I used to wonder if there was such a thing as fulfilling jobs that don’t suck?
Back in the early 2000s, I absolutely hated my office job – I can still remember the pit in my stomach as I spent Sunday nights crying, dreading the thought of the following working day.
Thankfully, those days are long gone!
If you’ve never had a job that didn’t suck, you may think that stress-free jobs don’t exist. Well, I’m here to tell you that not all jobs suck!
Whether you’re searching for jobs where you don’t have to deal with people or flexible jobs that pay well, the following guide will help you to find a better role that brings you joy.
In this post, you’ll discover:
- Entry-level and part-time jobs that don’t suck the life out of you.
- Careers with good money that allow your inner-happiness shine through.
- How you can start making money straight away if you’re in a rut.
- 11 amazing reasons to start an online business
- 107 profitable digital products to sell on Etsy
- 41 best small business ideas for women
- 56 passion project ideas to ignite your inner creativity
- 15 ways to get out of a mid week slump
37 Jobs That Don’t Suck
Here is a list of fulfilling jobs that are good for the soul.
Freelance Writer/Freelance Copywriter
I’m probably a little biased here as I work as a copywriter, but it really is one of the best stress-free jobs in the world (providing you get the right clients or employers).
If you’ve got no experience, you’re probably wondering how you can get started. I’ve written a guide on how to become a freelance writer with no experience here.
There are also some gig platforms you can use to get clients, such as Upwork and Fiverr. You can also try content mills like Textbroker. However, these are low-paying so I’d only recommend them as a way to grow your experience.
One of the best ways to become a freelance writer is to build your own website and choose a freelance writing niche. By becoming an expert in a specific field, you’ll be able to attract clients much easier.
You can also write guest posts on other websites in your niche to establish yourself as a leading authority figure.
Blogging is one of the best ways to earn money online and grow a business. You can earn money blogging via display ads, affiliate marketing, selling services or digital products, and by forming brand partnerships.
If you can offer personal experience and create valuable content for readers, you can 100% become a professional blogger – just watch out for these amateur blogger mistakes.
A virtual assistant normally performs admin tasks for a client, including email management, booking travel and accommodation, and scheduling appointments.
You can earn money by charging an hourly rate for ad-hoc clients, or by a set-fee for project-based work. You can also offer clients a monthly retainer where they pay for your services no matter how many days you’re required.
If you love animals, becoming a pet sitter could be the perfect stress-free job.
As a pet sitter, you can make money by offering services, such as feeding, walking, playing with, and providing general care for pets while their owners are away.
You can charge a daily or hourly rate, and market your services through social media, pet-sitting websites, and word-of-mouth referrals.
If you love beauty and have a passion for being creative, becoming a makeup artist is a highly fulfilling job.
As a makeup artist, you can make money by offering your services to clients in various settings like weddings, photo shoots, film and television production, theater performances, and special events.
You could even start YouTube and Instagram accounts to promote your skills and collaborate with makeup brands. If you become established, offering online workshops and classes will earn you extra money.
The best part – you get to be your own boss and make your own decisions.
If you enjoy web design and want to earn an online income, becoming a UX designer may be for you.
A UX (User Experience) designer is a professional who designs and creates user-centered digital products, including websites, mobile apps, and software, with the goal of improving the overall experience of the user.
Part of this job involves conducting user research, creating user personas, prototyping and testing design concepts, creating wireframes and interactive prototypes, and working with developers to ensure the design is properly implemented.
While you’ll need to have a deep understanding of user needs, behaviors, and motivations, you can do courses to learn the different aspects required.
Do you love working out? Maybe you want to help people make smarter lifestyle decisions?
If so, a personal trainer career could feed your soul.
Personal trainers can work from public gyms or their own premises – generally, it’s a lot easier to get clients if you’re based at a public gym but you can also do your own marketing to expand your client base.
You can work 1-on-1 with someone, or you could train a small group class. If you want to make extra money, providing additional services, such as nutrition counseling, online training, and corporate wellness programs can be highly profitable.
