When I looked at FlexJobs.com, I got excited.
There were tonnes of remote jobs advertised. Literally thousands. From all over the world. It also didn’t appear to be a scam: since this platform’s been around for a REALLY long time. So I decided to give FlexJobs a good, old-fashioned review from a jobseeker’s perspective.
When I put this site through the Wayback Machine, it told me they’ve been around since 2007. I remember them from when I started freelancing in 2011 (along with something called “All Stay At Home”… which doesn’t seem to exist anymore).
It’s a good sign FlexJobs has lasted this long.
So let’s get down it, asking the most important questions first.
Is FlexJobs legit?
Lots of people are asking this. It’s understandable why you’d think they’re a scam. Especially since there are so many work from home scams at the moment. Of course, the telecommute job industry is a little savvier nowadays (though you still ought to be careful). But after reviewing them, I’ll say this: FlexJobs is definitely legit.
They’re no different to Indeed.com or Monster. In fact, if you do a quick search you’ll find many of the jobs posted elsewhere. That does take a bit of work, though.
So then, what’s on offer for remote job seekers?
Quite simply: job leads. However, applying for a work at home position through FlexJobs comes at a cost. Literally. The price is usually USD$15.00 per month. Jobs are divided into a rich range of different categories. Here you’ll likely find a remote position for almost every kind of job that you can do from home.
This is the stickler, though.
It’s often the cost that keeps people from using the platform. Which is totally understandable. There are a lot of pros to paying for and using their service, though. First and foremost, you have one, single place from which can apply to all relevant positions.
Seriously, it cuts out a lot of time from your job search. Secondly…
They filter out the work from home scammers.
In fairness, job boards like Remotive and Working Nomads do the same thing (for no subscription fee). But with this particular platform, you know you’re safe.
If you’re still humming and hawing about the cost, here’s a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of FlexJobs:
- Work at home scams are screened out!
- The categories and number of telecommute positions here is… Amazing. Really, up until this point I haven’t seen a wider selection on any remote job board.
- Links are posted to the original job advertisement: though, to be fair, a lot of job boards do that.
- Accredited by the US Better Business Bureau (if that means anything to you… I’m not American so I have no experience of what it’s worth).
- The cost! They’re not expensive, really. A lot of people don’t like having to pay for a job board, though. Myself included.
- Most positions advertised are published elsewhere. Which means you just have to spare a little more time to find them yourself.
Should I use FlexJobs?
Truth be told… That’s completely up to you. If you’re willing to shell out around US$15.00 a month, then go for it. You could consider it an investment. However, more people are willing to pay with time rather than money. Since its free to search for open positions on Flex Jobs, all you have to do is go through their listing. Then, search online to see if there’s another platform you can apply through.