If you’re looking for a way out of your corporate job — but still want to make decent money — check out these jobs you can do from almost anywhere.
You‘ve probably heard plenty about lifestyle businesses lately. It’s the new world of entrepreneurship: Sitting on a beach somewhere taking client calls from all over the world. As much as you would love to find yourself in that position, you may still be hesitant to dive headfirst into entrepreneurship. After all, there is still a lot of self-directed business going on in this scenario.
Perhaps you’re not interested in becoming an entrepreneur, but still want a more flexible lifestyle than a 9-to-5 gig permits. For the Millennial generation, in which entrepreneurship is increasingly becoming the norm, it’s almost taboo to admit that you have no interest in running your own business.
So where can these workers stuck in the no-man’s-land between traditional work lives and lifestyle businesses find career solace?
A lifestyle career combines the stability that comes from working for someone else with the freedom that comes from being able to travel or set your own schedule.
These options are ideal for corporate workers looking to transition into a more flexible work schedule while still providing for themselves financially. You may enjoy the taste of freedom so much that you transition into a full lifestyle business!
Parents worldwide look for an excellent education for their children. Tutoring can be done in an entrepreneurial fashion by placing advertisements around the neighborhood, reaching out to parents individually or posting in forums online.
If you’re looking for more direction (and an escape from handling all marketing and client acquisition yourself), there are plenty of brick-and-mortar and onlinetutoringservices eagerly looking for new tutors. Some companies begin as low as $10/hour, while more senior tutors may make over $100/hour! Generally, these companies allow you to set your own working hours and holidays, allowing you to work around your own schedule — not theirs.
Depending on your education, expertise, location and availability, you can command a non-trivial annual salary from tutoring online or face-to-face.
2. Nanny or Au Pair
Do you like kids, teaching and traveling the world?
Au pairs are foreigners brought to another country to take care of children and introduce them to another culture (and maybe language) in the process. Generally, host families provide their au pair with living quarters within their homes and provide a stipend.
To ensure your safety, as well as that of the family, turn to an established service that connects qualified caretakers with suitable families.
If international travel isn’t your bag, there are still plenty of companies who match nannies with families within the same country. Some families even provide housing for their live-in nannies.
3. Pet sitting and dog walking
Are you an animal lover? Do you enjoy being outside?
Most cities have more pets than sitters, allowing you to charge a premium for a 30-minute walk in the park — literally. Much like tutoring, you can find your own clients in your neighborhood or work with a company that will handle marketing and potentially even insurance.
Many pet parents will hire someone who will actually spend the night when they are on vacation, essentially paying you to sleep! If you’re willing to work over holidays, you can also command a higher sitting fee.
4. Teach English abroad
If you’re a native English speaker, you probably qualify to teach English overseas. Many foreign countries hire foreigners to teach children English. Generally, you do not need to speak the language of the company you are going to (although it could only help.)
While at first glance the pay may seem lackluster compared to the other jobs on this list, you can find a teaching job in a country with a low cost of living. This often overlooked fact will allow you to put more money into savings and potentially enjoy luxuries you would not normally be able to afford in your home country.
All these jobs allow you the flexibility that comes with a lifestyle business without as much of the marketing, bookkeeping and other entrepreneurial tasks that consume business owners’ day-to-day work. If you’re looking for an out from the corporate world and are not totally convinced that entrepreneurship is the right path for you, one of these jobs may be a great fit.
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Mallie Rydzik is a lifestyle and career design coach for Millennials. She created The Off-Road Millennial blog and podcast to inspire others to chart their own career paths. Follow her on Twitter at @MetNightOwl.