Many people come to this site searching for information on the best jobs for highly sensitive people.
And I’m going to tell you what I believe is the best option.
But, like a typical blogger, I’m not just going to tell you in the first paragraph!! Come on, now. No one does that nowadays.
First, let me tell you how I came to my conclusion. I worked in an office for around ten years, with most of that time either in a cubicle or in a room with other people. And I hated it. Everything plays a part in bothering me in an office workplace. Some things are obvious energy sucks (like traffic, while driving to work) but other things contribute only a tiny piece to making me feel awful–usually without me even realizing it. Here’s a fun list!
- Too-bright lights
- Bad smells
- My uncomfortable chair and neck/back/wrist pain
- Worrying about office friendships and politics
- Worrying about whether I’m doing a good job
- Worrying about my relationship with my boss
- Having to be punctual
- Fighting distractions (noise, social media) and the guilt from wasted time
- The lack of perceived freedom and the feeling of being controlled (i.e., having to “punch in”, timed lunch breaks)
So, let’s sum that up. What really saps my energy?
- Feeling controlled
- Being forced to be around other people/social interactions
- Environmental annoyances
So what’s the answer? What’s the best job?
Here it is: Being self-employed. Working for yourself.
The best job for a highly sensitive person is one where they control every aspect of the environment.
Some of you might be disappointed with this answer. You might feel like it isn’t a real answer. You were waiting for me to say writer or masseuse or life coach or something. Or maybe you think being self-employed sounds impossible, or is only for 20-year old whiz kids or stay-at-home-moms or people doing some kind of shady “scam” business. But it’s not true.
I know a lot of people who have created their own businesses and are doing very, very well. These folks control everything, plus they have the excitement of seeing their own creation flourish. They have the freedom to work when they want, where they want (including anywhere in the world).
But don’t kid yourself–they probably work more hours than the typical 9-to-5er, but the difference is that they love what they do. There are lots of blogs about how to create your own business, and the reputable ones are NOT get-rich-quick schemes. They are people with real businesses, and they require a ton of work.
And there are definitely challenges to working for yourself, too. Click here to read my blog post about the not-so-great aspects of it.
What are some examples of ways you can make money on your own?
You could: do freelance writing, graphic design, or web design, create an online store and sell other people’s products, manufacture and sell your own new product, write ebooks, create online courses and paid seminars, or be a voiceover artist, career/life coach, or affiliate marketer. I know people who do every one of these things, so it IS possible!
I’ve started a list of online training resources to help you get started in figuring out an online business or how to work for yourself.
But if you aren’t interesting in working for yourself, that’s ok. Check out my list of the best jobs for HSPs.
UPDATE: I have more to say on the topic of working for yourself. Read my newer post, “Is self-employment really the best for HSPs?”
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