We all need to make a living, but the typical 9 to 5 grind at a stodgy office desk just isn’t satisfying to many people. Not only is the sedentary lifestyle unkind to your body, it simply doesn’t provide the physical and mental stimulus some people need to truly enjoy their jobs. Fortunately, there’s plenty of creative and general labor jobs that take workers from behind the desk into active, engaging positions where they can develop new skills and find career fulfillment.
Providing exemplary professional service at catered events is a unique skill, and for those naturally gifted at hospitality and food service, it can be a dream job. It’s a chance to meet all kinds of unique contacts, learn about foods and preparations that may be new to you, train in gourmet techniques and provide truly exemplary service that will have a genuine impact on an event. If you have an eye for detail and a love of food and people, catering may be just right for you.
Some people never grow out of playing in the dirt—landscapers are among them. If you love working in nature, have no fear of heavy machinery and want a job that will encourage you to move, you may be a future landscaper. Whether you’re sodding a lawn, trimming a hedge row or planting rose bushes that will delight a family for generations, you’re contributing a little extra beauty to the world and leaving behind the desk and chair.
For people who genuinely enjoy driving and the open road, truck driving is an ideal employment situation. It’s a lucrative job with long hours followed by long breaks, and if you don’t have any major time commitments, it’s a great way to build up a nest egg. If seeing the country is on your bucket list, truck driving is one way to do it while also netting a decent paycheck.
We all know someone who was born to plan parties. If that person is you, you may be surprised to learn that special events coordination can be a profitable career. There are many people who lack the confidence and creative eye to put together a successful and elegant event, and they rely on event planners to bring their dreams to life and add unique flourishes. If you’re always thinking about your next party, chances are good you’d love working as a special events coordinator.
Whether you’re planning events, planting flowers or doing something else entirely, work doesn’t just happen behind desks. Breaking away from the 9 to 5 grind can help you destress, find fulfillment and change your perspective while making money doing something you really like.