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20 Work-Life Balance Jobs You Want to Get

20 Work-Life Balance Jobs You Want to Get

Walking the tight rope between being a dedicated member of your company and a dedicated member of your family seems harder than ever. With rising living costs and job cut backs, being able to show that you are a star employee seems like more of a priority than even enjoying life. However, all jobs don’t have to be that way. There are a ton of careers out there that allow individuals to be a beast at work while also enjoying life outside of the office. Today, we will take a look at 20 jobs that’ll allow you to maintain your mental health, physical health, family, and social life.

1. Data Scientist

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    Data Science is the art of taking complicated analytics and information from a variety of aspects of a company, from SEO to website performance models, and putting it into easy to understand terms. The results of data science research and their job allows companies to become more productive and create even more products. The use of data science in almost any sector makes job availability higher than many other fields. Data Scientists consistently rank number one in work-life balance.

    Median Salary: $90,000 – $120,000 (2013)

    2. Game Designer

    The individuals who are behind the creation of some of your favorite video and iPhone games also have some of the best work-life balance totals. They should be differentiated from game developers, who are tasked with implementing the operation of games, one of the most difficult jobs in tech creation. Game designers simply sketch and implement the user experience and interface of games. The use of creative skills, having a hand in tech innovation, and consciousness of worker well-being that tech and gaming companies strive for contribute to high work-life balance.

    Median Salary: $50,000 – $80,000 (2013)

    3. Social Media Manager

    Social Media Managers are the individuals tasked with ensuring that the digital marketing aspect of a company is in tip-top shape. In the past, such a career wasn’t as well developed and was even seen by some as a freelance task rather than a full-fledged career. However, with the face of social media being that of not simply sharing what you ate this morning, but the use of advertisements and marketing campaigns, Social Media Managers are being given a second look. The digital-focused aspect of the job allows for multiple telecommuting opportunities and a great work-life balance in the end.

    Median Salary: $55,000 – $70,000 (2013)

    4. Investment Advisors

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      Investment Advisors are individuals who ensure that the investment portfolio of individuals the bank is representing is under tip top shape. Through their knowledge of the markets, the financial level of their client, and their specialties, the Investment Advisors can inform individuals on the best choices. Investment Advisors, due to the calibre of their undergrad degree, usually need no more than a Bachelor’s in Economics or Finance. Aside from tight deadlines that could keep you some days, you’ll rarely find that work-life and home life mixes, with most work staying in the office. Unlike Investment Banking, that comes with gruesome hours, advising is usually set with hours.

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      Median Salary: $65,000 – $75,000 (2013) + Bonuses

      5. Web Developer

      Web Developers are individuals who work to create websites and other content for the web that makes use of programming, designing, and in some cases team management. Web Developers can be multi-facet “full-stack” developers or can simply be a developer in one aspect of the process. Web Developers are known as great examples of work-life balance due to the myriad of opportunities, with some hands-on experience, to excel to the level of a freelancer or telecommuter. This is where you can truly tailor your own schedule.

      Median Salary: $65,000 – $80,000 (2013)

      6. Message Therapist

      Through improving the well-being of their clients, massage therapists are able to make use of the skills learned in vocational school to relive their clients of pain, stiffness, and muscle aches. Message Therapy is also a well paying field as well. The ability to either work for yourself in freelance or professionally taking appointments through working at a spa or hotel, you are able to truly create your times of availability.

      Median Salary: $46,000 – $55,000 (2013)

      7. Bookkeeping

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        In other words, the career as a Bookkeeper technically entails ensuring that the company you work with is able to keep their records updated and in tact. The amount of work the job entails is usually predictable, due to how there are known high points and low points in the amount of work you will receive and deadlines you’ll have to meet. This promotes high flexibility, while also providing low stress despite increased responsibility and accountability.

        Median Salary: $38,000 – $45,000 (2013)

        8. Optician

        Opticians are medical professionals who ensure that their patients are able to maintain eye health through assistance in choosing the right eyeglasses and corrective lenses. This presents the pay that comes with those in a similar field, while also offering the flexibility and stress level that comes with others in a more retail industry. Similar to those in specialized fields of medicine and private practice, hours are almost always part-time.

        Median Salary: $45,000 – $55,000 (2013)

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        9. Sports Coach

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          Being a sports coach is the optimal example of time flexibility. As a leader for a little league or school team, you are able to have a myriad of time off to pursue other skills during off-season while having a more full-time schedule during the sports season. Those with experience in multiple sports that have differing playing seasons can balance multiple teams at once. Stress level is quite low as well. Compared to other jobs, the stress you’ll get from not having a compliant team is manageable.

