What To Do If You Aren't Cut Out for a 9-5 Job

By Brittany Loeffler on March 4, 2018

It isn’t the 1950’s anymore. Long gone are the days of waking up at 6 AM and going to your 9-5 job in a suit and tie. With the advancement of technology, millennials are presented with new opportunities to make a living and have a career.

This is great, especially when you aren’t cut out for a typical 9-5 job. I get it, some people just can’t stand the idea of sitting at a desk for most of the day typing away on a computer. If you fall into this category, you’re going to learn exactly what to do if you despise working a 9-5 job.

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How to Know If You Aren’t Cut Out For a 9-5 Job

Are you overly ambitious, motivated, and like to take charge? Do you like being active, creating your own schedule, and want to be passionate about your career? Then you probably are not cut out for a regular 9-5 job.

The only way to know this for sure is to try it out for a few months. Find a desk job and see how you like it. If you find yourself getting antsy by the end of the day and have a lack of fulfillment, that probably is not the job for you.

Now What?

So, you’ve established that working a 9-5 job at a desk in an office is not for you. Now what? Now you discover some different career paths!

Let’s get one thing straight, just because you do not want to work in a typical 9-5 job, does not mean that your only option is to become an entrepreneur. You don’t have to start your own business in order to make money. Though, this may be a route you’d like to pursue it is not the only option you have.

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What’s Out There?

You’re probably wondering what else is out there that doesn’t involve you starting a business. I’m here to tell you that there are many options! You can still work for someone while being active, working irregular hours, and do something that you love.

For example, you could become a nurse or a web developer. The possibilities are endless!

Take Some Courses

If you aren’t sure exactly what you would like to do, but you know that it isn’t working a 9-5 job, take some courses to discover what you are interested in. Even if you have already graduated from college, there are still plenty of online courses that you can take.

You will most likely need to gain some background knowledge and receive certain certifications to start your new career path. Take this time to explore what you enjoy and what you want to pursue.

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Examples of Non-9-to-5 Jobs

Here is a short list of a few possibilities you may want to consider if you aren’t cut out for a 9-5 job.

Freelance Writer

Do you enjoy writing and blogging? If you get a thrill from knowing that people online are reading your thoughts, then maybe freelance writing is for you. This job does require you to be your own boss and you need some entrepreneur skills.

Being a freelance writer is the equivalent of building a business. You must market yourself to clients, conduct business development, and keep track of your income and expenses. It’s all worth it if it’s something you love, though!


If your passion is to help people in need, then you may want to consider becoming a nurse. You do have to go through some intense trainings and courses, but it definitely is not your typical 9-5 job.

You are required at all hours of the day and are always moving around on your feet. Rarely will you sit in front of a computer all day long and feel unfulfilled.

Web Developer

Okay, so this job does require you to sit behind a computer all day, but you get to be super creative at the same time. This job allows you to choose between being your own boss or joining a web development agency.


If you love to take pictures and capture important moments in people’s lives, you may want to consider becoming a photographer. Once again, you can choose to build your own business or join a company. Either way, you still get to be creative, do some traveling, work with different people every day, and set your own hours.

Personal Trainer

You’ll hardly be sitting with this job! Being a personal trainer allows you to create meaningful client relationships and set your own hours. Not to mention, you’ll always look great and be in fantastic shape!

What Is Your Move?

Now that you have some ideas of what career paths are out there that do not fall under the typical 9-5 job, how will you move forward? If you still aren’t sure exactly what you want to do, start out by taking courses or talking to people who are in the field already. It’s never too late to change your career!

By Brittany Loeffler

Uloop Writer
Brittany is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing at Temple University. After growing up in a very rural part of Pennsylvania, she found her calling in the streets of the big city of Philadelphia. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, movies, baking, and photography.

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