Teaching is a fulfilling career for many people, but you don’t have to work inside the classroom to earn money.
An online tutor provides private, one-on-one tuition over the internet to students to help them improve their academic performance.
You can work with students of all ages, from elementary school to college, and can specialize in a particular subject or academic area.
Do you love taking photos?
A career in photography may be your dream career.
The amount of money you can make depends on your level of experience, the type of photography you specialize in, and the market you serve. For example, a freelance photographer who specializes in weddings or portraits may earn anywhere from $50 to $500 per session, while a professional commercial photographer working for a large corporation could earn several thousand dollars for a single project.
However, you can earn passive income by selling your photos through stock photography agencies or by licensing your work directly to clients.
Social Media Manager
A career in social media management is one of the best jobs for people who love all things Instagram or TikTok.
According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a social media manager in the USA is around $57,000 per year. However, freelance social media managers can charge anywhere from $30 to $150 or more per hour, depending on their level of experience and the complexity of the project.
However, those who work for large corporations or advertising agencies may earn a higher salary, often in the range of $70,000 to $100,000 or more.
For anyone who loves reading, working in a library is the ideal job.
Many people who join this career path start out as a library assistant.
A library assistant is a support staff member who may be involved in checking in and out materials, shelving books and other items, assisting patrons with finding materials and using library resources, answering basic reference questions, processing and organizing new materials, and maintaining the cleanliness and organization of the library.
Library assistants usually report to a librarian and may work part-time or full-time, depending on the library’s needs. For this job, you can work in all types of libraries like those in healthcare or childcare facilities.
Yoga and pilates instructors normally work from a gym or yoga studio, often earning a set hourly rate, which can range from $30 to $75 or more per hour, depending on the instructor’s level of experience.
If you become a freelance yoga instructor, you can potentially charge even more, ranging from $50 to $150 or more per hour. Not only that, but you can work at retreats, do online workshops, and sell your own yoga mats or clothing.
If you think you could enjoy yoga or pilates, try it out first and try to get to a competent level before considering teaching others.
Imagine being a stylist working for a celebrity or global brand.
The role of a stylist is hard work, but it can be extremely glamorous.
If you like all things hair and are creative, you may enjoy this type of work. While the average salary for a stylist in the US is around $28,000, you can earn more via social media or by setting up a YouTube channel.
An art therapist uses art materials and the creative process to help individuals explore their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Art therapy can be used to treat a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues, among others.
Many art therapists work with children to make positive changes in their lives, which can be highly rewarding. After all, helping them to develop new coping strategies makes a significant difference in life.
The only downside to pursuing a career in this field is that you must have a master’s degree in art therapy or a related field, and be licensed in the state where you practice.
While that takes time and money, the end goal of a job that feeds your soul will be 100% worth the effort.
Paintings, dinosaurs, sculptures….
There are so many things you can see in a museum that the role of a museum guide has to be on this list of jobs that don’t suck.
So, what does a museum guide actually do?
Essentially, a museum guide provides information and assistance to visitors, helping to promote the mission and values of the museum. You may conduct tours of exhibitions, provide information about the museum’s collections and history, answer questions from visitors, and assist with special events.
As this job often includes part-time or full-time shifts, it may be a good idea to get a museum guide role as a temporary job first. By doing this, you can try it out and see if this job is the right fit for you.
Remote Therapist/Guidance Counselor
Helping people in any capacity is always a rewarding career.
A remote therapist or counselor can make a vast difference in a person’s life by providing intense therapy sessions and support in times of need.
Unlike traditional therapy roles, remote counseling, also known as teletherapy or e-therapy, allows clients to receive mental health services from the comfort of their own homes or other convenient locations.
You get to work from home or a coworking space, develop treatment plans, and provide support and guidance to all types of clients.
You can work with individuals, couples, families, or groups, and may specialize in treating a variety of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship problems.
Unfortunately, it’s not super easy to get this type of job as you’ll need to be suitably qualified and licensed to practice in the state where you’re providing services.
Love maths? A bookkeeping job could be your dream career.
