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20 Most Fun Jobs in the World (That Also Pay Well)

20 Most Fun Jobs in the World (That Also Pay Well)

While working is often viewed as a torturing process to make both ends meet, it doesn’t actually need to be like this. Some jobs are dull and tediou, others are fun, interesting and enjoyable. And the pay is awesome too!

To help you find a fun job that makes your life more interesting, here I’ve got you a list of 20 fun jobs in the world that pay well. You may soon regret not reading this earlier.

1. Ferrari Driving Instructor

    How fun is it? To be paid to drive a Ferrari while others save so hard just to do so.

    How well does it pay? From $90,000 to $120,000 a year

    Requirement: Extensive experience in professional racing and expert training.

    2. Video Game Player

      How fun is it? To play video games for a living as if we are having our leisure time 24/7.

      How well does it pay? $50,000 a year, dependent on the demand

      Requirement:

      • Be really good at the game. Not normal type of good but MLG level of greatness.
      • Have a huge love for video games.

      3. Private Island Caretaker

        How fun is it?

        • Very own piece of nature
        • Very own solitude
        • Embark on your very own adventure on an island

        How well does it pay? Up to $100,000 a year

        Requirement:

        • Good Swimmer.
        • Passionate in water sports.
        • Adventurous.
        • Highly communicative in writing to promote the island and weekly report back to headquarters

        4. Food Stylist

          How fun is it?

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          • Turn edible things into a piece of art, preparing and styling them for photo-shooting of magazines and cookery books.
          • You may need to brush on some tender chicken and most importantly, after all the “makeup” and “dressing”, they are still okay to eat!

          How well does it pay? $77,000 a year

          Requirement:

          • A great aesthetic sense.
          • Profound knowledge on food.

          5. Voice Actors

            How fun is it?

            • Get paid by making funny voices.
            • Wear whatever you want in the studio (Pajamas, cosplay costumes, … you name it!)

            How well does it pay? Up to $80,000, dependent on the experience

            Requirement:

            • A great voice and a great control of voice

            6. Unexploded Ordnance Technician

              How fun is it? Get paid blowing up things!

              How well does it pay? A stunning $150,000 a year

              Requirement:

              • Professional Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) qualifications

              7. Ethical Hacker

                How fun is it? Hired to legally hack into computer systems (and be proud of doing so).

                How well does it pay? $100,000 to $140,000

                Requirement:

                • Certified Ethical Hacker qualification
                • Global Information Assurance Certificate (GIAC) Penetration tester qualification
                • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) qualification

                8. Crossword Puzzle Writer

                  How fun is it? Design your own mind-blowing crossword on newspaper and lead the readers to a maze of words.

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                  How well does it pay? $70,000 a year

                  Requirement:

                  • Extensive knowledge on wide-ranging vocabulary
                  • Able to meet tight schedule

                  9. Video Game Designer

                    How fun is it? Unleash your creativity and make your own video game

                    How Well Does It Pay? Around $80,000 a year, dependent on experience

                    Requirement:

                    • Minimum a higher diploma in video game design or computer science. Preferably a bachelor degree.
                    • Enthusiasm and knowledge on video games.

                    10. Blimp Pilot

                      How fun is it? Fly an eye-catching blimp all day to get your paycheck.

                      How well does it pay? $70,000 a year

                      Requirement:

                      • Preferably over 1,200 hours of flight time
                      • Preferably a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate
                      • Preferably a commercial rating

                      11. Toy Designer

                        How fun is it? Realize your kidult dream and design toys for the real kids.

                        How well does it pay? Approximately $70,000 a year

                        Requirement:

                        • A degree in any field related to toy design
                        • Great passion in toys and how toys make children happy
                        • Knowledge of toys kids at varied ages love to play

                        12. Fortune Cookie Writer

                          How fun is it? Spread your wit and wisdom by writing some one-liners that can not only appeal to but also teach others.

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                          How well does it pay? Up to $70,000 a year

                          Requirement:

                          • With a tremendous amount of ideas. You have to be really prolific to make sure the 3 billion fortune cookies produced each year has a message inside.

                          13. Hollywood Stunt Person

                            How fun is it? Find yourself on the screens in movie theatres, receiving “Wow!”s and applause from the audience.

                            How well does it pay? Up to $100,000 a year, highly dependent on the scale of the movie, experience and the nature of the stunts.

                            Requirement:

                            • Obtained the membership of Joint Industry Stunt Committee Register of Stunt Performers and Coordinators
                            • Excellent physical fitness

                            14. Disneyland Face Character

                              How fun is it? Ever thought of being a Disneyland character? Now you are one. Dress up as your favorite childhood cartoon characters and play as them. (It could be tough though when you had to work under the big costume.)

                              How well does it pay? – Around $32,000 a year

                              Requirement:

                              • Strict height and appearance regulations
                              • Able to impersonate a character
                              • Love children and know how to cater to their needs

                              15. Food Critic

                                How fun is it?

                                • Totally free-of-charge dining experience. Never need to worry where to eat and the budget now.
                                • Chefs and servers giving their best to impress you.

