Transitioning back into the workforce after taking time off for family can come with its own set of challenges, let alone the balance needed to make the transition gracefully. One option to consider to help ease the transition, is finding flexible employment. Stated differently, you are not going to go from full-time at home to full-time in a cubicle. There are other options out there for you and today’s work environment is growing increasingly flexible. That’s great news for you if the looming change from home to office seems abrupt and is on the horizon.
Thanks to today’s technology, as well as the millennial mindset, more and more employers are allowing their trusted employees to work from home, set their own schedule and remote in to work. So where do you find these dream jobs? Here are our top three websites to begin with, to help you weed through the job postings out there and find valid work-from-home opportunities.
Top 3 Job Sites For Flexible Employment
Flexjobs.com’s main selling point is that they scan every job posting prior to putting it on their site to make sure it is a valid work-from-home opportunity. On this site, you will find everything from part-time and freelance work to temporary positions, even volunteer work. While access to see the postings is free, to get the details on each job and how to apply you will need to pay for a subscription. Subscriptions are monthly, quarterly or annually and are well worth the cost if you are serious about finding flexible employment. Pricing ranges from $14.95/month to $49.95/year.
Corporations and small businesses alike are going the way of hiring freelancers. As budgets are unpredictable, portfolios grow and shrink and clients’ needs change, more and more companies are turning to freelancers, rather than employees to complete their work. Why? With employees also comes additional expenditures such as taxes, health insurance benefits, paid vacation time and more. These are big expenses for companies and so they instead turn to freelancers who take these expenses upon themselves. If you’ve never considered it before, check out UpWork.com to see what types of freelancing gigs are out there and if you can turn several small jobs into one big job to suit your and your family’s needs. Remember, jobs don’t have to be local anymore. Telecommuting and collaborating over the Internet are routine work tools that open up employment opportunities in other geographic locations.
Whatever your skill, Fiverr.com is a great place to market it and turn it into cash. This site reminds us of an AirBnB listing service for your services. From creative to technical, buyers and sellers unite on this site to get the job done. This site also has more of a freelancing spin, but Fiverr promotes their payouts so far from $5 to $10,000 per project, with 25 million projects complete to date and growing.
Also, check other career sites like Indeed.com, Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com for occasional remote opportunities that are mixed in among the rest. If you do land other employment that you are absolutely in love with, ask your employer what the chances of working from home part-time or full-time might be. If you have a proven track record of trustworthiness and a strong work ethic, most good employers will do their best to honor your request and work with you to set-up a remote workspace from home.
In the meantime, to build and develop your skills, refine your resume or find your niche, join us at an upcoming Opting Back In event or workshop. We have walked the path you are walking and will help partner with you each step of the way until you find flexible employment or that perfect job you’ve been searching for to help you transition back into the workforce.