This type of job is fairly well paid, depending on the type of company you work for, and your location.
The average salary for a bookkeeper is around $42,000 per year. However, you can earn more doing freelance work on the side. Plus, you could also start your own website and launch a course teaching small businesses and solopreneurs how to do their bookkeeping.
How does developing mobile apps and building websites sound?
A software developer is a highly sought-after career since it involves problem-solving and attention to detail. As a developer, you can work in a range of industries, including tech companies, finance, and healthcare.
For this work, you’ll need to understand how to use programming languages like Java, Python, C++, and others to write code, test and debug software.
Many people in this field work freelance or for a company, averaging around $101,000 per year.
If you’re looking for a well-paid job that doesn’t involve working with tons of people, this type of role will likely make your shortlist.
A sales entrepreneur sounds like an exciting job, but what do they actually do?
Well, this career involves selling products or services for profit – normally, you’ll have to build relationships with potential clients, negotiate deals, and close sales.
This type of job isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re not comfortable interacting with people from all kinds of backgrounds. But, in saying that, I know many people in sales who love the buzz of selling.
You can also make a fortune doing this job, so if you’ve got drive, determination, and people skills – plus, you don’t give up easily – becoming a sales entrepreneur may be for you.
Online Course Creator
Selling courses can be highly lucrative – I know of many online entrepreneurs who make millions per year as a course creator.
There are really only 2 main things you need to sell courses. First, you need some type of skill or knowledge in a niche. Secondly, you need an audience to sell your course to.
Becoming a successful online course creator requires hard work and dedication, but if you’re willing to put the effort in, it’s well worth pursuing. This article tells you how you can get started.
Online coaches are everywhere – and, if you want to succeed in this industry, you’ll need to know how to stand out.
That said, being a coach is deeply gratifying for many, particularly as you’re able to help people achieve their goals on a daily basis.
Many online coaches specialize in areas like fitness, nutrition, career development, and life coaching, communicating with clients through video conferencing, email, and/or messaging apps.
Although, there are no formal qualifications needed, having experience in your niche is a must. You can also find qualifications online – you may want to start with a Udemy course to see what’s involved.
Making money from YouTube isn’t as challenging as it may seem. You don’t need to have a huge following to earn an income as many YouTubers profit from working with brands on sponsored content and affiliate marketing.
While you don’t need lots of subscribers, the more views you have, the better! Especially as you’ll then be able to make money from ads, channel memberships and merchandise sales.
The first step in becoming a YouTuber is to make engaging content that people naturally gravitate to. It’s a good idea to choose a specific niche and be known for one particular thing, rather than create videos on every topic.
Once you start making videos, you can work on refining your content and building your channel.
National Park Jobs
Working in a national park can vary from being a park ranger to wildlife biologist.
In this role, the likelihood is that you’re going to be working with people or animals so if you don’t love either of these, this probably isn’t the job for you.
If you do like the idea of working with animals or people, a good way to start is by exploring volunteer opportunities so you can get a feel for the role.
Do you spend hours scrolling on Pinterest? If so, you may find being a Pinterest Manager and maintaining client accounts a fulfilling job.
To become a Pinterest Manager, you should start building a professional-looking portfolio, showcasing your skills and experience by creating visually appealing boards, pins, and campaigns.
You’ll also need to know the latest Pinterest trends and best practices, and learn about social media marketing.
Once you’ve done this, consider offering your services to friends, family, or local businesses. You can then gain some experience and credibility.
A proofreader reviews written materials, such as books, articles, and websites, to identify and correct errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style.
This type of job requires exceptional attention to detail and strong language skills, as well as a thorough understanding of grammar and style rules.
One of the best things about this role is that you can work freelance, for publishing companies, or for businesses that produce written materials.
If you want to get started as a proofreader, taking a course may help you to take your first steps in the industry.
A digital marketer develops and implements marketing campaigns across a variety of digital channels, including email, social media, search engines, and websites.
While many people in this role start off working for a company, many look towards building their own digital marketing agency, and hiring staff and freelance employees for campaigns.
