Jobs for Lazy People (or the Just Plain Bored)
While searching for interesting jobs on the internet, I came across what has to be one of the best jobs for lazy people: “Luxury Bed Tester”. Unfortunately not a full time position, by the looks of it – I found an article about a student who was being paid to test beds for a month!
Since this is a serious sleep study, she was also subjected to different temperatures, and given caffeine and alcohol as all of these factors affect sleep. Drinking and sleeping – not a bad way to make some extra cash.
The student was also required to blog about the experience and on some days actually sleep in the shop window. I haven’t been able to find the blog – perhaps she was too busy sleeping to write it, but let me know if you do come across it. I’m sure it would make interesting reading.
I found another article which mentioned the position of Director of Sleep for a hotel chain and involved testing the beds in various locations.
Sounds as if that might be a lot of fun – presumably the post holder gets to travel and since the job involves sleeping, he can do a bit of sightseeing during the day. I wonder how much admin is involved – there must be a catch, surely? The one sounds almost too good to be true.
An online search for how to become a director of sleep didn’t leave me any the wiser. I imagine this is a rare position or perhaps the application process is as secretive as that of M15 used to be. You could try offering your services to large chains, preferably those with hotels in the sort of places you want to visit but can’t afford to.
Are You Really Looking for Jobs for Lazy People?
I doubt it. You probably aren’t really all that lazy or just on the lookout for an easy job. It’s more likely that you are bored by your present job or run off your feet in a job that is way too stressful for a human being.
Sadly this applies to a lot of jobs these days. Many careers which were once interesting and fun have become nightmares because of stress. So what you are really looking for is not, in fact, jobs for lazy people, but interesting jobs which aren’t overly stressful. You want to find a job that you can actually enjoy and which doesn’t lead to an early grave, illness or burn out.
Finding Jobs which are Different
So if you are looking for something which is different, start out with what you enjoy doing or topics you find truly fascinating.
Next take a look at what you find so fascinating about the subject or why you enjoy the particular activities. This can help you come up with skills and experience which could help you get a job or point you towards work as a freelancer or sole trader.
The key is to start with stuff you like. Making a list of things you can do isn’t helpful at this stage – you could go and look at your present job, which I’m assuming you don’t enjoy (otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article), come up with an impressive list of skills and experience, mostly gained doing things you don’t want to be doing. Some of them may well come in useful, but they are not going to be the key ingredients of your new career.
Look back at the ideas and dreams you had when you were younger – are they still relevant?
Do you want to retrain to do something completely different? It may seem impossible, especially as the cost of education has gone up significantly. But it’s still worth looking into. There are many flexible opportunities to study and a lot of online courses which you can follow in your own time.
It takes commitment, but most people work for at least 40 years of their lives and with the way the economy is going, that is likely to increase to 50 or 60 for a lot of people. So a few years of study – even if you have to save up for it,will probably pay off really well in the long run, by enriching all those years of work. After all, if you are going to have to spend so much of your time working, you really want to enjoy it as much as possible.
It may be necessary to create your own job, if you really want to do your own thing. But there are plenty of ways to do that these days. If you enjoy what you trained for, but not what goes with it, could you work as a freelancer? Or could you train for something which you could do on a contract basis?
Or do you create arts or crafts or something else which you could sell?
- Do you have a lot of knowledge about something you feel passionately about? You could blog and write a book and publish it on Amazon.
- You could teach English (or just about anything else which is in demand) online or offline or both.
- If you like partying, you could become a party planner.
- If you like travelling, you could become a travel blogger.
There are endless possibilities and if you want to become self-employed, you can start out in your spare time and try out your new career before committing yourself.
And just in case you are truly lazy, I will continue to look for jobs for lazy people and come back to update this if I find any good ones.