November 15, 2023 | Sammy Tran

The Easy Street of Employment: 15 Surprisingly Chill Jobs


Jobs That Don’t Require Hard Work

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In a world where 'hustle culture' seems to be the norm, let’s take a detour down the less traveled road of easy, laid-back jobs.

These are the gigs where stress levels are low, demands are manageable, and you can sometimes even catch yourself saying, “I get paid for this?”

So, if you’re dreaming about a job that feels more like a gentle breeze than a hurricane, buckle up for a tour of the top 15 easiest jobs - some of which you might never have thought existed.

Professional Sleeper

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This job is exactly what it sounds like. Sleep for science or for luxury bed testers and get paid for it. Responsibilities include napping under different conditions and providing feedback on comfort and sleep quality.

Salary: Up to $15,000 to $20,000 a year

Netflix Tagger

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Watch Netflix shows and movies, then tag them with the correct metadata (like genre, tone, etc.). This helps categorize content for recommendations. Essentially, you’re getting paid to binge-watch.

Salary: Around $69,000 per year

Video Game Tester

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Play video games before they are released to the public, looking out for bugs and giving feedback on gameplay. This job is every gamer’s dream come true.

Salary: $50,000 - $70,000 per year

Chocolate Taster

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As glamorous as it sounds, chocolate tasters sample various chocolate products and give feedback on taste, texture, and other factors.

Salary: Up to $40,000 per year

Movie Extra

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Be part of the background in movies or TV shows. It often involves simply walking or standing around and experiencing the world of movie-making.

Salary: Approximately $100 - $200 per day

Dog Walker

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Spend your days walking and taking care of dogs. It's perfect for animal lovers looking for a stress-free job.

Salary: $30,000 - $60,000 per year, depending on location and hours

Golf Ball Diver

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Dive into golf course water hazards to retrieve lost balls. It’s a simple, solitary job, often with minimal supervision.

Salary: $50,000 - $100,000 per year

Island Caretaker

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Maintain and care for private or resort islands. Tasks might include basic cleaning and maintenance, but mostly you’re enjoying island solitude.

Salary: $30,000 - $60,000 per year, often with free accommodation

Voice Actor

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Use your voice for animations, commercials, or audiobooks. Work can often be done from the comfort of your home studio.

Salary: $40,000 - $80,000 per year, highly variable

Professional Line Sitter

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Queue up in lines for product releases or big sales on behalf of others. Bring a book or your phone, and get paid to wait.

Salary: $10 - $20 per hour

Mystery Shopper

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Visit stores, restaurants, or other businesses as an undercover shopper to evaluate services. Enjoy free meals, products, and services.

Salary: $24,000 - $70,000 per year

Plant Waterer

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Water plants in offices, malls, or homes. This job is as peaceful as it gets, surrounded by greenery and silence.

Salary: $25,000 - $30,000 per year

Furniture Tester

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Test furniture for comfort and functionality. Sit, lie down, and lounge on various furniture pieces and provide feedback.

Salary: $30,000 - $40,000 per year

Amusement Park Tester

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Test rides and other attractions at amusement parks. If you love adrenaline without the actual danger, this is the job for you.

Salary: $30,000 - $55,000 per year

Greeting Card Writer

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Write content for greeting cards. It requires creativity, but it’s low-stress and can often be done on a freelance basis.

Salary: $30,000 - $70,000 per year

Final Thoughts

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Who says work has to be hard? These easy-breezy jobs prove that you can earn a paycheck without the high stress or burnout.

So, if you’re looking for a career change or just some inspiration for a more relaxed work life, maybe one of these roles is your ticket to Easy Street.


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