How to Find a Job With Flexible Hours
Flextime is becoming the norm, which is great news for working parents and caregivers. Flexible hours allow you the time to take care of loved ones or prioritize personal needs while earning a living. Even for those without caregiver responsibilities, jobs with flexible hours may be a desirable benefit for the positive impact it can have on work-life balance. Finding a job with a flexible schedule takes some understanding of the career landscape, but once you know what you’re looking for, you’ll realize these careers are out there!
Understanding Your Interests and Skills
If you are new to the job market and not sure what career path you’d like to pursue, the first step is to understand your interests and strengths. If finding a flexible job is important to you, make sure you’re searching for career paths that include this benefit.
There’s no one-size-fits-all for flexible scheduling, and each job will consider flextime differently. If you find a job that seems like it could work, be sure to read the description and explore the company’s website for a better understanding of what it entails. Employee review sites like Glassdoor are also helpful to get an objective view into the company’s policies and other benefits.
Best Options for Jobs with Flexible Hours
Here are some suggestions for the best flexible job options:
Customer Service Representative
A large percentage of customer service representatives in the professional pest control industry enjoy flexible hours and the ability to work from home! A recent survey found that 43 percent of pest control companies allowed at least one employee in at least one job position to work remotely. This is a great role for someone who can talk with people, and you don’t need a degree to get started! Learn more here.
Pest Control Technician
Many pest control technicians enjoy some degree of flexibility, including the ability to make your own schedule and manage your route. Other added perks include good pay and on-the-job training that can help you succeed and move up in the field. Many companies will also provide you with a company vehicle, so you won’t have to worry about transportation. Learn more here.
If you have a knack for organization and data, this is a great job to explore. In this role, you’ll work with doctors to organize, manage and code health information data. Some coders need certification, but there are positions open for those with a high school diploma or GED. Since you’re dealing with sensitive medical information, you’ll need to be well-versed in confidentiality.
In order to excel in the role, you’ll need to be good with people, punctual and responsive. It’s necessary to have a valid driver’s license, proper insurance, a safe driving record and an operable car. Certain rideshare apps have other requirements like the ability to pass a background check. While you set your own hours, rideshare driving will put wear and tear on your car which can depreciate its value and requires you to be available at odd hours.
If you’re good with technology and can understand the complex backend of computer systems, this is a career to consider. In this role, you’ll help determine the best network systems to use and keep the network running day-to-day. Depending on the size of the job, you’ll also help with supporting users when they have tech issues. While the job often offers flexibility in hours, travel between facilities is often required.
There are a variety of different types of photographers, but many focus on event photography and portrait photography. In this role, you’ll be responsible for capturing different moments, editing the files and packaging them up for your client. While there are no educational requirements to get into the field, camera equipment and editing software and materials are costly, and you are often required to work nights and weekends when clients are available for photos.
If you love animals and the outdoors, dog walking is a great way to earn a living. Rain or shine, dogs need to be walked and you’ll be tasked with walking them. Depending on your clientele, you might be required to walk multiple dogs at a time, and feed or supply medication. This job requires a great deal of responsibility, trustworthiness and reliability. Dogs need to go out no matter the weather, so you need to be dependable.
In this competitive market for new employees, many jobs are advertising that they offer flexible hours as another way to attract interested candidates. Some job search engines will even let you refine your search to show only jobs that offer flexibility. For example, on the job board at PestControlJobs.com, searching “flexible hours” turns up hundreds of results that can be further refined by location, pay and part-time or full-time position. Once you find a listing that interests you, be sure to read the description to get a better idea about what flexible hours mean for that specific position or company.
If you’re currently in a job that you like but want to explore flexible hours, it can be worth having a conversation with your supervisor. Be sure you’re an employee in good standing, be prepared to present how you’ll ensure your work gets done and know what you’re asking for in terms of flexibility. Many employers want to keep their employees happy and will work with you.
Jobs with flexible hours are becoming more common and a perk that many employers are adding to their benefits list, meaning even those without a trade school or college diploma can take advantage of it!
If you’re ready to jump into a rewarding career that offers flexibility and other great perks, start your search at PestControlJobs.com.
Careers in Action: Massey Services
Interested in a career path that can quickly lead to a management position? Meet Cliff, Regional Manager for Massey Services. Cliff got started in pest control as a lawn specialist in 2011 and quickly rose through the ranks thanks to Massey's General Manager in Training program. With continuing education and on the job training, pest control provides everything you need to get started. Click to learn more about his story.
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