Get An Easy Job

It’s one of the questions we get asked a lot, especially by young people. What’s an easy job that pays well? It sounds like an oxymoron, and finding an easy job that is well paid is definitely a tricky thing, but there are some jobs out there that fit the criteria. Read on to find out which jobs.

If you’re a young person, inexperienced in the workplace, or just sick of stressful work environments and you want a job that’s not straining on the body or the mind – hey, nothing to be ashamed about. I don’t blame you.

The question of whether there really are easy jobs out there that also pay well is a tough one to answer. It really depends on your definition of ‘well’. If you’re thinking high flying executive money, then no, there really is nothing out there that is easy, per se – at least not without a significant amount of investment in education, learning, and hard work. If you’re talking ‘enough money to pay the bills on and be fairly comfortable’, then yes, there are some jobs that fit the criteria. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Security Guard

With a security guard, the term ‘easy’ obviously depends on the type of gig you manage to land. The majority of environments you might work; a university campus, a supermarket or store, or an office, are generally incident free 99% of the time, leaving you to sit back, read, browse your phone, or go to sleep (although that last one is not advised).

The pay is pretty decent for the type of work you’ll be doing, ranging from about $15-18 per hour in the United States (although companies will vary greatly in pay rates, with more dangerous work generally paying more) to some countries like Australia where security guards can earn from $18 to $30 per hour, depending on penalty loading and overtime. Not enough to buy your dream mansion, but more than enough to live a simple life with the latest and greatest in home entertainment and a decent car, which is enough for some.

Unfortunately it’s not just a simple matter of jumping off the couch and into a uniform to start the job; you’ll need to be licensed, which usually involves completing a mandatory training course. This will depend greatly on where you live; if you’re in America, you should try the Security Guard Training Headquarters to find a comprehensive list of all the training and licensing requirements for each state of the country. During the training course you’d learn essential skills to be a security guard such as personal protection, report writing, crisis deterrence, and first aid.

A few caveats to keep in mind, though; not all security jobs are what you’d class as ‘easy’. Security guards were one of the occupations that were most injured in the line of duty in 2009, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report states that in 2009, security guards suffered 63 fatal work injuries and an estimated 8,920 nonfatal workplace injuries or illnesses that required at least one day away from work.

Courier Driver

The massive explosion in popularity of online shopping through sites like Amazon has led to a corresponding increase in the demand (and pay) for courier drivers – while we might do most of our shopping virtually, the physical products still need to be delivered!

What this means is that you can make a mint doing courier driving, a relatively easy job for the money – you might be fighting traffic and dodgy directions, but at least you’re not digging ore out of a deep, dank mine or doing heavy labor.

How much pay you can earn as a courier driver depends largely on whether you are willing to work for yourself as a contractor or work directly for a company and use their vehicle. If you choose the first option, the earning potential is, needless to say, significantly greater, with some independent contractors earning in the vicinity of $65,000-$85,000 a year (profit), but it comes with the complications involved with running your own business, such as buying/leasing a vehicle, paying company tax and keeping track of business expenses (such as gas for your van), and establishing a reputation for yourself to get the most lucrative work.

If you work for yourself as a courier contractor, you’ll want to get a sufficiently sized van, at least 1 tonne in carrying capacity, that’s economical on fuel and also reliable and not a nightmare to drive. Something like the Renault Trafic 2013 would be an excellent choice, but the important thing to remember is that SIZE MATTERS.

Put simply, the more you can carry, the better your potential earnings. You’ll also want to take up drinking coffee if you haven’t already, as courier drivers earning the big money typically put in insane hours, something approaching 13-14 hours a day is not unusual. Of course, you’re sitting down for most of those hours, but it’s still tiring and mentally demanding.

Office Administration

It might not be the most riveting work around, but office administration work can be reasonably paid, and relatively easy if you’re good at typical administration tasks such as word processing, filing documents, using photocopiers and scanners, answering phones and providing customer service. The nature of the work means you’ll almost always be working in an office environment, in air conditioned/heated areas with comfortable seating and business/casual dress codes.

