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The stats don’t lie—workplace diversity has a quantifiably positive effect on economic growth, lower employee turnover costs, product innovation, and market share. And in order to help continue to grow a workforce that’s truly inclusive, we as a society need to look past the old 9-5 office model and toward job flexibility. The good news is that flexible job opportunities abound and continue to grow, so if you’ve felt shut out of paid work by childcare considerations, health issues, or geographical constraints, maybe it’s time take a new look at what flexible opportunities are out there. To help get you started, here’s a list of 20 sites with resources for finding flexible jobs—whether they’re remote, part time, freelance, or one-off gigs.

Remote.co

In the quest for flexible jobs, Remote.co is one of the most logical places to begin your search. This site offers curated lists of remote jobs in categories ranging from customer service, to design, marketing, IT, writing, teaching, and more. These listings are a great place to start exploring just how many remote work options are out there waiting for you.

AuthenticJobs

AuthenticJobs is a site for creative professionals that connects job seekers with listings from the likes of Apple, Mercedes-Benz, NPR, and the Brooklyn Museum. The site’s search features also allows for some pretty granular digging—you can filter by job type, skills, location, level, company type, and compensation. Only interested in remote work? There’s a toggle for that too.

Jobspresso

Jobspresso is a remote-specific job site dedicated to helping job seekers find work that they can do from anywhere. Their listing categories include designer, developer, devops, marketing, project management, sales, support, and writing/editing. So if you’re ready to live the dream of pants-optional productivity, this site is a great resource to aid you in your search.

PowerToFly

PowerToFly is a website designed for women who want to work for inclusive, gender diverse companies. The site includes an updated list of companies that—through benefits, flexible scheduling, and business practices—fit that bill, a blog that covers inclusion and flexible work issues, and a jobs board searchable by skills, category, region, and employment type.

SkipTheDrive

Spending extra hours in a car or a train on top of a full work day just isn’t sustainable for many workers. If a commute plays a big part in your daily grind, SkipTheDrive is the job site for you. With job listings for remote and work-from-home positions in fields like account management, finance, marketing, and web development, an updated list of companies that allow remote work, and a blog dedicated to landing remote jobs, SkipTheDrive is a solid source for flexing your way out of the commuting death march.

Guru

Guru is a haven for freelancers and the clients looking to hire them. Aspiring freelancers can set up a free account, describe their skills and services, and wait to hear from interested employers and/or seek out employers looking for their skillset. Once a freelancer and client are connected they can then use the Guru platform to reach a job agreement (Guru offers templates for paying by milestones, paying by tasks, paying by the hour, or recurring payments), and payments are sent securely through Guru’s SafePay system.

Idealist

Looking for a little more meaning in the work you do, in addition to flexibility? Then check out Idealist. Idealist is a job board dedicated to connecting people with positions that make a positive impact—and that work can take place anywhere. Search for jobs near you, other specific locales, or simply “everywhere.” Fields include child and youth work, community development, education, and medicine.

CoolWorks

For some people, the definition of flexibility is being able to dip into a job for a bit, make some money, and move on to the next adventure—and even better if those jobs are in cool places. If that’s what flexibility looks like to you, try searching CoolWorks. Specializing in jobs with outdoor locales, CoolWorks posts listings in categories like transportation, education, farm and garden, guest services, food and beverage, and more—most of them in places like national parks, resorts, and retreat centers.

BackDoorJobs

BackDoorJobs bills itself as a source for “short-term job adventures,” which means if you’re seeking a fun, fixed-term gig that pays, this is the site for you. The site’s posted opportunities tend to center around outdoor work (summer camps, farm work, wilderness programs) and part-time teaching jobs (both in the US and abroad).

MyLifestyleCareer

Whether you’re semi-retired and looking for a new career path, or currently employed and looking for a secondary income source, MyLifestyleCareer is focused on helping you find flexible ways to “profit from your passions.” With a newsletter and tons of blog resources, this site can help you get on the road to realizing a side hustle or second career that fits seamlessly with your lifestyle.

RatRaceRebellion

RatRaceRebellion is a resource for flexible work-from-home opportunities and side gigs. Looking to pick up 8-10 hours a week as a work-from-home English tutor for Rosetta Stone? Some part-time remote work as a HomeAdvisor customer service rep? These are the kinds of gigs you’ll find listings for at RatRaceRebellion.

GlassDoor

GlassDoor is a comprehensive job site that not only allows you to search for positions by job type, specific company, or salary range, but also has an “interview” search function that lets you see real examples of interview questions asked by employers in the field you’re looking for. While not flex-specific, GlassDoor’s slogan is “Find the Job That Fits Your Life,” and their search tools are customizable enough to find that fit, even if it’s far from the usual 9-5.

Monster

Monster is just that—a monster in the world of job boards and one of the first names that come to mind when many of us think about online job searches. Because Monster is so ubiquitous, it’s easy to assume it’s only good for finding traditional (i.e. inflexible) work, but because Monster has such a huge footprint it means it’s a solid source for finding all kinds of work (including part-time, flexible, and remote opportunities). As of this writing, a search for “part-time web designer” quickly brought up over 1,000 listings.

Indeed

Like Monster, Indeed is another all-purpose jobs board where you can look for anything from the most traditional 9-5 office job, to jobs where you can telecommute from the Bahamas. If the latter is more your speed, enter “remote” into the location field, pick the job title or industry you’re looking for, and watch hundreds of opportunities pile up in your web browser.

ZipRecruiter

ZipRecruiter is another basic, no-nonsense, all-purpose job listing site than can be tailored toward flex work. Simply type “work from home,” “remote work,” or “flexible work” (depending on your needs) into the home page’s search bar and watch as literally millions of listings (that can be pared down with filters) hit your screen.

LinkedIn

It’s a well known fact that you can post your resume on LinkedIn and direct potential employers there once you’ve found a job to apply for, but you might not have realized that you can also actively use the site as a job searching tool. By going to LinkedIn’s “Jobs” section, you’re able to freely search for flexible positions from their worldwide database of listings, or peruse suggestions based on your profile.

Behance

While you may already know Behance is the spot for showing off your design skills (as of this writing there have been 77 million project views on Behance projects in the last 30 days), you might not know they have a creative-oriented job board that serves as a more direct way of connecting freelancers with employment. You can filter your searches by region (or not) and select specific creative fields like animation, branding, copy editing, digital art, editing, and more.

Dribble

Much like Behance, Dribble is a go-to resource for sharing and viewing design portfolios. And—also like Behance—it doubles as a flex jobs resource. Dribble’s design-focused job listings allow you to search specifically for remote opportunities or jobs in particular regions. As of this writing, Dribble’s job listings range from roles with small design studios to gigs with major companies like ESPN.

Stack Overflow

While we often cite Stack Overflow as a key resource for developer Q&A’s, the site also features robust job postings, including hundreds of remote positions. While you can search Stack Overflow for all kinds of developer jobs, simply enter “remote” into the location field to bring up listings for jobs so flexible you won’t have to commute any farther than your couch.

GitHub

GitHub is well known as a repository for web development projects and a virtual meeting place where developers can share ideas and code samples, but it also has its own jobs board for developer positions. If you’re looking for flexible opportunities to get paid for your tech skills, check out this often-overlooked area of GitHub.

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