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Here Are 7 Of The Best Jobs For People Who Need Flexibility

Updated on November 10, 2019
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Job flexibility is becoming an increasing priority for job seekers of all ages. Whether you’re a parent looking for an improved work-life balance, a student who needs to juggle study and work, or you’re already established in your career and just want more control over your work schedule, finding a job that allows for flexibility can be a necessity for many of us in this busy life.

But finding a job that offers flexible days and hours can be difficult, which is why it is vital to factor in career change costs if you do choose to embark on a new role. Here are seven of the best jobs if you need flexibility in your career.

1. Fitness instructor

As a fitness instructor, you have the flexibility to work part-time at an actual gym or on a freelance basis by running your own mobile personal training service. If you’re a certified personal trainer, for example, you can train clients one-on-one at a gym. In this scenario, you have the flexibility to choose your PT sessions and times so that it can fit within your personal schedule. You may also decide to work freelance and visit clients at their homes or run group fitness classes in a rented space.

2. Account manager

An account manager is in charge of maintaining client relationships, monitoring market trends, and making sales. Account managers are often given targets to try and increase sales from each client-relationship by generating add-on sales.

Depending on the number of clients you have, you’ll be required to work to your own schedule. Account managers are often required to work late evenings and on weekends, which makes it a good fit for students or parents. There’s often contract, freelance, and part-time work available as well as telecommuting.

3. Massage therapist

Massage therapy offers a flexible and rewarding career path. Massage therapists help treat clients through touch to manipulate the muscles of the body. They can work in delivering relaxation massage, providing sports massage therapy, as well as prenatal massage. As a massage therapist, you can choose to work on your own from home or as a mobile massage therapist.

4. Make-up artist

The beauty industry is one that will never fade. There are so many modalities within the industry, including makeup application, hair, skincare, and aromatherapy. A beautician may choose to specialize in administering facials or pedicures or work as a makeup artist.

Both beauticians and makeup artists have the flexibility to work to their own schedule, particularly if they work from home or run their own business. There are even cruise ships and resorts that require these services and offer contract work that can range from a couple of months to years with perks including flexible working schedules.

5. Tax accountant

As a tax accountant, you’ll be in high demand during tax time where clients are preparing tax returns and forms. For the rest of the year, you’ll enjoy a more flexible working schedule where you’ll typically be able to set your own working hours.

There’s also an option of working as a freelance tax accountant, where you are contracted to a business but work from home or rented office space. Tax accountants prepare, manage and submit all documents relating to financial, tax, and BAS statements. They also provide advice on financial and tax matters and handle disputes with taxation authorities.

6. Web developer

Web developers are computer programmers who specialize in creating web-based applications. A web developer can be hired by a client or agency to design, build and create a website or design an application for smartphones and other electronic devices.

While web developers can work for large corporations or agencies, they also have the flexibility to work from home, where they can select their projects and create their own working schedule.

7. Speech pathologist

A speech pathologist diagnoses and treats communication disorders in patients. They may work with elderly people, children, or healthcare facilities where they treat a range of clients by finding the best way to communicate their needs.

Speech pathology is a family-friendly career choice for those seeking flexibility with part-time, casual, or full-time hours. Many speech pathologists can choose their own hours, while those working in schools can benefit from working during school hours and receiving school vacation times off.

Don’t let flexibility reduce your options

There are many reasons why people value job flexibility, and in many cases, this desire for flexibility is not a luxury but a necessity. Working parents, students, military spouses, mature-age workers, or people living in remote communities require flexible jobs or a position that offers varying degrees of flexibility.

With our busy schedules and demanding lives, the flexibility to have a job where we can choose our own schedules or work from home is a welcome way to support ourselves and our families. If you’re looking for a job that allows you to maintain a healthy work-life balance and increased job satisfaction, research the above suggestions and enjoy a more rewarding work life.

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