Office administration jobs for inexperienced staff pay from a range starting at $20 per hour to about $30 per hour for experienced staff (in the US) while in Australia, office administrators can expect to be paid an average rate of $25.85 per hour (more or less depending on experience).

So the pay’s decent and the work is generally easy, but like with the other jobs on the list so far, it’s not always going to be roses and there are some administration roles where you might be subject to blunt and rude requests from bosses or professional staff – not always the case, of course, but some admin staff have reported that bosses are often rude to them unless they want something (anything from making uncomfortable phone calls to clients, to doing tedious filing). All to be expected when you’re a temporary or casual worker, however, and it’s best to not take such rudeness personally.

There are a vast number of businesses that all require office administration – it’s one of those essential support services, like accounting, finance, and information technology. Try cold calling or even visiting in person your local businesses and asking if they have any admin support roles available. While you’re out hitting up local businesses, you might want to check out places such as real estate agencies, law firms and medical centers too. Casual work as a medical receptionist or legal secretary can pay significantly more than typical administration work!

Call Centre

You might associate call centre work with thick Indian accents, but it’s not always the case, particularly with high-profile organisations such as banks and financial institutions. To preserve their reputation, they often prefer to keep customer service work onshore, which usually results in many possible job opportunities as an inbound or outbound call consultant in a call centre.

Working in a call centre involves responding to telephone, Internet and email enquiries and complaints about an organisation’s goods and services, and promote their goods and services. It can be a fairly easy gig if you’re good at it, and know the company’s product well. Treating customers with respect and with courtesy will go a long way towards making your life easier on the job, and in some call centre jobs you’ll be given an induction period to learn the product you’ll be promoting or providing customer support for, so you won’t normally be thrust into the deep end.

Call centre pay is admittedly usually not fantastic, but it’s reasonable for the amount of work involved and is enough to sustain a decent lifestyle. In the United States, you can expect an average monthly salary of $3,514 (or an annual salary of about $42,000), in Australia the casual call centre rates are about $18-$21 an hour, and in the United Kingdom you can expect roughly £6.20 an hour as a starting hourly rate.

Call centre jobs are usually fairly easy to get, due to the high turnover and churn rate experienced by most employers. Check your local Internet job forums/boards or just apply directly to the companies. You might want to do some research on call centres you apply for, though, to make sure you don’t end up in a sweatshop-type environment.

For example, one notorious call centre in Werribee, Australia, apparently limits its staff toilet breaks to just 90 seconds. People working there have to log off their computers when they leave for any type of break. If they take any longer than a minute and a half, an electronic warning is given and without a valid excuse the staff can be forced to make up the extra time after work. Employee empowerment for the win!

Lifeguard

If you don’t live near a beach, this career choice might be out for you, but we thought we’d throw this choice in out of left field, just in case you happen to live near the surf. You might not have ever considered a career as a lifeguard, but it kind of fits the bill for this article – it’s easy (when no-one needs rescuing, which is most of the time, to be fair), it’s well paid, and, let’s be honest – how fun would it be to hang out at beach all day, every day?

You’ll need to complete a number of courses before being eligible to work as a lifeguard, though, including ‘Pool Operations’, First Aid, and the ‘Lifeguarding’ course itself. You can find more information on how to become registered for a lifeguard and how to enrol in the necessary training at the American Lifeguard Association website.

The pay is actually surprisingly decent, at least in Australia, where you can expect to earn about $25 per hour, and in the United States the average hourly wage is about $18 per hour. Keep in mind though that lifeguarding is most definitely a seasonal job – don’t expect a call from your boss with any work in the winter months.

Storeman

The final job that fits the bill of being an easy job is that of a storeman. A storeman is basically a warehouse worker who has responsibility for filling up containers, organising freight, receiving goods, issuing parts to workers and booking them to jobs.

Along these lines, you might want to consider forklift driving. A necessary role in any warehouse is for someone to operate a forklift, and provided you have a forklift license, the pay can be lucrative and the work relatively easy. A forklift license should set you back no more than $300 and get you an easy foot in the door at a job picking/packing. Most forklift drivers recommend the job and say it’s fairly stress free, easy (the forklift does all the work, provided you can drive it) and well-paying.


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