Tired Of The 9 To 5? Here Are 7 Careers That Have Flexible Work Hours

. 5 min read . Written by Sanjana Bhagwat
Tired Of The 9 To 5? Here Are 7 Careers That Have Flexible Work Hours

Flexibility – the one thing we all desire, be it while breathing through the pain of a yoga stretch, or breathing through the stress of a hectic workday. While only regular practice can help with your physical inflexibility if the 9 to 5 work life doesn’t work for you, here are 7 career options you can consider, that have flexible working hours and can give you a  better work-life balance.

It’s important to note that flexible working hours do not mean you get to work less. It means you have more control over the time during which you put in the work. What a flexible schedule does entail, primarily, is a work-life balance that works for you! 

Jobs that can easily be done as either freelance work or from home, usually offer more flexibility in work hours. However, if you want to familiarise yourself with some specific job titles that come with flexible work hours, keep reading! 

7 Career Options With Flexible Work Hours 

Online Tutor

Do you have a passion for teaching, or for a particular subject that you could help others with?

Online tutoring is a great option that’ll allow you to pursue your passion while working with flexible hours. 

Along with control over the course structure, pricing, and the platform you’ll be using, you’ll also have control over the course timings. 

For an in-depth guide on what platforms you can use, how to  market yourself and make money as an online tutor, click here


Blogging might be the perfect career for you if you want to pursue a career in writing with flexible work hours. It’s a job that can easily be done on a freelance basis, giving you significant control over how much work you take on. 

You can start by blogging part-time, on a contract basis, or simply blog for yourself. Once you’ve built an audience for your writing, you can pursue blogging full-time as well. 

For a detailed guide on how to make a living through blogging, click here

Online Content Creator/ Influencers

The demand for content creators with a significant following, aka influencers, has been and will continue to be, on the rise. 

While the debate on whether ‘influencer’ is even a job title is ongoing – and will probably never have closure – the fact that individuals are using it as a viable option to make a living is undeniable. 

A 2019 report showed that 65% of Indian marketers and strategists agreed that collaborations with influencers helped them boost brand awareness and recall. 47% felt that influencers helped them reach a new target audience. 

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If you have a way with social media, enjoy engaging with a large number of people, and desire flexible working hours, this might be a career option to consider! 

Here are a few resources to help you get started:


Do you have a love for language, and for learning new ones? Being a translator is no easy job, but it can be a flexible one. 

You need to have immense fluency in both the language you are translating to and from to be a successful translator. So, a formal education that gives you both written and verbal fluency and comprehension in the languages is a key place to start. Get certificates and pass language fluency tests before going on to get job experience. 

You can choose to translate written works with the knowledge you possess or market yourself as a freelance translator. Both options offer great flexibility in your working hours. 

Personal Fitness Trainer

Use that enthusiasm for fitness and working out to instill the same in others!

If being committed to fitness comes naturally to you, consider doing a certification and specialist training course that will allow you to become a fitness instructor. 

Enroll as a fitness trainer on platforms that will connect you with people looking for trainers, freelance with fitness brands or gyms, or start your own business! 

Enjoy increasing other people’s fitness levels and flexibility while enjoying those flexible working hours! 

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Sales Professional

A lot of sales positions come with the benefit of a flexible schedule.

The amount of flexibility ranges from job to job, but most sales positions allow the individual to set their daily schedule, as long as the specific goals and activity targets are met! 

There’s no one singular path to get into a career in sales. Getting into sales usually requires a blend of translatable skills and potential. 

So, if you’re someone who was born to sell, apply to companies that are the right fit for your personality and skills, and sail through the flexible work hours of a sales job.  


Are you interested in learning about the food we consume, and how it can affect the human body and mind? Do your friends and family turn to you for nutritional advice?

Nutritionists play a pivotal role in helping people lead a healthy lifestyle today. 

To become a nutritionist, you will need to acquire scientific knowledge on the subject by pursuing a BSc or MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Whether you’re a clinical nutritionist, sports nutritionist, or public health nutritionist, control over your work schedule is a benefit that comes with the job where you can achieve work-life balance in your daily routine.

If none of these options appeal to you and having a flexible work schedule is important to you, explore if you can work within your area of expertise as a freelancer, consultant, or start your own business in the long run.

Are there any other careers you know that have flexible work hours? Help the Kool Kanya readers out by recommending any job titles we might have missed. Share them in the comments below!

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Last updated 12th August’2021