                                How well does it pay? $47,000 a year

                                Requirement:

                                • Outstanding culinary knowledge and sensitive to taste and aroma
                                • Familiar with the workflow in a restaurant
                                • Excellent communication (writing) skills, preferably with a degree in communication, journalism or related fields
                                • Attention to details

                                16. Ice Cream Taster

                                  How fun is it? An unlimited supply of the ice-cold heart-softening delicacy.

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                                  How well does it pay? $60,000 a year

                                  Requirement:

                                  • A degree in food science
                                  • Extraordinary love for ice cream (as you will be having it almost every meal every day)

                                  17. Race Engineer

                                    How fun is it? Closely monitor the race car performance and communicate with the driver. You are actually part of the race!

                                    How well does it pay? $134,000 a year

                                    Requirement:

                                    • A degree in Mathematics and Physics
                                    • Able to work under immense pressure as half a second delayed response can cost a match
                                    • Deep understanding of the racing industry

                                    18. Sommelier

                                      How fun is it?

                                      • Drink wine and recommend them for a living
                                      • Travel around the world to source new wines

                                      How well does it pay? Base annual salary is around $40,000 but a master sommelier can earn up to $150,000 a year.[1]

                                      Requirement:

                                      • Extensive knowledge of wine
                                      • Highly sensitive to taste and smell
                                      • Great communication skills

                                      19. Social Media Professional

                                        How fun is it? While you usually scroll through Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram in your spare time, you now do it at work for a living.

                                        How well does it pay? From $55,000 to $83,000 a year, dependent on experience and duties

                                        Requirement:

                                        • Familiar with the latest trend and different social media platforms
                                        • Extensive knowledge in marketing

                                        20. Radio and Television Announcer

                                          How fun is it?

                                          • Working on-air live definitely offers you rush of adreanaline
                                          • Able to meet celebrities and politicians, and even interview them
                                          • On some occasions, you are invited for some free food and to different events

                                          How well does it pay? Around $45,000 a year

                                          Requirement:

                                          • A degree in journalism, broadcasting or related fields
                                          • Specialized knowledge is sometimes required if you are in specific domain
                                          • Outstanding communication and able to work under immense pressure (e.g. don’t stutter and get nervous in an interview with a Hollywood star!)

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                                          Last Updated on March 3, 2021

                                          Top 6 Hacks on How To Build Credit Fast

                                          Top 6 Hacks on How To Build Credit Fast

                                          When done right, credit can open doors and provide a lifestyle that you never imagined possible. Anything from flying around the world in first-class and staying at 5-star hotels entirely for free to starting and scaling businesses. It’s also an area where it can be easy to make mistakes and hard to recover from without the right information. In this article, I will break down how you can build credit fast so you can open doors in your life!

                                          When you start to think about improving your credit score, you have to answer three important questions first:

                                          1. What are you trying to achieve by having good credit?
                                          2. What really is your credit score?
                                          3. How is your credit score calculated?

                                          What Are Your Credit Goals?

                                          Having a high credit score is great, but ultimately, your credit score is a tool in your personal finance arsenal that you can use to open doors. The first question you should ask yourself is “what will a higher credit score do for me?”

                                          I work with many clients directly at Freedom Travel Systems to help them fully leverage the power of their credit so they can enjoy free luxury travel and start or grow their business. For my clients and many others, here are a few common goals many credit-savvy individuals have:

                                          • Free Travel – getting access to travel rewards cards so you can get tons of free travel and even get first-class flights, hotel suites, and luxury amenities all for free
                                          • Start/Grow a Business – getting access to business credit so you can start and grow a business with 0% or low-interest financing that does not impact your personal credit
                                          • More Approvals – getting approved for credit cards, auto loans, or mortgages so you improve your lifestyle or build your personal wealth
                                          • Better Rates – getting better interest rates on any loans you get will save you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars over your lifetime

                                          What Is Your Credit Score?

                                          Your credit score is simply a 3-digit number that tells potential lenders how reliable of a borrower you are. Keep in mind that lenders, such as banks and credit issuers, stay in business by lending. Their goal is to find the people that have the highest probability of paying them back and they assess this primarily through your credit score.

                                          What’s important to know is that there are two major scoring models used to create your scores. These scores are your FICO Score and your Vantage Score. More than 90% of lenders rely on your FICO score, so when you are checking your score, you want to make sure you see the actual score that the lenders use. And no, checking your own score does not hurt your credit!

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                                          Then enters the 3 main credit bureaus, which are essentially agencies that collect credit information on you. These are Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. These bureaus then apply a scoring model to the information they have on you and voila, you now have a credit score! Bureaus sometimes have different information on your report, which is why you will see 3 different scores.

                                          How Is Your Credit Score Calculated?

                                          Next, you need to understand how the credit score is calculated. This will provide a high-level overview, but there is more detail to each of these factors alone.

