Let’s face it: living up to your full potential isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Just because you’re smart and talented doesn’t mean you need to deal with the stress of a powerful job. In fact, work-related stress is one of the major causes of problems in other areas of your life, such as your health and relationships.
If you’d rather work to live and spend your time, energy and talents on things other than your job, maybe it’s time to check out some of these low-maintenance gigs.
10. Video Game Tester
You know how you sometimes think you’ll just play a quick game and before you know it, the whole day has gone by without you leaving the sofa? This doesn’t have to be a waste of a day. As a video game tester, you play games that are in development, find and report bugs and then play those games again to check that the issues have been ironed out. What’s not to love?
9. Court Reporter
As a court reporter, you don’t have to make decisions or even really speak to people. You simply type up everything that’s being said during a trial or a legal meeting. It’s a great gig in that it pays well and you don’t need a degree. But you do need special training. The most important job requirement is being able to type really, really fast and accurately.
8. Food Critic
If you want to be paid to eat more than just a bite of food, becoming a food critic might be a better option. You get to make a meal of it. Having a great way with words is essential for writing entertaining food reviews and a culinary background is recommended.
7. Food Taster
Many food producers hire professional food tasters to evaluate new products. As a food taster, you may be hired to sample things like ice cream, beer or chocolate and then evaluate them according to taste, smell, consistency, and so on. The bad news is that the keyword is “sample”: you don’t get to eat the whole box of chocolates.
6. Mystery Shopper
Retail stores and restaurants, market research companies and consumer watchdogs all use the mystery shoppers to get information about or rate certain products or services. You need to be discreet and pay attention to detail, so in essence, you get to play spy without the danger.
5. Computer Programmer
As any computer geek will tell you, the best software code is also the simplest, so the objective is to code as little as possible. Besides, tech companies often offer all kinds of great perks, from free food or beer to hammocks to swing in while you code.
4. Massage Therapist
Massage therapy is all about relaxation, so you’ll work in a stress-free environment complete with soothing music and aromatherapy oils. You can set your own hours too, so if you’re not in the mood for work, you just don’t take on any clients that day.
3. Event Planner
An event planner, like a project manager, lets other people do the hard work. You’ll meet new and interesting people every day and, well, you plan parties for a living. You do need to be organized, though, or you’ll make your job needlessly stressful.
2. Project Manager
The secret to successful project managing is to find ways to get things done in the easiest way possible, which is where natural laziness comes in handy: after all, if you don’t like working hard, you’ll find ways to work smart instead. You also get to delegate most of the actual work.
1. Dog Walker
As a professional dog walker, you get to choose your hours and your clients. You also get to be outside and, best of all, you can play with pooches without having the responsibility of taking care of them 24/7. No wonder this is one of the most popular jobs for retirees.