          Median Salary: $28,000 – $45,000 (2013)

          10. Tour Guide

          Making use of the skills and knowledge you have of a particular location, attraction, or college can translate into a career as a tour guide. Tour Guides escort guests around a particular location, explaining the significance and history of various aspects of the place, and providing answers and guidance when needed. Schedules as a tour guide ultimately depend on the industry you choose. Archeological and animal reserves depend a lot on the season, colleges have peak times being during the summer, while other industries operate year-round.

          Median Salary: $26,000 – $35,000 (2013)

          11. Fitness Instructors

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            Through helping individuals reach their fitness goals, Fitness Instructors are one of the careers that have a great work-life balance due to the ability, like other health and personal care professionals, to set your own hours with appointments. This is a field that depends more on adequate certification rather than a specific degree. The perks are also a great aspect of the job, including free gym membership and access to certain parts of the gym others would pay top dollar for.

            Median Salary: $43,000 – $55,000 (2013)

            12. Sales Engineer

            As a Sales Engineer, your job is to acquire enough knowledge of complex products and services to sell to companies shopping for their company’s needs. This is a sales job, more complex and put in overdrive. However, while it does come with the hours typical of other sales positions, you need to have an education in Engineering to get this high-paying job. Being a sales job, you are able to set your own hours, but the amount of hours put in correlates to the amount you make.

            Median Salary: $81,000 – $90,000 (2013)

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            13. Registered Nurse

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              Becoming an RN, or Registered Nurse, is a great way for individuals to get into a fulfilling career in the medical field without the debt and time needed to become a doctor or other medical professional. Registered Nurses inform patients on proper medical care and health conditions. Registered Nurses usually require participation in a nursing program in combination with your Bachelor’s Degree or Associates Degree.

              Median Salary: $65,000 – $85,000 (2013)

              14. Law Clerk

              The pressure that lawyers have to ensure that the case of their clients ends with the best verdict possible can put a lot of stress on them. Having a Law Clerk, an individual to assist lawyers in research and organizing files, is a great way to reduce the stress that lawyers are under. To make deadlines, Law Clerks may find themselves pulling in longer hours, however many times this work can be telecommuted in situations where such an arrangement is needed. Education can come in the form of a degree or certificate in Paralegal Studies or simply on-the-job training.

              Median Salary: $33,000 – $45,000 (2013)

              15. Firefighter

              Firefighters certainly do more than rescue cats from the top of trees. From assisting in rescuing individuals from fires to informing the public of proper protection and use of hazardous materials, firefighting can be a very rewarding job for those willing to encounter the risk of the job. Firefighting also comes with a flexible schedule. While you will find that you are working certain weekends and even holidays, you can find yourself with a lot of days with free time as well.

              Median Salary: $45,000 – $50,000 (2013)

              16. Project Manager

              When a company has a certain plan or project that are looking to execute, they will tap a Project Manager to ensure that teams are organized, specifications are in order, and that the project is able to successfully get completed in a timely manner. Project Managers usually have extensive experience in the field that their company is in. It is usually the next step after their previous respective position. For example, a software engineer may rise to become a Project Manager, and later a senior Software Engineer. This means that this position is achieved through a certain number of years of work experience. Project Manager’s duties can usually be achieved in a mix of telecommuting and office time.

              Median Salary: $89,000 – $95,000 (2013)

              17. Curriculum Developer

              Engaging students and ensuring that they are getting the most out of lessons are the main goals of teachers. However, it can be difficult to do this, not due to a weak lesson plan, but due to a weak curriculum. The difference between both is that a curriculum is usually set by a school or a district that are the basis for lesson plans. Curriculum Developers ensure that students are learning at a level that is in keeping with the current times. They can be telecommuting, and in many cases, are also freelancers.

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              Median Salary: $55,000 – $58,000 (2013)

              18. Speech Pathologist

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                Speech Pathologists are individuals in a great field of ensuring that their patients are able to overcome speech and communication disorders, to live a more fulfilling life. Speech Pathologists usually work in a larger company, but many times, well trained and skilled Speech Pathologists can also work in their own companies. In either case, you can take patients based on your own schedule, making for a great work-life balance.

                Median Salary: $69,000 – $75,000 (2013)

                19. Online Tax Advisor

                Filing taxes can be a very stressful task for individuals every year. In addition, during the year, there are individuals who may have questions about how their specific situation translates into taxation (freelancers, home offices, etc). As an online Tax Advisor, you are able to work from home to offer your expertise. For those not looking to freelance, you can work with a tax filing company such as H&R Block. Business picks up during tax season, however, you’ll find yourself with part-time employment during the rest of the year while you take on another job.

