I have two jobs. This blog, and an 8-5 full-time position. My 8-5 is not perfect, it involves a cubicle and a more micro-management than I like, but as far as office jobs go – it’s not awful. I managed to land a job with a small company, with few coworkers, and they mostly share my disdain for humanity (though maybe not as intensely). It took me a long time to find a job that fit my needs, so I wanted to give you some pointers on where to work when you hate people.
Let’s face it, money makes the world go round. It’s a reality you can’t escape. If you want food on the table for yourself or your family, you need a job. An unfortunate side effect of jobs is other people. I honestly don’t mind working. Yes, I’d rather be on the beach sipping a daiquiri, but having a job keeps me in a healthy routine and keeps my mind stimulated.
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This is the big one, the ultimate goal for any misanthrope, and many introverts. Being self-employed means you have the freedom to choose if and when you need to be involved with other humans. You could start a blog, write a book, or create a product to sell. There are a ton of opportunities that never involve leaving your couch if you disciplined enough to start your own profitable business.
The problem with self-employment is that it takes time to see a profit. There are start-up costs to think about and distractions that can cause you major setbacks. During this start-up phase, if you are otherwise unemployed, you are also likely to be uninsured and broke. So my recommendation is that becoming self-employed should be your main goal. However, you should also find work with a steady paycheck until your business is up and running.
More and more companies are hiring remote workers. This comes with less freedom than self-employment, and in some cases, you are not entirely co-worker free. But if you can stay on top of the workload that’s assigned to you, you’ll need minimal supervision, and that means minimal interaction with your team. FlexJobs has a pretty extensive catalog of remote work to look at, but they charge a membership fee, so if you’re on a budget you can find remote work on most free job boards as well.
Similar to self-employment, but you’re ultimately still working on someone else’s deadlines. Freelancing is a great way to test the work at home waters because you can pick up work on your own schedule. Although if you are new to the freelancing market, and you’re not an expert in your field it can be difficult to know where to start. There are a lot of great resources online to help guide you, however.
A Local Library
If you’re looking for a more traditional position, check your local library’s careers page. The setting is usually quiet, and you’ll generally find that you don’t have to spend much time interacting with coworkers. Most library positions do involve some interaction with the general public, but you’ll be talking about books, and if you’re interested in library work this is probably a discussion you can get behind.
Become an Actuary
This option for where to work when you hate people is a very profitable one. It requires a bachelor’s degree and passing an Actuarial Exam. But if you’re willing to put in the work, the pay is outstanding. Actuaries also had one of the highest job satisfaction ratings out there. It does require a lot of working with numbers and calculations, but if that doesn’t turn you away, you should definitely look into this career path.
Information Technology or Software Development
Technology-focused jobs are a great option for where to work when you hate people. You spend most of your day working with computers, or office equipment, and this involves very little interaction with others. These jobs are also known for paying well, and they don’t require a tremendous amount of education to break into. Although you’re more likely to land the job with a degree if you can show off your skill without one you shouldn’t have much trouble.
These are all good options for where to work when you hate people, but they are certainly not the only ones. My best advice is to look at individual jobs in fields that you are interested in. You can find small companies with few coworkers in a ton of fields if you’re willing to do the leg work to find them.
Introverts and Misanthropes, are there any jobs you would add to this list? What fields have you been most comfortable working in? Let me know in the comments.
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