Do you dream of strolling into work at, say, 10am so you can squeeze in a morning yoga class? Or working from home because you have a few errands you need to run in the afternoon?
With our busy schedules, it’s a constant battle trying to work over 8 hours a day, do housework, eat healthily, maintain a social life and get that beauty sleep you so badly need. In fact, studies show that having a flexible work schedule can reduce levels of burnout and psychological stress, which, in turn, can increase job satisfaction.
I bet you’re thinking: ‘Well, what magical job can give me all of that?’ The answer is listed below.
Without further ado, here are the top 20 flexible jobs for the ultimate work-life balance.
1. Tax Accountant
Filling in a tax form is a monotonous and confusing task for most taxpayers. And this is where freelance tax accountants come in. As a tax accountant, you’ll be high in demand and your job will involve preparing clients’ tax return forms and reports. While you’ll typically be able to set your own schedule, you will be extremely busy during tax season.
Average Salary: $54,827 (£39,534)
2. Fitness Instructor
As a fitness instructor, you can work part-time in a fitness centre, one-on-one with clients or even arrange your own daily/weekly classes whenever best suits you. If you’re a certified Zumba instructor, for example, you can rent your own class space and teach as much or as little as you desire.
Average Salary: $35,753 (£25,780)
As an auditor, you’ll be responsible for the examination, analysis and interpretation of accounting records in a variety of conditions. This could be for different companies and industries. You’ll also have the flexibility to work part-time, full-time or as a freelancer.
Average Salary: $54,437 (£39,253)
A dietitian advises and helps people maintain a healthy lifestyle and eat more nutritious food to lose weight or to achieve a specific health goal. Dietitians can choose to work for themselves or for a special clinic, school or healthcare centre. In order to become qualified, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (such as food and nutrition, dietetics or a related subject) and a license to practise in the country or city that you’re in.
Average Salary: $48,562 (£35,007)
5. Beauty Therapist
Beauty is an industry that’s never going to fade, and as the person that can supply manicures, pedicures, facial treatments and much more, you’ll always be in high demand. As a beauty therapist, you can choose to work for a beauty institute, open your own salon or even work from home.
Average Salary: $30,500 (£21,987)
6. Makeup Artist
As a makeup artist, you’ll have a wide range of different career paths to choose from. You could decide to work for a high-end retail store, for a makeup school, on-set and in theatres, for weddings and events, or even aspire to be a celebrity makeup artist (which is great if you want to travel the world). Whatever path you choose, you can decide on your working conditions and the variety of work that you take on.
Average Salary: $40,422 (£29,139)
7. Content Writer / Editor
As a freelance content writer or editor, you can choose who you want to work for and what kind of projects you want to take on. It’s ideal to have a number of years of experience behind you and a good portfolio to show for yourself before you go solo and take charge of your individual working hours.
Average Salary: $41,759 (£30,101)
If you’re starting off as a photographer, you could work for a company to gain some experience. Your hours will usually be flexible, as you’ll be required to assist for big events like weddings and parties. Once you have the necessary skills, you can start your own company or work on a freelance basis.
Average Salary: $43,080 (£31,053)
9. Computer Technician
Computer technicians are responsible for fixing hardware and software when there is a problem or a glitch. They are high in demand among companies and individuals, and can choose to work in a flexible environment, like Google and Amazon, or from the comfort of their own home.
Average Salary: $105,920 (£76,350)
10. Teaching Assistant
A teaching assistant helps the lead teacher within a busy classroom and typically works in a nursery, primary school or within special educational programmes. This profession is ideal for mums who want the same holidays off as their children. Although the salary is not as high as some other positions, the workload is quite light; once a TA leaves the classroom, she doesn’t have to worry about lesson plans or marking papers.
Average Salary: $22,413 (£16,161)
11. Account Manager
Account managers are generally in charge of building and maintaining a client relationship. Depending on the industry, experienced account managers can typically work at home as all they need is access to their information software, a headset and a good internet connection.
Average Salary: $51,709 (£37,285)
12. Data Analyst
If you are good at gathering large amounts of information, processing and analysing it, then this flexible role could be for you. You’ll be responsible for building learning models and making recommendations based on your findings. In order to succeed in this field, you’ll need to possess excellent mathematical skills and a degree in numerical fields, as well as several years’ experience in related work.
Average Salary: $57,768 (£41,654)
13. Web Developer
As a web developer, you’ll be designing and building a number of different websites and platforms. You will need to have relevant experience in programming and graphic design if you want to be your own boss and secure your own contracts. Alternatively, you can find a company or start-up that offers flexible working schedules.
Average Salary: $57,957 (£41,790)
14. Mental Health Counsellor
If you enjoy working in a one-on-one environment with patients and guiding them to a better place, being a mental health counsellor could be the position for you. This job not only pays well but it is also versatile and rewarding. You’ll be involved in patient visits and generally chatting with them to help with the problems they are facing.
Average Salary: $39,943 (£28,811)
There are a number of different types of nursing positions available; you could be involved in the intensive care unit or practise within a cosmetology clinic. Depending on your role, you could enjoy a flexible schedule or even work from home if you have the licencing required to examine, diagnose and treat patients.
Average Salary: $62,276 (£44,920)
16. Physical Therapist
As a physical therapist, you’ll work with patients, providing assessments on injuries and developing and carrying out treatment plans. You’ll most likely work for yourself and build your own clientele around your personal schedule.
Average Salary: $69,150 (£49,878)
17. Meet and Greeter
If you know your town like the back of your hand and have great contacts in all the hotspots, you could become a meet and greeter for tourists visiting your country. You’ll welcome them to the city, make special arrangements for them and be at the end of the phone if they need any assistance. You’ll typically be busier in peak season but can accept and reject jobs to fit around your schedule.
Average Salary: $26,074 (£18,807)
18. Customer Service Representative
As a customer service representative, you’ll generally work at a call centre where you’ll be responsible for answering customers’ questions and solving any issues they may have. You’ll need to be a real people person to work in this role, as well as have great interpersonal skills. This position allows for a lot of flexibility: you can either set your own hours, do shift work or even work from home like the Apple customer service team - ideal for any working parent!
Average Salary: $42,000 (£30,305)
19. PR Specialist
If you like networking with a number of different people and are good at persuading and sales, choosing a career in public relations is suitable for you. Generally speaking, you’ll be responsible for representing your client and promoting their goods and services through a number of different marketing strategies. As this is a social position, a lot of your time will be spent talking to clients and contacts. You can choose to work for a company, on a temporary basis or even for yourself taking on a handful of your own clients.
Average Salary: $46,034 (£33,216)
20. Uber Driver
Being an Uber driver is probably one of the most flexible jobs out there – as long as you meet their requirements to sign up, you can be on the road and working in no time. You don’t even have to go out of your way: if you’re on the way to run a few errands, you could pick up a passenger and make a fare ride out of it, too.
Average Salary: $29,574 (£21,339)
‘Flexible jobs don’t only offer the ability to have a better work-life balance, but also often make workers more productive,’ says Katie Bardaro, Payscale’s lead economist. If you have the ability to manage your own schedule, you’ll get more done during your working hours.
Are you on a flexible contract or interested in finding a role that is? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…
Salary information is based on data compiled and published by PayScale. Currency conversions are based on rates supplied by XE.com on 13 February 2018.