                Median Salary: $65,000 – $79,000 (2013)*

                *Higher for full-time professionals in a wealth management firm.

                20. Account Manager

                As an Account Manager, you are responsible with ensuring that clients accounts are kept in order and that they are updated with the times and availability of services. Account Managers can work with a company, full-time, in the office or freelance with your own hours. The flexibility is what makes this managerial position sought over for its work-life balance.

                Median Salary: $50,000 – $90,000 (2013)

                Thinking of making a career change? Let us know in the comments below on how you hope to do so while continuing to maintain a strong work-life balance.

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                Published on March 20, 2019

                How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

                How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

                Have you ever felt lost in the minutia of your job?

                As a business owner, I can relate to getting bogged down in the day to day operations of my business. Things like inventory, payroll, scheduling, purchasing and employee management take up the bulk of my day.

                While these things are important and need to get done, focusing too much on the details can make you lose sight of the big picture. This is why having a good mission statement comes in handy.

                What is a Mission Statement?

                Put simply, a mission statement is an internal document that provides a clear purpose for the organization. It provides a common reference point for everyone in the organization to start from.

                In other words, after reading your company’s mission statement, managers and employees should be able to answer the question “What are company’s main objectives?” For example, Southwest Airlines mission statement reads:[1]

                “Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit. We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.”

                In this single statement, Southwest conveys the company’s goals of providing the highest level of customer service as well as providing a good working environment for their employees.

                Mission Statement VS. Vision Statement

                While the mission and vision statements are related, there are subtle but distinct differences the you should be aware of.

                First of all, a mission statement is designed primarily as an internal company document. It provides clarity and direction for managers and employees.

                While there’s nothing wrong with sharing your company’s mission statement with the outside world, its intended audience is within the company.

                While a mission statement provides a general framework for the organization, the vision statement is usually a more inspirational statement designed to motivate employees and inspire customers. Going back to Southwest Airlines, their vision statement reads:[2]

                “To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.”

                This statement inspires good feeling from the customer while motivating the employees to achieve that vision.

                What Does a Good Mission Statement Look Like?

                When coming up with a mission statement, it’s important to take your time and do it right. Too often, people (especially entrepreneurs) just write down the first thing that comes to mind and they end up with worthless or (worse yet) a generic mission statement that is utterly useless.

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                Remember, a mission statement should provide a common framework for everyone in your organization.

                When writing a mission statement, you should always try to incorporate the following;

                • What we do?
                • How we do it?
                • Whom do we do it for?
                • What value are we bringing?

                Now, you can see how tempting it is to just come up with something generic that ticks off those four boxes. Something like “We provide the best widgets available online for the consumer.”

                After all, that did check off all the boxes:

                What we do? Provide widgets.

                How we do it? Online.

                Who do we do it for? The consumer.

                What value we bring? The best widgets.

                The problem with this mission statement is that it could apply to any number of companies producing the same widget. There is nothing to distinguish your company or its widgets from any of your competitors widgets.

                Compare that mission statement to this one:

                “We provide the highest quality widgets directly to the consumer at an affordable price backed up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If our clients aren’t 100% satisfied, we’ll make it right.”

                What’s the difference?

                Both mission statements answer all the same questions of what, how, whom and value. But in the second statement, they are differentiating their company from all other competitors by answering the question “what makes us unique”.

                Another way to read that is, “Why you should buy from us.” In this example, it’s because our widgets are of the highest quality and we stand behind them 100%.

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                You might have noticed the statement didn’t say that we sell widgets at the lowest possible price. That’s because we are emphasizing quality and satisfaction over price.

                A different company’s mission statement may emphasize selling widgets at the lowest possible price with little to no mention of a guarantee.

                Hallmarks of a Good Mission Statement

                1. Keep It Brief

                Your mission statement should be no longer than three sentences. This is not your company’s magnum opus.

                You should be able to distill the what, how, who and why questions into a succinct message.

                2. Have a Purpose

                A company’s missions statement should include the reason it even exists.

                Make clear exactly what the company does with statements like “We strive to provide our customers with …….”

                3. Include a “How”

                Take this as an opportunity to differentiate your company from its competitors.

                How do you provide a product or service that’s different or better than how your competitor provides it?

                4. Talk About the Value You Bring to the Table

                This is where you can really set yourself apart from the competition. This is the “why” customers should buy from you.

                Do you offer the lowest prices? Fastest delivery? Exceptional customer service? Whatever it is that sets you apart and gives your particular products, services or company an advantage talk about it in the mission statement.

