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The Hippie, Bohemian, Free Spirit Guide to Getting a Job

Meagan is a writer, musician, model, actress, teacher, artist, and more!

Jobs for hippies, bohemians, and free spirits.

Jobs for hippies, bohemians, and free spirits.

The Place to Go Online if You Are a Hippie, Bohemian, or Free Spirit in Need of Employment!

As a modern-day hippie/bohemian/free spirit, I find that it is often hard for me (and others like me) to find a job, a stable income, or any money at all sometimes! So I decided to write this article as a resource for all the hippies, bohemians, and free spirits out there who are creative, hardworking, and simply need to find a way to make ends meet, do what they want for once, or change careers and lifestyles altogether. I truly hope it helps people.

In This Article:

1. a checklist of things you'll need to have before you apply for a job

2. links to a wide variety of conventional jobs, including jobs in these fields:

  • general
  • art and design
  • education
  • environment
  • fashion, fitness, style, and spa jobs
  • food industry
  • international jobs
  • media, communications, music, and entertainment
  • non-profit
  • freelance and odd jobs
  • unconventional opportunities

3. plus a list of other resources.

Peace, love, & happy hunting!

Job Hunting Online

The Internet is an amazing tool for unemployed hippies, bohemians, and free spirits.

Often, it's just a matter of knowing where to look. So in the next few sections of this guide, I am going to show you where to find the jobs. We will start with the big sites—the general job websites with every job under the sun. Then we will go into the "niche" websites that offer up specialized job listings and help based on a specific interest.

After that, we will go into the options for freelance workers and those of you who want to work online or work from home. Finally, some valuable resources and helpful websites can help anyone to succeed. Enjoy!


Before You Go Job Hunting . . .

Being prepared before you go on the hunt can make a big difference.

Things to Have Ready:

  • Résumé
  • Cover Letter (one general letter that can be revised slightly to fit the job you're applying for)
  • Entertainment Résumé (this could be very different from your more "official" résumé)
  • Headshot (for certain entertainment professions)
  • Portfolio (teachers, musicians, models, artists, designers, etc. need a portfolio)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • College Transcripts
  • Copies of Degrees, Certifications, & Awards
  • List of References (personal & professional)
  • Copies of Published Work (for writing/editing jobs)
  • Website (for certain professions)
  • Email (if your email address is something like, it may be better to get a more professional-sounding email. Gmail is great for professional emails)
  • Business Cards (especially if you are a freelancer, an entertainer of some kind, or you have your own or are starting your own business)
  • Comp Cards (actors and models)
  • Multi-Media Presentation

Get Inspired and Stand Out!

Make sure that your résumé, cover letter, and business cards stand out from the crowd by making them very personalized. Don't always use the guides and templates. Think outside the box.

General Job Listings

  • Career Builder
    Looking for a new job? Get advice or search over 1.6 million jobs on the largest online job site; set alerts to be first in line and have new jobs emailed to you.
  • Job Search Made Simple | Simply Hired
    Search millions of job listings across the web. Find local jobs, salary comparisons, and employment trends. New jobs added daily.
  • Find Jobs. Build a Better Career. Find Your Calling. |
    Find the job that's right for you. Use Monster's resources to create a killer résumé, search for jobs, prepare for interviews, and launch your career.
    Job search engines. Find all job listings within one search.
  • Craigslist
    Find job postings and other stuff on Craigslist.
  • NationJob
    Provides an employment and online job search engine. Post jobs and search for careers by community, industry, or company.
  • Short-Term Job Adventures
    Explore the exciting world of short-term job adventures, summer jobs, internships, seasonal jobs, volunteering, unique sabbaticals, life-changing experiences, gap year programs, and work abroad.
    Summer and seasonal jobs in great places.
  • Job Monkey
    Find summer jobs, seasonal jobs, or year-round careers in unique industries: cruise ships, national parks, Alaska fishing and tourism, beach and ski resorts, casinos, camps, teaching English, adventure travel and more. In the US and abroad.
Best careers for hippies, creative-types, and free spirits.

