10 Hot Jobs Where You—Not Your Employer—Set the Hours - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

In today’s job market, having flexibility in work hours is a must for many workers. In fact, recent research by FlexJobs has found that the number of people quitting a job because of flexibility issues nearly doubled from 17% to 32% in the past three years.

From working parents to entrepreneurs, professionals today are looking for opportunities to set their own hours in seeking a better quality of life. Also, jobs with flexible hours are often great for those looking for second gigs outside of their 9-to-5 to increase their income to prep for special occasions, reach savings goals—or even just to make ends meet.

“The ideal flexible schedule is one where workers can independently set their own hours to accommodate their individual needs, such as so that they can work when they’re personally most productive or to accommodate personal health issues, caregiving responsibilities, volunteering, or other commitments,” Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, said in a news release.

If you’re looking for the best opportunities where you call the scheduling shots, here are 10 top jobs that offer the flexibility you need.

BUSINESS: Account Manager

This job requires providing assistance to clients, supporting special projects, evaluating quality and strict adherence meeting deadlines. Must have access to a computer, excellent interpersonal skills.

TECH: Ad Tech Engineer

Use various systems to achieve business goals. Configure third-party for automating manual work. Must have a CS bachelor’s degree. Requires 2+ yrs’ web & software development/3+ yrs’ programming experience. Remote position; create your own schedule.

PUBLISHING: Astronomy Content Author

Part-time, freelance author needed for a short-term, six-month job with hour flexibility. Will develop content in question form, conduct research, perform reviews and edits. Computer proficiency, Astronomy or related MA/MS required. Remote.

DESIGN: Creative Director

This job requires a professional to work closely with clients to gather information, translate into a specific design, and communicate with a client on design phases. It requires strong design & SEO skills.

HUMAN RESOURCES: Expert Technical Interviewer

This job is perfect for someone with combined software engineer and HR experience and suits a candidate with strong communication and interviewing skills.

EDUCATION: Online Visiting Professor

You can conduct classes virtually for a master’s degree nursing program. You’d be in charge of organizing and preparing course materials and setting course expectations. Requirements including having a current license and a nursing doctorate degree.

SALES: Lead Generation Specialist

Candidates for this gig should be great at collecting sales intelligence, conducting cold calls, re-qualifying leads from marketing events and social media, and setting appointments.

MEDICAL: Pediatric Nurse

In-home care is a great flex job for RNs or LPNs with current licensing and at least one year of experience. You can choose your own hours, schedule, locations, and clients.

EDUCATION: Tutors for Math, Reading, and Writing


If you have a bachelor’s degree and one to two years’ teaching experience, this is a great option. You can set your own schedule, choose your hours and even tutor after school and on weekends.

DIGITAL MEDIA: Writers


Candidates with a strong understanding of niche industries, such as real estate, and stellar communication skills are in demand for freelance opportunities. You must have stellar skills in researching online trends and other media-related tasks.

Check out more on remote and flexible gigs in a variety of industries via FlexJobs.com.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is a digital media journalist, speaker, editor, and consultant who has worked for media powerhouses including The New York Times, Black Enterprise, and Conde Nast. The Hampton University graduate's work and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, E!Online, Ebony.com, CBS News and Brazen Careerist. She's fluent in women's issues, career advancement, guilty (TV) pleasures and Trini patois.


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