If you are working full-time but dreaming of a more flexible lifestyle, here are a few flexible jobs to consider. Lifestyle design often seems to go hand-in-hand with working online. The general consensus is that working online is the best way to gain more freedom in the way you work and will allow you to travel more, to spend more time with friends and family and to reduce stress levels.
This is true but it’s not for everyone. The problem with working online is that means you’re going to be on the computer for the majority of your day (of course) and that you won’t get much interaction with colleagues or customers. For some people this can be enough to cause a bit of cabin fever, making it a less than ideal option. It’s also not going to be ideal for anyone who would describe themselves as a technophobe and doesn’t feel confident working with computers.
But there are other options – there are plenty of jobs you can do offline that offer similar levels of flexibility and freedom, or that have other perks that make them very tempting. Read on and we’ll take a look at some of those jobs and what makes them so great for lifestyle design.
Here are a few Flexible Jobs to consider:
As a driving instructor, you will have the freedom to book appointments and lessons whenever you want to and this will allow you to arrange your work around other commitments. Some driving instructors are essentially self-employed, giving them complete freedom to work as much or as little as they choose.
Okay, so this might not be particularly flexible or particularly glamorous. But just to show how good things can sometimes come in surprising packages: being a garbage collector means you’ll only be working early in the morning and will then have the rest of the day free to do what you want. You’ll never be asked to stay late at work and you’ll never bring the stress of work home with you… Better than it at first sounds then!
Similar to a driving instructor, a hair dresser can basically choose the hours they want to work and can spend their time relaxed or doing other things in-between appointments!
This same thing can actually be said of any job that gives you the freedom to make appointments – whether you’re a window cleaner, a gardener or anything else.
This work isn’t particularly flexible but it shows how you can actually get happiness and freedom from your job itself. As a park ranger you’ll get to spend more time outdoors, you’ll rarely be stressed and if you’re the right personality type you’ll get a huge kick out of what you do!
Accountant or Bookkeeper
Accountants and bookkeepers are usually extremely busy around tax times but at other times of the year. Many work from home and at the hours that are convenient for themselves.
Realtors have very flexible hours. The downside of this is that they often work nights and weekends showing homes to prospective buyers when their clients have a day off. As a realtor, you’d spend a lot of time driving around neighborhoods and online marketing the homes that you have listed.
A neat website that shares many flexible jobs is FlexJobs.com