The 5 Most Flexible Work at Home Jobs

Some people work at home for a company and have regular, set hours, which they prefer.  However, others choose to work at home so that they can have a flexible schedule and be available for kids’ activities or to travel or to take care of an elderly family member, etc. 

When you choose which job to do from home, choose carefully.  I find flexibility to be one of the best perks of being a work-at-home mom; if you do, too, here are five of the most flexible work at home jobs.

Freelance Writer

Freelance writers can literally work anytime, anywhere, as long as they have a laptop with them.  I have been a freelance writer for the past 10 years, and I have written while on vacation, in the car while traveling, in the early morning and late at night.  Some freelance writers travel the world and write as they go. 

Most people who hire freelance writers will give you a weekly or monthly deadline.  As long as you submit your work by the deadline, they’re happy.

Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants usually have as much flexibility as writers, unless they have time-sensitive projects.  In my experience, working mostly with bloggers, I have flexible deadlines, i.e., I need to finish a research project in four days, or I have regular projects I do once a week that can be completed any time during the week.  The beauty of this type of work is that you can set up a schedule that works for you and determine which days you want to do which assignments.

Social Media Manager

Social media manager can also be a flexible, with proper scheduling.  As a social media manager, you’ll likely be scheduling posts, quotes, and pictures on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.  With a good scheduling tool, you can schedule these far in advance, when you have time.  If you’re also responsible for responding to comments and questions, you will need to be online more often, but again, that can be done in a flexible manner during the day or on the run with your smartphone.

ESL Tutoring

ESL tutoring has become quite a large field in the work at home industry.  I have a friend who works for VIPKid, and while she does have regular tutoring sessions that are approximately 30 minutes each, she can schedule when she tutors.  She mostly chooses to tutor between 4 and 6 a.m. and on the weekends.  However, she also homeschools her four daughters, so if they have a busy week coming up, she can choose not to open certain tutoring time slots, giving her more freedom and flexibility.

Mystery Shopping

While mystery shopping likely won’t bring in enough money to provide you with a part-time income, it can be a fun, little job you do on the side.  There is some flexibility here in which shops you choose and when you actually complete the shops.  

If you’re just entertaining the idea of working from home, think carefully about the type of job that you want.  I love flexibility, and if you do too, the jobs on this list will provide you with a very flexible schedule.  Just make sure you have the discipline to complete the work within the time frame given.

Do you have a flexible, work at home job not included in this post?  If so, what do you do?

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