Most digital marketers have strong communication and analytical skills, as well as a good understanding of digital marketing tools and techniques. This is a fast-paced, results-driven environment, so you often have to work under pressure – if you thrive in these conditions, then give this job some consideration.
Video game designer
Play video games? If you’re a video game fanatic, a career as a video game designer will probably be your ultimate career goal.
A video game designer creates and develops the concepts, gameplay, rules, and overall design of a video game. This includes determining the game’s story, characters, environments, and objectives, as well as defining the gameplay mechanics and interface. Video game designers also collaborate with artists, programmers, and other team members to bring their vision to life.
You need to have a creative or artistic personality to be able to do this role, but if it’s something you’re interested in, then consider a video game design course.
An animator creates the illusion of movement and change by drawing or designing a sequence of images or models that are then played back in rapid succession.
This normally involves creating characters, creatures, and objects and bringing them to life through movement and expression. Animators use software tools, traditional hand-drawn animation techniques, or a combination of both to produce their work.
People in this profession can earn around $71,000 annually, so there’s the potential of being paid highly for something you love doing.
Voice over artist
Voice-over artists can make money doing all kinds of projects, from radio adverts to audiobooks. Some people in the industry work on a per-project basis, while others can be employed by a company.
The top voice-over artists command earnings in the six-figure range – you’ll need to have a pleasant-sounding voice and be able to pronounce words clearly and confidently to reach the highest level.
To get started, you can try applying for gigs on Upwork, or offering your services on Fiverr. You may not earn as much on these sites, but it’s a good way to get experience.
Now, while most of us are never going to be the next Margot Robbie or Tom Cruise, being an actor is still a viable career for many people.
You’ll need a combination of talent, training, hard work, and luck to get started, but if you’ve got ambition and determination, you could go far!
Most actors start out by taking acting classes, workshops, or lessons to develop their talent and craft. They also join acting organizations to connect with people in the industry.
Even if you don’t make it as an actor, it’s fairly easy to get work as an extra, and it’s a great way to make some extra money!
Imagine being paid to shop – I know I would love that kind of job!
Well, a personal shopper is just that – only you shop for other people!
This career is centered around purchasing clothing, accessories, and other items to meet a client’s personal style and wardrobe needs. Usually, these are clients with bigger budgets who are able to afford someone to help them find the best items for their lifestyle requirements.
People in this line of work usually have expertise in fashion and retail to recommend and source items that meet those needs. You can work as an independent contractor, or be employed by a retail store or independent business.
If this sounds like the perfect job, getting some experience in fashion or luxury retail would be a good advantage.
If you enjoy baking and decorating cakes, I’m here to tell you that your perfect job does exist!
A cake decorator designs and creates decorative elements for cakes and cupcakes, using a variety of techniques, including icing, fondant, gum paste, and other materials, to create beautiful and imaginative designs for their clients.
For this job, you can work in a bakery, pastry shop, supermarket, or from your own space as a solo business. Getting lots of baking and decorating experience is a must for this role as you’ll need to be able to work quickly and accurately under pressure, as well as have strong communication and customer service skills.
Planning events like weddings is a complex task that some people are paid extremely well to do.
A wedding planner assists couples in setting and sticking to a budget for their wedding, as well as coordinating with caterers, florists, and photographers.
Setting up the wedding venue and ensuring the planning process as stress-free as possible is also required.
Getting experience as an assistant, or planning small events for your family and friends, is a good way to break into this industry.
Becoming a fashion designer normally involves having a degree in fashion design or a related field, alongside some professional experience.
Being able to form connections within the fashion industry can help you get your foot in the door since building your skills and portfolio is vital for this career.
Most fashion designers start out assisting for others, before launching their own brand – this requires a lot of hard work and dedication but it’s extremely rewarding if you dream of working in the fashion industry.
You don’t need to be an entertainer to work in the entertainment industry.
Behind the scenes, the role of a booking agent can be highly rewarding for the right person.
