Work and happiness isn’t always something that go together. Even if you don’t mind your job, chances are you’re not leaping out of bed on a Monday morning, excited to get there. Very few of us are this lucky, and in some cases, you might actively dislike your job. When we spend so much time in the workplace, if we’re unhappy here then we’re never going to be completely happy in our lives in general. However, there are some ways that you can be happier at work, here are some examples.
Work from home
There are so many benefits to working from home. You don’t need to spend time or money commuting every day. There’s no being micromanaged and having a boss breathing down your neck, and no annoying colleagues to face! You can work in a more flexible way as you’re in control of your workload, meaning you can adapt work to your life (rather than the other way around, which most people are used to doing). Research shows that people that work from home tend to be happier and less stressed, and even take less sick days. You could find a job that offers remote working, or even ask your current employer if you’re able to work from home. Another option would be setting up your own home business or going freelance. Maybe you’re a parent and need a career that you can work around your commitments, or perhaps you’re just happier working from home. Whatever your circumstances, not having to get up to an alarm, not having to leave the house and face the cold mornings and having your own creature comforts around you all day is sure to leave you feeling happier.
Earn passive income
Earning money without much work or hassle- it might sound too good to be true but it’s completely possible. Admittedly, you do need to have money already to make this work, but if you have savings or an inheritance for example, you can turn this chunk of money into a lot more by making smart investments. If your passion lies in property, how about investing in bricks and mortar and renting them out for a longer term investment. You could even invest in a property based business such as an up and coming estate agent. These kinds of companies use great software related to real estate CRM to boost business, but are often in need of a cash injection in the early days. If you have shares in a business, every year that you earn a profit you get a cut sent back to you. It’s possible to make your fortune in investing in things like commodities too. Take gold for example, this has doubled in price in the last ten years. If you would have invested ten thousand a decade ago, you’d now have twenty thousand with no work needed to be done by you. Passive income is great as it earns you money while freeing up your time to pursue other things.
Do something creativeMany of us are unhappy at work as our creativity is restricted. If you’re a naturally creative person, why not take your career in this direction? It could be anything from baking or catering to floristry to music. You might have to re-train, but it could be the best thing you’ve ever done.