                                          There are 5 main factors in the calculation of your credit score:[1]

                                          1. Payment History (35%) – This refers to the amount and percentage of on-time payments you have.
                                          2. Utilization (30%) – This is how much revolving credit you use as a percentage of the total revolving credit issued to you. Note that installment loans like auto-loans or mortgages do not count towards this while credit cards do.
                                          3. Age of Credit (15%) – This refers to how long your credit history is, primarily your “average age.”
                                          4. Credit Mix (10%) – This is how many different types of credit you have. For example, there are credit cards, student loans, auto loans, mortgages, personal loans, and lines of credit.
                                          5. New Credit (10%) – This primarily refers to how many inquiries you have for new credit.

                                          Top 6 Hacks on How to Build Credit Fast

                                          Now that you’ve learned more about your credit score, here are the top 6 tips on how to build credit fast.

                                          1. Don’t Close Your Cards

                                          Many of us are taught that getting a new credit card is bad and having too many will hurt your score. In fact, the opposite is true. You want to have many positive accounts reporting to your credit report. Logically, this makes sense because having more accounts with more on-time payments shows that you are a more reliable borrower. You just don’t want to open too many accounts too quickly since that can hurt your “new credit” factor.

                                          Instead of closing a card, what you should do is simply keep the card open and put a small subscription service on it monthly. Why? Because each time you have an on-time payment, it helps build your payment history, the largest factor of credit.

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                                          If you close a card, you are missing on potential on-time payments, age of credit, credit mix, and also lowering the total credit lent to you so your utilization percentage may go up. If you have an annual fee on a card you don’t like, see if there is a “no-fee” version of the card and downgrade it to that card rather than close it.

                                          2. Use Autopay to Never Miss a Payment

                                          This one is easy to do and easy not to do. Go into your credit card account and set up auto-pay. You can choose to either pay the full amount, the statement balance, or the minimum payment. Personally, I like to set up autopay to pay the minimum payment so that I never get a late payment. Then, I go in and manually pay the statement balance each month by the payment due date.

                                          This helps me personally see my spending and have a manual review of my charges while ensuring, not have to pay interest, and still get the benefit of making sure that I never miss a payment if something goes wrong. Think about it, if you were to have a medical or family emergency, the last thing you want to experience on the back end of that is a late payment and a drop in your credit score. So, set up autopay.

                                          A pro tip is to update your payment due dates across all bills and accounts to be the same so that you can “time batch” the process and have one time a month where you sit down and handle your payments. You can do this by simply contacting the credit card company or doing it online.

                                          3. Get a Credit Limit Increase to Lower Your Utilization

                                          One of the factors that get most people into trouble is using too much of their allotted total credit. Their utilization, which is the percentage of revolving credit they use, goes up, and their score tanks. You should aim for less than 30%, and in an ideal world, less than 10%.

                                          To help drive this down, call your credit issuer and ask for a credit limit increase. This will help increase the total amount of credit extended to you and drop your utilization. Oftentimes, they will only give it to you when your utilization is fairly decent (less than 50%), so work to pay it down as best as possible before doing this. You should ask if the credit limit increase will give you an inquiry as some banks do a hard inquiry while some do not. If they do a hard inquiry, it is often better to just get a new card altogether or pass.

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                                          4. Add Authorized Users to Increase Your Age, Add History, and Decrease Utilization

                                          This is one of the best hacks out there as it helps with the 3 biggest factors of improving your credit: payment history, utilization, and age. This concept is also called “credit piggybacking” where someone with great credit history on a card adds an authorized user (AU) to the card. When the AU gets added, the credit history and information from that card are added to the AU’s report!

                                          This is extremely helpful for people with young credit because it can drastically increase your age of accounts. It can also help many people with limited payment history or high utilization.

                                          Please be aware that anything good or bad on that account you are added to will show up on your report. So, you want to avoid any cards with negative marks or high utilization. That being said, it is a one-way street, so nothing that you do with your credit can impact the primary account holder.

                                          This is so valuable that there are companies that sell AU accounts. I always suggest starting with your family and/or personal network first as there are likely people in your network that can help!

                                          5. Space Out Your Application Strategy

                                          New credit is the smallest factor of credit, but it still matters! If you are looking to build up your credit, you should space out your applications. If you apply for too much credit in a short period, it looks very needy in the eyes of the lenders. For this reason, it is safest to apply for cards slowly over time unless you have really studied more in-depth how this works. A good rule of thumb is once every few months.

                                          If you are in the credit game for the hopes of getting tons of credit card points for free travel, which is what I personally take full advantage of, you will want to familiarize yourself with the different bank rules and card promotions to put together the right application strategy. Applying blindly will waste inquiries and leave tons of benefits on the table!

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                                          6. Review Your Report for Negatives

                                          If you have any negative or “derogatory” marks on your credit report, this will hurt you drastically. They do impact you less as they age, however, you should review your credit report to ensure that everything on your report is 100% accurate and actually yours. Wrong information ends up on credit reports all the time and you will want to take personal responsibility for making sure it is accurate.

                                          The “burden of proof” is on the credit bureau to confirm that any information on your report is in fact accurate. If you find inaccuracies, you can dispute that with them, or you could consider getting a credible credit repair company to help you.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          There you have it, the top 6 tips on how to build credit fast so you can get closer to reaching your goals. Now that you’ve learned more about how credit score works and how you can improve yours, you’ll hopefully be able to make better financial decisions and achieve your financial goals quicker.

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