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Ever since human beings started working as part of an industrialized system, we’ve struggled with maintaining a healthy balance between socializing and doing our jobs. Roughly 66% of employees in the US do not strongly believe that they have a good work-life balance; it’s an issue that disproportionately seems to affect millennials, but it’s entirely possible that every generation has struggled with this without being able to articulate it.
The millennial generation is also arguably the first “digital native” generation; the first group of people to have grown up in a digital world, just as at home with social media and smartphone apps as they are with face-to-face communication. It stands to reason, then, that technology is the key to this issue. The rapid advancement of technology is both the reason we’re struggling with our work-life balance and the key to solving this problem. Let’s take a look at some jobs with a great work-life balance, and how tech has enabled this.
Web design is another job with great work-life balance thanks to technology. Obviously, as a career, web design didn’t actually exist prior to the introduction of the Internet to most people’s homes, but the actual nature of how sites are created and maintained has changed. Rather than dedicated offices full of web designers, many companies now seek to outsource their web design to skilled freelance coders and designers; with the advent of responsive design, it’s important to create sites that can be viewed on many different platforms, so the skill set has changed and the platforms from which this task is carried out have changed too. With content management systems like WordPress and Wix offering easy-to-use templates and basic starter kits for beginners, as well as a wide range of customization and coding options for pros, web design has never been easier to perform and tweak on the move. Your family need never miss you again as you design top-flight websites for renowned companies right from your home office.
Since the explosion of user-generated content on the Internet through sites like YouTube, blogging has become a great source of income for many writers. There are a few prerequisites here; you’ll need to know your subject matter better than anybody else, and you’ll need to be willing to grind for your money, at least to begin with (blogging can be very lucrative indeed, but this kind of success doesn’t happen overnight). The good news is that blogging is also a great job for those who want a better work-life balance. If you’re blogging about your travel exploits, for example, you’ll be combining both work and life, making money while you’re enjoying yourself. This wouldn’t be possible without powerful smartphones, light and portable laptops, and smartphone cameras which allow you to take incredible-quality snapshots to place on your blog. Profitable, enjoyable and convenient – that’s the blogging lifestyle.
Thanks to the advent of smartphones, high-speed Internet and super-powerful desktop computers, it’s never been easier to become a trader. The smartphone in your pocket is an incredibly powerful tool; its computing power easily surpasses many bespoke desktop machines, and top-end phones can actually be used as desktop computers now thanks to hardware like Samsung’s DeX. From your smartphone, you can access hundreds of trading apps, the best of which will diversify your portfolio and manage investments for you so you don’t have to do the grunt work. It’s not just apps, though; there’s a robust and thriving world of helpful trading sites out there guaranteed to help you get a feel for this business. Sites like BinaryOptionsExpert.net, which collates and reviews the best binary options trading bots to help you choose the right way to trade, can be accessed from your smartphone and desktop PC alike. Your work-life balance as a trader will be excellent thanks to the ease with which you can access crucial information on the move; you can confirm deals and move stocks around right from your sofa.
Marketing and social media
Fifteen years ago, social media was nothing but a blip on many people’s radars; back in 2003, the social media landscape looked very different, dominated as it was by business-oriented site LinkedIn (still doing roaring trade) and messenger programs like MSN and Yahoo!. In today’s digital world, though, platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram carry corporate and personal messages to millions of individuals, and with paid ads, influencer content and many other money-making incentives, these platforms are invaluable for companies. If you understand social media demographics and can tailor messages and advertising content to suit a company’s target demographic, you’ll be a sought-after marketing exec; you can usually do this job no matter where in the world you are, as you’ll only need a high-quality Internet connection and access to social media feeds to work. What’s more, if you’ve got a family (say, kids of your company’s demographic age), you can chat with them about your work and any ideas they might have to help you improve your content. Win-win!
Ryan Kh is an experienced blogger, digital content & social marketer. Founder of Catalyst For Business and contributor to search giants like Yahoo Finance, MSN. He is passionate about covering topics like big data, business intelligence, startups & entrepreneurship. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org