A booking agent acts as an intermediary between clients and entertainment or event venues. One day, you could be negotiating performance fees and contract terms on behalf of your clients, and the next could be spent promoting your clients’ work to get more opportunities.
Booking agents can work on a commission basis, meaning you could earn a vast income from this job.
Flying a plane doesn’t have to be a job that’s out of reach. Many people professionally operate aircraft to transport people, goods, or military personnel.
This job doesn’t just consist of flight navigation – as a pilot, you need to be able to undertake pre-flight checks, maintain communication with air traffic control, passengers, and other crew members to ensure a safe and efficient flight, as well as follow emergency procedures.
Having a valid pilot’s license and keeping up-to-date with the latest regulations and safety standards is essential for this job. But, a pilot training program is often the best place to start.
For any budding writer, becoming a published author is the holy grail of careers.
If you love writing stories that people enjoy, you can reach out to publishing houses or try independent book publishing on Amazon KDP.
Making money from book sales can be tough unless you sell thousands of books. However, as an author, you can make extra income from speaking gigs, public appearances, merchandising, film or TV adaptations, and from online workshops.
Building a strong platform and brand via online marketing can help new authors to increase their exposure and earn more income from their writing.
Try writing stories in your spare time to see how you progress – once you’ve got a complete work, you can then take the next step of looking at publishers.
What to do when you need to make money fast
If you need to make money fast, here are some ideas to consider.
- Sell your unwanted items on eBay or Facebook Marketplace.
- Sign up for Fiverr and start selling a service gig, such as image editing or administration services.
- Participate in online surveys and make money by giving your opinion on a wide range of topics. You can find surveys on Swagbucks or InboxDollars.
- Deliver food via Uber Eats or DoorDash
- Do temporary work just to make a bit of extra cash quickly.
Do all jobs suck?
No, not all jobs suck. Some people enjoy their jobs and find fulfillment in their work.
Here are a few factors that impact job satisfaction:
Alignment with personal values and interests
Opportunities for growth and development
Positive work culture and relationships with colleagues
What jobs don’t feel like jobs?
Here are some jobs that people feel aren’t like mundane work:
Pursuing a passion or hobby as a career, such as music, photography or writing.
Starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur.
Creative jobs like art or graphic design.
Jobs where you help others like teaching or social work, where you can make a difference in someone’s life.
Flexible or remote jobs which help to enhance your work-life balance.
Are there any tech jobs without customer interaction?
Generally, the following jobs don’t involve direct customer interaction:
IT security specialist
How do you find jobs that are good for the soul?
If you want to start looking for jobs that are good for your soul, it’s essential that you think about the following aspects.
Identify your passions and values
Take time to reflect on what you’re passionate about and what’s important to you. This will help you to determine what kind of work is going to bring you fulfillment and satisfaction.
Research industries that align with your interests
Once you’ve identified your passions and values, research industries that align with them. Do online research, talk to professionals in the field, and contemplate attending industry events.
Network with people in those industries
Networking is a valuable tool for learning about job opportunities and getting advice from professionals in the field. Attend industry events, join professional organizations, and reach out to people on LinkedIn to expand your network.
Look for companies with a strong mission or values
When researching companies, look for ones that have a mission or values that align with your own. You can usually find this information on a company’s website or by reading reviews from current and former employees.
Read reviews from current and former employees
Sites like Glassdoor are helpful for learning about a company’s culture, benefits, and employee satisfaction. Read reviews from current and former employees to get a good idea of what it’s like to work at a particular company.
Consider volunteer work or internships
Volunteer work and internships allow you to gain experience in a field you’re interested in and make connections with professionals in the industry. From these experiences, you can determine if a particular field or company is a good fit for you.
These Amazing Jobs That Don’t Suck Are Good For Your Soul
I hope you’ve found at least one job you like on my list of rewarding jobs that don’t suck.
It’s never too early (or late) to land a job that fills your heart and wallet – I’m a big believer in having a healthy mind at work. When you have a career you truly care about, it will enrich all areas of your life.
Start taking the first steps towards your career goals today, even if it’s simply watching a YouTube video!