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5 Flexible Jobs for When the Kids Go Back to School

With the kids getting ready to go back to school, it's time to get back to work! We take a look at five flexible jobs that can fit around your busy schedule once the school year begins.

It might only be the middle of the summer, but parents everywhere know that when stores start stocking up on back-to-school supplies, it’s time to think about school starting. And if you’re contemplating getting a job while the kids are learning their ABC’s and 1-2-3’s, these five flexible jobs for when the kids go back to school can give your job search a great jump-start!

Data Entry

Data entry is one of the most popular flexible jobs, making it ideal for when the kids go back to school. In this position, you’ll be responsible for inputting information into either a system or spreadsheet for data tracking. You’ll need to work quickly and have strong data entry skills, with a proficiency in Excel.

Flexibility: Freelance; Full-Time Freelance; Temporary; Part-Time

Companies hiring data entry workers: OfficeTeam; Xerox; UPS – United Parcel Service; 24 Seven; Kelly Services


As a transcriptionist, you’ll transcribe audio and/or video verbatim. Candidates need to be able to type quickly (over 60 WPM usually) and have a working knowledge of the subject matter in order to maintain efficiency and accuracy.

Flexibility: Full-Time; Part-Time Telecommuting; Freelance

Companies hiring transcriptionists: WellSpan Health; Allegis Transcription; SoftScript Inc.; TranscribeMe!

Online Researcher

If finding out facts is your thing, then a flexible job as an online researcher could be a perfect fit for you. In this role, you’ll conduct research on various topics, both online and via traditional research sources. You may assist other team members on research projects, database management, filing, and other administrative duties. Strong analytical and organizational skills are a must, along with attention to detail and familiarity with research tools like the Internet, Lexis-Nexis, and others.

Flexibility: Short-Term Temporary; Part-Time; Full-Time Freelance; Full-Time Flexible Schedule

Companies hiring online researchers: Museum of Modern Art- MoMA; Brigham Young University Idaho – BYUI; Creative Group; BBC Worldwide; Penn State University


If you love writing, being a copywriter is a great way to write your way to a successful flexible job! As a copywriter, you’ll create quality copy, working with brand management, art directors, and clients alike to conceptualize, write, and proofread content for accuracy. You’ll need at least 3+ years of copywriting experience, be able to work with and develop brand guidelines and messaging standards, and have excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Flexibility: Freelance; Full-Time Freelance; Temporary; Short-Term Freelance; Alternative Schedule; Telecommuting

Companies hiring copywriters: Arrowmac; Forever 21; Kirkus Reviews; Grammar Chic, Inc; Syndicatebleu


Use the expertise you gained in your career to become a consultant. Consultants not only train new workers, but they can offer their advice to companies in areas such as business development, implement new policies and programs, and even assist with brand management. To work as a consultant, you’ll need to be an expert in your field, have a strong knowledge of current trends and information in your industry, and have excellent verbal, written, and communication skills.

Flexibility: Full-Time Telecommuting; Part-Time Freelance; Occasional Flexible Schedule; Part-Time Telecommuting

Companies hiring consultants: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; AIG; Aetna; ADP; Humana

These are just five potential flexible jobs you can have when your kids are back in school. Be sure to start your search now. That way, when you send your kids off on their first day of school, you can head home and start working at your own flexible job, too.

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