Despite the fact that more and more people are choosing to become self-employed, opting to freelance and doing far more remote work than even just five years ago, the 9 to 5 job is still the norm and if you want to have a safe career that pays you well and enables you to advance in your professional life, for many people, it is still the route to go down.

That doesn’t, however, mean that you can’t have greater flexibility and more freedom in your life if you choose to hold down a regular job for the security it affords. There are numerous career options that offer a good work-life balance – careers like the ones below…

Consultant Solicitor

Working as a consultant solicitor gives you the best of both worlds. It allows you to pursue a career in law while earning a good salary, but it doesn’t require you to spend long hours in the office, Consultant solicitors are typically self-employed which means they are able to work whatever hours they want from any location they desire – no more and stressful commutes or taking on clients that are too much work for too little reward and more time to spend on hobbies, working with clients who you want to help and making as much or as little money as you want. It’s a tough life, but someone has to do it!

Web Developer

The great thing about being a web developer is that it is a career you can typically pursue from the comfort of your own home and one where you are usually left to your own devices to get the job done. If you love coding, spending hours locked away in our office writing new programs and creating beautifully functioning new websites will be like your own personal Nirvana and you could make a lot of money doing it too. Fantastic!


Now that the world is so much smaller thanks to the internet, more companies are doing business globally more often and more people are working in places other than their native country. This presents an excellent opportunity to anyone who can speak more than one language to make a living on their own terms translating documents and interpreting for people who do not have a language in common. Translators can be employed by companies/organisations, but they can also be self-employed and work freelance too, which means that you can create a fantastic work-life balance should you decide to work with languages in this way.

Yoga Teacher/Fitness Instructor

If you love your yoga or you’d quite happily spend all of your time in the gym, it’s a no-brainer to pursue a career as a fitness teacher or personal trainer. It will enable you to do much more of what you love, which would be enough to tip the work-life balance way in favour of life on its own, but the fact that you can also set your own hours makes it an even better prospect!

It is totally possible to achieve a better work-life balance, you just need to pursue the right opportunities and the above are good places to start.