5 Ways to Not Work 9 to 5

9 to 5This country has come a long way from the 9 to 5 work day.  Looks like labor laws have helped make our workdays longer.  Rather than letting employers give employees a free and paid half hour lunch, employers must now give employees 2 free 15 minute breaks and a 1-hour unpaid lunch.  Personally, I’d rather leave the office after 8 hours rather than 9.  But, that’s just me.

That said, I actually would rather have an 8 to 12 shift that pays like a 9 to 5 without the hassle of the commute.  It took some time for me to find the right gigs to fill these hours how I like.  And, I do on occasion work extra hours or must manage a meeting or event that falls out of my preferred time slot.  But, all in all, that’s my work week goal.

Here are 5 tips on how to find the not so 9 to 5 workday you may be looking for:

  1. Ask your employer:  If you have a job that requires a lot of time on the computer or phone with little need for face to face interaction and direct contact with the physical office, then simply ask.  They may not want to give you a raise or reduce your hours for the same wage, but you can eliminate your commute time.
  2. Find Contract Work:  You’ll be surprised how many companies may be willing to pay a contractor to perform the work you are capable of doing on a contract basis.  It would be less expensive for them to hire a contractor at the rate of $50/hour for 10 hours per week then hiring a full time employee at the rate of $25/hour (plus taxes and you know these just went up, benefits, office space, supplies, equipment, etc) at 40 hours per week.  Most full time employees are not 100% productive for 40 hours and you may be just as productive for 10 hours.
  3. Go into Sales:  This definitely is not for everyone, but there have been plenty of people with non-sales background and experience who have gone into sales and are now running their own enterprises as a living.  It’s all about finding something that you’re passionate about.  I’ve seen someone try Mary Kay and a plethora of other direct sales businesses to finally settle on something totally different but worked for them.  It’s not about what works for others or who’s successful that you know, it’s about finding the niche that seems to work for you.  If you joined a direct sales program that helped you lose 30 lbs, then you become a walking, talking testimonial.  However, if you go into that same program and are already thin and healthy, friends and contacts may not see much incentive to spend money on it.
  4. Change Careers:  I wonder sometimes when people complain that there are no jobs if they are simply living in a community that’s not booming or if they are in the wrong career choice.  After all, if someone went to school for movie production but didn’t live in a city where movies were filmed, how could they find a job in that field?  The same goes for work at home careers.  You couldn’t be a janitor and work from home.  You’d have to find work that involves using a computer or phone.  Check out sites such as Elance and look at what jobs are available.  You may have to go take some classes to learn new skills.
  5. Apply for a Job:  So, are there actually work at home jobs out there?  Yes!  Not many, but it doesn’t hurt to look and try.  You can look here for a small list or check out sites like Elance.  On freelance sites such as Elance, you may want to start small and low to get some jobs in for credibility and ratings.

For those of you already working from home, please share your experience with finding work.

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About Sinnary

Sinnary Sam is a marketing professional specializing in Prospect Marketing Events. She works from home part time and manages her four daughters' busy school and sports schedules.

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One Response to 5 Ways to Not Work 9 to 5

  1. nikki February 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Great tips! Cutting down on the commute/gas would help a lot of people!

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