3 Jobs to Consider When You Want More Flexibility


While some people find the lack of routine genuinely distressing while working at home, others relish the freedom offered by working to their timescale. The current pandemic has only enhanced this. While everybody is undoubtedly looking forward to returning to some semblance of how life used to be, not everyone will be looking forward to returning to the old way of working. For those that are keen to keep that flexibility and avoid the regular 9 – 5 jobs, here are a couple of suggestions for other careers you might consider. 

#1 Become an eCommerce business owner

Although high street retail was flagging even before the current crisis, online retail continues to grow in leaps and bounds, expanding every year. The current crisis has accelerated this even more, with many online retailers seeing a five or 10-year growth in business in just a few months.

This, of course, means that there is plenty of room for new businesses to get a foothold and build their own brand. The current trend with these businesses is to have Amazon do the warehousing and distribution (even for sales on other platforms) using the Amazon FBA service where your suppliers send products straight to the Amazon warehouse.

In practical terms, this service means that you don’t need to have dedicated premises (unless you want to), and you can run the whole thing from your own home, working at hours that suit you. 

#2 Become a Taxi Driver

If staying at home is not your thing, how does being out and about for all of your working day sounds? Becoming a taxi driver is as different as you can get from being sat in front of a computer all day, so it might be exactly what you are looking for.

You can’t just jump behind the wheel and get on with it, though. You need a taxi driver’s license first, and attending a college course can set you on the right track. Other requirements will include a medical, a relevant skills test, and the usual background checks.

You will also need specialist taxi insurance. Just like other vehicle insurance, without it, you cannot be on the roads. However, it does differ from your standard car insurance, so it is vital that you understand exactly what policies are available to take out. Your best bet is to go for a taxi insurance provider that understands your needs as a taxi driver. 

You’ll need this even if you are driving an Uber.

#3 Driving Instructor

If you like the idea of working from your car (but not the prospect of working Saturday nights), this might be the answer. Like taxi drivers, the majority of driving instructors are self-employed, so you decide how many bookings you take. This opens up possibilities to do this either full or part-time alongside something else. 

If your 9 to 5 life had some sort of mentoring or training aspect, then using those same skills to help others who are getting behind the wheel for the first time may end up ticking all of the boxes. Of course, you’ll be doing some weekends and evenings, but overall becoming a driving instructor will make you your own boss and allow you to escape the 9 to 5 routine.

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