5 “Easy” Jobs that Pay Well (my realistic, down-to-earth take)

Being able to work a job that pays well and only requires you to press a few buttons sounds like a dream. But unfortunately, such a job doesn’t exist.

While you might not be able to earn 6-figures as a professional napper, you can find a profession that matches your temperament and feels a lot less challenging (and even more enjoyable) than other career paths. 

In this post you’ll find 5 of the best career paths that pay extremely well without you having to deal with stress of other jobs. 

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#1: Copywriting


The problem with most high-paying jobs is that many of them require a ton of up front effort in order to reap the benefits. 

For example, if you want to become a doctor or a lawyer accept that you’ll need to be in school for ages before you see a penny (and once that penny is in hand be prepared to pay off mountains of debt). But copywriting is one of the few professions that bypass this hurdle. 

Copywriters only need to be able to do one thing well–write persuasively to make sales. And the beauty of this job is that it requires absolutely no schooling. 

That may sound daunting but it’s really an ability most people innately have. Think about it. How many times have you convinced your friends to do something that you mainly wanted to do? Copywriting is just doing that, but in written form. 

So if (ethically) persuading readers to take action as you work out of a trendy coffee shop sounds compelling, you should definitely give it a try. But if that sounds too constricting this next easy job will give you a lot more variety. 

#2: Digital Marketing

Are you the type of person who loves coming up with creative ideas and seeing people respond positively to them? If so, then digital marketing might just be your dream job. 

There are a couple of things that make this job easier than other options. For starters, you can learn everything you need to learn online. Secondly, there are many different paths you can take when becoming a digital marketer that allows you to find one that’s congruent with your interests. 

Like going down YouTube rabbit holes? Well you probably have unintentionally developed a taste for what works on that platform and can use those insights to help creators grow. Do you have 8 of your 24 hours a day for social media?  Then you might love being a TikTok consultant and helping people go viral. 

The beauty of digital marketing is the possibilities are endless. All you have to do is find a specialty, spend a few hours refining your skills, and then go out into the marketplace and charge your first client. 

However, working in an agency setting or with clients can feel a bit too much like your typical 9 to 5. So if you’re exhausted with that type of set up, this next career path might be perfect for you. 

#3: Starting Your Own Business

Want to know the number one thing people complain about in their 9 to 5 jobs? Their boss and annoying co-workers. And if you’re in that situation, one possible solution that will allow you to avoid those scenarios for good is starting your own business

Yes, starting your own business does come with challenges. But, everything comes with challenges. The benefit of striking it out on your own is at least you won’t have to deal with an incompetent boss who makes you attend soul-sucking meetings that could’ve been an email.  

And while there are some complexities that come with starting your own business, you need to keep a few things in mind. First off, you don’t have to start the next Apple or Amazon to reap the rewards of entrepreneurship. There are countless one-person businesses you can start where you’ll be the sole employee, the chief decision-maker, and the boss. 

Additionally, starting your own business frees you from the shackles of being location dependent. Meaning if you want to go remote, you can get into freelancing, consulting, and simple e-commerce businesses. If you really think about it, the possibilities are endless. 

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#4: Make Your Own Job

One of the greatest things about living in a post-internet world is how many possibilities exist for employment. Not only can you choose for almost limitless options, but if none of them appeal to you, you can always go against the grain and make your own job. Take marketers, for example. Many have ditched the basic title and now proudly call themselves marketing strategists — a fancy way of saying they come up with ideas while leaving the grunt work to someone else. See, totally made up! Now, you might be wondering, “How can I create my own job?” One option is to start your own small agency, where you can hire one or two entry-level workers to handle the tasks that make you cringe. This way, you get to focus on the aspects you love, while your team takes care of the rest. 

It’s a win-win situation. Plus, there are countless other ways to carve your own path, whether it’s through freelancing, consulting, or even creating your own online course. The key is to identify your unique skills, find a niche that aligns with your interests, and let your creativity flow. 

#5: Find Your Dream Job

Imagine waking up every morning, excited and energized, because you get to do what you love. Whether it’s writing, designing, teaching, or even baking unicorn-shaped cupcakes (hey, dream jobs can be whimsical too!), your work becomes an extension of who you are. 

When you do work you love, it doesn’t feel like work at all. It’s more like getting paid to live your passion and fulfill your purpose. 

Now, we all know it’s easier said than done. Finding your dream job takes effort and strategy — but if you put in the upfront work, it’s definitely possible.

As for whether it’s profitable? Every career will pay well to top performers. And while you may be here because you were looking for something easy, putting effort to improve in something you love might not feel like effort at all. 

If you don’t take away anything else from this article, you should internalize the idea that “easy” is subjective. It’s entirely based on your temperament and what type of activities you enjoy. 

Instead of looking for a well-paying career that doesn’t require a lot of energy, it’s best to find a job that gives you energy even though it requires a fair amount of effort. 

And while the 5 examples above are a great start, the more important thing is to change your mindset on how you think about work. Because when you do that, you might just realize that there are plenty of jobs you might enjoy. 

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Host of Netflix's "How to Get Rich", NYT Bestselling Author & host of the hit I Will Teach You To Be Rich Podcast. For over 20 years, Ramit has been sharing proven strategies to help people like you take control of their money and live a Rich Life.