Best careers for hippies, creative-types, and free spirits.

Art & Design Jobs

Education Jobs

In addition to these great websites, many school districts also have their own websites where they post jobs and allow you to apply online. Always check for listings from your favorite schools.

Environmental Jobs

Fashion, Fitness, Style, & Spa Jobs

  • Apparel Search Directory
    Largest and fastest growing online guide to apparel, fashion, and clothing industry. Excellent resource for apparel industry professionals. Search for fashion news, jobs, manufacturers, retailers, and much more.
  • fashion net | this is the world of fashion
    This guide to chic destinations online attracts millions of fashion-savvy people looking for international job listings.
    The largest, fashion-only job listing site on the Internet.
    Search thousands of fitness, recreation, and leisure jobs for free. Jobs in health clubs, recreation centers, hotels, resorts, spas, private clubs, colleges, and universities.
    Find a job in fitness today. Fitness jobs are listed by state and category.
Job finder for free spirits, hippies, and other bohemians.

Job finder for free spirits, hippies, and other bohemians.

Food Industry Jobs

In addition to these great websites, you can also find employment in the food industry by going to chain restaurant websites. Most big food chains have online applications now. Do a search for your favorites. You can also start up your own franchise of many of these businesses, but if you have the money to do that, you probably don't need this job guide!

International Jobs

Media, Communications, Music, & Entertainment Jobs

Job links for hippies and free spirits

Job links for hippies and free spirits

Nonprofit Jobs

Nonconventional or Non-Job Jobs

Some hippies, bohemians, and free spirits can't seem to hold a job, no matter what. For those of you who fall into that category, or those who just need a little extra money in addition to your other jobs, here are some things you can do to make money.

Note: I do not do all of these, nor am I saying you should. I'm just saying you could if you wanted to. Most of these jobs are totally great! I'm trusting you to use your judgment here.

  • Donate plasma
  • Donate sperm or eggs
  • Be a surrogate mom
  • Sell your hair
  • Make porn (check local regulations)
  • Grow or sell marijuana (if it's legal in your state)
  • Busk (check local regulations)
  • Hold a sign up on a street corner and beg for money (if it's legal in your state)
  • Collect cans and bottles, metal, and any other "trash" you can get money for
  • Give music or art lessons or be a tutor.
  • Write ebooks
  • Shovel snow, mow lawns, babysit, and clean houses
  • Dumpster dive and have monthly yard sales
  • Ask for donations through your blog
  • Marry someone rich
  • Become a rich person's muse
  • Make videos for YouTube
  • Poledance
  • Invest other peoples' money for them
  • Model for art classes
  • Be a Party Girl
  • Be a dog walker or runner
  • Become a life coach or doula or some other kind of healing, spiritual professional
  • Be an off-the-grid organic farmer
  • Just embrace being a professional bum

Attention Freelancers, Odd-Job Queens, Work-at-Home Wonders, & Jacks of All Trades!

There are lots of opportunities for you online! Seriously. If you enjoy writing, marketing, social media, sales, education, entertainment, media, web design, computers, or programming, there's no stopping you!

Freelance, Odd Jobs, Work-from-Home, Part Time and Telecommute Job Resources

There are a lot of online options and resources here, hippies! From writing online to affiliate marketing to selling products to taking phone calls, the list goes on and on when it comes to working from home or online or as a freelancer.

You know what I am? I call myself a Freelance Creative Spirit. Why? Because I don't have one job, I have many, and they all reflect the amazing things that I love in life: teaching, writing, music, acting, modeling, art, healing, and helping others.

In the world we live in today, this is possible for me! This is truly possible for you too. Don't limit yourself to being confined to one label or title. Be who you are and make more than a living: Make a life!

Helpful Resources for Hippies, Bohemians, & Free Spirits out to Make a Living

Here is a plethora of resources for all you hippies, bohemians, and free spirits who are trying to build better lives for yourselves and your families.

