August 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm
by Christina Tynan-Wood
I have worked from my home or an office I rent, either as a freelancer or telecommuter, since my teenagers were babies. This flexible arrangement has made it possible for me to have a career I enjoy while still picking my kids up nearly everyday from school, throwing together quite a few June Cleaver-like family dinners on weeknights (roasting a chicken or even a turkey is easy to do from a home office), and attending all those school events and volunteer opportunities. Of course, this arrangement sometimes creates an overly cozy relationship with the fridge, but for the most part it’s fantastic. My situation as a working parent is hardly unique. Many companies know this and offer work that appeals to us. But how do you find work based on the employers willingness to let you work–at least in part–from home?
That’s exactly the question that led Sara Sutton Fell to create FlexJobs.com ($14.95 a month) when she found herself looking for a job while eight months pregnant. That experience made her realize there was a real need for a service that made that search for flexible work easier. (You can read more of her story at my GeekGirlfriends.com blog.)
If you have ever done a Google search on “work from home” you know that many of the jobs out there are scams. Enter FlexJobs.com. It’s team of researchers sort through all that, as well as work with companies to identify jobs. Only the legitimate, flexible work makes it to FlexJobs. So when you log on to your account, you find only real jobs that fit your job search.
“There are some great, flexible jobs out there for people from all walks of life,” Fell told me. “There are sales jobs and other jobs you’d expect to be flexible or to allow work from home. But there are a lot that you would never think of. We–honestly!–found one for a remote neurosurgeon. They wanted someone who could fly in for surgery and do everything else remotely.”
It’s true. I took the service for a spin and found several flexible jobs I want. I even applied for a couple of them.
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