convenient for them.
Transcriptionist jobs involve listening to recorded speech and typing what they hear. Transcriptionists need to have a fast typing speed and the ability to transcribe large amounts of words quickly. Transcribing is a popular job with flexible hours.
Translators are bilingual or multilingual individuals who can translate from one language to another. Many of these roles involve translating video or written word, making it easy to perform the job from home and on your own schedule.
Writers communicate ideas using the written word. News articles, blogs, newspapers, advertising copy, books, etc. are a few things writers work on. Writing is a highly flexible career area, with many remote and freelance options. Writers usually have deadlines to hit, but can do their work on any schedule.
Finding Flexible Jobs That Let You Set Your Own Hours
In order to pinpoint these types of jobs in the FlexJobs database, use our advanced search options. These options offer a good overview of search criteria to look for and use if you want to find flexible schedule work.
First, the “Work Schedule” drop-down menu in the advanced search options has choices such as “Flexible Schedule” and “Occasional.” It is possible some of these roles may still have pre-determined hours involved.
Another option is using the “Keywords” section (with the “Exact phrase” box checked). Try searching for phrases such as:
- Set your own hours
- Make your own schedule
- No set hours
- Work any hours
- Work as much or as little
Of course, each job will handle scheduling and tracking hours differently, so read any job description you come across carefully to understand the flexibility provided before applying.
More Jobs With Flexible Hours
FlexJobs updates its flexible job listings every day, so you’re sure to find a flexible schedule job that meets your needs. As mentioned earlier, using our advanced search options can help you find just the right schedule, or you can peruse our flexible schedule jobs to get you started.
Jennifer Parris contributed to this post.
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This is a version of a post that was originally published September 20, 2016.
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Brie Weiler Reynolds, Senior Career Specialist
Brie Weiler Reynolds is the Career Development Manager and a career coach and resume writer at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for remote, flexible schedule, and freelance job listings. She provides practical information and resources to help people overcome their roadblocks…Read More >
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