  • Linkedin | World's Largest Professional Network
    150 million+ members. Manage your professional identity, build and engage with your professional network, and access knowledge, insights, and opportunities.
  • The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal Home page of the U.S. Government's Official Web Portal for all government transactions, services, and information. It provides direct online access to federal, state, local, and tribal governments.
  • How to Dumpster Dive: 15 Steps
    How to dumpster dive. Quick quiz: Is dumpster diving a) a sport, b) a popular hobby for the frugal, or c) an environmentally and socially conscious way of life?

Hey Hippies!

Don't forget to check back for updates. Peace & love to you all!

Stop fighting with yourself: You know why you're here!

Stop fighting with yourself: You know why you're here!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


digital printing in fashion on August 13, 2018:

Thank you so much for sharing amazing post. keep sharing.

Jen on February 27, 2017:

Im what you would label a hippie WITH a job! And a friend of mine with long dreadlocks and piercings is a head chef. STOP assuming that 'hippies' sit at home all day. And just because a person has bohemian style and unconventional, loves nature and is a free thinker does not make them a 'hippie'. You people make me sooo mad

Finn on February 20, 2017:

Excellent way to spark brain waves, my brain feels sparked, at least... But let's not get carried away. You have given out a great way for the type of person who sees through bullshit to find a viable way of living. Thank you, thank you very much.

Veronica Adams from Mobile,AL on October 15, 2015:

Thanks for the suggestions.

simplysadie on December 28, 2014:



You had so many different resources and didn't only come at it from one angle. Magnificent!!!

I can assure you from personal experience that there are definitely people who will benefit greatly from this.

So great to come across things like this that are actually informative but very positive and non judgemental with so may references and brilliant insights!

I'll definitely share it:)

Take care!

htblind on June 12, 2014:

This was absolutely hilarious, and an awesome resource. Thank you, namaste :)

fathomblueEG on May 19, 2014:

This is a treasure trove of info on making money options. Awesome lens!

Meagan Earls (author) from Michigan on April 20, 2014:

@starcodex lm: I hope that's not all you got from this! haha ;) It is one option. It's not for me, but I am not one to judge others on it. Many view it as an art form. (Many view it as an amazing money making opportunity too!) If it's not for you, check out the plethora of other options on here that are of a much different nature. There are some rather "wholesome" options available here too. Believe it or not. ;) Thanks for checking out the lens. Peace & Love to you. :)

starcodex lm on April 20, 2014:

Make porn



orgaard lm on March 04, 2014:

Fantastic Job, Love it.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on February 26, 2014:

Lots of practical and a few humorous ideas for making money here. Good luck with your book!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on February 26, 2014:

This free spirit has always been self-sufficient. I am a child of the 60s and proud that I can make a living from my art and writing (have done so for decades). I've also learned that learning new skills is never out of style and always practical if you like to eat and have a place to call home.

blinkzu on February 25, 2014:


David Stone from New York City on February 24, 2014:

The resources included quite a few I wasn't aware of and which seemed useful. Your thorough research can save many of us hours of time in a job search.

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on February 08, 2014:

That last list certainly is interesting. As a former recruiter who has read thousands of resumes, conducted thousands of interviews and hired or placed a LOT of people, I am always interested in job-hunting tips and tools. This is a very good starter list for someone looking for ideas and who has no clue where to start.

Digory LM on February 02, 2014:

Very Nice lens. Thank you. I know a few people who will benefit a lot from this.

buttercake on January 02, 2014:

Wow such a plethora of information. As as self titled bohemian myself, (who is also from the big mitten!!) I will refer back to this lens. Well done. :)

Andrew4M on August 01, 2013:

Awesome idea.

Chris1970 on May 16, 2013:

Good ideas here.I can't wait to quit my retail job.(big box store) and find something more in line with my independence loving lifestyle.

anonymous on January 31, 2013:

Lot of resources in fact to really go through and understand.

BillyPilgrim LM on September 13, 2012:

Ha ha, some great suggestions here...x