Weighing Things Up: How to Achieve the Best Work-Life Balance

Finding the proper work-life balance may seem impossible sometimes. But, if you choose the right job then it's easy! Do any of these jobs interest you?

Work-life balance. Seems like a contradiction in terms, doesn’t it? It’s not. If you want to get better at it, here’s what you need to know.

1. Bookkeeping

Business People Planning Financial Worksheet

Bookkeepers have pretty low-stress jobs. You can work for almost any large company, which means your job is relatively stable. That’s the good thing about this job. Companies that can afford to hire a bookkeeper also tend to be clients that have sufficient and steady cash flow. This translates into a job you’ll probably keep for a long time.

And, because the focus is on data entry and managing finances (which most people find dry and boring), getting good at this skill means you’ll never want for a job. And, the position tends to pay well. General bookkeepers make about $50,000 per year, with more specialized bookkeepers making $60,000.

2. Landscaper

A landscaper has a laid-back job almost by definition. You’re outside all day, planting trees and getting your hands dirty — literally. If you like that sort of thing, this would be the perfect job for you. You can only really work when the sun is out which means it's a day job.

And, while weekends might be required, there are many times when you probably won’t have to work weekend gigs simply because people want their yards on the weekends. And, don’t forget the seasonality of it. Most people will want to hire you in the spring and summer, but not so much in the fall and winter.

So, even if you do end up working a lot of weekends during the “busy season,” you will almost certainly not be working too hard during the off-season.

3. Massage Therapist

Smiling brunette getting a shoulder massage at the health spa

Massage therapists have a tough job, but it’s not something that will take up your entire life, thankfully. Depending on what you specialize in, you could make a lot or a little. Deep tissue massage, for example, is in high demand. Most therapists can’t do it (or if they do, they don’t do it very well).

The best part: you probably don’t need much overhead to start. Just a table and a vehicle like the Chrysler 200, which can fit all your gear.

4. Web Developer

Sounds like it would be a high-stress job, but it’s actually not. Web developers are in high demand, with the BLS estimating over 20,000 new jobs on the horizon. Web developers typically spend their day designing, you guessed it, websites.

They may take on large corporate clients. But, most of them are satisfied working with smaller businesses who want an online presence. They don’t really need to work in an office setting either, as their business is run right on their computer. They can work almost anywhere.

All they need is an Internet connection and a phone.

Web developers also have high upward mobility. Meaning, you can work as a developer and charge flexible rates that increase with job complexity. Web developers can make anywhere from $40,000 up to $78,000 with the median income being $66,000.

Would you consider any of these jobs to increase your work life balance? Let us know in the comments section below...