June 23, 2014 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm #613063kedushaskohenMember
Anyone know any cushy careers? I thought owning a small business meant you can work for yourself and thus only work 3 hours a day or so giving orders to employees, but I do not know if this is true. Does anyone else know?June 23, 2014 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm #1021503splendaMember
You splash a bunch of colors on plywood, you call the mishmash art, and sell it at Sotheby’s to some art collector or to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for tens of millions of dollars.June 23, 2014 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm #1021504splendaMember
Another possibility is to become a food tester. Or get a government job. You can sleep on the government’s dime and your union will insure you never worry about being fired.June 23, 2014 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm #1021505
There are such positions, but they were already filled.June 23, 2014 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm #1021506Torah613TorahParticipant
Doctor, if you can get a scholarship or someone else to pay for your medical school.
Then become a SAHM and work 8 hours a week. (I know someone who does this.)June 23, 2014 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm #1021507Torah613TorahParticipant
Or a cleaning lady. They really rake it in. $20/hour, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, plus bonuses, comes out to 40k a year and it’s off the books.June 23, 2014 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm #1021508Veltz MeshugenerMember
I think it depends on what you consider “work” and what you are willing to do to put yourself in that position.
For example, you could make money off investments without much active and continued effort, but you would need to get that money in the first place, and that would require work.
You could work for the government or a non-profit or in middle management, but you would generally need to be at your workplace during business hours, although you would not be working.
You could try insurance fraud. Even if you get caught, you are also going to have a bed, and food, and medical care. But you might have to work on license plates.June 23, 2014 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm #1021509
Artists don’t earn much. And they are always misunderstood.June 24, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm #1021511SayIDidIt™Participant
rebyidd23, many of your posts are art!
SiDi™June 24, 2014 1:30 pm at 1:30 pm #1021512akupermaParticipant
Define “best”. Highest income, least stress, most enjoyable work, fewest hours, most flexible hours, most secure income. If you are paid to do anything you would do anyways even if unpaid (sit and learn all day, stay at home with children, etc.), that’s probably the best deal since the job requires no time (you would be doing it anyways) and the income is pure profit.June 24, 2014 1:38 pm at 1:38 pm #1021513
That word is often used by people who lack adjectives to describe my paintings, of which there are 1 1/2.June 24, 2014 2:10 pm at 2:10 pm #1021514midwesternerParticipant
The highest paying jobs with the least work that I can think of are lottery winner and heir. See if you can sign up for one of those.
As someone once said, the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.June 24, 2014 3:09 pm at 3:09 pm #1021515dial427436Member
Owning a small business could have you working a couple hours a day. Keep in mind YOU have to start it and that takes time, unless you have tons of money and can pay people to do everything for you. Assuming the business will be successful you have at least a couple years maybe months of serious work.June 24, 2014 3:10 pm at 3:10 pm #1021516dial427436Member
Or start a pyramid scheme.June 24, 2014 3:19 pm at 3:19 pm #1021517yytzParticipant
It is possible to own your own business and only work a few hours a day (or week! see The Four Hour Workweek), but on average, most small-business owners or self-employed people work long hours. That said, many are highly satisfied with their work.
Regardless of the particular job, government jobs tend to be 9-5, 40 hr/week jobs. Federal government has the best benefits, followed by state, followed by city, maybe followed by county. It is rare to get fired from such jobs. But the pay is not so high, and only increases slightly over the years, unless you take a management position.
Health care professions such as pharmacists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are paid well, but I’m not sure about their hours — it depends on the jobs, I’m sure. They take several years of post-college study. Nurses tend to work long (12 hours) shifts.
If you know a trade, such as plumbing or carpentry, then you can often be self-employed and work when you want (though it’s hard to turn down any offers you get). This can leave time for Torah study and family.June 24, 2014 5:38 pm at 5:38 pm #1021518funnyboneParticipant
Here goes a serious answer to your question:
First of all, what are you good at? People will pay you top dollar for your marketable skill. It may take some time to develop your skill, and in that time frame you will have to put in extra time and effort. Once you have established yourself in your field, you can make your own hours and prices.
Now, you need to decide.Do you want to start off in a low paying job and work your way up? Do you want to get a college degree? Take a course (graphics, sheitel macher etc.)? There isn’t a guarantee that with training you will be able to get a job quicker, but you are doing your ‘hishtadlus’.
Good luck!June 24, 2014 6:24 pm at 6:24 pm #1021519
The answer to this question is a fact and not an opinion.
You work no hours. You are off every day to study for your tests. You make much more money than anyone else. You get raises and bonuses every day. They pay for all of your testing material and tests and they pay you full time basically to not work. Anyone who doesn’t become an actuary (like myself) is a either stupid or uninformed. Why don’t they teach you this in highschool and college? The worst profession is what I do.
You work crazy hours and don’t get paid.June 24, 2014 6:55 pm at 6:55 pm #1021520☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
Torah613, $20 an hour? Not where I live (sorry, not saying where).June 24, 2014 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm #1021521charliehallParticipant
“owning a small business meant you can work for yourself and thus only work 3 hours a day”
Most small business owners I know work more like 13 hours a day.June 24, 2014 8:24 pm at 8:24 pm #1021522gavra_at_workParticipant
If you live in NYC (for some reason), you can become a LIRR employee. Otherwise living out of town (Eastern seaboard, Chicago, West Coast) is half the battle for getting a less stressful job, and you need less money to start with.
BoruchSchwartz – My understanding is that the actuary tests are crazy hard, and if you fail too many times then you get fired, and have to start a new profession. Sounds like a luckless job to me.June 24, 2014 9:16 pm at 9:16 pm #1021523
gavra- thank you for telling me that. That is the first bad thing I have heard about being an actuary. Now I understand a little better why people don’t consider it the best route to go with parnassa. Maybe now it’s not THE best but it’s still top 3.June 24, 2014 9:17 pm at 9:17 pm #1021524
Of course most people who are actuaries are very bright and therefore do not fail the testsJune 25, 2014 2:04 am at 2:04 am #1021525squeakParticipant
“The answer to this question is a fact and not an opinion.
I don’t think it can be a fact, but its a probability 🙂June 25, 2014 1:16 pm at 1:16 pm #1021526
HAHAHAHAHEHEHEAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!June 26, 2014 3:11 am at 3:11 am #1021527MachaaMakerMember
I hear computer science jobs are very good. It pays well, there are a ton of open positions (nowadays everything needs computer science and it will only go up), it doesn’t take long to learn it/get degree(and you can learn a lot of it by yourself), and there are emerald good flexible hoursJune 26, 2014 4:08 am at 4:08 am #1021528
Emerald good?June 26, 2014 5:26 am at 5:26 am #1021529potpieMember
BoruchSchwartz – It seems to me that you’ve never met an actuary, because every single one of your statements about them was incorrect in some way. It sounds like you got caught in the hype of all the “Actuary is the best job in America” articles, of which there are plenty, but never did any actual research into the profession. You’re missing some basic, vital information. I’d recommend doing some googling to learn about the profession.
Also, most accountants get paid very well – I’m not sure why you aren’t. Maybe it’s time to look for a new job?June 26, 2014 4:01 pm at 4:01 pm #1021530takahmamashParticipant
Mod in the CR? Work from home at your own pace.June 26, 2014 4:14 pm at 4:14 pm #1021531YW Moderator-127Moderator
The pay isn’t great.June 26, 2014 4:34 pm at 4:34 pm #1021532☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
…and worth every penny.
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