                5. Make Sure It’s Plausible

                It’s okay to shoot for the stars just to settle for the moon, but not in a mission statement.

                Being overly ambitious will only set you and your employees up for failure, hurt morale and make you lose credibility. You will also scare away potential investors if they think that you are not being realistic in your mission statement.

                6. Make It Unique and Distinctive

                Imagine if someone who knew nothing about your business walked in and saw how it was operating, then they read your mission statement. Would they be able to recognize that mission statement was attached to that business? If not re-work it.

                7. Think Long Term

                A mission statement should be narrow enough so that it provides a common framework for the existing business, but open enough to allow for longer term goals. It should be able to grow as the business grows.

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                8. Get Feedback

                This is very important, especially from managers and employees.

                Getting their input can clarify how they currently see the company and their role within the organization. It’s also a good way to get people “on-board,” as studies show that people are more likely to go along with an idea if they feel included in the decision making process beforehand.

                9. Review Often and Revise as Necessary

                You should review the missions statement often for two reasons.

                First, as a reminder of what the essence of the company is. It’s easy to forget when you are in the day to day grind of the business.

                And two, to make sure that the mission statement is still relevant. Things change, and not everything can be anticipated at the time a mission statement was written.

                For example, if a mission statement was written before the advent of the internet, a company that use to sell things door to door now probably has a website that people order from. You should always update the mission statement to reflect these changes.

                The Value of Mission Statements: Why Go Through All of These in the First Place?

                It may seem like a lot of work just for a few sentences that describe a company, but the value of a well written mission statement should not be discounted.

                First of all, if you are an entrepreneur, crystallizing the what, how, whom and value questions will keep you focused on the core business and its values.

                If you are a manager or other employee, knowing the company’s basic tenants will help inform your interactions with both customers and colleagues alike.

                Strategic Planning

                A relevant mission statement acts as a framework for strategic planning. It provides guidance and parameters for making strategic decisions for the future of the company.

                Measuring Performance

                By having the company’s mission in a concrete form, it also allows for an objective measurement of how well the organization is meeting its stated goals at any one time.

                Management can identify strengths and weaknesses in the organization based on the criteria set forth in the mission statement and make decisions accordingly.

                Solidifying the Company’s Goals and Values for Employees

                Part of a well run organization is nurturing happy and productive employees.

                As humans, we all have an innate need for both purpose and to be part of something larger than ourselves. Providing employees with a clearly defined mission statement helps to define their role in the larger organization. Thus, fulfilling both of these needs.

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                Now I’m not saying that a mission statement can overcome low pay and poor working conditions, but with everything else being equal, it can contribute to a happier and more productive workforce.

                To Hold Management Accountable

                By creating a mission statement, a company is publicly stating its highest values and goals for the world to see. By doing so, you are inviting both the public and your employees to to scrutinize how well the company lives up to its ideals.

                So if you state that you only provide the highest quality products, and then offer something less, it’s fair for both the public and the employees to question, and even call for a change in management.

                If management doesn’t take the mission statement seriously, no one else will either; and the legitimate authority that management rely’s on will be diminished.

                To Serve as an Example

                This is the opposite side of the coin from the previous statement. If the highest levels of management are seen taking the mission statement seriously and actively managing within the framework of the statement, that attitude filters down throughout the organization.

                After all, a good employee knows what’s important to their boss and will take the steps necessary to curry favor with them.

                Finally, use the company’s mission statement as a way to define roles within the company. You can do this by giving each division in the company a copy of the mission statement and challenge the head of each division to create a mission statement for their respective departments.

                Their individual mission statements should focus on how each department fits in and ultimately contributes to the success of the company’s overall mission statement. This serves as both a clarifying and a team building exercise for all parts of the organization.

                Final Thoughts

                Developing a mission statement is too often just an after-thought, especially for entrepreneurs. We tend to prioritize things that we perceive will give us the biggest “bang for our buck.”

                Somehow, taking the time and effort to sit down and think seriously about the what, whom, how and value of our business seems like a waste of time. After all, we got in the business to make money and become successful, isn’t that all we need to know?

                That mindset will probably get you started okay, but if you find yourself having any success at all, you’ll find that there really is such a thing as growing pains.

                By putting in the time and effort to create a mission statement, you are laying the groundwork that will give you a path to follow in your growth. And isn’t building long term success what we are really after?

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                Reference

                [1] Southwest Airlines: About Page
                [2] Fit Small Business: 10 Vision Statement Examples To Spark Your Imagination

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