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Easy Jobs That Make a Lot of Money

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There are easy jobs that don't pay much, and tough jobs that make a lot of money. Is it possible to combine both? It might be, if you're willing to be creative and explore options you've not previously considered.

What Easy Jobs Make the Most Money?

What's your idea of an easy job? It's not the same for everyone. For some, an easy job is one that requires little or no decision-making. Others might find a job easy because of the working conditions, such as a job that affords a great deal of freedom and flexibility. An easy job might be one that requires little education and few skills. It might also be a job that is easy for you because you're good at it and you enjoy it.

When investigating easy careers, consider your personality and your skills. Think about what you're willing to do and how much effort you're going to make. Some jobs get easier over time because you've honed your skills, developed a loyal customer base or figured out a way to work smarter, not harder. Here are some easy jobs that pay well:

Dog Walker

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If you're a dog lover and enjoy being outdoors no matter what the whether, becoming a dog walker could be the perfect easy job. In many metropolitan areas, you'll find agencies that specialize in pet care services, including dog walking. By working for an agency, you don't have to spend any time or money advertising for your services or building a client base. Dog walkers in Chicago average $16 per hour, while those in the Washington D.C. area can make $25.00 an hour. You can also set up your own business and develop a client list. As a self-employed dog walker, you have greater control over your hours and fees.

House Sitter

Despite the popularity of home security systems, some people are more comfortable leaving home if they know their property looks lived in, especially if they'll be away for an extended period of time. House sitters occupy a residence in a homeowner's absence. The job might include pet-sitting a dog or cat, watering houseplants or some minor housekeeping chores. It all depends on what's in the agreement when you and the homeowner work out details. There are agencies that connect clients and house sitters; some offer opportunities to house sit at luxury properties or abroad. The job website Zip Recruiter claims the average yearly salary for house sitters is $77,561.

Personal Shopper

Love to shop? Busy people may not want to take time from their schedules to shop for clothing, home goods or groceries. As a personal shopper, you'll select items requested by your clients. You may take orders by phone, email or through a website. You'll most likely need your own car so you can deliver the items. Personal shoppers are employed by a variety of retail businesses and through agencies that place personal assistants, administrative personnel and similar employees. Personal shoppers can be self-employed, developing their own client list. The median salary for personal shoppers is $46,465 per year.

What Are the Easiest Jobs to Get With No Experience?

Many employers seek candidates who have experience, but how do you get experience if you can't get a job? It's a frustrating dilemma that new job seekers often face. Perhaps you're in school, looking for your first job. Maybe you're a new graduate seeking to put academic knowledge into practice. You might be returning to the workforce after taking a break to raise a family. Or maybe you're not satisfied in your current position and trying to find a way to get a job in a field that's new to you. Where do you start?

It is possible to get hired with no experience. The jobs themselves are not necessarily easy, but it's easy to get an entry-level position in certain fields and with certain employers. Take a long-term view. Entry-level jobs help you develop skills and start building a work history. Use the job to demonstrate your positive attitude, work ethic, dependability and willingness to learn. When you're ready to move on (career experts advise staying in an entry-level job at least 18 months to 2 years), you'll have gained experience that can help you land the next job. If you've performed well, you're likely to get a good reference from your employer. References are extremely important; it's difficult to get a good job without them.

Remember that an entry-level job is not what you'll be doing the rest of your working life. It's a first step that can lead to more interesting and challenging work, with more responsibilities and higher pay. Put forth your best effort and learn all you can.

Some employers are willing to consider unpaid experience. If you've done volunteer work or served an internship as part of high school or college coursework, you probably have some skills you can take to the workplace. Think beyond "hard" skills, which are skills such as typing and computer programming that can be defined and measured. Employers also need workers with "soft" skills. These include the ability to work effectively as a team member and good communications skills.

If you need a resume, there are many examples online written for people with little or no job experience. Maybe you just need to fill out a job application. There are examples online for those, too. You can also fill out a practice job application or get resume advice from your school's career advisor. Many cities and towns have community-based job centers that help people make their way into the workforce.

Getting a job without experience depends a lot on your education level. If you've got a college degree, it may be easier to find employment. A college degree demonstrates you've gained knowledge in a particular subject. It also demonstrates your ability to learn and the level of commitment necessary to earn a diploma. However, there are still plenty of jobs available for those with a high school diploma or equivalent. Although it depends on the employer, the following jobs generally do not require experience, special training or a college degree:

  • Call Center Representative.
  • Cashier.
  • Customer Service Agent.
  • Factory Worker.
  • Food Service Worker.
  • Laborer.
  • Stock Clerk.
  • Warehouse Worker.

What Is the Most Stressful Job in the World?

Stress is subjective. Conditions that are acceptable to one worker may seem very stressful to someone else. Everyone experiences some stress on the job at one time or another, but according to the career website Salary.com, these 10 jobs top the list:

  1. Enlisted military personnel
  2. Surgeon.
  3. Firefighter.
  4. Commercial airline pilot.
  5. Police officer.
  6. Registered nurse -- Emergency Room.
  7. Emergency dispatcher.
  8. Newspaper reporter.
  9. Social worker.
  10. Teacher.

What Are Some Fun Jobs That Make a Lot of Money?

There's an old saying: Choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life. Most professional athletes, actors, musicians, writers and artists would probably say that there is a lot of fun in their jobs. To the outsider, these jobs might seem like an easy way to make a lot of money while doing something you enjoy. Consider, though, the long hours of work behind the scenes. Athletes often spend many hours in practice and staying in shape. They also face the risk of injury. Actors and musicians spend long hours in rehearsal. Writers and artists usually spend much of their time working in isolation, and that type of solitude is not right for everybody. To some extent, the definition of "fun jobs" is very personal. It all depends on what you like to do. Make a list of your interests and hobbies. You might be surprised to see that some of them have career potential.

Making a lot of money as an athlete or entertainer is not a guarantee. In fact, relatively few hit the big time and can afford to live a lavish life style. For example, the NCAA reports that just 3.4 percent of high school basketball players go on to play NCAA basketball in college. Of these, about 1.2 percent go on to play professionally. Competition is extremely tough in the arts as well. Pursue your dream because you love it. If you make a lot of money while you're having fun, consider it a bonus.

Beware of get-rich-quick schemes. If you're looking for an easy job with high pay, you might be a target for scammers. Be wary of any job that offers you the opportunity to make thousands per month, part-time and from home. You may see signs on the side of the road with such claims, or ads in newspapers and magazines. Do your research on potential employers of business ventures before making any commitment. Steer clear of enterprises that don't have a street address, and only offer a toll-free number or post office box for contact. If you're asked to make an investment in training or products before starting work, find out exactly what you'll get for your money. Ask for referrals from other satisfied investors. Finally, do not share credit card information, bank account numbers or social security number with anyone who promises you a lot of money for little effort on your part. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

About the Author

Denise Dayton is a a freelance writer who specializes in business, education and technology. She has written for eHow.com, Library Journal, The Searcher, Bureau of Education and Research, and corporate clients.

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