If you’re like the majority of people I hear from, you’re working a job that sucks the life out of you.
Do you find yourself counting down the minutes until you’re off work?
You’re not alone.
Today’s post is all about:
- Finding a new job that you’ll actually enjoy
- How to make money with a side hustle
- Transitioning from crappy job to happy job
With the right mindset and strategies in place, you can totally do this. Your job doesn’t have to make you miserable.
#1 Make dog treats at home
One of the coolest jobs on this list is making dog treats from your home kitchen and selling them online or at farmers markets.
People doing this are earning an average of $1,000-$5,000 a month depending on how many treats they sell and how much time they are putting into their business.
This is a fun and flexible side hustle for people looking to dip their toes into something totally new.
If you’re a dog lover, consider this side hustle. You’ll get paid for baking and spending time with dogs.
Check out this free training and learn:
- Most popular dog treats to sell
- Where to sell dog treats
- How much to charge
- What you need to start a dog treat business
Below are a few examples of people making money in the dog treat business!
#2 Open an Etsy store
Do you make handmade things at home? If you’ve been interested in selling your handmade crafts, Etsy is a good place to start this side hustle. Etsy makes it incredibly easy to start selling your handmade goods online, especially if you’re brand new to the site.
Your Etsy store can sell handmade:
- Crochet goods
- Woodworking crafts
- Handmade clothes
- Dog treats
- Baked goods
- Custom art work
- Party decor and games
Recommended reading: 13 Best Things To Sell On Etsy
#3 Dog Walker
Here’s another job that doesn’t suck AND a great gig if you love dogs.
I was a Rover dog walker for years and loved it. I got to spend time with animals, walk dogs and get exercise, and work part-time hours.
The job is incredibly flexible and you can say yes or no to jobs with zero issues.
- pet sitting
- dog walker
- overnight stays
You can even get certified as a dog trainer and offer dog training services as well. People love getting a two for one deal and knowing their dogs are getting cared for and getting training is a done deal.
Tip: To land jobs on sites like Rover, set your rates lower than others until you get enough 5 start reviews. Once you have a lot of references and reviews, you can increase your prices.
#4 Pinterest Virtual Assistant
If you love Pinterest or want to help a small business thrive online, consider becoming a Pinterest Virtual Assistant, also known as a Pinterest VA.
Pinterest VA’s are in charge of managing a business’s profile on Pinterest and doing tasks like creating new pins, scheduling pins, and creating SEO-friendly pins.
Benefits of being a Pinterest VA:
- Work from anywhere
- Set your own schedule
- Can make $500-$5,000+ a month
- Ability to quit your day job and do this full-time
In the free training, you’ll learn:
- How to get started as a Pinterest VA right away
- Steps to take to start this business
- How to create a business plan based on how much you want to make
#5 Sell Printables on Etsy
Selling printables on Etsy is the best side hustle out there right now. Printable makers can earn between $100-$1000+ a month selling printables online (see their success stories here).
This is the side hustle for you if you’re:
- Looking for something stress-free
- Makes passive income
- Not wanting to package and ship items
You don’t need any previous experience to do this, you don’t need to be a graphic designer, and you don’t even need to be tech savvy for this.
Find out what kind of printables to make (so you can make the most money) and how to start an Etsy shop in this free training.
#6 Au Pair
An Au Pair is essentially a nanny who works abroad in countries all over the world. I was an Au Pair for a summer in Italy and it was one of the coolest experiences of my life.
I found my Au Pair family from an online website entirely for free. Other Au Pair’s opt to go for an Au Pair agency, but there are fees for using those agencies and I wanted to bypass any costs.
To become an au pair, here are the general requirements:
- 18-30 years old
- Proficient in English
- Have some childcare experience, although not always necessary
- Good health
- High school diploma
Places to find au pair family:
If you’re a fan of grammar and constantly correcting other people’s mistakes, consider becoming a remote proofreader.
I hire proofreaders for special projects on my website and they’ve always been a major help.
Proofreaders can work for:
- Books publishers
- Small business owners
Proofreaders can earn between $17-$30 per hour and enjoy flexible hours while working from home.
Here is a free training that will show you if proofreading is right for you.
#8 House sitter
Another unique and easygoing job is working as a house sitter. House sitting is a great way to see the world for very little money, and oftentimes you can even make some cash doing this.
To get started as a house sitter, sign up for house sitting websites such as:
To start landing house sitting jobs, it’s important to have positive references on your profile. If you’ve never house fitted before, you can likely find a job over a busy holiday when house sitters are in short supply. Once you find your first job, it’s easier to get your second, third, and so on.
#9 Voice Actor
According to a blog post on Making Sense of Cents, “A voice over actor is the person you hear, but don’t see”.
- radio ads
- YouTube ads
- TV commercials
- video games
Voice actor pay can widely vary depending on the t type of job, length of job, etc. Some jobs average $300-$350 a job depending on how experienced you are. To get good jobs, make sure to have a good agent and run your business well.
There are voice actors making six figures but that includes years of voice acting and quite a few jobs.
#10 Teach English abroad
Countries abroad are constantly hiring people to teach the English language. You can get paid to teach English to foreign students and you don’t even need to know their native language.
To find English teaching jobs, it’s important to look at your options. Not all jobs are going to require experience or even a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) certificate. You can look for jobs here. This site shares new job listings, requirements needed from you, and much more information.
Countries hiring the most English teachers:
- South Korea
Benefits of working as an English Teacher:
- Ability to travel somewhere new
- Paid for your work
- Possibly airfare free to and from country
- Accommodations covered
- Possibly insurance covered
I actually got my TEFL certificate to teach English abroad and I never used it. I always wish I had!
Best side hustles right now
- Sell printables on Etsy – Selling printables is the #1 side hustle to make money. This can be done on your own schedule and turn into passive income! You can earn over $10,000 a year selling printables.
- Sell dog treats – Make $1,000+ selling dog treats from the comfort of your home. Be your own boss and make your own schedule.
- Proofreading – Earn $20+ an hour proofreading from home. Great for people who enjoy editing and working from a computer.
- Surveys – Make money filling out surveys. You can take as many surveys as you want and earn up to $5 per survey.
Conclusion – 10 Jobs That Don’t Suck
I hope this list of jobs that don’t suck give you an idea of a different path you can take. None of these jobs have to be the job you have the rest of your life, but they can be a good way to get out of a job you truly hate right now.
When I was at a bad point in my life and needed a break from my job, I left the country to become an au pair abroad. During this time, I was allowed to make money while traveling Europe, and getting a much needed break from real life.
I was even able to get more of an idea of what I wanted to do when I got back home.
Whether you’re looking for a career change or just want to try something new, go for it and don’t look back.
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