Flexibility is becoming a priority for everyone when it comes to the way they work. Since the pandemic, there has been a reshaping regarding how people view work and the structure of a typical day. More and more people are placing importance on work-life balance and finding a situation they can work around their life, rather than working their life around a job. The motto of working to live rather than living to work is a reality nowadays.
There are so many benefits to having a flexible job. Having more time for your personal life is at the top of the list, as is having time to pursue interests or creative projects. A recent study found that 60% of women who participated in an MBA program desired flexibility, but only about 43% received it once they reached the workforce. Regardless of the reason for wanting a flexible job, it may be hard to wrap your head around what kinds of jobs provide a looser, more forgiving schedule and workflow. Let’s highlight a few good-paying options.
Best flexible jobs:
Writing is a great way to be entrepreneurial and make good money, but also have time in your day for other things. You can essentially make your own schedule as a writer and take on only an amount of work you can handle. Often, there’s not necessarily a specific window of time that a writer should be working, especially if they’re freelance and working for themselves on a contract basis. This means that if you’re more of a night owl, you can spend your nights working on assignments and have more time in your day for other things.
If you’ve got a teaching degree or background but want to do something that offers you some flexibility, a curriculum writing job may be the way to go. Teaching experience contributes to creating a solid curriculum; naturally, you’ll also have a solid grasp of writing. You can make as much as $50 per hour writing curriculum, and just like a freelance writer, you’ll also have a bit of an entrepreneurial side to your work.
Physical therapy is necessary for many people who have disabilities or sustained injuries, and it’s a great and rewarding line of work to go into if you’re interested in helping people but don’t want the demanding schedule of a doctor or nurse. A PT career can be highly flexible as it’s one that you can work per diem, meaning you can opt to work only one day per month in a clinic if you want to take that 3-week vacation or whatever the case may be. You can essentially work for yourself as a physical therapist and build your schedule around your availability.
Being a virtual assistant is a great option for someone with excellent administrative and organizational skills but who doesn’t want to deal with working for a company or commuting to an office. Virtual assistant jobs almost always offer you flexibility in that much of your work is task-based versus schedule based. You know what you have to accomplish and can set parameters around your availability to make deadlines and get things done. It’s an excellent way to have a solid work-life balance and make great money doing something that’s always engaging. Being a virtual assistant can sometimes be challenging, but it’s rewarding once you can strike a balance between your workload and your everyday life.
If you’re looking for more flexibility in your work life, just know there are opportunities for you. Flexibility can be a great segway to achieving and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
— Article by Sean Kelly. In addition to being an analyst researching the latest industry trends for College Recruiter, Sean Kelly also co-founded a nonprofit local news publication in Savannah, GA called The Savannahian.