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10 Jobs To Escape The Humdrum Of Working 9-5

10 Jobs To Escape The Humdrum Of Working 9-5

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The majority of us have been working in various 9-5 (or even 9-6) jobs ever since we entered the workforce. While we are grateful for the financial security and employee perks from working in an office, we cannot help to feel monotonous from the rigid working hours. Do you wonder if you’re the only one who thinks about changing up your work life, to spice things up a little before you lose yourself in the labyrinth of ‘working blues’? You are not alone.

Here are 10 flexi-hour jobs for us to try out. They are not full-time positions which means you can work on them on the side – yes, yes, side hustles, side gigs or freelance. Besides, they offer attractive pay which can be a big bonus for your wallet.

1. Personal Assistant

Work flexibility: Options to work remotely or on a part-time basis

What is this about: A personal assistance is due to carry out administrative tasks for an individual, rather than a team of people. You are usually responsible to help a manager or c-suite level executive by organising, scheduling meetings and appointment, as well as compiling and preparing reports. It’s a little bit of everything but you usually just need a laptop and mobile phone to pick up calls.

Hourly Remuneration: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

2. Private Tutor

Work flexibility: No fixed working hours, usually between late afternoons and evenings (after school hours)

What is this about: Similar to a teacher, a private tutor teaches and coaches students in the studies and daily curriculums. They also prepare them for school and national examinations. As a private tutor, you may have students ranging from as young as kindergarten children to college students.

The private tuition industry is a booming industry, particularly in Singapore.

According to Singapore’s flagship English newspaper, Straits Times, 7 in 10 parents in Singapore send their children for tuition. Some parents are willing to spend as much as $400 per month, on each subject taught by tutors.

Hourly Remuneration: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

3. Project Manager

Work flexibility: Options to work remotely, on a project basis

What is this about: Project managers are found in every organisation and every department. They are responsible for the initiation, planning, execution and troubleshooting of projects. To be a project manager, not only must you be comfortable with working in a dynamic environment, but you should also have the necessary interpersonal skills to communicate and delegate tasks within the project team. This is so that your project team can achieve the desired results within the tight deadline provided.

Hourly remuneration: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

4. Web Developer

Work flexibility: Options to work remotely, part-time, or on a project basis

What is this about: While there are many an in-house web developer, you can consider becoming one on a part-time or freelance basis. If you fulfil the prerequisites to be a web developer, you should already know that you will be responsible to work with a web designer and do some coding to create websites that achieve the functions and specifications of your clients.

Hourly remuneration: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5. Massage Therapist

Work flexibility: No fixed working hours. Dependent on the schedule of your client

What is this about: A massage therapist may not be a doctor but do not belittle their impact. If you are a certified massage therapist, you have the option to work in a massage parlour or perform the therapy at your client’s residences. Massage therapists use professional massage methods to relieve body pain, speed up muscle and soft tissue recovery, improve blood circulation and more.

Hourly rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

6. Personal trainer

Work flexibility: No fixed working hours. Dependent on the schedule of your client

What is this about: Just like a massage therapist, personal trainers usually require some form of certification. Aa a certified personal trainer, you may choose to work under a gym. Otherwise, consider building your clientele base and offer your fitness services in their residences or a gym near their house. Rather than being deskbound, you are actively moving around to help clients achieve their fitness goals. You may even have the time to do a few sets of workouts for yourself.

Hourly rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

7. Pet Sitter

Work flexibility: Ad-hoc basis, dependent on the schedule of pet owners

What is this about: Pets are our best friends and pet owners would always have to arrange for someone to take care of their pets when they are busy or out of town. If you have a love for little animals or have experience in taking care of them, a pet sitter is one job you won’t want to miss out. Moreover, should your house be available for pets to stay over, you can be an all-encompassing pet sitter where you feed and groom them, more so than just bringing them out for regular strolls.

Hourly remuneration: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

8. Photo Editor

Work flexibility: Ad-hoc basis

What is this about: Familiar with software such as Adobe Lightroom? You are in for a treat! The prevalence of social media has given rise to a large group of individuals who are willing to spend to look good online. Normal photographs with no filters just wouldn’t make the cut and they are keen to find people just like you who can edit their photographs into something more dramatic, more vibrant and more eye-catching.

If you are passionate about photo editing, you may consider perching yourself in a café during lunch hours and work on clients’ photos.

Hourly remuneration: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

9. Confinement Nanny

Work flexibility: Ad-hoc, dependent on clients

What is this about: A confinement lady is usually a nanny who accompanies new mothers at home during their first to third months after birth. While not every mother requires a confinement lady, the more traditional households would usually have one. As a confinement lady, you are responsible for the meals of the mothers and their new-borns. Additionally, you will have to perform housekeeping chores and assist the mothers in other duties when required.

The more popular confinement ladies are those who are experienced in preparing traditional Chinese Medicine herbal soups and Chinese confinement dishes. Furthermore, those who have received relevant training conducted in hospitals or doctors usually command higher pay.

Hourly remuneration: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

10. Research Associate

Work flexibility: Flexible but usually requires a minimum number of hours per week

What is this about: Do you hold an advanced degree beyond a bachelor’s degree and miss the academic rigour back in your university days? If you do, consider a side job as a research associate where you organise and conduct research on businesses, markets, investments, or the economy. Companies ranging from asset management firms, financial institutions to consulting firms are always looking for research associates to gather data from primary and secondary sources and analyse them. Having the relevant working experience would be a plus.

Hourly remuneration: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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